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Is ethical investment only for millennials and hipsters?

21 September 2018 11:19

In the ‘bad old days’ – namely before the late 20th century – it was traditionally the case that the…

Education – not social class – is the biggest factor in British pay gap

19 September 2018 17:51

The National Centre for Social Research’s held an ‘The Class Ceiling’ yesterday where attendees included Sky’s Lewis Goodall. He tweeted…

John Law pioneered ideas about banking and monetary policy that are important to this day

19 September 2018 16:11

John Law was by any standards a quite remarkable man. At the apogee of his power in 1720, he was…

Why should we listen to the IMF’s Brexit warning?

17 September 2018 11:57

Why are we so addicted to economic forecasts? We’ll know they are going to turn out to be wrong because…

Top money tips for a new school term

13 September 2018 20:25

It’s that time of year again – the air is turning crisp and pencils are being sharpened. Back to school.…

Best Buys: Fixed-rate cash ISAs

11 September 2018 16:36

ISAs have fallen from grace in recent years, and are now being ignored by many savers. ‘One of the biggest…

Why do banks and governments seem to have learned nothing from the financial crash?

11 September 2018 10:20

With September marking a decade since the Lehman Brothers implosion, stand by for a slew of economic retrospectives. Any meaningful…

Should we be returning to the safe haven of gold?

6 September 2018 17:42

All good things must come to an end, including summer holidays and bull markets. The bull run in US shares…

What’s Wonga?

6 September 2018 17:21

Origins of Wonga The payday lender Wonga has gone into administration. How did ‘wonga’ come to be used as slang…

Poland is trying a new approach with capitalism. Will it work?

6 September 2018 14:17

After communism collapsed in 1989, Poland wiped its hands of socialism. Capitalism swept in, bringing fast-food chains and shopping malls.…

Best Buys: Buy-to-let mortgages

4 September 2018 18:09

Buy-to-let property is still a popular investment choice for those who have the money to put down the deposit. Here…

Retirement is in crisis and employers, as well as employees, must plan for the future

3 September 2018 13:54

The idea of working 9-5 until you receive a gold watch at age 60 is dying out fast. Millennials seem to…

Was Wonga all bad?

1 September 2018 9:00

The wonder of Wonga is that it lasted so long. The arch-villain of the payday loan sector, which grew like…

Wonga’s been dealt a knockout blow. So what now?

31 August 2018 11:41

After an eerily quiet year, payday loans are back in the headlines. The speedy demise of Wonga has sent shockwaves…

Business is suffering from Britain’s poor broadband

30 August 2018 21:36

As to public subsidy for broadband, the conclusion to be drawn from the DCMS report, though it may not please…

The facts about the Venezuelan economy

30 August 2018 21:12

Contrary to the impression given by Jason Mitchell, Venezuela does not have a socialist economy (‘Maduro’s madness’, 25 August). It…

Alex Salmond’s fundraising efforts

30 August 2018 17:49

In a rather dramatic turn of events, former first minister Alex Salmond quit the SNP last night over allegations of…

Britain as an exporting superpower

29 August 2018 21:22

The International Trade Secretary says he is going to turn Britain into an ‘exporting superpower’. To which countries did we…

Best Buys: Five year fixed-rate mortgages

28 August 2018 17:06

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

Britain’s economy is not suffering as much as the doom-mongers insist

24 August 2018 12:35

This piece first appeared as the leading article in The Spectator.  Economies run on confidence — as Franklin D. Roosevelt…

The true cost of the Carillion wreckage

22 August 2018 7:10

“We’re not doing a very good job of selling the private sector, are we?” So said an old friend of…

Best Buy: Easy access savings accounts

21 August 2018 15:47

Although the interest rates are rarely as good, sometimes you want a savings account that allows you to access your…

Greece’s economic misery is far from over

20 August 2018 15:12

A couple of years ago, I was driving from Athens airport to the Peloponnese along the sparkling new highway that…