Money

The next level

Everyone recalls the outstretched finger of Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, who died 100 years ago next month. ‘Your country needs…

21 May 2016
Fashion is fickle: but Asos has been a long-term hold for Hargreave Hale

Aiming high

Aim — originally the Alternative Investment Market — is a curious entity that understandably excites conflicting responses. Since its launch…

21 May 2016

Sell in May?

‘Sell in May and go away,’ says an old stock-market maxim. Despite mixed historical evidence, that advice is worth pondering…

21 May 2016

Buy to build and beat the planners

Buy-to-let is dead — many say — killed off by George Osborne’s stamp-duty hike and withdrawal of tax allowances. Welcome…

21 May 2016

Sane investing in a crazy world

The financial markets would appear to have gone mad. One third of all government bonds now trade with a negative…

21 May 2016
‘Shall we have it all melted down, dear?’ One expert says antique silver has become an ‘awful’ investment

Silver linings

Now might be a good time to add some silver to your portfolio. Silver is the poor relation of gold…

21 May 2016
Pay it forward: Sir Philip Green donated the kiss from Kate Moss that he bought for £60,000 to Jemima Khan

Winning bids

The Conservative party’s Black and White Ball is a lavish, billionaire-laden affair. Tickets can cost up to £1,500, with guests…

21 May 2016
Stick to your guns: classic weapons can yield an attractive return free of capital gains tax

Triple pleasure

What is there for the bold investor who doesn’t want to get bogged down with Isas or other tax-efficient but…

21 May 2016

The glory of fairytale gambling

Wasn’t this year’s Premier League wonderful? The triumph of low-spending minnows Leicester City over megabucks bullies Man City, Man United,…

21 May 2016

A pounding headache

‘In this world, nothing can be certain except death and taxes,’ said Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s founding fathers. And…

21 May 2016

The bigwigs were wrong about the euro. They’re wrong about leaving the EU, too

From the Times, June 2003: ‘Senior ministers to lead push for euro.’ From the Financial Times of 4 January 2016:…

5 Mar 2016
Post-Brexit banquet: Argentinian beef, best served with South African wine

How to invest for Brexit

A collapse in trade. British goods locked out of their biggest export market. Car factories shut down after swingeing new…

5 Mar 2016

Brexit won’t bring an end to London’s housing boom

To judge by tabloid headlines, there are no two subjects more certain to stir the blood of an Englishman than…

5 Mar 2016

‘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

Emma, darling, you made me bet on ‘leave’

As soon as I heard about Emma Thompson’s anti-Brexit rant the other week, I went online and bet as much…

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

Why I’ll leave it to others to play the Brexit trading game

As a family, we’ve always tried to get along with our neighbours. But the latest to rent next door —…

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…

Radical uncertainties

We live in a time of disequilibrium and radical uncertainty. So says former Bank of England governor Mervyn King in…

5 Mar 2016

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