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Best Buys: 0% balance transfer credit cards

19 June 2018 12:49

A 0% balance transfer credit card allows you to shift debt from expensive credit and store cards, and at the…

QE is the biggest thing in politics but politicians aren’t talking about it

15 June 2018 12:53

Essay question: what was the most consequential British public policy decision taken in the last 10 years? Clue: it wasn’t…

It’s not always true that bosses should walk the plank when something goes wrong

15 June 2018 12:16

Should he stay or should he go — or will he already have gone by the time you read this?…

Since Trump became President, US share markets have performed well. We need to understand why

14 June 2018 17:36

Some say that Mr Trump’s behaviour at the G7 meeting last week-end showed contempt for the international rules-based system that…

Sex and the City: the paradox of women bankers who can’t negotiate a bonus

13 June 2018 13:35

I am sure there must have been a time when feminism was concerned with the interests of the low-paid and…

Best Buys: Remortgage rates

12 June 2018 15:00

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

Does a tax rise make you work less? Or does it spur you to work harder?

8 June 2018 13:07

History records many well conceived and apparently logical grand plans for the betterment of mankind. Sadly such ideas almost always…

What have been the most expensive public inquiries in recent times?

8 June 2018 12:54

The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire could last years. What have been the most expensive public inquiries in recent…

Let’s hope RBS emerges as something worth owning shares in

7 June 2018 19:05

At last the government has restarted the process of selling its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. A first £2…

This week’s Best Buys: Two-year fixed rate ISAs

5 June 2018 11:16

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

Is Gareth Bale worth 20,000 times more than Bobby Charlton?

3 June 2018 7:30

I must have missed the memo when it became compulsory for major football matches to operate as a marketing opportunity…

Pret A Manger is an excellent example of what British entrepreneurs do best

1 June 2018 9:19

I shop at WH Smith with gritted teeth but I positively salivate when I spot a Pret A Manger. Some…

Is money an appropriate wedding present?

31 May 2018 22:04

Dear Mary: I have been invited to the wedding of a distant relative through marriage, to her long-term partner. I…

Building societies are feeling the squeeze – but don’t discount these underdogs just yet

30 May 2018 19:41

Barely a month goes by without a new banking firm popping up. And while some are interesting, and a few…

No wonder our productivity looks permanently sickly

29 May 2018 16:59

With one state-imposed compliance exercise after another getting in the way of business, no wonder our productivity looks permanently sickly.…

A ban on wood burners would kill off our country pubs

29 May 2018 14:53

If stoves and fires come under attack, country pubs and restaurants will collapse. This will happen, I suspect, even if…

Best Buys: 0% introductory balance transfer rate credit cards

29 May 2018 14:19

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

Watch: Former transport secretary quizzes Chancellor over missing millennial railcard

28 May 2018 22:26

Oh dear. It’s six months since Philip Hammond stood up in the Autumn Budget and announced a new railcard for those aged…

How Amazon is destroying the British high street

24 May 2018 16:32

The announcement from Marks & Spencer regarding multiple store closures is the most recent in the long chain of major…

The NHS is broken and more money isn’t the answer

24 May 2018 14:05

A week doesn’t go by without at least one horror story about the National Health Service hitting the headlines. But…

Best Buys: First time buyer mortgages

23 May 2018 14:18

If you’re looking to buy your first home, this week’s Best Buys – from data supplied by moneyfacts.co.uk – will…

Let’s not cancel the Crossrail celebrations yet

21 May 2018 17:33

Until a few days ago, reporting of the almost completed Crossrail project had been focused chiefly on the impact of…

How do you solve a problem like FOBTs?

17 May 2018 12:51

This is an extract from Robin Oakley’s racing column of 3 March, 2018.  You can tell by the tone of…

In praise of fixed-odds betting terminals

17 May 2018 12:48

Racing is an expensive sport to stage. Courses and grandstands have to be maintained, health and safety regulations have to…

Has Britain reached ‘Peak Wealth’?

15 May 2018 13:56

So the year-long squeeze on real earnings is now officially over. Figures released by the ONS this morning show that…