Merryn’s blog

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.

Nicola Sturgeon’s right about one thing…

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The Treasury is insulting the intelligence of voters, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Vote Leave, get Remain?

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A vote to leave the EU doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what we’ll get, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The EU referendum is not the same as the Scottish referendum


People are recycling arguments from the Scottish independence referendum in the EU debate. But they’re not the same, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Brexit: too close to call?

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Most people seem to think that the EU referendum will result in a victory for the “remain” campaign. But it might be much closer than you think, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why the Queen is great (and the world’s other monarchies, too)

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Monarchies are great not because of what they do, but because of what they prevent others from doing, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How investment trusts might be made to suit "pension freedomers"

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Investment trusts could use their ability to play around with capital/income definitions to work for a new class of investors – pension freedomers. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how.

Relying on a “defined benefit” pension? Don't

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Just because you have been promised a particular pension income in retirement doesn’t mean you are going to get it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Actually, fund fees do matter

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Active fund managers would have you believe fees don’t matter, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But they are the first thing you should check.

Why it isn't OK to eat people – even if you are really hungry

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Necessity cannot be an excuse to commit crime, says Merryn Somerset Webb. no matter what the Italian courts think.

The EU referendum will not drag on, whatever the result


Unlike after the Scottish independence vote, most people will accept the result of the EU referendum, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s not in the interest of anyone to keep the anger bubbling under.

Who’s really to blame for the BHS pension black hole

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It might not look good for Philip Green to take £400m in dividends while BHS and its pension scheme goes under. But he couldn’t have foreseen the deficit, and isn’t to blame, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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