Spectator Money – Features

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

A caviar life on a fish-finger budget

27 May 2017 9:00 am

David Oldroyd-Bolt and Camilla Swift on how to stretch a pittance into a stylish mode de vie

Wall Street seems happy for now... but watch out for the Trump slump

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Matthew Lynn says investors should think about getting out of American stocks while the going is good

Weaker yen, stronger companies: Japan could be the trade of the decade

Japan’s long-depressed stock market could bring spectacular returns soon

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Jonathan Davis says Tokyo’s long-slumped stock market could produce spectacular returns in the next decade

London-centric: the Crossrail project is approaching completion

To invest in an infrastucture boom, find out who’s selling the shovels

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Our veteran investor Robin Andrews finds shares that could benefit from a new infrastructure boom

Gold coins: a ticket to escape from wherever you are in the world

Shopping for gold is easy... you can take it away in a bag if you like

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Margareta Pagano says gold is easy to buy these days... and it’s a hedge against whatever Trump does next

New year, new opportunities

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Laura Whitcombe offers a quick guide to tax changes for 2017/18, plus Isa tips from a leading fund manager

Buy high: Alpine property is still a sound investment above the snow line

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says Alpine property is a sound investment if you pick the right resort and stay above the snow line

So hot right now: a statuary marble chimneypiece circa 1770, seen here in the sitting room of Will Fisher, owner of Jamb

How to furnish your Georgian rectory

4 March 2017 9:00 am

People are buying ‘brown furniture’ again, discovers David Oldroyd-Bolt, and mixing old and modern

How to start your own bank

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Camilla Swift learns that launching a new banking venture requires an experienced team with plenty of patience