Money

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

Cash to spare? Why not invest in a nearly-new car?

If you’re lucky enough to receive a legacy of, say, £10,000 or £20,000, what should you do with it? You’d…

4 Mar 2017

Voices of experience

The investment philosophy of Spectator Money can be summarised in a few simple guidelines. First, take an active interest in…

26 Nov 2016

Why the City will bounce back from Brexit

The City of London specialises in bouncing back from reverses and exploiting the misfortunes of others. Most missteps in the…

26 Nov 2016

Sector Watch: Why digital Britain will be another Brexit winner

Start-ups departing for Berlin and Barcelona; brilliant ‘fintech’ firms left stranded outside the single market; games designers scratching their hipster…

26 Nov 2016

Skin in the game

Terry Smith is in the news again. Not for being a Brexiteer — though he’s been committed to that cause…

26 Nov 2016

Why aren’t we talking about China?

Every year in October, a group of investors, bankers and world leaders gather in Washington to discuss the year that…

26 Nov 2016

Investing with a purpose

Millennials: there are 160 million of them in the US and Europe. They will comprise three quarters of the global…

26 Nov 2016

Perfect pitch

As someone who’s passionate about the power of compelling speech, there is nothing I hate more than watching somebody blow…

26 Nov 2016
Self-building for a secure old age: Winston Churchill was a skilled amateur bricklayer

Grand designs for retirement

The near-abolition of tax on savings income was one of George Osborne’s less-noticed legacies. A shareholder can now receive £5,000…

26 Nov 2016

Property: West London’s ‘satellite city’ is no goldmine for investors

The oligarchs have gone quiet, the bankers who once inhabited Chelsea have been driven to distant suburbs; ordinary people can…

26 Nov 2016

Healthy finances

Any medically or technically unqualified investor who dips a toe into the pharma and healthcare sector should do so with…

26 Nov 2016
Muscle bound: Kim Kardashian in Paris with bodyguard Pascal Duvier — but without her jewellery

Protect your assets

Kim Kardashian normally hits the headlines for posting revealing selfies on social media, or simply turning up at nightclubs. But…

26 Nov 2016
Acceleration: models tipped to rise in value include the Sunbeam Tiger Alpine

Vroom for manoeuvre

In 1978 my grandfather offered to sell my father his maroon Aston Martin DB5 for £4,000. They were about to…

26 Nov 2016

The Speculator: Will ‘big data’ turn out to be the punter’s new best friend?

Technology is making gambling more like stockbroking — and stockbroking more like gambling. Gamblers today often sound like City boys…

26 Nov 2016

Reality Check: Fund performance is more about statistics than skill

As the year-end approaches, many investors will look back at their stock-market funds to see how they have performed. Typically,…

26 Nov 2016
As the Vulcans say, ‘Live long and prosper’: trend-following offers one way to do so

Techniques to beat the market

To say that we are in some kind of ‘new normal’ investment environment barely does justice to the surreal state…

Simple rules for happy retirement

‘Financial policy chiefs clash over best way to fund retirement’, said a recent FT headline. Andrew Bailey, head of the…

1 Oct 2016