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Black Monday: 30 years on

19 October 2017 13:47

The ‘Great Hurricane’, Maggie Thatcher, Michael Jackson and shoulder pads – it must be the 30th anniversary of Black Monday.…

Trust is shattered and premiums are rising. Insurance Brokers must seize the moment

18 October 2017 15:11

It’s no secret that insurance premiums are rising. It’s also no secret that some insurance firms drive customers around the…

Best Buys: Four year and over fixed rate bonds

17 October 2017 11:25

A fixed rate bond does guarantee your rate of return – but you have to be prepared to lock up…

Brexit doom and gloom hasn’t yet affected the racing industry

16 October 2017 17:45

No matter how much disruption people might claim that Brexit is bringing to the British economy, in Newmarket at least,…

It’s no surprise that smart meters are proving unpopular with the public

13 October 2017 15:06

Yesterday, Ross Clark argued over on Coffee House that the government’s Clean Growth Strategy – that is, a promise to insulate…

The Bombardier dispute leaves Britain at risk of looking like a powerless minor player

12 October 2017 16:52

This is an extract from the ‘Any Other Business’ column in this week’s Spectator.  ‘Bombardier exposes post-Brexit realities’ was the FT’s…

Why a nation’s productivity isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ matter

11 October 2017 12:35

The outlook for UK productivity is hardly encouraging. The Office for Budget Responsibility is suggesting only anaemic growth over the…

Best Buys: Remortgage rates

10 October 2017 13:13

Remortgaging your home can be an excellent way of saving huge sums of money, or of releasing capital which might…

Sir Richard Greenbury’s business model is worth recalling when capitalism’s critics are on the rampage

9 October 2017 15:38

Sir Richard Greenbury, the former Marks & Spencer chairman who died last week aged 81, was one of those choleric…

Life expectancy is on the rise. Is that something that can be invested in – and if so, how?

6 October 2017 17:18

‘We are all going to live longer, so why not invest in it?’­ seems to be the premise of Jim…

The White Cliffs of Dover, the National Trust, and a very public appeal

5 October 2017 16:43

The White Cliffs of Dover are, arguably, one of Britain’s most famous sights – immortalised of course by Dame Vera…

A price cap done wrong can do more harm than good

4 October 2017 14:25

In her speech today at Conservative party conference, Theresa May announced a draft bill that would give Ofgem full power to…

Best Buys: Easy access savings accounts

3 October 2017 13:37

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

UK savers beware. Misleading advertisements are coming for you

2 October 2017 13:02

Scams are nothing new. From the Nigerian Prince who needs our help transferring money to the glut of fake goods…

Capitalism is the best system, but it has been undermined by Quantitative Easing

28 September 2017 18:16

The Prime Minister spoke today at the Bank of England to celebrate its 20 years of independence. But she has…

With average house prices now eight times the average wage, affordable housing remains a dream

28 September 2017 13:01

Housing – and specifically the dearth of reasonably priced housing – is an issue that crops up again and again…

Are smart meters the future, whether we like them or not?

27 September 2017 16:58

The ‘smart meter revolution’ is well and truly upon us, thanks mainly to a government campaign urging us all to…

Best Buys: Fee-free cashback cards

26 September 2017 13:41

If you’re on the hunt for a new credit card – and you’re planning on paying off your card every…

If we’re all going to have to make the move to low-emissions vehicles, is now the time to do it?

25 September 2017 17:29

How much time would you say you spent in your car per week, on average? Of course it’s something that…

Why ‘fanfunding’ is the future of sports finance

22 September 2017 14:28

A few years ago, I was sitting at my desk late at night, frustrated by the latest sports financing project…

When is the best time to exit the London property market?

21 September 2017 15:15

Owning a property in Central London is a dream for some, but a burden for others – if you are…

If you’re old or live in a rural community, the future of banking looks bleak

20 September 2017 13:14

It won’t shock you to read that bank branches are closing. They’re expensive to run, and fewer customers are using…

Roger Bootle: A post-Brexit Britain could be ‘more open, less protectionist and more competitive’

19 September 2017 18:35

One of the City’s best-known economists, Roger Bootle, discusses whether a success could be made from Brexit, just over a…

Best buys: High interest current accounts

19 September 2017 14:46

When you’re looking for a new current account, the interest rate is often one of the most important factors in…

A solution to Britain’s productivity problems could be on the horizon

18 September 2017 18:56

The UK economy suffers from low productivity. Productivity measures output per person, or per time worked. If productivity was higher…