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Suddenly used cars are hot property

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Companies should willingly pay tax wherever they generate profits — this column has long argued — because it’s fair they…

Will the new breed of retail investors cash in – or crash out?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

‘Feed the ducks when they’re quacking’ sounds like advice from a foie gras farmer — but let’s leave gastronomy till…

Who cares who runs the railways? We just want them to run on time

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The long-awaited review of the railways by former British Airways executive Keith Williams chugged past the platform of public debate…

Is Farrow & Ball’s business model flaking?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The happiest thing that happens in May is the coming into leaf of my long beech hedge. The shift from…

The pandemic’s transatlantic divide in executive salaries

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Consider a temporary cut in executive salaries’ was the Confederation of British Industry’s advice to members at the start of…

Can Melinda still keep Bill Gates in check?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

‘We are seeing very substantial inflation,’ the great investor Warren Buffett told shareholders in his master company Berkshire Hathaway at…

Who’s really to blame for the Post Office scandal?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The alleged frauds for which the Post Office prosecuted no fewer than 736 of its sub-postmasters has turned out in…

Crypto is a virtual Vegas whose towers must fall

24 April 2021 9:00 am

What should we make of the valuation of Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange listed on Nasdaq last week at $80 billion…

Can the ‘next Bicester Village’ take off without tourists?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Retail footfall will be the first measure of recovery this spring. Everywhere I look, from central London to small-town Yorkshire,…

Was Deliveroo the most embarrassing flop in City history?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The market emphatically endorsed my negative opinion of the Deliveroo share offer, which bombed from its offer price of 390p…

Why I won’t invest in Deliveroo

3 April 2021 9:00 am

‘The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism — because of greed, my friends.’ So Boris Johnson…

Are we entering a new era of fractured trade?

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Just as the auto industry embraces the electric future I wrote about last month, it hits a new crisis: a…

Can John Lewis and Waitrose really remain partners?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Historians of unforeseen crises talk about ‘chaos theory’ and the ‘butterfly effect’, in which a small perturbation far away —…

Are Wall Street’s ‘Spacs’ about to make waves in the City?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

This column generally takes a sceptical view of financial novelties and gimmicks. So my antennae have twitched in recent days…

The case for keeping business taxes low

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Why should business pay tax at all? That’s a provocative but forlorn question to ask in Budget week. Business pays…

The car industry is accelerating towards an electric future

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Back in November, when Downing Street’s pandemic responses looked daily more incompetent, the announcement of a ban on sales of…

The City is losing its battle with Brussels and Amsterdam

20 February 2021 9:00 am

No sign of progress towards a workable deal with the EU for financial services, on which news is due next…

Why it’s a good time to invest in a pub

13 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s obvious from the body language of Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey that negative interest rates — much talked…

The Reddit rampage is a sign of market turmoil ahead

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Reddit story — in which a ragtag army of small investors have executed a spectacular short squeeze against hedge-fund…

Business rebirth is always possible – with the right help

30 January 2021 9:00 am

The online fashion retailer Boohoo is buying Debenhams without its stores and staff, confirming the demise of the high street.…

My stamp duty solution for the Chancellor

23 January 2021 9:00 am

On the Wednesday in early July when Rishi Sunak announced a temporary increase from £125,000 to £500,000 in the stamp…

Sell bitcoin, buy Tesla

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Which is madder, bitcoin at $41,500 — oops, make that $31,000 on Monday — or Tesla shares at $880 apiece?…

The Brexit deal has left the City to fight for its own future

9 January 2021 9:00 am

‘This Article shall not apply with respect to financial services.’ That’s what it says on page 92 of the EU-UK…

My fateful appearance at the Bank of England’s Christmas drinks

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Tidings of comfort as the vaccination programme advances, but shortage of joy. That’s my summary of a season in which…

Philip Green will be remembered as a nasty stain on capitalism

5 December 2020 9:00 am

There really isn’t much left to be said about Sir Philip Green as his Arcadia fashion empire collapses into administration,…