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Economy

The four freedoms: not set in stone, not universally adhered to, and not necessary for single market access

A persistent myth about the EU is that there is no flexibility on the “four freedoms.” But there are plenty of exceptions that prove this isn’t true, …
28 Nov 2016
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Economy

Investing in the era of Trumpflation

Charlie Morris tells Merryn Somerset Webb what has and hasn’t changed for investors as a result of Donald Trump’s victory, and what to do about it.
25 Nov 2016
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Investment strategy

Charlie Morris: how to invest in the world of Trump

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Charlie Morris, editor of the Fleet Street Letter, about how to invest in the era of Donald Trump.
24 Nov 2016
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Economy

UK regions should issue their own work permits after Brexit

The UK should be able to offer region-specific work permits after we leave the EU, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
22 Nov 2016
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Economy

Brexit won't drive tech companies out of Britain

Britain’s tech companies aren’t likely to up sticks and move to Berlin just because of Brexit, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
22 Nov 2016
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Merryn's Blog

Trump didn’t so much win the US election as Clinton lost it

Donald Trump didn’t win the US election because a lot of extra voters were swayed to the Republican cause. He won because Democrats failed to vote for…
17 Nov 2016
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Economy

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 h…
16 Nov 2016
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Investment gurus

Charles Plowden: where to find long-term growth

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to professional investor Charles Plowden about investing for long-term growth, and where to find companies that will give a…
14 Nov 2016
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Share tips

Charles Plowden: nine great growth stocks to buy now

Buy into the right kind of growth and you can double your money in five years, Charles Plowden tells Merryn Somerset Webb. But what is the right kind?
11 Nov 2016
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Merryn's Blog

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.
9 Nov 2016
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Economy

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 cen…
9 Nov 2016
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Economy

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 ope…
8 Nov 2016
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Stock markets

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,…
8 Nov 2016
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Property

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 o…
7 Nov 2016
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Economy

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.
7 Nov 2016
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Renewables

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…
31 Oct 2016
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Merryn's Blog

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

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…
31 Oct 2016
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Property

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.
27 Oct 2016
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Economy

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.
25 Oct 2016
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Economy

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 W…
18 Oct 2016
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Funds

Charles Heenan: the value of doing nothing

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to value investor Charles Heenan of Kennox Asset Management about his investment strategy – and the financial benefits of d…
14 Oct 2016
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Economy

Charles Heenan: patience pays for value investors

The secret of success? Stick to what works, buy cheap, hold out for quality and – above all – bide your time, Charles Heenan tells Merryn Somerset Web…
14 Oct 2016
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Economy

London will thrive, Brexit or no Brexit

Many people worry that the financial services industry will flee London when the UK leaves the EU. But there isn’t a city in the world that can offer …
12 Oct 2016
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Pensions

New pension incentives? Don't bother with the young – help the 50-somethings first

Young people have better things to do with their money then save for a pension, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The government should help those who really…
12 Oct 2016
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Funds

How to buy £1 of assets for just 71p

Investment trusts are cheap for a reason – but not one that should stop us snapping them up. Merryn Somerset Webb talks to fund manager Nick Greenwood…
7 Oct 2016
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Investment gurus

Nick Greenwood: the three things to buy now

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to fund manager Nick Greenwood about why you should buy investment trusts over open-ended funds, and his three favourite ar…
6 Oct 2016
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Property

Buy-to-let investors: don’t fight the government

The government has given another clear signal that it has the buy-to-let business firmly in its sights. Avoid at all costs, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
3 Oct 2016
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Property

Want the young to be as well off as the middle aged? Force a house price crash

A report says those born in the early 1980s have half as much wealth as those born in the 1970s. The best way to fix that is lower house prices, says …
30 Sep 2016
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UK Economy

How stamp duty changes are distorting London's property market

Changes to stamp duty are driving London property developers to give up on family homes in favour of filling the capital with tiny flats.
29 Sep 2016
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Personal finance

How to make stamp duty a little less crazy

Stamp duty is a mad tax for all sorts of reasons, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But if anybody should have to pay it, make it the seller.
22 Sep 2016
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Economy

How technology will transform farming

New technology will revolutionise farming to the same extent that the invention of the plough did in the past, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
21 Sep 2016
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Economy

We don’t need grammar schools – we need grammar streams

Selection in education is good, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But only if it is fluid. We should create “grammar streams” in every comprehensive.
21 Sep 2016
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Economy

Hang on to your £50s. There aren’t many of them about

The Bank of England isn’t banning the £50 note – it’s gradually phasing it out instead.
16 Sep 2016
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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 instea…
14 Sep 2016
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Pensions

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 we…
12 Sep 2016
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Economy

The EU starts to show its rotten heart

The EU’s failure to deal with both the financial and migration crises prove the need for its fundamental reform, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
9 Sep 2016
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Property

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
9 Sep 2016
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Economy

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 …
6 Sep 2016
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Economy

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.
5 Sep 2016
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Economy

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…
5 Sep 2016
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Economy

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 e…
2 Sep 2016
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Economy

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 S…
31 Aug 2016
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Economy

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.
31 Aug 2016
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Pensions

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 …
30 Aug 2016
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UK Economy

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, s…
30 Aug 2016
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Economy

Sorry Nicola Sturgeon, the revenue numbers do matter

The latest government expenditure and revenue statistics (GERS) paint a grim picture for Scotland, says Merryn Somerset Webb – and Nicola Sturgeon kno…
24 Aug 2016
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Economy

The new church collection box? It's got to be contactless

The death of cash is bad for all sorts of reasons. But when it comes to church collections, it might not be the end of the world, says Merryn Somerset…
24 Aug 2016
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Economy

Want to end the gender pay gap? Stop women having babies

A new report has backed up the uncomfortable truth, says Merryn Somerset Webb – to end the gender pay gap you have to alter biology.
23 Aug 2016
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