Merryn’s blog

Merryns blog

How houses kill happiness: an example

The British public’s obsession with owning houses can make for a life of utter misery, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why taxpayers should stop supporting charities

Too many non-charitable charities are getting public money, says Merryn Somerset Webb. If you want to save the red squirrel, knock yourself out. But don’t expect the rest of us to pay for it too.

Ignore the GDP figures – Japan is doing just fine

Japan’s GDP figures suggest the country is in recession. But it’s an exciting place to be, and looks likely to stay that way, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Governments need money – and they are finding ways to get it

The government is determined to claw back what it’s owed from businesses that it sees as easy targets, such as banks and tobacco companies. Plan your investments accordingly, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Ken Fisher is wrong – fund management fees are too high

Ken Fisher, the billionaire founder of Fisher Investments, sees no problem with the level of fund management fees. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why he’s wrong.

The nine best robotics stocks

Merryn Somerset Webb picks seven of the most interesting robotics stocks worth looking at now.

Buying a house in France? Watch out for desperate governments

If you’re thinking of buying a house in France, beware. ‘Wealthy foreigners’ are getting stung with a new property tax.

Hipsters and hedge fund managers: grappling with the same unique issues

The more hedge fund managers try to be different, the more they are the same, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tighter rules for mega-rich foreigners could dent London property prices

Soon, the mega-rich won’t be able to use prime property investments to buy British citizenship.

What China's real growth figures tell us about stocks

Ignore the official figures – China probably isn’t growing that fast, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But that may be no bad thing for stocks.

A sprinkling of fairy dust from Japan

The Bank of Japan has stepped in to cheer the market, says Merryn Somerset Webb. This could be the start of a nice bull market in Japanese stocks.

Say goodbye to your state pension

State pensions could well end up being swept away with defined benefit pensions, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why we need to cancel HS2 now. HS3 is a better bet

Ease of transport is a great driver of economies, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And if we want to get the north going again, we need better rail links.

Devolution: another reason for London property prices to fall

More tax-raising powers for London would be another bearish signal for the capital’s property market, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The best way for the Federal Reserve to tackle wealth inequality in America

If Janet Yellen is serious about addressing income inequality in America, she should start with the taper, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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