Editor's letter

Are we losing the moral high ground on Covid?
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UK Economy

Are we losing the moral high ground on Covid?

Not only must we never see more than five other people at the same time, we must report those who do to the police, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
17 Sep 2020
Raising taxes may not be as effective as you might think
Rishi Sunak © DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images
UK Economy

Raising taxes may not be as effective as you might think

This is likely to be huge pressure for big tax rises to deal with our post-Covid debt. But history shows people will find a way to pay less one way or…
10 Sep 2020
Warren Buffett's new interest in Japan
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Japan stockmarkets

Warren Buffett's new interest in Japan

Warren Buffett has bought into all five of Japan’s major trading companies at a cost of around $6bn. This makes sense, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Japa…
3 Sep 2020
Why Vietnam is the star of Southeast Asia
Women in traditional "ao dai" dress parading in Vietnam © HOANG DINH NAM/AFP via Getty Images
Emerging markets

Why Vietnam is the star of Southeast Asia

Emerging markets should be a good source of income in the years ahead, with emerging Asia looking most appealing, and Vietnam the standout performer.
27 Aug 2020
Don't worry about timing the market: what goes around comes around
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Investment strategy

Don't worry about timing the market: what goes around comes around

Market cycles are like London buses, says Andrew Van Sickle. If you miss one, don't worry – there will be another along in a few years.
20 Aug 2020
We're all going to have to be a lot more flexible
UK Economy

We're all going to have to be a lot more flexible

As the world gets older, we'll all have to retire later and finance it for longer. That's going to take a major rethink about an awful lot of things, …
6 Aug 2020
Gold proves its worth
UK Economy

Gold proves its worth

The pandemic has been good for gold. And, while you must keep holding gold (inflation is coming), you must not ignore the return of our old lives, say…
30 Jul 2020

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Should capital gains tax be higher or lower?
Tax

Should capital gains tax be higher or lower?

Capital gains tax is up for review. There are plenty of long-term arguments to be had about this. But in the short term, Merryn Somerset Webb has a fe…
23 Jul 2020
MMT: a fig leaf for central-bank money printing
UK Economy

MMT: a fig leaf for central-bank money printing

Like or not (and we don't much like it), modern monetary theory is on the way.
16 Jul 2020
Rishi Sunak: buy a house, do it up and then go for a meal
UK Economy

Rishi Sunak: buy a house, do it up and then go for a meal

The chancellor has been on a spending spree. Will it help?
9 Jul 2020
Spend, spend, spend – think of it as your patriotic duty
UK Economy

Spend, spend, spend – think of it as your patriotic duty

After months of lockdown, many of us will have some money to spare. If you do, says Merryn Somerset Webb, spend it.
2 Jul 2020
Many markets are expensive – but there is still value to be had
Stockmarkets

Many markets are expensive – but there is still value to be had

The wild optimism surrounding US tech stocks may be looking suspiciously bubble-like, but you can still find long-term value.
25 Jun 2020
Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse
UK Economy

Paying for all the Covid-19 demands on the public purse

Everyone wants a bailout. Not everyone will get one, but many will. So how do we go about paying for it all? A minimum tax rate on earned and unearned…
18 Jun 2020
Don't forget what being a shareholder really means
Investment strategy

Don't forget what being a shareholder really means

Being a shareholder means you own a tiny bit of a company and are part of the UK’s vast and growing shareholder democracy.
12 Jun 2020
Good news at last – household debt is falling fast
UK Economy

Good news at last – household debt is falling fast

Thre's not much good news around at the moment., But the fact that UK households are paying off debt at a record rate must surely count, says Merryn S…
4 Jun 2020
Post-Covid life will look remarkably similar to pre-Covid life
UK Economy

Post-Covid life will look remarkably similar to pre-Covid life

Everybody is speculating on how life will look once lockdown is lifted. My guess, says Merryn Somerset Webb, is much the same as it looked before the …
29 May 2020
A thousand thankyous
Stockmarkets

A thousand thankyous

Welcome to the 1,000th issue of MoneyWeek – we couldn't have done it without our readers.
21 May 2020
Some good news in the housing market
UK Economy

Some good news in the housing market

That the housing market is now reopening, in England at least, is good news, says John Stepek.
14 May 2020
Where to put your money as the investible universe shrinks
Investment strategy

Where to put your money as the investible universe shrinks

If you had £1,000 to invest right now for a ten-year period, where would you invest it? That's not a simple question to answer any more, says Merryn S…
7 May 2020
A new fund for the model investment trust portfolio
Investment trust model portfolio

A new fund for the model investment trust portfolio

After sifting through readers' suggestions, Merryn Somerset Webb picks a new fund for the MoneyWeek model portfoli of investment trusts.
1 May 2020
Bad news for income trusts
Stockmarkets

Bad news for income trusts

There's very little good news around the future of income trusts, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
23 Apr 2020
Looking on the bright side
UK Economy

Looking on the bright side

The great virus crisis is miserable in many ways. But there are glimmers of positivity, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
16 Apr 2020