Markets

Correcting the FTSE

25 October 2018 19:55

The FTSE100 fell by more than 10%, which is generally regarded as a ‘correction’. How does that compare with other…

George Osborne ditches ‘Project Fear’ as he breaks his Brexit silence

27 June 2016 7:55

George Osborne has turned his back on ‘Project Fear’ after finally breaking his Brexit silence. The aim of his speech…

The banks have serious problems, but a European-wide crisis? Let’s be serious

10 February 2016 12:37

A new European banking crisis. Seriously? Starting at Deutsche Bank? That’s the way markets were pointing on Tuesday as Deutsche’s…

The perverse consequences of punishing the banks

29 July 2014 17:20

Lloyds Banking Group is to pay fines of £218 million for fixing interest rates including Libor (the rate at which…

Michael Sandel interview: the marketization of everything is undermining democracy

22 May 2013 9:41

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for his  ‘Justice’ course,…

Italian elections: ‘The worst possible outcome’

26 February 2013 15:16

Forget Moody’s. If you want to see market panic, just look at Italy. As Isabel reported this morning, the unexpectedly…

Markets shrug off Britain’s downgrade

25 February 2013 9:37

It seems that Moody’s downgrade of UK government bonds on Friday night has — so far — had more effect…

Who cares about HMV? Shopping has never been better. - Spectator Blogs

15 January 2013 13:45

How many people presently lamenting the demise of HMV (at least in its current incarnation) actually spent any money there…

The energy sector’s Libor-style scandal

13 November 2012 14:55

As David reported earlier, today’s Guardian carries allegations of price-fixing in the energy markets. The paper has an account by…

George Osborne, Poker Player

30 May 2012 13:28

May God protect me from my friends. That, I suggest, should be George Osborne’s reaction to Ben Brogan’s Telegraph column…

A welcome attempt to fix the broken energy market

11 April 2012 14:03

Back in October, Ofgem produced a report exposing the failure of the UK’s energy market. It showed that the supplier’s…

The Italian domino effect

10 November 2011 0:39

For all the debate about Theresa May and border security, the big news has not been at Westminster today. Instead,…

Thoughts for the day

29 October 2011 14:11

Charles Moore and Matthew Parris, Spectator columnists both, represent two of the distinct philosophical and intellectual tradition that make up…

The existential threat to the EU

28 September 2011 10:56

Away from the Liverpool, the Eurozone crisis continues. Market confidence appeared to be growing after European leaders sketched a debt…

Euro-zonked

26 September 2011 9:49

Well, so much for that. The FTSE 100 fell as much as 1.7 per cent this morning, while overnight the…

Leadership at last?

25 September 2011 9:40

Most of today’s papers carry reports of a deal to relieve the European sovereign debt crisis. The details are varied,…

Further tension in the Eurozone

23 August 2011 11:00

The Eurozone’s political crisis is deepening. Further to the news that individual member states were seeking their own bilateral deals…

Arresting the West’s crisis of confidence

20 August 2011 15:52

What’s the most important geo-political event of this century? Most people would say 9/11. The Foreign Secretary believes that it…

The markets rout

18 August 2011 17:59

The recent rally on the markets is now the most distant memory. Stocks continued to fall today amid concerns about…

Common Franco-German position on Greek debt

21 July 2011 10:25

As I wrote earlier this morning, rumours of a ‘common Franco-German position’ on Greek debt were circulating in the early…