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Is Mike Ashley the only person on a mission to keep bricks-and-mortar retailing alive?

12 November 2018 12:35

I dreamed I saw a monster advancing through a devastated town centre, mighty footsteps shaking semi-derelict buildings. I awoke in…

If Jo Johnson is so worried about financial services, he should back Brexit

10 November 2018 18:22

Jo Johnson has noticed that Theresa May has managed to unite the country, in that both Leavers and Remainers worry…

Best Buys: Easy access savings accounts

6 November 2018 16:15

If you have savings that you quite fancy putting away for a rainy day, but want to have access to…

Has HMRC done enough to solve the botched implementation of child benefit charges?

6 November 2018 11:56

You’ve just had a baby. Life is upside down, but in a good way. A couple of months in, you…

Britain is ripe for agriculture innovation after Brexit

6 November 2018 11:39

Agriculture is being transformed by innovation at a rapid pace. Genetically modified crops are being grown on 190 million hectares…

Could the economy rescue Trump in the midterms?

5 November 2018 17:25

The Trump economy has defied all sceptics and naysayers. Unemployment is at half-century record lows, wages are up, and Wall…

The winners of the Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2018

2 November 2018 11:11

Which UK companies are rewriting the rules and redefining their marketplaces? Earlier this year, The Spectator and Julius Baer launched…

Best Buys: 0% introductory rate balance transfer credit cards

31 October 2018 18:55

0% balance transfer credit cards can help you to save money by not charging interest on your existing balance. Here…

The simple solution to the V&A’s Brexit fears

31 October 2018 16:57

Now it is London museums bleating about Brexit. A memo from the V&A released under Freedom of Information laws, warns…

Tory fiscal hawks uncharacteristically relaxed about Hammond’s spending ‘gamble’

31 October 2018 8:45

Although Philip Hammond’s spending splurge Budget has received broadly positive front pages and a cautious thumbs up from the public,…

Why the IFS is wrong about a ‘no deal’ Brexit

30 October 2018 15:21

The growth forecasts might be too optimistic. The economy may yet turn down, the pressure on public services will only…

How Philip Hammond’s Universal Credit promises could unravel

29 October 2018 18:35

One of the joys of Budget analysis is looking for the unexploded bombs, the measures that could – to use…

Hammond may regret breaking his promise to eliminate the deficit

29 October 2018 17:53

As Nick Clegg, George HW Bush and many other politicians have proved to their cost, manifesto promises matter. How damaging,…

The Chancellor must not betray business with another attack on the self-employed

26 October 2018 11:02

The Conservatives used to be known as the party of business. Theresa May still seems to be trying to keep…

What the Government can learn from Piers Morgan’s ‘papoosegate’

25 October 2018 20:25

When Piers Morgan called Daniel Craig an #emasculatedbond for carrying his daughter in a baby carrier, Twitter responded in the…

What can Monday’s Budget do to make business feel better?

25 October 2018 20:15

‘Uncertainty is draining investment from the UK, with Brexit having a negative impact on eight in ten businesses,’ says Carolyn…

Why a four-day working week isn’t such a bad idea

25 October 2018 19:57

Most people were scandalised by John McDonnell’s proposal to promote a four-day working week. But before we get incensed about…

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…

Why James Dyson isn’t a hypocrite for manufacturing in Singapore

23 October 2018 18:18

Remainers’ first response to the news that James Dyson will build his new electric car in Singapore was to accuse…

Best Buys: One-year fixed rate bonds

23 October 2018 17:22

Savers who are looking for a fixed return on their cash but who don’t want to invest over the longer…

From Faangs to Baangs – why it makes sense to go for gold

18 October 2018 15:59

The current stock-market correction has been steaming down the track since August and I claim no wisdom for having predicted…

Chuka Umunna’s £451-an-hour new job will help his opponents no end

18 October 2018 13:47

The news that Chuka Umunna is getting paid £451 an hour to chair a new centrist think tank will go…

Best Buys: Buy-to-let mortgages

16 October 2018 18:01

Looking to get into the buy-to-let market? These five year fixed-rate mortgages might be of interest to potential investors. Data…

Philip Hammond must not use rising wages as an excuse for hiking taxes

16 October 2018 12:47

In two weeks’ time, Philip Hammond is expected to declare an ‘end to austerity’. Today’s figures on wage growth are…