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Best Buys: Five year and over fixed-rate mortgages

20 March 2018 15:53

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

Is the UK uninvestable?

19 March 2018 16:23

It is always a pleasure to spend time in the company of Messrs Neil, Nelson and Forsyth. True to form,…

The electoral spending figures highlight the Tories’ social media problem

19 March 2018 13:29

The Electoral Commission has released details of the different parties’ spending on the snap election and it doesn’t make pretty…

The American tax system is a one-way street

14 March 2018 18:20

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It contrasts two…

Don’t pinch the penny!

13 March 2018 19:04

It always takes a few hours for the nasties in a Budget to become clear. That is as true with…

Best Buys: Notice accounts

13 March 2018 17:08

If you can afford not to have immediate access to the money in your account, then a notice account often…

Unilever’s decision on their future will be highly symbolic

12 March 2018 12:57

This is an extract from Martin Vander Weyer’s ‘Any other business’ column, in this week’s Spectator.  Unilever, the consumer goods…

Will Philip Hammond drop the Eeyore act in his Spring Statement?

9 March 2018 10:53

A spring without a Budget is a bit like one without the Grand National or the Boat Race. It doesn’t…

The return of volatility to stock markets is something to be celebrated, not feared

8 March 2018 12:43

A few tickets remain for The Chancellor’s Spring Statement and The Spectator’s economic and political outlook for 2018 and beyond…

The best and worst pension providers of 2017

7 March 2018 17:59

How do you go about choosing a pension plan? For many of us – especially if you are part of…

Best Buys: 0% introductory balance transfer rate credit cards

6 March 2018 16:27

If you have credit card balance on an existing account, you could save vast amounts of money by transferring that…

How can racing balance its funding structure with the issue of problem gambling?

5 March 2018 17:14

This is an extract from Robin Oakley’s racing column in this week’s Spectator. You can tell by the tone of…

How Theresa May can take advantage of Trump’s trade wars

2 March 2018 12:04

It speaks volumes about protectionism that while the share prices of steel and aluminium makers rose on the news that…

If you want a better construction sector, support the self-employed

1 March 2018 18:12

For a long time, the freelance-heavy construction sector has been one of the key focal points for the debate about…

The independent schools where fee assistance goes unused

28 February 2018 18:35

This piece was first published in Spectator Schools. In 2007, many of today’s young parents were either graduates or school-leavers…

Best Buys: Five year and over fixed-rate bonds

27 February 2018 15:46

For those of us with a decent amount of savings money going spare, investing a lump sum in a fixed…

Did Oxfam donors know they were funding a lefty think tank?

24 February 2018 9:00

Some time ago I labelled Oxfam ‘the anti-capitalist lobby group which is also a part-time aid charity’: my column has…

Controversy PR: how brands cash in on the offence economy

23 February 2018 11:04

It shouldn’t surprise us that brands have attempted to make money from outrage.

Capitalism and KFC

22 February 2018 18:57

This week’s funniest parable of capitalism unravelling was the news that KFC had run out of chicken — or at…

The cost of the Matt Hancock app

22 February 2018 16:44

When Matt Hancock released the ‘Matt Hancock app’ this month, there was much mockery from his critics. While some found…

The Bank of England’s life has been remarkably eventful

21 February 2018 17:35

This piece first appeared in the Christmas issue of The Spectator.  Hamilton, created by the remarkable Lin-Manuel Miranda, has brought…

Best Buys: 2 year fixed-rate ISAs

20 February 2018 15:22

If you’re thinking about investing your money in cash, but want a tax-efficient way to do that, this week’s Best…

Theresa May’s tuition fees plan is rotten politics

20 February 2018 12:37

I don’t really object to bad policy, it’s the rotten politics I can’t stand. There would be something almost amusing…

Is a tax on property the solution to Britain’s housing problems?

19 February 2018 16:51

This letter was first printed in this week’s issue of The Spectator. Sir: Matthew Parris is correct (10 February). There is…

A Korean thaw is fake news

18 February 2018 8:30

Fake news of the week, I suggest, was the sudden warming of relations on the Korean peninsula following the visit…