A world of broken bonds

September’s annual IMF-World Bank meeting in Washington DC was a strange affair. Delegates fretted about Europe, about Brexit and, given…

4 Nov 2017

Will the budget clamp down on Venture Capital Trusts?

Wealthy investors have a particular reason to keep an anxious eye open for Philip Hammond’s autumn Budget on 22 November.…

4 Nov 2017

Karl Marx was right – abolishing student fees would be unfair

In a letter of 1875, Karl Marx wrote that making higher education free would mean ‘defraying the cost of education…

4 Nov 2017

Fair shares for all

At a recent gathering of the venerable Company of Merchant Adventurers of York, I listened to a sermon on the…

4 Nov 2017

The perils and profits of peer-to-peer lending

Early in 2016, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell — chairman of the Financial Services Authority in the years before it was…

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

This summer I did some work for a family who have been in the whisky business for 200 years. They…

30 Sep 2017

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

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

4 Nov 2017

Time the estate agents pulled their little white socks up

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

4 Nov 2017

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