Proposed new rules to make public who owns what in London could flush out a lot of dirty money. And that could put a dent in sky-high London property prices, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Short-termism is damaging growth and productivity. Good news, then, that Hillary Clinton wants to do something about it. But her plan doesn’t go far enough, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Alarm bells should be ringing for buy-to-let investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It won’t take much to tip the market over, dotcom-style.
It isn’t the European bond market itself that determines the price, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s what’s going on around it.
A new fleet of shoe-box sized satellites could soon be providing investors with proper, real-time economic data, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
A Greek collapse would have more than just financial and economic consequences. A failed state on Europe’s southern flank is in nobody’s interests.
Lower benefits in the form of tax credits might mean greater productivity and higher wages. But would a rise in the minimum wage be better?
Amazon is moving in to the banking industry, making loans available to sellers in its market place. That’s very scary news if you’re a banker, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The number of rich foreigners who are willing and able to buy top-end London property is falling fast. London house prices are just too high, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Since the financial crisis, the number of people working part-time in Britain has risen enormously. And with it, the in-work benefits bill. It can’t go on, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
So few student loans are now being paid off that the government would have been better off not reforming the system at all. It’s all down to ‘salary sacrifice’, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Being a good fund manager isn’t that hard, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Have the courage of your convictions, stick to them – and work for a smaller firm.
Economists are spending too much time concentrating on things they can count. Meanwhile, says Merryn Somerset Webb Europe is starting to crumble.
The government’s Help to Buy scheme has done exactly what we thought it would, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Subsidised one group of house-buyers at the expense of everyone coming after them.
FTSE 100 directors saw their incomes rise by 21% last year to an average of nearly £3m each. It’s time ordinary investors had a champion to take a stand on these crazy pay packages.