Money

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

Crypto-currency: risky as hell but worth a punt

‘I’m up 430 per cent,’ said my friend Mash, boasting about his investments in Bitcoin. I should have known then…

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

Why buying housebuilders’ shares beats buying houses

Safe as ’ouses, as they say. The housing slump of 2008 seems a long time ago now. Prices across the…

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

Selling robo-advice just got even tougher

The boss of London’s largest UK ‘robo-advisor’ promised it was going to ‘redefine the UK investment industry’. Now five years…

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…

Spread your bets on Theresa’s majority

Where’s all the unpredictability in politics gone? After the hubbub about a ‘crisis of liberalism’ and the thrills of punting…

27 May 2017

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

Global warnings: Perils of a new age of protectionism

Globalisation has apparently been going too fast. It is blamed for benefiting managers and owners of capital — and emerging-market…

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

The Speculator: So far so good, but should I quit while I’m ahead?

In Spectator Money last November, I wrote about Equotion, an algorithm gambling service or ‘Sports Betting Disrupter’ which promises customers…

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

Risks and rewards of investing in freeholds

Is being a buy-to-let investor just a bit too respectable for you? There’s an alternative: become a landlord’s landlord and…

4 Mar 2017
So hot right now: a statuary marble chimneypiece circa 1770, seen here in the sitting room of Will Fisher, owner of Jamb

How to fit out your Georgian rectory

Ah yes, escaping to the country. There comes a time when every Englishman wants to do it. Astonishing numbers of…

4 Mar 2017

How to start your own bank

How on earth do you ‘start a bank’? It sounds like a nigh-on impossible project. Yet in the past few…

4 Mar 2017