A company’s shareholders own shares they’ve bought in the same way they would own an umbrella they bought. But owning the company is a completely different matter.
The few women who make it in the boorish world of hedge funds are extremely smart, hard working and ambitious, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That gives them an advantage over the average hedge fund manager, who is merely mediocre.
The more people worry about the death of cash, the more likely they are to replace cash with something else. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at some of the more successful alternative currencies.
Nobody knows how many quangos there are, nor how much they’re costing us. But with some chief executives getting nearly £1m a year, it adds up to a quite a tidy sum, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
New rules mean it’s about to get a lot more expensive to get tenants in arrears to pay up, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Buy-to-let is a risky investment to make right now. But if you really must buy a property to rent, you should be looking at Birmingham, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Many people predict a future where there is not enough food to go round, as populations grow. But it’s quite possible we will have too much food, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Monetary policy has failed to spark a proper recovery in the West and in China. It’s time to try something else, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Everyone’s gloomy on China at the moment. But while it’s true that Chinese growth has slowed, there are plenty of signs of improvement and stability, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Greece’s election result is academic, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The country is ruled by EU finance ministers and the ECB. The only way to get its freedom back is to leave the eurozone.
Moving a buy-to-let property into a limited company to avoid tax might seem appealing at first glance. But, as Merryn Somerset Webb, explains, George Osborne has plans to tax that heavily, too.
The one thing George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn have in common: they want to end the great buy-to-let boom
The rise of Jeremy Corbyn means all political parties will be forced to debate social justice, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That means affordable housing – and getting tough on buy-to-let.
Scottish university towns yield some of the highest returns for buy to let investors. But with rent controls coming, and probably new taxes too, it’s a lot more risky, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The glut of new-build flats in London is finally having an effect on prices – with properties in Battersea down by 16% in the last year.
China needs to follow the example of Japan and Korea if it is to progress beyond being a mere assembly line for foreign firms, says Merryn Somerset Webb.