Spectator Money – Columnists

Bad news: a small interest rate rise is almost completely irrelevant

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The interest-rate decision by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday 2 November — shortly after we went…

Time the estate agents pulled their little white socks up

4 November 2017 9:00 am

If there was ever an industry crying out to be disrupted, it was estate agency. Forever bottom of the list…

Ground rents are the next housing scandal

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Whenever I hear someone bemoan the fact that their home has become ‘worthless’, I know someone else is about to…

US shares are ripe for a fall

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Signs are growing that the US bull market is running out of steam. If you invested $100 at the low…

Crypto-currencies are risky as hell – but worth a punt

30 September 2017 9:00 am

‘I’m up 430 per cent,’ said my friend Mash, boasting about his investments in Bitcoin. I should have known then…

Buying housebuilders’ shares beats buying houses

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Safe as ’ouses, as they say. The housing slump of 2008 seems a long time ago now. Prices across the…

Robo-advisor Nutmeg needs major growth to stay spicy

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The boss of London’s largest UK ‘robo-advisor’ promised it was going to ‘redefine the UK investment industry’. Now five years…

Spread your bets on Theresa May’s majority

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Where’s all the unpredictability in politics gone? After the hubbub about a ‘crisis of liberalism’ and the thrills of punting…

The threat of protectionism has put world business leaders on the defensive

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Globalisation has apparently been going too fast. It is blamed for benefiting managers and owners of capital — and emerging-market…

So far so good with my racing punts... maybe I should quit while I’m ahead

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In Spectator Money last November, I wrote about Equotion, an algorithm gambling service or ‘Sports Betting Disrupter’ which promises customers…

The risks and rewards of investing in apartment-block freeholds

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Is being a buy-to-let investor just a bit too respectable for you? There’s an alternative: become a landlord’s landlord and…

Got a windfall? Invest in a nearly-new car

4 March 2017 9:00 am

If you’re lucky enough to receive a legacy of, say, £10,000 or £20,000, what should you do with it? You’d…

Why the City will bounce back from Brexit

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The City of London specialises in bouncing back from reverses and exploiting the misfortunes of others. Most missteps in the…

Why Digital Britain will be another Brexit winner

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Start-ups departing for Berlin and Barcelona; brilliant ‘fintech’ firms left stranded outside the single market; games designers scratching their hipster…

Property: west London’s ‘satellite city’ is no goldmine for investors

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The oligarchs have gone quiet, the bankers who once inhabited Chelsea have been driven to distant suburbs; ordinary people can…

Will ‘Big Data’ turn out to be the punter’s new best friend?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Technology is making gambling more like stockbroking — and stockbroking more like gambling. Gamblers today often sound like City boys…

People who pick shares for you believe they are exercising high-level skill: they are so wrong

26 November 2016 9:00 am

As the year-end approaches, many investors will look back at their stock-market funds to see how they have performed. Typically,…

Interest rates have been too low for too long

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Central banks are still keeping interest rates at rock bottom. When the 2007-8 financial crisis struck, reducing interest rates was…

Warehouses the size of football pitches are the new property growth area

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Some time ago my eye was caught by the story of a boy who had taken his father’s credit card…

How to invest in wine? Buy some, drink some, sell some

1 October 2016 8:00 am

A beginner’s guide to enjoyable investment in wine

Trump or Clinton: who should you put your money on?

1 October 2016 8:00 am

He can’t win, can he? Really? The unthinkable idea of President Donald J. Trump is becoming a very real possibility.…

Sorry, but a degree is a rotten investment

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Almost half a million students start-university this month. It’s an exciting time: the launch of adult life and independence. But…

At last, an end to excessive boardroom pay? Not likely

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Patricia Cross wants to kill complexity. As chairman of the remuneration committee of Aviva, the insurance business that older customers…

Buy-to-let is dead. Here comes buy-to-build

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Buy-to-let is dead — many say — killed off by George Osborne’s stamp-duty hike and withdrawal of tax allowances. Welcome…

Why even the bookies love Leicester City

21 May 2016 9:00 am

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