Money

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…

Estate agency is a shrinking market

If there was ever an industry crying out to be disrupted, it was estate agency. Forever bottom of the list…

4 Nov 2017
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

Ground rents are the next housing scandal

Whenever I hear someone bemoan the fact that their home has become ‘worthless’, I know someone else is about to…

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

US shares are ripe for a fall

Signs are growing that the US bull market is running out of steam. If you invested $100 at the low…

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

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