Merryn’s blog

Why hire scientists when you can get more value from accountants?

With negative interest rates, big companies have lost all incentive to make money the old fashioned way. They can just get paid to borrow money instead.

While most of us struggle with pensions, some lucky workers will do just fine

For the average worker, investing for retirement can be a headache. But employees of the Bank of England don’t have that worry. And, with an £11k a week pension, nor does the CEO of National Grid.

The EU starts to show its rotten heart

REfugees and police on the border between Hungary and Serbia © Gerry Images

The EU’s failure to deal with both the financial and migration crises prove the need for its fundamental reform, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

I don't dare bet against the prices of the best houses in the best parts of London

London property is clearly horribly overpriced. But don’t bet on prime properties in the best areas falling in price, says Merryn Somerset Webb

Could a camper van really give you better returns than an Isa?

One optimistic ex-saver has swapped her Isa for a camper van. It’s a rare example of monetary policy actually having its intended effect, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The media wakes up to the truth about pension fund deficits

The way pension funds are driven into low-yielding bonds in defiance of any sort of sense is finally making its way into the mainstream press.

Bewildered by Brexit? Traumatised by Trumpism? Blame monetary policy

The reasons Americans are turning to Trump are the same reasons Britons voted for Brexit: A complete lack of growth and the failure of the authorities to fix it.

Stop charities running amok with public money

With over 200,000 charities, supported by the taxpayer to the tune of £16bn a year, the current system of financing charities is very silly and very expensive, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It has to end.

The planned 13,000% rise in probate fees is yet another dishonest wealth tax

The government is planning to increase probate fees for large estates by a massive amount. It’s just another stealth tax on the wealthy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How monetary policy is killing economic growth – and your dividend income

Current monetary policy is a disaster for economic growth, pension funds, and anyone relying on dividends for income, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why a pension beats a buy-to-let flat hands down

It used to make some sense to forget about saving for a pension and get a buy-to-let flat instead, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But not any more. You’d be mad not to take advantage of the current benefits of saving for a pension.

The “Bank of Mum and Dad” is just like any other bank – it wants a return on its money

Research suggests more and more parents are helping other people’s children get on to the property ladder. But they’re not doing it out of kindness, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They’re doing it for the money.

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