Editor's letter

A change in stockmarket rules will benefit us all
Charlie Munger
UK stockmarkets

A change in stockmarket rules will benefit us all

The “SPAC” boom all the rage in the US is passing the UK’s stricter stockmarket by. A change in the rules would be good for everyone, says Merryn Some…
4 Mar 2021
Our trade of the decade came good – what’s next?
Nurse giving a Covid jab
Investment strategy

Our trade of the decade came good – what’s next?

Back in 2010 we said you should invest in unloved and undervalued Japanese stocks. If you had done that, you’d have made a nice return. So what should…
25 Feb 2021
A contrarian take on ESG investing: buy coal
Coal burning
Stockmarkets

A contrarian take on ESG investing: buy coal

The best way to take advantage of today’s ESG and clean energy enthusiasm is not to invest in the clean energy stocks everyone loves, says Merryn Some…
19 Feb 2021
Are you prepared to have your savings put into compulsory “recovery bonds”?
War bonds poster
UK Economy

Are you prepared to have your savings put into compulsory “recovery bonds”?

The pandemic has put a huge hole in public finances – while bolstering many of the country's savings. Could one be used to bail out the other? Merryn …
11 Feb 2021
How the GameStop squeeze put the fun back into markets
Still from The Big Short
Stockmarkets

How the GameStop squeeze put the fun back into markets

One of the fun things about Reddit’s pursuit of GameStop short sellers it is the way it allows everyone to see what they want to see, says Merryn Some…
5 Feb 2021
Why bonds may not be the safe haven they once were
Investment strategy

Why bonds may not be the safe haven they once were

“De-risking” by shifting your portfolio into bonds used to make sense. But not so much any more, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So what should you do inst…
21 Jan 2021
US stocks are obviously in a bubble. But is it a rational bubble?
US stockmarkets

US stocks are obviously in a bubble. But is it a rational bubble?

Everyone wants to know if the US stockmarket is in a bubble. But that is the wrong question, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Of course it’s a bubble. The r…
14 Jan 2021
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If this is a bubble, what’s going to prick it?
Stockmarkets

If this is a bubble, what’s going to prick it?

The US stockmarket crash might not come this year. But all indicators say it will happen at some point.
7 Jan 2021
Get ready to say “hello” to inflation
Inflation

Get ready to say “hello” to inflation

With the collapse of both supply and demand, this was no ordinary recession. But as the world returns to normal, supply will remain subdued as demand …
17 Dec 2020
Behind Covid's very dark clouds, we can see a few silver linings
UK Economy

Behind Covid's very dark clouds, we can see a few silver linings

The Cover-19 pandemic has devastated communities and the global economy. But with the vaccine about to bring an end to the worst, Merryn Somerset Webb…
10 Dec 2020
UK stocks finally start to rise – but not as one
UK Economy

UK stocks finally start to rise – but not as one

The UK Stockmarket recovery is finally getting some traction, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But not all stocks will recover in the same way.
3 Dec 2020
The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been
UK Economy

The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been

If you listened to Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review, you might be feeling a little down. But don't worry too much. Things might not be anywhere near as b…
26 Nov 2020
How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy
UK Economy

How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy

All this stimulus has to be paid for – whether through inflation, tax rises, or financial repression. It's going to be an uncomfortable experience, sa…
19 Nov 2020
We could be heading for another Roaring Twenties
UK Economy

We could be heading for another Roaring Twenties

There are still plenty of risks ahead, but if we get a vaccine by spring we could see a better-than-expected recovery as we reclaim the bits of our ol…
12 Nov 2020
Twenty years on from MoneyWeek's first issue, how much have things changed?
Global Economy

Twenty years on from MoneyWeek's first issue, how much have things changed?

Spanning one disputed American election to another, MoneyWeek is 20 years old this week. Editor-in-chief Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what's changed,…
5 Nov 2020
Does it really matter who ends up in the White House?
US stockmarkets

Does it really matter who ends up in the White House?

Whoever wins the US election – be it Joe Biden or Donald Trump – is likely to spend piles of money to drive the recovery from Covid-19.
29 Oct 2020
In UK stocks, the market has chucked us a bone – we should grab it
Economy

In UK stocks, the market has chucked us a bone – we should grab it

UK stocks are trading at their biggest discount to global equities in 40 years. You should probably be looking to buy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
22 Oct 2020
The silver lining to the coronavirus debacle
UK Economy

The silver lining to the coronavirus debacle

There isn’t much obvious upside to the Covid debacle. But perhaps there will be a long-term silver lining, in the form of a push for reform of the gov…
15 Oct 2020
Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty
UK Economy

Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty

If Boris Johnson is serious about getting more people on the housing ladder, he should stop messing about with complicated incentives that only reward…
8 Oct 2020
Prepare yourself for negative interest rates
UK Economy

Prepare yourself for negative interest rates

There is a lot of talk about negative interest rates coming to the UK. They're a terrible idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
1 Oct 2020
Why things are a little different for investors these days
Investment strategy

Why things are a little different for investors these days

The demise of stockmarkets in favour of private equity; the rise of passive investing; the hit everyone's taking from Covid – strange times indeed for…
24 Sep 2020
Are we losing the moral high ground on Covid?
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