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2017: The best and the worst of the year that was

15 December 2017 12:49

And so to my annual awards. Best business recovery of 2017: Lloyds Banking Group, which returned from the bailout sin-bin…

What does 2018 have in store for investors?

14 December 2017 17:50

As 2017 fades into the distance with its ongoing Brexit negotiations, a falling pound and a rising Bitcoin, will there…

Best Buys: One year fixed-rate ISAs

12 December 2017 17:57

Fixed rate ISAs are a good way of making sure you have some cash put to one side for a…

Are millennials more frugal than we give them credit for?

11 December 2017 20:30

We hear it all the time that millennials are too busy spending to bother saving. Those of us who live…

Cash in your bitcoins and run

8 December 2017 9:44

This is an excerpt from Martin Vander Weyer’s ‘Any Other Business’ column. I don’t know which is more worrying: that…

We need to bridge Britain’s productivity gap

7 December 2017 17:01

The UK has a big productivity problem. Our slowdown since the financial crisis has been more severe than in other…

Could investing in website names make you an internet millionaire?

6 December 2017 18:14

With the savings of the nation languishing around 1%, it’s no surprise that UK consumers are turning to increasingly creative…

In defence of Saturday jobs

6 December 2017 12:46

In August 1988, after weeks of practice, I created the perfect Mr Whippy ice cream. I was 14 and I…

Best Buys: Buy-to-let 5 year fixed rate mortgages

5 December 2017 14:08

Buy-to-let property is still a popular investment choice for those who can afford it. Here are the best 5-year fixed…

It’s rural customers and the elderly who will be most affected by RBS’s latest closures

4 December 2017 17:22

On Friday, RBS announced plans to close 259 of its bank branches. That’s a quarter of its outposts. 62 of…

There is literally no need for any government to have an ‘industrial strategy’

1 December 2017 17:54

‘Industrial strategy’ must be added to this column’s collection of phrases which automatically lower the spirits. Others include ‘replacement bus…

Will there be a ‘Santa Rally’ in 2017?

30 November 2017 16:05

Thinking about what to write this week, I suggested to my editor: ‘what about an article about a Santa Rally?’.…

Not to be a Scrooge – but I don’t want to spend £75 on an advent calendar

29 November 2017 18:32

It’s not even December, and already it’s almost impossible to read a personal finance article that doesn’t include the words…

Best Buys: Fixed rate bonds of 4 years and over

28 November 2017 13:05

If you have a certain amount of savings money going spare, investing a lump sum in a fixed rate account…

Why didn’t I stick with my convictions and invest more in Bitcoin?

27 November 2017 18:06

Every time I write about Bitcoin you can probably take it as a major sell signal. The last time I…

Was the record sale of Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi a bellwether or a freak show?

24 November 2017 18:36

Now the hubbub has subsided after last week’s sale of Leonardo’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ at Christie’s New York for $450 million,…

First time buyers will welcome Hammond’s Budget, but not everyone will be quite so pleased

23 November 2017 16:47

Britain has waited 21 years for an Autumn Budget, but on the evidence we saw yesterday, Philip Hammond still needs…

Amazon seems to be intent on utter domination in every market. Perhaps that’s its mistake

22 November 2017 16:16

Are the giant ‘Technology Trusts’ – Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google – on the road to the monopolists’ breakers yard? …

Are the self-employed facing another Budget bombshell?

21 November 2017 16:15

Philip Hammond and this government seem to have something against the UK’s 4.85 million self-employed people. Over the last year…

Best Buys: 5 year fixed rate mortgages

21 November 2017 12:49

If you’re on the hunt for a mortgage, a fixed rate one will ensure that your repayments stay the same.…

Taxing the railways

20 November 2017 14:27

Southern Railway train drivers accepted a 28 per cent pay rise over five years, taking their basic salary for a…

There is no simple fix for Britain’s ‘broken’ housing market

17 November 2017 18:10

You’re probably sick of hearing that Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis – we’ve all heard it…

What tax behaviour is legal, yet wrong?

16 November 2017 20:06

In the argument about tax avoidance, people feel very strongly, yet it is hard to define wrong behaviour. We all…

A couple that save together, stay together

15 November 2017 18:41

Do you know what your partner earns? And if you don’t, is that a problem? If it’s just a matter…

Best Buys: 0% introductory purchase credit cards

14 November 2017 14:28

When choosing a 0% credit card, what you’re ultimately looking for is the card that offers you the longest 0%…