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Considering retiring abroad? Don’t forget about your state pension

21 August 2017 17:23

Retiring to a warmer, more exotic, country is something that many of us dream of doing – and sooner, rather…

There could be a downside to the surprisingly steady inflation rate

21 August 2017 12:06

The core consumer price index of inflation held unexpectedly steady at 2.6 per cent in July, further removing any possibility…

We all know Britain must be ‘open for business’ when we leave the EU – but how?

18 August 2017 11:48

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines there is, understandably, a great deal of anxiety surrounding the UK’s future prosperity,…

The financial crisis, ten years on

17 August 2017 17:07

It has been ten years since the start of the global financial crisis, and much has been written about whether…

What have commuters done to deserve this price hike on their rail fares?

16 August 2017 9:05

With the Retail Price Index figures released yesterday, commuters are up in arms at the news that rail prices are…

Best Buys: Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds

15 August 2017 11:31

Putting your savings in a fixed rate bond guarantees your rate of return – but you do have to be…

How one London junction is raking in fines of £200,000 per day

14 August 2017 12:24

Driving in central London is a minefield at the best of times. What with the confusion of the congestion charge…

Why Scotland’s rural communities need grouse shooting

11 August 2017 12:50

Tomorrow, 12 August, is the ‘Glorious Twelfth’: the official start of the grouse-shooting season. This normally means plenty of tweed…

Should we all be investing in bitcoin?

10 August 2017 10:25

Like the splitting of the atom – but perhaps not as significant to the whole of mankind, the bitcoin split…

Using fear to sell financial products is simply desperation. Selling hope is the future

9 August 2017 11:12

Using fear to sell products is a powerful strategy. Unsurprisingly, many financial firms have come to rely on fear to…

Would you really want to be a farmer in 2017?

8 August 2017 8:00

What does being ‘a farmer’ mean to you? For those that have experienced it, the job – or lifestyle, really…

Who is the richest of them all?

7 August 2017 15:35

There has just been a rather meaningless debate about whether Jeff Bezos of Amazon or Bill Gates of Microsoft should…

Jacqueline Gold, founder of Ann Summers, on how she became one of Britain’s richest women

7 August 2017 10:45

Ann Summers chief executive Jacqueline Gold has been credited with transforming the lingerie company into a more female-friendly business –…

Why do employers think they can treat potential employees so appallingly?

3 August 2017 11:21

As a freelance journalist, when my main employer of four years called to say they were dispensing with my services…

Why we need a better way of talking about ‘equal pay’

2 August 2017 10:25

I’ve grown to dislike the term ‘equal pay’. Without doubt women deserve to be paid the same as men for…

How the economics of cow-milking can help explain Brexit

1 August 2017 16:13

Writing about judicial appointments, I incautiously compared a silly interview question asking a judge to cite an example of when…

What does the charity sector want from Brexit? A clean break and tax freedom

1 August 2017 15:34

When it comes to Brexit, for many organisations it seems to be all doom and gloom. Yes, plenty of individual…

The Jimmy Choo buyout shows that there are still plenty of big-money optimists out there

27 July 2017 16:54

What with yet another warning from the Bank of England this week about rising consumer debt, and my own prediction…

How to plan for retirement if you are self-employed

27 July 2017 16:23

Much to the ire of many a financial institution, I am self-employed. Those two dirty words which mean it is…

Jane Austen finds a surprising fan in the Bank of England’s Mark Carney

20 July 2017 12:32

Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen was laid to rest 200 years ago this week, was the venue chosen for the…

Would a cashless world be a better place? Not necessarily

13 July 2017 16:14

Would a cashless world be a better place, morally or fiscally? Matthew Taylor, in his relatively uncontroversial review of work…

Self-employed workers don’t need rescuing

11 July 2017 8:26

‘Workers,’ says Matthew Taylor, whose report into modern practices is published this week, ‘should be treated as human beings, not…

How shareholders can help keep large businesses in check

6 July 2017 12:26

Investors are increasingly turning to shareholder activism to make their views heard, and their campaigns are working. As public trust…

Scammers are getting wiser – and we need to wise up too

3 July 2017 15:18

Financial scams are big business in the UK. A report from Experian last year suggested that fraud could cost the…

The debt elephant in the middle class sitting room

30 June 2017 10:00

At some point in the last ten years, since the financial crisis (for that life-changing decade is an anniversary we…