This morning Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, faced questions from BBC News School Reporters from across the UK at Whitley Academy in Coventry. In the same week that a new plastic £5 note was launched they asked: “Why do we still have pennies when we can’t buy anything with them?” What a fantastic question.
350 years ago today, the Great Fire of London’s flames began spreading from Pudding Lane, culminating in a four-day blaze that ravaged the City of London, forever changing its landscape.
You might have seen an article over the weekend, saying half a million people won’t be able to use the bonus from the Help to Buy Isa to pay for the deposit on a house.
If you fear your hopes of first-time home ownership have been dashed, don’t freak out and pull your money out of your Isa before reading this.
The phrase ‘peak oil’ has been around since the early 20th century. In 2016 we had ‘peak stuff’ for the first time, courtesey of Steve Howard, head of sustainability at Ikea. We also saw astronaut Tim Peake hitting the 'peak of human achievement'.
I was very sad to hear this morning that the Duke of Westminster has passed away, aged 64.
One of the richest men in Britain for many years, he was also the owner of the estate on which I grew up, Abbeystead, in the beautiful Forest of Bowland, in Lancashire, and where he spent his final days.
Today the competition regulator has revealed plans to fix the current account market. The proposed remedies have been shot down as ineffective by many commentators. I disagree with them – this intervention is the first in a long time that feels like a big step in the right direction.
I recently asked my travel insurer, Holidaysafe, for a renewal quote.
To my surprise, there was barely an increase in the price – unheard of when it comes to insurance, where the norm is a hefty price hike dished out to ‘reward’ loyalty.
An email that I received this week emphasises the importance of diversification in an investment portfolio.
Looking out of the office window, summer may have finally arrived (although this statement is subject to change at any time), which means it’s time to read a decent book in the garden.