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Saying goodbye to the worst tax in Britain

The old version of stamp duty may well have been worst tax in the UK, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How houses kill happiness: an example

The British public’s obsession with owning houses can make for a life of utter misery, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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Hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry: 'It felt like the sun rose only to humiliate me'

In a series of three short videos, Merryn Somerset-Webb talks to Hugh Hendry, manager of the Eclectica hedge fund, about everything from China to the US, Europe, and Japan.


Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.


22 December 1973: Opec more than doubles the price of oil

On this day in 1973 Opec, the oil price cartel, more than doubled the price of oil from $5.12 a barrel to $11.65.