Merryn’s blog

Merryns blog

London house prices could be facing some heavy weather


London’s rip-roaring property market is starting to stutter. And things could get much worse after the election, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Britain’s caffeine-fuelled economy is heading for a comedown

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The only thing keeping the UK’s economy growing is the fact that we all like a nice cup of coffee. That’s not enough, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Britain's entrepreneurs are getting older – here’s why


Many young people can’t afford to start business any more, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But a lot of 50-somethings are at it. Here’s why.

There's money to be made in hoarding money

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You could turn a pretty penny by charging people to look after their money, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

We need to be realistic about the NHS

Ed Miliband giving a speech on the NHS © Getty images

Raising taxes won’t plug the hole in the NHS budget, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We need to align our expectations with what the health service can offer.

An update on Bacit – the investment trust that’s fighting cancer

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Bacit is a cheap fund of funds that donates a portion of its profits to charities battling against cancer. And it’s doing rather well, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Alliance Trust: shareholder capitalism in action

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It is always refreshing to see shareholder capitalism in action, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And that’s what we have seen at Alliance Trust.

Alliance gives in – perhaps you should buy in

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Alliance Trust and its enemies have reached an agreement ahead of the AGM. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why now could be a good time to pick up some shares.

When it comes to housing, all the parties are ‘nasty’


Every party in this election claims to want to fix Britain’s housing problem. But every one of them is proposing housing policies that will just make things worse, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Want a free sandwich? Here's how to vote

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If you’re a shareholder in Alliance Trust, make sure your voice is heard, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s what you need to do.

Can Britain’s pensioners be trusted with their new-found pensions freedom?

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Australia’s ‘pensions freedom’ resulted in a lot of broke pensioners. Could the same happen here? And if so, should we reverse the recent pension changes?

What ‘full fiscal autonomy’ for Scotland actually means

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The SNP is campaigning for ‘full fiscal autonomy’ for Scotland. Merryn Somerset Webb introduces a comprehensive analysis from blogger Kevin Hague outlining exactly what that is, and what it would mean.

More taxes are coming, but the rich might not be paying them

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Parties across the board are determined to raise taxes on the rich, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But that doesn’t mean the tax-take will be any higher.

Everyone wants to raise taxes on someone – it won't work

UK tax take chart © Baker Tilly

We can’t hope to reduce the national debt through fiddling with taxes, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Only cuts to state spending can do that.

Earn over £150,000? Pour money into your pension now

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If there’s one thing that all the political parties agree on, it’s that the well-off get too much in the way of pension relief. So take full advantage before the election, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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