Gone are the days when the middle class could afford to go skiing

9 March 2019 9:00 am

It won’t be news to readers of The Spectator that one of the long-term effects of globalisation is the hollowing…

Good as gold? Ethical investing is not the no-brainer it seems

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Ethical investing is not quite the no-brainer it seems, says Andrew Willshire

Believe in the post-Brexit bounce

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Believe in the post-Brexit bounce, says Matthew Lynn

Whatever happened to the Brexit property crash?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Whatever happened to the great Brexit property crash? The stock market has been pummelled on occasion since the referendum in…

Has the tide turned on emerging markets?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Knowing that stock markets have had a turbulent time recently, I looked up my investments online to discover that some…

The case of the disappearing bitcoin

2 March 2019 9:00 am

When the QuadrigaCX founder died suddenly on honeymoon, all his passwords died with him. Not surprisingly, his investors are clamouring for their money

At sixes and sevens about seven and six

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Someone on the wireless was talking about marrying in the Liberty of Newgate before the Marriage Act of 1753, and…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…

Politicians want to move us towards a cashless world. It would be a disaster

25 November 2017 9:00 am

We should fear a world without hard currency

Will the budget clamp down on Venture Capital Trusts?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Watch out for a budget clampdown on the tax advantages of Venture Capital Trusts, warns Jonathan Davis

Gigolos I have known

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The death of the richest woman on this planet, as the tabloids dubbed Liliane Bettencourt, brought back some vivid memories,…

Dear Mary: Am I obliged to regale my sponsor with anecdotes from my life?

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Q. As an artist I’m indebted to my sponsor. I also like him, but not his habit of ringing me…

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

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

The men who made us fat

5 November 2016 9:00 am

‘Look at them, they’re all fat,’ he said. I’d slowed the car to allow four children to cross the zebra…

Brand ‘Picasso’: the artist surrounded by a portion of his 45,000 works, in Cannes, 1956

The squalid afterlife of artists' estates

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Artists’ legacies were once controlled by opportunist collectors or vengeful harpies. Stephen Bayley meets the German lawyer trying to civilise the process

How should schools teach pupils about managing their money?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

The teaching of personal finance in schools has moved up the agenda in recent years, finds Martin Vander Weyer

Money shot: banknote from the time of Kublai Khan, 13th century

From Kublai Khan to Charles Dickens: the birth and death of paper money

10 September 2016 9:00 am

As the Age of the Polymer dawns, Daisy Dunn looks back on the history of the banknote

True or false? The Temple of Bel, Palmyra, before and after its destruction at the hands of Islamic State

Why confront the ugly lie of Islamic State with a tacky fake?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Can the beauty of Palmyra be reproduced by data-driven robots? Stephen Bayley on copies, fakes and forgeries

Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘public sector ethos’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

An infuriating benefit of readers’ online comments beneath the efforts of a columnist like me is that as you read…

Dear Mary: I don’t want perfumed people to hold my baby

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. Is there a polite way of not letting someone hold your baby? I love giving mine to people to…

Dear Mary: Dare I put my wife and three ex-mistresses all at the same table?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. I have learned that someone I much admired in youth is about to become single again. I only have…

Ten resolutions as I stare my 50th birthday in the face

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Very soon now I shall reach my half-century. I would have preferred to keep the horror a secret but there’s…

When jockeys earn so little, temptation is not surprising

20 September 2014 9:00 am

While Mrs Oakley was patrolling the aisles in Waitrose one day recently, I slipped off into my local betting shop.…

I don't love money, but I love the risks it makes me take

18 January 2014 9:00 am

On the flight into Kinshasa, I sat next to an elderly Englishman who was pallid with fear. He revealed that…