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Would the real St Patrick have appreciated the contemporary marketisation of his Saint’s day?

20 March 2019 12:11

St Patrick’s Day, on 17 March, is now regarded as a prime opportunity for Irish politicians to travel abroad on…

Best Buys: 0% introductory purchase rate credit cards

19 March 2019 15:30

A purchase credit card is often the cheapest way to borrow – but make sure you pay back what you’ve…

Why Greek, Italian and Cypriot banks can go to the wall, but German ones can’t

19 March 2019 9:58

It would only encourage irresponsible lending. Deficits would run out of control. The rules of the single currency would be…

Martin Vander Weyer’s stock picks for the post-Brexit era

17 March 2019 15:34

The nation certainly needs optimism this week, so what better moment to start building our ‘UK Optimist Fund’ of shares…

Best Buys: Variable cash ISAs

14 March 2019 16:03

If you don’t want your money to be locked away for a set amount of time, or to make additional…

Top tips for when you’re learning to trade

14 March 2019 14:47

Trading the stock or forex markets can seem like a panacea for all your problems; you can set your own…

Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement was a missed opportunity

13 March 2019 15:00

As Philip Hammond rose to the despatch box to deliver his Spring Statement, the Chancellor must have felt like someone…

The no-deal Brexit tariffs are nothing to be afraid of

13 March 2019 12:53

What strange knots some tie themselves in over Brexit. The attitude of some of those opposed to Britain leaving the…

The imperialism of intervening in tax havens’ affairs

10 March 2019 12:00

I am never sure what I think about tax havens. On the one hand, there is something terribly depressing about…

Best Buys: Remortgage rates

6 March 2019 16:46

Thinking of remortgaging your home, or perhaps a second property? Here are some of the best remortgage rates on the…

It’s time for Mark Carney to come clean about Brexit

6 March 2019 12:30

What wonderful powers that Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, possesses. At a stroke, he has just succeeded…

Emmanuel Macron’s plans for More Europe will only lead to a poorer Europe

5 March 2019 11:25

It is nothing if not bold. Battered by the gilets jaune movement, challenged by populists, and with a flat-lining economy…

Investing: Why Brexit doesn’t matter and the unexpected impacts it may have on your investments

5 March 2019 10:45

The markets are volatile, well at least more volatile than they have been. The FTSE 100 index has already had…

Why zero deposit mortgages will make the gap between rich and poor worse

27 February 2019 11:17

A common opinion in today’s media is that millennials have it all – flexibility in jobs, a greater freedom to…

Best Buys: 0% introductory rate balance transfer credit cards

27 February 2019 11:09

0% Balance transfer credit cards can help you to save money by not charging interest, and allowing you to be…

A Brexit delay would be bad news for Britain’s economy

27 February 2019 10:42

It would stop us crashing out. It would give us enough time to negotiate a free-trade deal. It would allow…

In normal times, the government would be boasting of falling unemployment

22 February 2019 12:34

At any other time, news that Honda intends to close its Swindon plant in two years’ time with the loss…

It’s perverse to celebrate the cancellation of Amazon’s ‘HQ2’

22 February 2019 12:11

My hopes of an invite from Jeff Bezos to the opening of Amazon’s proposed but now cancelled ‘HQ2’ at Long…

Why the crackdown on cash makes me uneasy

21 February 2019 13:08

Banks are trying to change our ways. Our own recently wrote to tell us that it will no longer send…

Honda boss: Swindon closure is not Brexit related

19 February 2019 12:42

Ian Howells, the senior vice president for Honda in Europe, and the most senior representative of the company in the…

Best Buys: Easy access accounts without bonus

19 February 2019 12:10

Most bank accounts on the market offer next-to-nothing in terms of interest, but some are better than others! Here are…

The cautionary tale of Andrea Orcel

14 February 2019 19:51

There’s a lesson for all boardrooms — and an echo of the lost era of big-bucks, big-ego banking — in…

Mark Carney is finally right about Brexit

13 February 2019 13:15

Cripes. At this rate the CBI will be putting out reports on Brexit’s potential benefits, George Osborne will be reminding…

Best Buys: One year fixed-rate ISAs

12 February 2019 18:05

This week’s Best Buys are one year fixed-rate ISAs. Even if you have opened one in the previous tax year,…

Welcome to the Year of the Pig

12 February 2019 17:35

Happy Chinese New Year, or at least let’s hope so. The chubby pig of 2019 is an obvious symbol of…