We don’t have a housing shortage in the UK, we just don’t have enough of the right houses in the right plaes, says Merryn somerset Webb.
Pensioners are getting a pretty good deal out of the rest of us, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It may be time to cut back a bit.
Wages are rising, and not because of high inflation. Companies are volunteering to pay their staff more. That’s exactly the way economies are supposed to work, says Merryn Somerset Webb
It’s not that companies don’t want to pay their employees more, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They’re too busy plugging holes in their pension schemes.
Vested interests are keeping pension fund managers from acting in the best interests of their members, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
If you have any money in a bank account, negative interest rates mean you may have to get used to paying for the privilege, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Most people see gold as a hedge against inflation. But a bout of ‘proper’ deflation could push it up too, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Japan has become the latest country to use a wealth tax to stop the capital of the rich from leaving, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The balance between profits and wages is out of whack. But wages for workers in unions are growing faster than those not in unions.
The changes British Airways is making to its Avios rewards scheme will be very familiar indeed to the world’s central bankers, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The number of households headed by someone over 50 is growing. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why that’s especially bad news for Britain.
German taxpayers like to think they are financing the lifestyles of their feckless southern cousins. But the truth is rather different, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The supply of luxury properties in the capital has found its own ways of meeting demand, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That can only mean one thing for property prices.
The economy is improving, a but the amount of personal income tax raised isn’t rising. One reason is the sheer size of the black economy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Officially, the Chinese economy is still growing at over 7%. But there is no way that is true, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s why.