The trouble with Rishi Sunak’s stamp duty holiday

Why it still pays to stay put.

8 Jul 2020

Boris says build – but where are the missing houses?

The stall in house-building could mean further property price inflation.

1 Jul 2020

Are we heading for hyper-inflation or deflation?

In other words, will we become Zimbabwe or Japan after Covid-19?

24 Jun 2020

Why a V-shaped recovery is still possible

Just about every letter of the alphabet has been used to predict our economic future but which one will come true?

17 Jun 2020

Property is a riskier investment than we think

With shares, we spread risk but with property it’s a case of all in.

10 Jun 2020

Could coronavirus make suburbia cool again?

It’s hard to see the point of second homes when for much of this crisis, people have been prohibited from using them.

3 Jun 2020

Britain needs a sovereign wealth fund like Norway

1.5 per cent of all the world’s listed shares are owned by Norway’s sovereign wealth fund – it’s time we followed their lead.

28 May 2020

Are tech stocks immune to the pandemic?

While other sectors have faced the full brunt of the Covid downturn, the tech sector seems eerily unscathed.

26 May 2020

We’re still counting the cost of the Northern Rock bailouts

Many ‘mortgage prisoners’ are unable to move their loan to another lender

21 May 2020

The furlough scheme will soon become a national addiction

The generosity of Rishi Sunak’s scheme will prompt furlough demands during every subsequent national crisis.

12 May 2020

Rural houses with gardens will rocket in value after lockdown

Outdoor space will be at the forefront of buyers’ minds for some time to come.

7 May 2020

How much will the UK economy shrink by in the second quarter?

Those trying to predict what will happen next should take a hard look at their own bank accounts.

29 Apr 2020

What will happen to your savings after coronavirus?

Negative interest rates have been a persistent fact of life in Britain and the pandemic has only entrenched them further.

22 Apr 2020

Covid-19 has exposed the hypocrisy of insurance companies

From travel to car insurance, insurers are pocketing millions during lockdown whilst being reticent to pay out.

8 Apr 2020

Coronavirus has made it impossible to value property

Covid-19 has put the housing market on hold while the equity market is in free fall – which will fare better in the long run?

1 Apr 2020

What help will the government give the self-employed?

As it stands, the government has protected employees of big corporations but left the self-employed high and dry.

25 Mar 2020
A glass sculpture entitled "coronavirus COVID-19" created by British artist Luke Jerram

How will the coronavirus lockdown affect our spending?

The suspension of civic society is without precedence in peacetime and, as we all spend less, the economy will suffer further.

18 Mar 2020

How will this year’s Budget affect the property market?

The much-maligned Mansion Tax never came to pass but what else did the Chancellor have to say on housing?

12 Mar 2020

The cladding scandal is leaving properties unsaleable

In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell fire the left lost no opportunity to try to make out that it…

5 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: will the markets fall further?

This week has been a reminder of how the sharpest falls in the stock market are often followed by the sharpest gains.

4 Mar 2020

Why stamp duty could and should be cut

The tax has been jacked up so often that it’s no wonder so few of us want to move house.

27 Feb 2020

Will pension tax relief be abolished?

Boris Johnson is said to have gone cool on proposals for a mansion tax following negative comment from aggrieved mansion-owners.…

19 Feb 2020

The ‘mansion tax’ will be worth it if stamp duty is slashed

If the government uses the extra revenue to slash stamp duty it could give first time buyers a welcome leg-up.

12 Feb 2020
The Lexus LF-30 Electric concept car on display at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show

The petrol car ban could make motoring the preserve of the wealthy

Why the government’s new policy will push up prices for ordinary road users.

5 Feb 2020

Coronavirus has spooked the markets: is now the time to invest?

SARS and H5N1 avian flu caused mass panic, just like coronavirus, yet both disappeared from public consciousness just as quickly as they arrived.

28 Jan 2020

Will house prices rise after Brexit?

There’s arguably never been a better time to buy a house but is talk of a post-Brexit property boom overrated?

23 Jan 2020