Google’s €2.4bn fine by the EU should leave nobody in any doubt that the carefree days of the big tech companies are numbered, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Many people are not fond of rich people domiciled elsewhere for tax purposes. But they still pay a lot in tax, and if they go, the country will miss them, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
When we talked of the “war on cash” many accused us of being paranoid. But Downing Street’s plans for a cashless society went far beyond what we feared, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The financial regulator has taken a swipe at high fund management fees. The industry will resist change, but the FCA needs to act quickly and decisively, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
MSCI’s decision to include Chinese “A-shares” in its emerging market index shines a fascinating light on the passive vs active investing debate, days Merryn Somerset Webb.
When everything is expensive and things are changing faster than you can keep up with, the safe thing to do remains the boring thing to do, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
If you feel wrong-footed by endless elections and uncertain about the future, what should you buy if you want to invest and forget about it for ten years or more?
The Conservatives will probably win the general election, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But the actual outcome is very tricky to predict. So now might not be the best time to buy UK stocks.
The world’s big tech companies are prime targets for government meddling. They’re not as good a long term bet as you might think, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Many people are panicking about robots taking away all the jobs. But that won’t happen, says Merryn Somerset Webb. New jobs will appear – and in many cases, they will be better versions of the jobs we have now.
One problem with big tech stocks is that they’re very expensive. But another is the threat from overzealous regulation, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The EU desperately needs wholesale reform. If it gets it, there is no reason why the UK shouldn’t join the new version at some point in the future, says Merryn Somerset Webb.