The key to identifying a great company? Wrap up your research before you meet the managers, Mark Slater tells Merryn Somerset Webb.
Articles written by Merryn Somerset Webb
Economists have been compared to poor, old Michael Fish. Yet, investors could learn a thing or two from the weatherman, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
There’s plenty of unease as to what lies ahead this year, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But investors need not worry.
The way people buy cars has changed. Most use “personal contract plans” – a form of cheap debt. And that could come back to haunt us, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The hypothetical deficits in some defined-benefits pension schemes could leave blameless small business owners facing bankruptcy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
2016 was a year in which not much actually happened, but an awful lot began to happen.
The Bank of England’s monetary policy isn’t working the way it’s supposed to, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The whole thing needs a thorough overhaul.
The rise of the cashless society and the “gig economy” has led to a decline in the rate of tipping. It raises a lot of interesting social questions, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The central banks can no more use quantitative easing to raise prices than Domino’s can use reindeers to deliver pizzas, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Why not give every parent a voucher for £5,500 to spend on free state education or as a top-up for a private education?