News, views and analysis

Featured post

Just stand there

  Market analysts and commentators in the United States have become increasingly anxious in recent weeks about trade wars, mainly with China. The Dow Jones dropped below 25,000 on Friday, falling 1.4% on the day, amid concerns over President Trump’s  threat to impose escalating tariffs on Mexico. The selloff capped the Dow’s sixth straight losing week, the...

Read more...

Hargreaves needs a rethink. Its business model is broken

Hargreaves Lansdown is one of the biggest success stories in Britain’s financial services industry. What started as a DIY investment supermarket is also now a robo-adviser, fund manager and pension platform, and it’s just announced plans to add peer-to-peer business lending to its...

Read more...

Something for the weekend

It was meant to symbolise the renaissance of Birmingham, but less than two years after it opened, our iconic new library is in dire financial straits.

Read more...

Is Pension-gate the next big scandal to rock the financial services industry?

One of the more regrettable aspects of the investment industry is that much of its focus is on the top 10% — and in many cases, the top 1% — of income earners. It is perhaps inevitable given that the wealthiest clients provide...

Read more...

Investors shouldn’t need to crack the Enigma code to work out what they’re paying

It’s probably my age, but it’s as much as I can do after a hard day’s work to walk the dog, eat supper and flop in front of the TV. The thought of having to spend my evening trying to crack the equivalent...

Read more...

Time to explode the City of London myth

We Brits are a funny lot. We apologise incessantly. We love to do ourselves down. And yet there are certain things — sorry about this — at which we really are the best in the world. Or at least we like to think...

Read more...

If only journalists quizzed fund managers like they do politicians

I was never cut out to be a showbiz reporter. As I recall, our usual correspondent was otherwise engaged, so I was pulled off my usual general news brief and despatched hotfoot to the Odeon Leicester Square to interview Jennifer Aniston at the...

Read more...

How can tebi help you?