Gold

If investors are fleeing to gold, this is not the time to be smug

17 August 2019 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, following…

Map of West Africa, c.1547, depicting the trading fortress of São Jorge da Mina on the African Gold Coast.

The scramble for Africa goes back many centuries

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Anthony Sattin is fascinated by the rich history of West Africa – the kind not taught in schools

Midas touch: Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger

Want to predict the price of gold? Then watch Hollywood films

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Movies can predict the price of bullion, says Ross Clark

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…

War horse: horse headdress made of felt, leather and wood, late 4th–early 3rd century BC

Pot-smoking warriors who attached enemy bodyparts to their horses: Scythians reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

You wouldn’t want to stumble upon the Scythians. Armed with battle-axes, bows and daggers, and covered in fearsome tattoos, the…

The Trip is unmissable TV – shame so many of us will miss it now it’s on Sky Atlantic

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Sky Atlantic — available only to Sky customers — has the cunning/infuriating policy of broadcasting the kind of programmes most…

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

Could we win back Gordon Brown’s gold at the Olympics?

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Golden years How many Olympic events would Team GB have to win before we could earn back the gold reserves…

Astonishing splashes of colour: historiated initial from a gradual, Entry into Jerusalem (c.1410–20), by Cristoforo Cortese

From purple goats to monkeys bottoms – the joy of medieval manuscripts

30 July 2016 9:00 am

From purple goats to monkeys’ bottoms, Laura Freeman on the delights of medieval manuscripts

Brexit leaves optimists clinging to the life raft of cliché

2 July 2016 9:00 am

My column calling Brexit campaigners ‘hooligans’ and ending ‘Reader, I voted Remain’, caused quite a stir — coinciding as it…

Sneer of cold command: Velázquez’s portrait of the Count-Duke of Olivares, Philip IV’s ‘Ozymandias-like vizier’ (detail)

Spain’s golden age — with a silver lining

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As every schoolboy knows, ‘the empire on which the sun never set’ was British, and ‘blue-blooded’ was a phrase applied…

I miss the days when French rugby was great. Thierry Dusautoir must, too

7 March 2015 9:00 am

It used to be such a treat of a winter weekend, sitting down to watch France against Wales in Paris…

The bull market is five years old. Does that mean it’s nearly over?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

In London and New York, share prices have risen for five years running. So is it time to sell?

Martin Vander Weyer: Bad news for pawnbrokers. Is that good news for the rest of us?

12 October 2013 9:00 am

While attention has focused on the sudden ubiquity and alleged iniquity of payday lenders, boom and impending bust has infected…

Investment special: The case for gold

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Despite recent falls, the case for holding gold remains persuasive

Going for gold

15 January 2011 12:00 am

There’s gold out there. The search for lost masterpieces beguiles many a theatrical impresario but with it comes the danger that the thrill of the chase may convert a spirit of honest exploration into an obtuse reverence for the quarry.