Lessons from Equitable Life

My name is Louise and I’m an Equitable Life pension holder. In April 2000 I began putting £1,000 a month…

23 May 2015

Keep calm and stay focused

‘How are you?’ asked a health-obsessed friend of mine. ‘Fine,’ I said. ‘In fact, terrific.’ He stared into my eyes.…

7 Mar 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

How to win the telecoms war game

Aficionados of early 1980s teen movies will remember with affection WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick as a teenage hacker who accidentally…

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

Why not buy an office block?

From taxi drivers to hairdressers, half the world seems to own residential buy-to-let property. But why does hardly anyone own…

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…

What’s the point of a financial adviser?

Not to come over all Jeremy Clarkson, but speeding fines irritate me. There are plenty of other dangerous drivers who…

7 Mar 2015

Jersey’s Value to Africa

Behind Asia, sub-Saharan Africa has become one of the world’s fastest growing regions. With growth rates of 5.1 per cent…

7 Mar 2015

The smart investor’s guide

If you’re an active investor, you have thousands of market choices on which to test your skill and intuition. If…

8 Nov 2014

The smart investor’s guide

EMPLOYMENT The number of full-time workers aged over 16 between June and August was 22.4 million, up 500,000 on a…

8 Nov 2014

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

Doing well by doing good

Have you heard about the Social Economy? It’s big stuff, apparently. Last year, it contributed more than £24 billion to…

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

Sleeping with the enemy

With its mix of charity shops, pound stores and boarded-up windows, the typical British high street could hardly look worse…

8 Nov 2014
Stout: ‘Let the banks go bust and start again’

Interview: Economic vandalism

As both P.G. Wodehouse and the recent referendum reminded us, it is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with…

8 Nov 2014