Neil Collins

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Friday, 20 November 2020

Neil Collins' Notebook - This green fantasy will bankrupt us

It’s 2050. You wake in your cosy, insulated house, turn on the windfarm-powered lights, cook up a breakfast coffee on …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 13 November 2020

Neil Collins' Notebook - Stockpicking: a dying art?

At first sight, it looks like a near-certain way to lose money. An index-tracking fund waits until a share has …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 6 November 2020

Neil Collins' Notebook - Whose bank is it anyway?

Barclays is the Bank That Lived A Little, in Philip Augar’s brilliant chronicle of decline from one of the world’s …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 30 October 2020

Neil Collins' Notebook - City watchdog gets it right (almost)

It is rare indeed for the Financial Conduct Authority to get something (nearly) right, but it happened this week with …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 23 October 2020

Neil Collins’ Notebook - Polluting the water regulator

While we were all flapping about lockdowns, the UK’s entire system of regulating the prices of utilities was fatally undermined …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 16 October 2020

Neil Collins' Notebook - Oh please, not negative interest rates

The Bank of England denies it, but we are being softened up for negative interest rates. This Alice-in-Wonderland concept, where …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 9 October 2020

Mortgages: Boris gets something right

It sounds like another crackpot scheme to shore up the housing market, in the baleful tradition of Help to Buy. …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 2 October 2020

Neil Collins' Notebook: Just an Empty Shell

Ben van Beurden is sorry: “It is very painful to know that you will end up saying goodbye to quite …

By Neil Collins

Friday, 25 September 2020

Where are the Barbarians?

Nobody loves UK shares. Even domestically-focused individuals are selling up and sending their savings overseas. According to the Investment Association, …

By Neil Collins