Merryn’s blog

Merryns blog

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.

Cut inheritance tax to 10% and make everyone pay it

Slashing inheritance tax would come with two significant benefits, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How the government is planning to kill the public sector final salary pension

The recent changes to the pension rules could mean defined contribution pensions become more attractive than the public sector’s traditional final salary schemes, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: What investors can learn from Disney about hidden extras

Check your financial products to make sure you’re not paying for all sorts of things you’re not getting, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: Falling oil price should be great news for Japan

The fall in the price of oil should add a double dose of stimulus to Japan’s economy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: The simple fix that could shake up Japan’s economy

Japan is far from an economic wasteland. But one simple improvement could make it a whole lot more dynamic, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: There are worse fates for the West than to end up like Japan

People say that the last thing the West wants is to end up in a Japan-like deflationary spiral. But it would be better than some of the alternatives, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tax cuts are great – but they don’t always make sense

There’s no doubt taxes in Britain are too high. But cutting the wrong ones might do more harm than good, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

More powers for Scotland might be an assumption too far

Politicians on both sides are all assuming Scotland wants more devolved powers. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, that’s not for sure.

Britain’s bankers haven’t ‘got away’ with anything

We may not have seen many high profile prosecutions, but the banking industry hasn’t got away with much at all, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The Lib Dems should scrap their plans for a rise in this dishonest tax

Capital gains tax is already a very high stealth wealth tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Raising it would be deeply dishonest.

Don't let your financial adviser scare you into saving too much

You won’t need nearly as much money in retirement as the financial industry wants you to believe, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The headline we hope never to see about Britain

The pacific island of Nauru has run out of money, its assets frozen after it was unable to pay its debts. It’s a sobering lesson for Britain.

How incentive schemes can go horribly wrong

As Tesco has demonstrated, the wrong kind of incentive scheme can be disastrous, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

It’s just not worth investing in tobacco stocks

A sensible investor looks to put their money where it will grow over five or ten years. That rules out tobacco stocks, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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