Money

Don’t let cyber criminals steal your money – take steps to protect your finances

23 May 2017 13:33

It’s the modern malaise: online fraud. In a world where so many of our transactions happen over the internet, it’s…

The Bank of Mum and Dad: should parents lend money to their adult children?

15 May 2017 11:11

I don’t normally glean insights for my personal finance columns from police dramas on TV, honest. Recently, though, I caught…

Budgeting will save you money and might even make you happier

11 May 2017 10:40

How much money do you have in your current account right now? What date do you pay your electricity bill?…

Make your spending money go further when travelling abroad

10 May 2017 11:05

Anyone with a trip on the horizon is likely to make a checklist of essentials to pack, but what about…

Can money buy happiness? The internet trolls think so

9 May 2017 12:27

Aaron Lennon. Prince Harry. Jayne-Anne Gadhia, chief executive of Virgin Money. Each of these high profile people’s mental health has…

Do we trust politicians to solve our financial problems? Of course not

8 May 2017 12:27

Do we trust politicians? Is that the same as asking if we trust estate agents, door-to-door salesmen or, er, journalists?…

We should teach infants about the value of money

2 May 2017 11:45

On the one hand, perhaps he should only be thinking about football, Minecraft, his Lego Millennium Falcon and whether he…

Don’t let financial firms take you for a ride: shop around for the best deals

22 March 2017 13:12

Apathy. In a world where there are countless demands on our time, social media never sleeps and 24-hour news bombards…

The new era of pension freedom is a boon to the Treasury

14 March 2017 11:10

Savers cashing in their pension pots has led to the government raking in almost twice the tax it estimated the…

The self-employed power Britain. Tax them more at your peril, Philip Hammond

13 March 2017 12:56

Claudio Ranieri will go down in footballing folklore as the individual who accomplished mission impossible by winning modest Leicester City the…

New £5 million fund to help mothers returning to work is long overdue

8 March 2017 12:38

There’s a lot happening today. It’s International Women’s Day, Discover What Your Name Means Day, and we’re right in the…

New Year, New You: cut the cost of getting fit

11 January 2017 11:54

Ah, January. The month when the nation’s gyms are full of red-faced newbies looking confused on the cross-trainer or baffled…

Don’t give in to New Year fad diets and fitness – they’re a waste of money

15 December 2016 12:22

It’s not long now until Christmas Day, that cherished time of year when we don our elasticated pants, break the…

Waiting for the delivery that never comes? You’re not alone

8 December 2016 12:27

Unless you work from home or are blessed with an understanding employer who offers flexible hours, waiting in for a…

A novel investment: why it pays to pay attention to the Man Booker Prize

21 October 2016 13:00

OK, I’ll admit it. I don’t like Margaret Atwood’s writing. In some circles, this is akin to saying you’re a…

The Archers. Credit: BBC

The Archers, financial abuse and THAT storyline

7 September 2016 12:23

Millions of us will be tuning in to The Archers this week to see if Helen is found guilty of…

Borrowing from friends and family can have serious consequences

1 September 2016 11:27

If a pal turned to you for financial help, would you lend a hand? If you have the cash it’s…

Cheer up, you’re better off than you think

26 August 2016 10:22

‘I’m not loaded, I’m just ordinary,’ protested a wealthy friend of mine, when another chum teased him about his money.…

PANKs (Professional Aunt, No Kids) spend more than £350 a year on their nieces and nephews

17 August 2016 11:47

As acronyms go, it’s a good one. PANK. It stands for ‘Professional Aunt, No Kids’. I’m a fully paid-up member…

Want to invest in classic cars? You could be on to a winner

28 June 2016 10:49

I have a confession. I’ve been unfaithful with a Spanish beauty I met on the internet a few weeks ago.…

The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

It’s a bit rich for France to castigate Britain for sheltering oligarchs

23 July 2014 17:52

There’s a big to-do between France and Britain at the moment, with France accusing Britain of protecting oligarchs’ money in…

World Cup diary – best tournament in years

10 July 2014 9:07

Sorry – bit of an interregnum in the World Cup diary, caused principally by England’s pathetic capitulation. But still the…

World Cup diary: England’s obscenely rich footballers don’t give a monkey’s

25 June 2014 9:46

What a fabulously boring England performance. I watched it only because I had this to write and now feel resentful…

No wonder the Labour Party is broke

19 May 2014 15:11

“We need to raise £66,000 to make…122,000 calls to Labour voters,” says a super-localised campaign email from the Labour Party.…