Banks

The PPI scandal ends at last – but the nuisance calls will keep coming

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Of all the stains on the reputation of UK banks, the PPI scandal is surely the most shameful, the most…

Why you can’t let Brexit affect your life

24 August 2019 9:00 am

A couple with a first baby sought my advice: they had accepted a low offer for their cramped London flat…

An American in Cardiff

29 June 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, celebrates innovative businesses throughout the UK that…

A very different kind of law firm

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The closing date for The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, is Friday 7…

A fanfare for music’s next generation

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer,  are open for entries at www.spectator.co.uk/disruptor. We’re…

Creativity at the cutting edge of science

14 March 2019 9:00 am

The Spectator’s Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2019, sponsored by Julius Baer, are now open: the entry form is…

Ten years after Lehman’s fall, how close is the next crash?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Our cinema is showing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and I’m reminded of a remark attributed to Mark Twain,…

Give Mike Ashley a peerage if he can revive House of Fraser

18 August 2018 9:00 am

This column has consistently stood up for Mike Ashley, even when the lonesome billionaire’s notions of corporate governance at Sports…

Bank AGMs are an opportunity to shout about branch closures

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The season of high-street banks’ annual general meetings is with us and I urge you to turn up and make…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A mixed bag of annual results from the big banks. RBS, still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, recorded…

I’m teaching my kids about money – by searching for buried treasure

16 December 2017 9:00 am

At the end of each year I pull out most of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made — I…

One good thing about bank closures: they could give the Co-op a new job

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many thanks to the stampede of readers who sent news of bank branch closures. There’s certainly a national pattern, and…

Our high streets are reviving — don’t let bank closures mess them up

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Almost a decade after the financial crisis loomed, our high streets and town centres are full of life again: who…

It's crazy to give up on cash

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Banknotes and coins are at the heart of British life. In these dreary contactless times, we’d be mad to lose them for ever

Can anything make online banking truly hacker-proof?

12 November 2016 9:00 am

There’s an electronic device on my desk that looks — through its bubble- wrap — like a cheap miniature calculator.…

Why negative interest rates are mad, bad – and dangerous

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Negative interest rates are too crazy to contemplate, right? But they may be just around the corner

Donald Trump is lashing out in all directions

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Trump denounces Muslims, Mexicans… and millionaires

The low tricks of high finance: how greedy bankers, weak politicians and timid journalists could cause a new crash

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short, rages against greedy bankers, weak politicians and timid journalists

Portrait of the week

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Home Parents would be able to have their children’s passports removed if they were suspected of planning to travel abroad…

Forget corporate social responsibility: just do a proper job

29 November 2014 9:00 am

A theme of this autumn has been conversations about corporate reputation and how it is guarded or lost. To name…

Any other business: Why a trillion dollars of dividends is a milestone worth celebrating

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Dividends paid by listed companies around the world passed $1 trillion for the first time last year, we learn from…

If you think British banks are bad, you’ve never tried China’s

5 October 2013 9:00 am

China’s banks are weak, ill-managed puppets of the state

What’s keeping the banks buoyant?

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Attractive at a glance, they are priced cheaply for a reason

So the Cypriots cop it for having fallen for the honeyed promises of the EU

23 March 2013 9:00 am

I had forgotten about Cyprus. I suppose it was lodged somewhere near the back of my mind as a cheap…

In Cyprus as in Britain, the prudent must pay for others’ folly – but not like this

23 March 2013 9:00 am

The Cypriots are the authors of their own misfortune, having turned their banking system into a rackety offshore haven for…