Spectator Money Columnist

Why the City will bounce back from Brexit

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The City of London specialises in bouncing back from reverses and exploiting the misfortunes of others. Most missteps in the…

Why Digital Britain will be another Brexit winner

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Start-ups departing for Berlin and Barcelona; brilliant ‘fintech’ firms left stranded outside the single market; games designers scratching their hipster…

Property: west London’s ‘satellite city’ is no goldmine for investors

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The oligarchs have gone quiet, the bankers who once inhabited Chelsea have been driven to distant suburbs; ordinary people can…

Will ‘Big Data’ turn out to be the punter’s new best friend?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Technology is making gambling more like stockbroking — and stockbroking more like gambling. Gamblers today often sound like City boys…

People who pick shares for you believe they are exercising high-level skill: they are so wrong

26 November 2016 9:00 am

As the year-end approaches, many investors will look back at their stock-market funds to see how they have performed. Typically,…

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…

Warehouses the size of football pitches are the new property growth area

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Some time ago my eye was caught by the story of a boy who had taken his father’s credit card…

Trump or Clinton: who should you put your money on?

1 October 2016 8:00 am

He can’t win, can he? Really? The unthinkable idea of President Donald J. Trump is becoming a very real possibility.…

Sorry, but a degree is a rotten investment

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Almost half a million students start-university this month. It’s an exciting time: the launch of adult life and independence. But…

At last, an end to excessive boardroom pay? Not likely

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Patricia Cross wants to kill complexity. As chairman of the remuneration committee of Aviva, the insurance business that older customers…

Buy-to-let is dead. Here comes buy-to-build

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Buy-to-let is dead — many say — killed off by George Osborne’s stamp-duty hike and withdrawal of tax allowances. Welcome…

Why even the bookies love Leicester City

21 May 2016 9:00 am


EU referendum: beware consensus among the great and the good

5 March 2016 9:00 am

From the Times, June 2003: ‘Senior ministers to lead push for euro.’ From the Financial Times of 4 January 2016:…

Post-Brexit banquet: Argentinian beef, best served with South African wine

How to invest if you’re sure we’re heading for Brexit

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Exporters and service firms can thrive outside the EU

Why I’m betting on Brexit

5 March 2016 9:00 am


Yes, yes, yes: Margaret Thatcher campaigning before Britain’s last European referendum in 1975

If we vote against Brexit, what happens after ‘Bray’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

What to expect if we vote against ‘Brexit’ from the EU