A delayed reaction to the bank bailouts is behind the surge in popular support for protest politicians such as Jeremy Corbyn, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The more money given to charities in the form of tax relief, the less there is to spend on schools and hospitals.
I didn’t think there was a politician out there stupid enough to take right-to-buy to its ridiculous logical extreme, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there is: Jeremy Corbyn.
From 17th-century treasure hunting to prime London property, the bubbles of 400 years ago are no different to the ones we blow today, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Bankers might still be getting bonuses, but it’s not like the old days. They and their industry are being eclipsed by a whole new breed of entrepreneur.
Proposed new rules to make public who owns what in London could flush out a lot of dirty money. And that could put a dent in sky-high London property prices, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Short-termism is damaging growth and productivity. Good news, then, that Hillary Clinton wants to do something about it. But her plan doesn’t go far enough, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Alarm bells should be ringing for buy-to-let investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It won’t take much to tip the market over, dotcom-style.
It isn’t the European bond market itself that determines the price, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s what’s going on around it.
A new fleet of shoe-box sized satellites could soon be providing investors with proper, real-time economic data, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
A Greek collapse would have more than just financial and economic consequences. A failed state on Europe’s southern flank is in nobody’s interests.
Lower benefits in the form of tax credits might mean greater productivity and higher wages. But would a rise in the minimum wage be better?
Amazon is moving in to the banking industry, making loans available to sellers in its market place. That’s very scary news if you’re a banker, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The number of rich foreigners who are willing and able to buy top-end London property is falling fast. London house prices are just too high, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Since the financial crisis, the number of people working part-time in Britain has risen enormously. And with it, the in-work benefits bill. It can’t go on, says Merryn Somerset Webb.