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Between 1900 and 1940, a series of unstable Chinese regimes flooded global markets with bonds: this one is from 1911

Broken bonds

September’s annual IMF-World Bank meeting in Washington DC was a strange affair. Delegates fretted about Europe, about Brexit and, given…

4 Nov 2017

Will the Chancellor squeeze VCTs?

Wealthy investors have a particular reason to keep an anxious eye open for Philip Hammond’s autumn Budget on 22 November.…

4 Nov 2017

Fair shares for all

At a recent gathering of the venerable Company of Merchant Adventurers of York, I listened to a sermon on the…

4 Nov 2017

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…

Whiskies at the Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond

Whiskies galore!

This summer I did some work for a family who have been in the whisky business for 200 years. They…

30 Sep 2017

Scrap this stamp duty spiral

On balance, history will be kind to George Osborne’s six years as Chancellor. He stabilised an economy that was in…

30 Sep 2017
A senior Oxbridge academic can look forward to a gold-plated, index-linked pension

Golden groves of academe

Students, here is your starter for ten. What is the current funding deficit of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the…

30 Sep 2017

Pensions: the gender gap

It’s a fact of life that women save less for their old age than men do — and it’s the…

30 Sep 2017
Bangkok’s MahaNakhon skyscraper, Thailand’s tallest building

The Tigers reawaken

Cast your mind back 20 years, to a very different world. It’s 1997: Bill Clinton is in his second term,…

30 Sep 2017

The ultra-fast broadband race

‘Telecommunications’ is not the perfect name for the transmission of data at speeds that the late Mr Alexander Graham Bell…

30 Sep 2017

Gold is still the safest haven

In times as alarming as these — with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump waving nuclear weapons at each other…

30 Sep 2017

Can Macron deliver for investors?

An intelligent and driven centrist, young yet politically wise beyond his years — and with a track-record in business too…

27 May 2017
How blockchain works

Blockchain: an investor’s guide

Blockchain is the hottest bit of jargon in the financial world and potentially the most exciting development since the invention…

27 May 2017
The Merchant of Venice: expert in spreading investment risk

Far-flung flings

Looking for something exotic, but wary of investing directly in obscure foreign or small-cap companies? Then investment trusts are your…

27 May 2017
Glenmor estate lodges at Gleneagles

Thank you for sharing

How would you like to celebrate your birthday each year at a five-star cottage alongside the Gleneagles golf course? Or…

27 May 2017

Changing gear

Factories in the north will be shuttered up. Ports will be clogged with lines of Land Rovers and Minis completing…

27 May 2017

Robin Andrews picks automotive stocks for the post-Brexit era

The challenge of finding undervalued, publicly quoted enterprises with interesting prospects in the automotive sector is, as Matthew Lynn says,…

27 May 2017
Rich pickings: successes such as Fever-Tree are fertile ground for Hargreave

Maximise your winners

Giles Hargreave has been one of the UK’s top small-cap fund managers for more than 20 years, but his stock-market…

27 May 2017

Knowing when to sell

Since getting into the business of bringing shares to your attention, it has been frustrating not to have a platform…

27 May 2017

A caviar life on a fish-finger budget

DOB: It’s almost five years since I moved to London from Yorkshire; half a decade in which I have done…

Watch out for the Trump slump

So far, so good. Wall Street was among the keenest backers of Hillary Clinton in her doomed attempt to win…

4 Mar 2017
Weaker yen, stronger companies: Japan could be the trade of the decade

Making the case for Japan

The best investment decisions are almost always those that feel most uncomfortable at the time they are made. George Soros…

4 Mar 2017
London-centric: the Crossrail project is approaching completion

Who’s selling the shovels?

Our infrastructure is at breaking point. Most governments of the past hundred years have been able to raise their glasses…

4 Mar 2017
Gold coins: a ticket to escape from wherever you are in the world

Shopping for gold

When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. And when the going is seriously tough — as it may…

4 Mar 2017

New year, new opportunities

 The new tax year is just a month away and changes are coming that will affect your personal finances. Some…

4 Mar 2017

Buy high

At first glance Europe’s skiing industry, much loved by its aficionados and by far the world’s most advanced, would seem…

4 Mar 2017