Market power that’s concentrated in the hands of a few big companies is bad for consumers, bad for productivity and terrible for investors, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
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A period of lower market returns could lie ahead, so the one thing that is going to be more important than ever for investors is keeping costs down.
I used to think the lifetime pension savings allowance was a terrible idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb. I’ve changed my mind on that. But there are some things about the pensions system that I will never agree with.
Warren Buffett was once a value investor. Now he’s buying big tech. Merryn Somerset Webb asks Lyrical Asset Management’s Andrew Wellington: “Where’s the real value now?”
The real risk to your finances is not Brexit, says Merryn Somerset Webb, it’s that the mismanagement of Brexit could lead to a Corbyn government. So how do you prepare?
Tech firms are listing on the stockmarket in their droves, with their private-equity backers raking in the cash. That’s perfectly sensible. What’s not so sensible is the number of retail investors buying in.
Too many people see property as a good investment and pensions as a waste of time. They couldn’t be more wrong, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The UK is short of funds offering diversified but very active and intelligent exposure to the global equity market on the cheap. Thankfully, that’s just what Alliance Trust is turning into, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Stockmarket bulls should remember that all melt-ups are quickly followed by meltdowns. If you are buying into today’s fast rising markets, do so with care.
The agricultural sector has long survived by throwing more pesticides, machines and land at every problem. That won’t work any more. Merryn Somerset Webb explores the agri-tech revolution.