Money

How would Labour’s proposed tax grab affect your home?

Labour’s tax plans would mark the most radical shake up of the property market since just after the Second World War. So how can you insulate yourself and your home against a possible Corbyn government?

25 Jun 2019

Will Neil Woodford’s downfall be repeated?

As Neil Woodford shows, fund managers’ luck runs out all too often

21 Jun 2019

How to bet on the Tory leadership race

Think you can predict the Tory leadership race? Why not place a bet on it? If pub gossip is anything…

12 Jun 2019

Labour’s water nationalisation plans can only spell disaster

Labour’s plans to renationalise National Grid, revealed last week, show to what lengths Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell will go…

25 May 2019

Why you shouldn’t hate the little guys who buy-to-let

Most industries have long since been seized by the big guys. Look at coffee shops, once a tapestry of micro…

25 May 2019

The green rush: should you invest in cannabis?

How big is the legal cannabis industry? Every time I think I’ve seen the highest estimate along comes another breathless…

25 May 2019

Everything you’ve heard about millennials and money is wrong

Millennials are often portrayed as wasting their earnings on soya vanilla lattes and Instagrammable holidays in exotic locations. A Barclays…

25 May 2019
Extinction Rebellion protestors in Piccadilly last month

Boycotting energy companies won’t solve climate change

They pollute the planet. They are turning global warming into a catastrophe. And they are taking humanity to the brink…

25 May 2019

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

The 1980 cult film The Blues Brothers focuses on Jake and Elwood’s quest to save their convent orphanage by raising…

2 Mar 2019

Believe in the post-Brexit bounce

There will be some slightly heavy traffic on the M20. A Waitrose somewhere will run out of freshly cut Dutch-grown…

2 Mar 2019

Whatever happened to the Brexit property crash?

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

2 Mar 2019

Has the tide turned on emerging markets?

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

2 Mar 2019

Making Tax Digital – and more difficult: HMRC’s new ruse

Before I begin, I want to make it clear that I have nothing but respect for Her Majesty’s Revenue &…

2 Mar 2019

The case of the disappearing bitcoin

Imagine that you lost the keys to your house and neither locksmith nor fire brigade with battering ram could pick…

2 Mar 2019

Don’t despair – there’s hope for the high street yet

Business rates keep rising. The online giants keep on expanding. The living wage has pushed up staff costs in what…

1 Dec 2018

Loophole Cottage

I have a faint memory that I once came across a property called Loophole Cottage. It was named, I think,…

1 Dec 2018

An object lesson in investing in luxuries

On Saturday afternoons, Bernie Ecclestone and I can often be found nudging in front of each other looking for bargains.…

1 Dec 2018

The freelance trap and how to avoid it

In Victor Hugo’s masterpiece Les Misérables, police inspector Javert pursues the hero, Jean Valjean, with a single-minded doggedness, immune to…

1 Dec 2018

Why you can’t beat shares

Pension freedoms granted to us by the coalition government in 2014, which allowed us to do what we liked with…

1 Dec 2018

Is the current stock market a load of bull?

The roaring twenties. The booming sixties. The Asian tigers of the 1970s and 1980s, and the dot-com bubble of the 1990s. Every investor is well aware that there have been some great bull markets over the past 100 years…

6 Oct 2018
Modern Corporate Glass Building

Office rentals and hot-desk companies are booming – but for how long?

One morning in 2000 I was taken around the City’s back streets by an estate agent who wanted to show…

6 Oct 2018

Rich pickings

The Old Masters, the tasteful antiques, the Montblancs — everything in a private bank looks reassuringly expensive but should you…

6 Oct 2018
Midas touch: Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger

Want to predict the price of gold? Then watch Hollywood films

Wasn’t the point of gold supposed to be to act as a safe haven in times of crisis? That is…

6 Oct 2018
The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates seven times in the past three years

Has the tide turned on emerging markets?

This year has been bad for investors in emerging markets. The MSCI index has dropped around 20 per cent since…

6 Oct 2018

Meet the ‘Fangs’, the stock to sink your teeth into

They steal your data, and manipulate it for their own ends. They destroy local shops and small companies. They are…

26 May 2018

The landlords walking into the great EPC trap

Buy-to-let investors have long occupied a slot in the national consciousness somewhere between arsonists and child molesters. They stand accused…

26 May 2018