Merryn’s blog

We don't need new laws to make companies behave better

We don’t need a load of new laws to sort out the governance problems at UK companies, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We just need to enforce the ones we have.

How Donald Trump's victory has wrong-footed Scotland's self-righteous first minister

Donald Trump’s victory is awkward for all sorts of people, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Nicola Sturgeon especially.

Cancelling cash: let's hope India isn't giving the Bank of England any ideas

In a bid to remove counterfeit notes and force transactions into the legal economy, India has banned 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. Let’s hope our own central bankers aren’t taking notes, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Nicola Sturgeon’s shady Chinese deals give the wrong impression of Scotland

The SNP’s secretive backroom deals with shady Chinese companies do not give the impression that Scotland is a modern, transaparent economy that is open for business, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why investors shouldn’t think too deeply about the US election

How should you invest ahead of the US election? What happens if Trump wins? What about Clinton? The best strategy might be to just not think about it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Our hopes and dreams for Philip Hammond

Stamp duty is one of the worst taxes we have, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Philip Hammond should replace it with an inflation-linked capital gains tax on primary homes.

The "triple lock" has served its purpose, now give pensioners a little less

The triple lock on state pensions should be retired, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and pensioners’ benefits means tested.

Wind farms: how to pay to make it all OK

There is evidence that wind farms affect the price of nearby houses. But there is a simple solution to that, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Give a portion of renewable energy company their profits to their neighbours.

Brexit fears haven’t come true – and it’s possible they never will

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A lot of bad things were predicted to happen if Britain voted to leave the EU. They haven’t happened yet – but a lot of people seem to think they have.

London property: expect further price falls

The gap between London property sellers’ hope and reality is widening, says Merryn Somerset Webb, as property sellers wake up to a market slowdown.

Why driving a Mercedes makes you mean

The meanest people on the roads tend to drive luxury cars. That’s not a coincidence. The richer you get, the less empathy you demonstrate.

Inflation or war? Best hope for inflation

With the other common way out of financial crises being war, inflation is the least worst solution to our massive debt problem, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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