Martin Vander Weyer

Martin Vander Weyer is business editor of The Spectator. He writes the weekly Any Other Business column.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Scrapping RBS’s brand is a start. Now break it up

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Royal Bank of Scotland is at last about to dump the ‘RBS’ logotype promoted by its fallen chieftain Fred Goodwin,…

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The death of investment banking as we know it? Bring it on

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Oh woe. Investment bank profits are evaporating after a disastrous contraction of trading revenues reflecting zero-to-negative interest rates, weak commodity…

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Warning: the FTSE100 isn’t out of the woods just yet

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When the FTSE100 fell close to 5,500 in February, we all said ‘Mr Bear is back’. On Tuesday the index…

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Stop chasing the PM’s taxes: focus on the bad stuff that really matters

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments last week when I was ready to give up journalism and retrain in a less unsavoury profession…

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Why Ratan Tata is still Britain’s greatest inward investor

9 April 2016 9:00 am

If asked to pick the UK’s inward investor of the century so far I would, without hesitation, name Ratan Tata,…

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George Osborne still deserves praise for his Living Wage

2 April 2016 9:00 am

It was unfashionable of me to write in praise of George Osborne on Budget day. I did so, you may…

Ministers Attend The Launch of The Vote Leave Campaign

Among people I meet, the ‘remain’ campaign is edging the Brexit debate

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In every gathering, someone — often me — calls for a show of hands on Brexit. And I have to…

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How George Osborne’s budget bolsters the case for leaving Europe

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Give thanks for George Osborne — and I don’t say that because I happen to be writing this column on…

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Don’t believe the recession hype – or this commodities boom

12 March 2016 9:00 am

All in all, this is an odd moment for an outburst of high spirits: not from me — I’m as…

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Sell the London Stock Exchange if you must. But not to Frankfurt!

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The London Stock Exchange is no longer the red-hot crucible it once was, given the multifarious ways by which shares,…

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Comment: can you plot a course through this time of radical uncertainty?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Hard choices ahead for voters and investors alike

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The City’s real players may be voting ‘out’ in the EU referendum

27 February 2016 9:00 am

‘The City is in no doubt that staying in Europe is the only way ahead,’ declared Mark Boleat for the…

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If there’s a crash now, the markets will have done it to themselves

20 February 2016 9:00 am

All this talk of a new financial apocalypse, so soon after the last one, is starting to annoy me. Partly…

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Sorry, George: Britain’s economy is still a tale of two nations

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Upbeat or downbeat? I asked last month whether the mood where you live is energised by enterprise or demoralised by…

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France can’t build its own new nuclear power stations, let alone ours

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Amid all the turmoil in global energy markets, we should not lose sight of the UK power programme that we’re…

Don’t expect Mr Bear to go back into hibernation anytime soon

The bears are here to stay – but we’ll survive

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, we’ve just been savaged by a bear but we’ll probably survive. Leading UK-listed stocks…

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Come back Robert Peston, all is forgiven: and tell us who’s to blame this time

23 January 2016 9:00 am

‘Who’s to blame for financial crisis’ is a poem I wrote in 2012, rhyming ‘speculators, spivs and traders’ with ‘rich,…

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RBS’s note from a crashing plane: wild headline grabbing or wise advice?

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Should anyone take investment advice from Royal Bank of Scotland, the institution which so misread markets before the crash that…

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We don’t need research to change banking culture. We need jail sentences

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Was the Financial Conduct Authority leaned on by the Chancellor to scrap its ‘review of banking culture’? Or did it…

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Any Other Business

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Last year was a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions. Recovering prospects and relatively low price-earnings ratios made the takeover…

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A Christmas parable from the Spectator’s business editor

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  I thought you might enjoy a little parable for Christmas, so here goes… The boardroom clock said twelve minutes…

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After the Black Friday flop, shops can get back to what they do best

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The high street flopperoo that was ‘Black Friday’ may have something to do with terrorism fears, or even the downturn…

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We must play the blame game over HBOS. How else will bankers learn?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Everyone remembers the names of Applegarth of Northern Rock and Goodwin of RBS, but history may judge the HBOS men…

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The micro-businesses that give me hope for Belfast

21 November 2015 9:00 am

At Stormont on Saturday, we observed a minute’s silence for the dead of Paris. Our conference group of Brits and…

Asking the right questions

14 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Forecasting is a mug’s game’ is a dictum often heard in the financial world, yet more often ignored. As our…