The Speculator

Britain’s demographic timebomb (and how to profit from it)

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Demography is destiny, they say, and if that’s the case then Britain’s future looks wrinkled and grey. Today, one in…

How to win the World Cup (in the betting shop)

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Summer is a difficult time for serious investments — it’s hard to be rational when hot — so why not…

Welcome to crypto-currency land

26 April 2014 9:00 am

These online crypto-currencies have made the financial world more fun. It’s all so gloriously bonkers. First there was Bitcoin, the…

How to beat a robot bookie

22 March 2014 9:00 am

What does it mean these days to beat the bookie? Many of us like to imagine that winning a bet…

A FOBT ban could be terminal for high-street bookies – and great for a Labour donor

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Hands up: who knows what a FOBT is? It stands for fixed odds betting terminal. No? Well, you should, because…

The Speculator: Why I get so excited at goalless football matches

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A successful gambler once told me: ‘Never bet on football, never bet on multipliers, and never ever bet on football…

The Speculator: Put a tenner on Osborne as next Tory leader

5 October 2013 9:00 am

When you hear the words ‘economic recovery’, do you think: ‘Great! Britain is on the mend’? Or ‘Damn! I should…