interest rates

Ground zero: Are negative interest rates the key to unlocking investment?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Are negative interest rates the key to unlocking investment

The world is stuck in a debt trap

28 September 2019 9:00 am

I don’t usually get up early just for an appointment at a bank. Yet last Tuesday in New York, I…

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

4 November 2017 9:00 am

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

Is Britain ready for recession? You wouldn’t put money on it

5 August 2017 9:00 am

For anyone considering a career in economic forecasting, the Bank of England’s inflation report for August 2007 ought to be…

Why stop at keeping Gibraltar? Let’s take over the bits of Spain around it

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Since Article 50 was triggered last week, City traders have been avidly watching the fluctuations of the pound. Analysts at…

Mark Carney has to go. Here’s why

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The Bank of England governor’s ‘forward guidance’ is reliably wrong. His other interventions are even worse

Interest rates have been too low for too long

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Central banks are still keeping interest rates at rock bottom. When the 2007-8 financial crisis struck, reducing interest rates was…

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

Revealed: the magic formula for a prosperous retirement

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Are you saving enough to live comfortably in your tenth decade?

Does it still make sense to sell in May then go away?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Or pick some more potential winners? Our veteran investor sets uncertainty aside

Stop chasing the PM’s taxes: focus on the bad stuff that really matters

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments last week when I was ready to give up journalism and retrain in a less unsavoury profession…

Portrait of the week

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, announced, as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, plans for two 5,000-strong…

Here we go again: worried customers outside a US bank during the financial crisis of September 1936

Interest rates must rise, but when?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The Fed keeps finding reasons to delay a vital decision, says a top economist in the first part of our survey of what lies ahead for markets and investors

If the world economy crashes again, blame the central bankers

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Like the Christmas pudding sampled by Hercule Poirot at Kings Lacey — but six weeks early — our Spectator Money…

The war on pensioners

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Young people are being taught to resent their elders on the basis of tendentious claims and alarmist statistics

Our terrified central bankers have sat on interest rates long enough

26 September 2015 8:00 am

When news broke last Thursday evening that the US Federal Reserve had decided to keep interest rates on hold, I…

George Osborne has bet the house (and other people's houses) on there being no new crash

29 August 2015 9:00 am

When George Osborne visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark  the stock markets of each country promptly fell by about 5 per…

Do you think the age of boom and bust is over? All our party leaders are betting that it is

9 May 2015 9:00 am

After working for Bill Clinton, the political strategist James Carville said he had changed his mind about where power really…

Portrait of the week

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Home A hundred firemen could not prevent wooden cooling towers at Didcot B gas-fuelled power station in Oxfordshire from burning…