We’ve already seen money printing and negative interest rates. Could writing off student debt be the next economic stimulus?
The London new-build property sector is facing big problems, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We’ll soon be seeing real price falls.
Fund managers need to start looking more to the long term, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And it appears that some are now starting to.
George Osborne has been tinkering with the pension system for a while now. But if he’s doing what we think he’s doing, says Merryn Somerset Webb, he’s not done by a long chalk.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure to raise taxes on the rich, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But if she does, she may well live to regret it.
The self-cert mortgage, banned by the FCA, is back. And the company offering them is overwhelmed by the volume of applications.
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Governments are world class spenders of other people’s money. Often on nutty schemes – such as Scotland’s plans for promoting the Gaelic language in areas with no Gaelic heritage.
New rules on how much the well-off can put into their pension free of tax will hit private sector employees this April. But public sector employees expect compensation from the government.
More and more pension funds are turning away from expensive fund managers and are bringing asset management in-house.
George Osborne’s plans for buy-to-let property make the sector look decidedly dodgy. But that’s not stopped people thinking it can solve all their financial problems.
The commodity bust has brought us cheap petrol and continuing low interest rates. We should be grateful to those who financed the monumental misallocation of capital that made it all possible.
By 5 January – ‘fat cat Tuesday’ – FTSE 100 CEOs had already been paid the average worker’s salary for the year. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what might bring this kind of financial nonsense to an end.
HMRC is to clamp down on people exploiting the gap between corporation tax and income tax – and not paying their fair share.
It’s time to cut the size of the charitable sector, abolish gift aid and take a good hard look at what we think should be funded by the taxpayer at all, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
There has been a lot of wailing about the amount of corporation tax multinational businesses pay. But according to their accountants, they pay as much tax as they’ve always done, says Merryn Somerset Webb.