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How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention…

Bet on a swift Grexit

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another…

Lord Green must answer for HSBC’s sins – but maybe it was always too big to manage

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Green — the former trade minister Lord Green of Hurstpier-point, who became this week’s political punchbag— was always a…

Why cheap oil could mean a Labour victory

7 February 2015 9:00 am

BP’s profits are down, and the oil giant is slashing up to $6 billion out of its investment plan for…

What’s good about austerity (whatever the Greeks think)

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The only question I remember from my Oxford moral philosophy paper was ‘What is integrity and is it a virtue?’…

Why Switzerland should have listened to Hong Kong on currency pegs

24 January 2015 9:00 am

The Swiss National Bank usually ticks away as quietly as one of its nation’s more expensive timepieces, but when the…

The RMT’s Mick Cash and Tesco’s Dave Lewis win my prizes for media manipulation

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Mixed results for the Brits at the Golden Globes, but I’m pleased to announce that my Golden Monkey Wrench for…

The eurozone is strong enough to kick out Greece if Syriza wins

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ever since European Central Bank president Mario Draghi declared himself ready, in July 2012, ‘to do whatever it takes to…

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…