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‘Claptrap on both sides’

Is there a genuinely independent go-to guide for anyone who cares about the future of the UK economy but isn’t…

5 Mar 2016
Farmers’ market: The Common Agricultural Policy colours Brussels’ thinking on all aspects of trade

Sober logic says ‘out’

I like to think I’m a rational economist. Of course, like all of us, I make many choices based on…

5 Mar 2016

Selling euros? Don’t get stung

Buying and selling foreign currency can be a high-stakes gamble, with murky exchange rates and fees making it virtually impossible…

5 Mar 2016
Volatile proposition: bitcoin has plunged from its 2013 peak

Solving the bitcoin mystery

 bitcoin/ n. A type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of…

5 Mar 2016

Look beyond today’s turmoil

Canvassing friends from a lifetime in the investment business in Europe and in North America, I’m struck by the unanimity…

5 Mar 2016
‘Shall we go or shall we stay?’ Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan in

C’est la vie

Whenever I return to England from my home in France I am struck at once by the number of grossly…

5 Mar 2016
Global brand: Nestlé of Switzerland ‘will still be selling chocolate in 100 years time’

The other side of the Alps

Switzerland has always been different: something of a sovereign interloper, the guest in the corner of a party that no…

5 Mar 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…

Asking the right questions

‘Forecasting is a mug’s game’ is a dictum often heard in the financial world, yet more often ignored. As our…

14 Nov 2015

The robots are coming — and they want to make you rich

In a world where we’re heading for driverless cars, drones that deliver groceries to your back garden and smartphones that…

14 Nov 2015
Posh crisps: private equity helped Tyrrells move upmarket

The patient capitalists: why private equity is a force for good

Bert Wiegman places two packages on the polished conference table in a third-floor office off Regent Street and leans back…

14 Nov 2015
Here we go again: worried customers outside a US bank during the financial crisis of September 1936

Interest rates must rise, but when?

The direction of travel for interest rates appears clear. Both the US and UK economies are growing at roughly their…

14 Nov 2015
Storm-tossed: how will our plucky portfolios fare in such choppy waters?

All at sea

Just two forces will determine how the ‘storm-tossed barque’ of your portfolio fares in the choppy waters ahead. One of…

14 Nov 2015
A reassurance: Ben Bernanke

Clueless and uncertain

During his time as the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke was notable for taking bold, often controversial…

14 Nov 2015

Thinking ahead

As the nights draw in and the year-end approaches, we should all take stock of how our finances fared in…

14 Nov 2015
Industrial revolution: gas from shale — as here in Pennsylvania — has transformed the US energy economy

To frack or not to frack

What a curious world we live in. It is now conventional wisdom that we have all embarked on a journey…

14 Nov 2015
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
Because I’m worth it: an art deco emerald and diamond necklace sold for over £300,000 at Christie’s in 2007

Sparkling value

We all know diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But what can they do for your investment portfolio? Jewels have…

14 Nov 2015

Choices, perspectives and dreams

After pension rules were relaxed by George Osborne in April, savers were reported to be ‘cashing in their pension pots’…

3 Oct 2015
Myth and modernity: China is feared and revered by the West

The next horizon

Given that the chaos which engulfed China over the summer included the bursting of the stock-market bubble, a double currency…

3 Oct 2015
Crowd fever: Hindus at India’s Janmashtami festival form a human pyramid to claim a pot of prize money.

Is it wise to follow the crowd?

Investors are pouring into the crowdfunding arena. Barely five years old, the sector is growing in the UK at an…

3 Oct 2015

The minimalist optimist

When you put your money into an actively managed investment fund, it’s as well to remember that you are putting…

3 Oct 2015

Sail away

You see them in harbours from the Med to the Caribbean: retired British couples sitting on their yachts sipping gin…

3 Oct 2015
Eclipse, foaled in 1764, was an ancestor of 95 per cent of thoroughbredsracing today

A business of dreams

The buying, selling and training of the thoroughbred racehorse is a multibillion-pound global concern that tends to be 18 months…

3 Oct 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…

More downside than upside: knife jugglers at a fair in Texas

Catching falling knives

There is a curious pleasure to be had watching stocks plummet — as long as you don’t own them. It’s…

3 Oct 2015