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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
Counting the cost: Labour offered nothing for the aspiring middle class

Conservative gains

At a party in London’s St James’s on election night, the many senior business figures present were ecstatic. We’d had…

23 May 2015
Missing man: Carney’s policies matter as much as Osborne’s

Like Christmas, but not in a good way

Well, few saw that coming. After a drearily overlong campaign, election night managed to surprise us after all. This election…

23 May 2015
A sudden glut: the shale revolution has come at a time when western oil demand is falling

Big Oil: not over yet

It was the kind of megadeal that sets pulses racing in the City. When in early April the oil giant…

23 May 2015

Little Oil: cash is king

The small oil and gas company sector, consisting chiefly of AIM-quoted companies, has been massacred over the past few years,…

23 May 2015

Save now, save plenty

George Osborne, just before the election, waved his golden wand to give the over-55s access to their pension cash at…

23 May 2015
Doomed: politicians are gnawing away pension privileges

Forget pensions: ISAs are the future

‘Pensions are finished. I don’t think they have a future.’ Thus Michael Johnson, the Centre for Policy Studies expert on…

23 May 2015

The self-confessed optimist

Interviewing James Anderson is a lot more refreshing than grilling your average fund manager, as befits a man who runs…

23 May 2015

More yoga than lap-dancing

Why would any female graduate ever want to work on a City trading floor? Lots do, of course, and very…

23 May 2015
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

Voting for uncertainty

‘So, what’s your election prediction?’ It’s a perfectly reasonable question, but one which has lately stumped me. There’s just no…

7 Mar 2015

Hold your nose and back Team Ed

Political betting is serious business these days. About £10 million’s worth of bets were placed on the 2010 election; this year the…

7 Mar 2015
Some forms of trading are not for DIY investment novices: the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the era of ‘open outcry’

Pick the right platform

You’ve decided to go it alone and make your own investment decisions. You’ve worked out how much you can afford…

7 Mar 2015
Neil Woodford

Interview: ‘The world is a very difficult place’

It’s quite rare to come across successful professionals lobbing grenades at the industry that has brought them fame and fortune.…

7 Mar 2015

How QE is eating our pensions

Six years ago, after reducing short-term interest rates nearly to zero, the Bank of England started its emergency policy of…

7 Mar 2015

Too big to prosper

A couple of years ago, a bookseller sent me ‘a little gem of a book’, namely The Making of the…

7 Mar 2015
It’s patriotic too: car-sharing, 1940s style

Make the most of your assets

Joining the ‘sharing economy’ is a little bit like a hotly anticipated first date. It could end in tears, a…

7 Mar 2015
Spot the talent: Nick D’Aloisio in 2013, after selling his app to Yahoo! at the age of 17

Angels and unicorns

‘There’s definitely more money than talent out there.’ That’s the view of one seasoned London tech investor, and it presents…

7 Mar 2015
Save for a home I’ll never afford? I’d rather go shopping

Generation Spendthrift

Your first pay packet, in your first ‘proper’ job, almost seems like a miracle. So much money, coming straight into…

7 Mar 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…

Voyage of adventure

‘Better to be a pirate than join the navy’: the words of Apple founder Steve Jobs and an appropriate motto…

8 Nov 2014
Why not try it at home? Do-it-yourself banking is a growth market

Turn yourself into a bank

Hard-pressed savers in search of decent rates of return are increasingly turning to the world of ‘alternative finance’. In the…

8 Nov 2014
Greet the dawn: Tokyo’s future looks rosier

Land of Rising Prospects

Tucked into an office above a Sainsbury’s Local in a quiet street in York, the GLG Japan Core Alpha team…

8 Nov 2014
Jack Ma of Alibaba: a new corporate rock star

Alibaba’s secrets

By any measure, the listing of Alibaba Group on the New York Stock Exchange in September was a whopper. It…

8 Nov 2014

The death of bonds

Bonds are meant to be boring. Yet lately the world’s most unexciting asset class has been anything but. At the…

8 Nov 2014