Spectator Money – Features

Beanie Babies were once an investment mania — could cannabis products go the same way?

How to avoid losing money in economic bubbles

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Stephen Eckett on the next financial fads and how to avoid them

Short-selling is simple in theory, but more difficult in practice

3 March 2018 9:00 am

They get a bad press, but we need short-sellers, says James Clunie

Would you take a robot’s tip?

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Andrew Willshire on how AI is being used in fund management

How micro-investing apps taught me about the world of investing

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Tiffany Daneff tries an app that helps you save, one cappuccino at a time

The markets react as the Dow Jones recorded its largest one-day points fall in history last month

What January's financial performance could mean for the rest of 2018

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Investors should once again look to emerging markets for better returns, says Matthew Lynn

Between 1900 and 1940, a series of unstable Chinese regimes flooded global markets with bonds: this one is from 1911

A world of broken bonds

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson fears that our pension funds and investment portfolios will soon be crammed full of China’s risky corporate debt

Will the budget clamp down on Venture Capital Trusts?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Watch out for a budget clampdown on the tax advantages of Venture Capital Trusts, warns Jonathan Davis

Karl Marx was right – abolishing student fees would be unfair

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The burden of student debt may feel cruel, says Hettie O’Brien, but Karl Marx was right – scrapping tuition fees would be even more unfair

Fair shares for all

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Robin Andrews explains how small investors can enjoy the same rewards as the professionals by investing in private equity

The perils and profits of peer-to-peer lending

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Christopher Silvester explains how financing small fractions of company ‘receivables’ can bring high returns

Whiskies at the Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond

Rare whiskies can be a better investment bet than first-growth clarets

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Henry Jeffreys says a rare Scotch can be a better investment bet than first-growth claret

Scrap this stamp duty spiral

30 September 2017 9:00 am

What we need is a return to the era of low, simple and stable levies on house sales, argues Matthew Lynn

A senior Oxbridge academic can look forward to a gold-plated, index-linked pension

Are university professors’ big fat pensions under threat?

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Never mind how much vice-chancellors are paid; it’s the pensions promised to 390,000 university staff that are seriously unaffordable, says Jonathan Davis

Pensions, children and the gender gap

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Motherhood and family life can limit women’s ability to save – we need to start getting smart now, says Laura Whitcombe

Bangkok’s MahaNakhon skyscraper, Thailand’s tallest building

The awakening of Southeast Asia’s tiger economies

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Southeast Asia is a region of young consumers, ambitious governments and opportunities for investors, says Elliot Wilson

Race against time: the major players in the broadband challenge

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Robin Andrews picks potential winners in fibre optics as the UK tries to catch up with the rest of the world

Gold is still the safest haven — and mining companies can offer better returns than bullion

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Gold mining shares can offer better returns than bullion itself, says Robin Andrews

French blue chips and property could be hot bets... if Macron delivers

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says French blue chips and property could be hot bets – but only if the new president turns his election promises into action

How blockchain works

Blockchain: an investor’s guide

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Blockchain is the hottest bit of jargon in the financial world and potentially the most exciting development since the invention…

The Merchant of Venice: expert in spreading investment risk

How to invest in dynamic businesses abroad or world-changing inventions

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Andrew M. Brown explains the risk-spreading principle and the enduring fascination of investment trusts

Glenmor estate lodges at Gleneagles

Timeshare? Think stylish getaways, not dodgy sales reps

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Timeshare is no longer such a dirty word in the travel trade – in fact, shared ownership offers stylish getaway opportunities, says Laura Whitcombe

Brexit is an opportunity for the UK-based car industry to change up a gear

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The UK car industry reinvented itself in the 1980s. Brexit offers it the opportunity to do so again, says Matthew Lynn

Stocks to watch — automotive shares that may prosper post-Brexit

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The challenge of finding undervalued, publicly quoted enterprises with interesting prospects in the automotive sector is, as Matthew Lynn says,…

Rich pickings: successes such as Fever-Tree are fertile ground for Hargreave

Back winners, dump losers: it’s commonsense investing

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Small-cap fund manager Giles Hargreave offers Jonathan Davis his commonsense formula

Knowing when to sell

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Taking profits on rising shares – and dumping duds – is as important as what you pick in the first place, says Robin Andrews