Risks and rewards of peer-to-peer loans

Early in 2016, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell — chairman of the Financial Services Authority in the years before it was…

Niche themes: ETFs can offer investors exposure to robotics and artificial intelligence

Plain vanilla – or too hot to handle?

‘Are they vanilla?’ is the first question you should ask about ETFs, or exchange-traded funds: so says veteran multi-family office…

‘Shall we have it all melted down, dear?’ One expert says antique silver has become an ‘awful’ investment

Silver linings

Now might be a good time to add some silver to your portfolio. Silver is the poor relation of gold…

21 May 2016
Oh Lord, free us from Brussels: the sale of ‘L’Angelus’ (1858) by Jean-Francois Millet prompted the introduction of ‘droit de suite’

Art attack

Britain has the biggest art market in the European Union, but that market has been plagued over the years by…

Wheels of fortune: Keith Richards poses in 1967 with his Bentley Continental ‘Flying Spur’, which sold for £600,000 at auction this year

Marques that touch the heart

Buying a beautiful car that speaks of a bygone era of motoring style is for many people the fulfilment of…

14 Nov 2015
Worth a lot of notes: Yehudi Menuhin tries out a Stradivarius at Sotheby’s in 1971

Fiddle fanciers

As with vintage wines, there is a finite supply of violins made before 1785 by acknowledged craftsmen such as Antonio…

You send me: World Stamp Expo 2013 in Melbourne.

First-class postage

With the exception of the venerable Stanley Gibbons, founded in 1856, most British stamp dealers are snooty about the idea…

23 May 2015
Diappointing vintage: the 2011 harvest in Bordeaux

Beware Bordelais greed

Alternative investment » Wine The world of wine investment has certainly changed since I last wrote about it for The…

Star Signs

What should I go for? Remember the power of branding. For dead politicians that means Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, the two…

30 Mar 2013

Rare Opportunity

What the hell are you talking about?These 17 chemical elements, with names such as neodymium, dysprosium and europium, are used…