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What to expect in business in 2015 (probably not the Triumph of Probity, Honour and Prudence)

3 January 2015 9:00 am

You might recall a column I once wrote about a party at the Wallace Collection. It took place in late…

How do I ever get speaking gigs? I’m guessing it goes like this…

13 December 2014 9:00 am

To Brighton, to address a conference of property investors. Unusually, I find myself programmed alongside both Gerard Lyons, City economist…

Cheap oil has finally arrived – and it looks like being a disaster

6 December 2014 9:00 am

This oil price slump is turning into a ‘black swan’: one of those economic events that seem to come from…

Forget corporate social responsibility: just do a proper job

29 November 2014 9:00 am

A theme of this autumn has been conversations about corporate reputation and how it is guarded or lost. To name…

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which…

Why I’m glad there’s no British Las Vegas

15 November 2014 9:00 am

I didn’t realise that the Rialto Bridge has a moving walkway and muzak, that the gondolas beneath it float on…

What British start-ups are still missing

8 November 2014 9:00 am

This issue includes the new Spectator Money supplement, in which I hope you’ll find a bouquet of stimulating ideas. The…

How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that…

The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

25 October 2014 9:00 am

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that…

Storm warning: the world economy’s October troubles aren’t over yet

18 October 2014 9:00 am

October is always a turbulent month, and I’m feeling uneasy about this one. The FTSE100 index, which looked set to…

Yes, Wonga lent at shocking rates – but it was customers who lied

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Payday Lady is not trading at this time,’ says her website, sounding a little like La Dame aux camélias. Indeed (since…

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…

Is the US using bank fines to bring allies into line against Russia?

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Here’s one for all you conspiracy nuts out there, prompted by readers’ comments on my recent item about whether BP…

Santander’s secret: to conquer the world, stay like a small-town bank

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Four years ago, I wrote that I knew no dark rumours about Santander, the rising force in UK high street…

BP's been punished enough – but not because Americans hate the Brits

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I should declare two connections before I start offering opinions about the latest US judgment against BP relating to the ‘Macondo’…

Rona Fairhead will be good for the BBC – but who was so keen to nobble her rival?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Hats off to Rona Fairhead, the former Financial Times executive who will succeed Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC…

Europe's leaders worship Mario Draghi. They should listen to him instead

30 August 2014 9:00 am

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi secured a place in history by his demonstration, on 26 July 2012, of the…

It’s not just left-wingers who think the bosses’ pay boom is unhealthy

23 August 2014 9:00 am

The FTSE100 index stands precisely where it did in the first week of December 1999. Whichever way you look at…

Why a City job should be graduates’ last resort

16 August 2014 9:00 am

August is the season for conversation about career choices. Every holiday party seems to include new graduates or next year’s…

The man who could sell the British public on fracking

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Iain Conn, who will succeed Sam Laidlaw as chief executive of Centrica, would have been a dead cert for the…

I know how ineffective sanctions are – but these ones just might work

2 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will…

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the…

Any other business: trouble spots in European banking

19 July 2014 9:00 am

‘1914: Day by Day’, the Radio 4 series by the historian Margaret MacMillan, is a gripping reminder that significant global…

Gold-fixing is the last ghost of the old City. It won't be around much longer

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In a season obsessed with sport and personal misbehaviour — separately or in combination — the word ‘fixing’ immediately brings…

‘Dark pools’ are just another conspiracy of bankers against the public

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It was at the Mansion House dinner last year that a City gent two seats away announced himself to be…