We’ve made our views on buy-to-let pretty clear recently. And it looks like the chancellor agrees, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The idea that bonuses make people work harder is nonsense, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They have little positive effect, but an almost infinite number of negative effects.
A lot of people are getting in on buy-to-let with borrowed money. But it’s a risk that isn’t worth taking, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Japan’s demographic shift means Japan’s love hotels – which have long been a feature of tourists’ must-do lists – might not be around for much longer, says Merryn Somserset Webb.
Has your money-printing programme run out of things to buy? Never mind, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The world is full of things to splash out on. Just use your imagination.
If you’re thinking of buying oil stocks on the basis that the oil price will start to rise soon, you should perhaps think again, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
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We currently give £3bn a year in tax breaks to entrepreneurs, and it is routinely abused, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But its days may be numbered.
Britain’s pensions system is becoming increasingly unfair, says Merryn Somerset Webb, with public sector workers consistently favoured over private sector workers.
Britain’s tax credit system is horribly expensive and deeply unkind to both those in receipt of benefits and those paying for them. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why.
There is one way to keep your favourite buy-to-let and to keep your tax bill down, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Change it into a holiday let.
A family in receipt of tax credits can have one parent work part time and still take home as much money as a barrister or doctor. Don’t believe it? Here’s the proof.
The NHS is in a terrible state. But adopting new technology could free staff from routine tasks and let them get on with the business of looking after the nation’s health, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
It takes a high level of skill to work in Britain’s steel industry, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But that alone doesn’t mean it’s worth saving.
Forcing companies to disclose the average pay gap of their male and female staff misses the point, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
There are so many new taxes on the rich, it’s easy to miss one, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But anyone who pays themselves with dividends should take note.