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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…

Is a degree worth the debt?

17 August 2018 15:06

You’ll never get into a good university if you carry on like this.’ A haunting threat from school days past,…

The Roundup case could have hidden consequences

17 August 2018 11:24

The award by a Californian court of $289 million in damages to Dewayne Johnson, a groundsman who claimed the weedkiller Roundup…

Best Buys: 2 year fixed-rate bonds

16 August 2018 15:37

If you’ve got a chunk of money that you don’t mind having locked away for a set amount of time,…

Falling unemployment marks another black day for Project Fear

14 August 2018 14:16

It is another black day for Project Fear. The latest employment figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show…

What the range of entries for the Economic Disruptor of the Year Award tells us about British entrepreneurial talent

13 August 2018 16:14

Let’s remind ourselves what we mean by ‘disruptor’. A truly disruptive business revolutionises its marketplace by delivering radical improvements in…

The UK economy is now growing faster than the Eurozone. Isn’t this good news?

10 August 2018 12:52

Maybe I should really give it a few more hours, but I can’t help noticing the lack of headlines this…

What does the future look like for Apple?

8 August 2018 15:55

In case you missed it,  Apple’s market capitalisation has now hit the $1trillion mark – something which is as mind boggling…

Valuations of tech stocks have become insanely high

7 August 2018 17:21

What are we to make of a 19 per cent fall in both Facebook and Twitter shares at the end…

Best Buys: Easy access savings accounts

7 August 2018 15:26

Finding a savings account that allows you to collect any interest at all – while still having access to your…

Tell us your broadband woes

6 August 2018 13:07

My anecdote last week about upgrading to BT’s ‘superfast’ broadband provoked several readers, unasked, to tell me their own unsatisfactory…

Another £43bn for HS2? How about some austerity instead

5 August 2018 12:38

There is a big glaring problem for anyone trying to accuse the government of ‘austerity’ – a charge that is…

Labour’s universal basic income would leave the poorest worst off

3 August 2018 7:00

Google the words ‘Universal Basic Income’ and you will be find high praise and excitement from a wide-ranging collection of…