Merryn’s blog

Remember: the EU referendum isn’t an MPs’ popularity contest


There are plenty of good reasons to vote Leave or Remain, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But whether you like the people promoting either position isn’t one of them.

Brexit – a financial non-event

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If Britain does vote for Brexit, we would quickly agree new trade deals with the EU, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Europe has too much to lose not to.

The global property bubble is fuelling protectionist policies

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The latest wave of globalisation is driving politicians to impose local solutions that could damage global trade, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Who has most to gain from the rise of the robots?


The people investing in robotics are the ones with the most to gain, says Merryn Somerset Webb – old people and women.

The options for Britain if we vote for Brexit

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If Britain votes to leave the EU, there will be a lot of discussion about our relationship with Europe post-Brexit. But there are several perfectly good paths for us to follow, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Executive plunder and the fatcat fund managers that promote it

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Fatcat CEOs are plundering the coffers of the companies they control, and they’re being aided and abetted by the fund management industry, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The ECB’s monetary experiment isn’t going well

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The ECB’s flirtation with negative interest rates is certainly having an effect. Just not the one it expected, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japanese stocks are far from ugly – here’s how to buy in

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When people look at Japanese stocks, all they see is ugliness. But investors are currently enjoying record dividend payouts. Merryn Somerset Webb picks one of the best ways to buy in.

Why we can’t trust politicians on Brexit

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Our politicians have made it clear that whatever the result of the EU referendum, out doesn’t actually mean out, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Has the bar for Brexit been set too low?

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If turnout in the EU referendum is low, we could see a small minority of voters force a massive change on a population that is perfectly happy with the way things are.

Bad government is holding back Scotland’s economy

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Low oil prices and the prospect of another independence referendum are damaging Scotland’s economy. But there is another problem, says Merryn Somerset Webb: bad government.

A new way to tap into Vietnam

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Vietnam has huge potential. But until now there’s been no effective way for investors to buy in. A new fund aims to change that, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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