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.
So few student loans are now being paid off that the government would have been better off not reforming the system at all. It’s all down to ‘salary sacrifice’, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Being a good fund manager isn’t that hard, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Have the courage of your convictions, stick to them – and work for a smaller firm.
Economists are spending too much time concentrating on things they can count. Meanwhile, says Merryn Somerset Webb Europe is starting to crumble.
The government’s Help to Buy scheme has done exactly what we thought it would, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Subsidised one group of house-buyers at the expense of everyone coming after them.
FTSE 100 directors saw their incomes rise by 21% last year to an average of nearly £3m each. It’s time ordinary investors had a champion to take a stand on these crazy pay packages.
The government just might be warming to the idea of cutting the 100% capital-gains tax exemption that applies to homes, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Tobacco stocks have long provided some of the best and most regular dividend payments around. But, says Merryn Somerset Webb, that may not last much longer.
If housing associations have to sell their properties at a discount under ludicrous ‘right to buy’ legislation, why shouldn’t all private landlords be forced sell up on the cheap?
Getting global multinationals to pay tax isn’t a lost cause, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Just look at Amazon.
Charity fund-raising has got out of control, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The government needs to take another look at Gift Aid.
Birmingham’s Kings Heath suburb has plenty to offer property buyers, says Merryn Somerset Webb – but at a fraction of the cost of buying in London.