Editor's letter

The Information Age is about to get interesting
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Economy

The Information Age is about to get interesting

The IT revolution has been around for a while now, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But we're just getting to the good bit.
24 Sep 2021
With the right political will, inflation can be defeated
Jerome Powell
Inflation

With the right political will, inflation can be defeated

Governments and central banks can easily control inflation, says Merryn Somerset Webb – they just need the will.
17 Sep 2021
Why the government's plan for funding social care is a lousy one
Rishi Sunak
UK Economy

Why the government's plan for funding social care is a lousy one

Insisting that people use their property wealth to pay for social care is perfectly reasonable, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
10 Sep 2021
The stockmarket melt-up just keeps going
Ducklings
Investment strategy

The stockmarket melt-up just keeps going

Despite all the bad news, markets just keep hitting new highs. Should you be worried?
3 Sep 2021
Gold is frustrating – but it’s still worth holding
Hands holding a gold bar wrapped in the FT
Gold

Gold is frustrating – but it’s still worth holding

It's been a frustrating time for investors in gold. But the idea that you should always have a bit of physical gold in your portfolio and just hope th…
20 Aug 2021
Dividends are back – here's where to find them
Investment strategy

Dividends are back – here's where to find them

The FTSE 100 is yielding 3.7% – not too bad in an age of 0.1% interest rates. And the UK isn't the only place to find dividends, says Merryn Somerset …
30 Jul 2021
The myth of hypothecated taxes
Tax

The myth of hypothecated taxes

The government wants to add a penny on our National Insurance contributions to pay for social care. But it won’t, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It will j…
23 Jul 2021
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Why the UK's 2.5% inflation is a big deal
Inflation

Why the UK's 2.5% inflation is a big deal

After years of inflation being a financial-assets problem, it is now an “ordinary things” problem too, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But central banks st…
16 Jul 2021
Are ESG funds holding the right companies?
ESG investing

Are ESG funds holding the right companies?

A lot of ESG fund managers tend to plump for “techy stuff” in their funds. But that's a lazy approach, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
9 Jul 2021
Is it time to go back to the office?
UK Economy

Is it time to go back to the office?

There's a lot to be said for working from home, but the office has plenty going for it too. And it might not be too long before we're all back, says M…
2 Jul 2021
Beware: the government could come for your pension assets
Investment strategy

Beware: the government could come for your pension assets

The government desperately needs to find a pile of cash to pay for its massive debt. And there's a very attractive-looking one sitting in your pension…
25 Jun 2021
Why fund managers should share the risk with their investors
Funds

Why fund managers should share the risk with their investors

Ideally, managers would have a stake in their funds. It might not necessarily lead to better performance, but it would surely make them pay a little m…
17 Jun 2021
The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages
UK Economy

The simple answer to Britain's staff shortages: raise wages

The UK's businesses are suffering from a shortage of staff. If they want to fix that, they'll have to do the one thing they really hate: raise wages
10 Jun 2021
What oil majors' climate battles tell us about shareholder democracy
Commodities

What oil majors' climate battles tell us about shareholder democracy

Big oil has faced a tumultuous week with a number of defeats over their environmental practises. John Stepek breaks down what this means for the marke…
3 Jun 2021
Can bitcoin survive governments’ monopoly on coercion?
Bitcoin & crypto

Can bitcoin survive governments’ monopoly on coercion?

If governments want your cryptocurrency they will come for it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 May 2021
UK stocks are cheap, but they won't be for long
UK stockmarkets

UK stocks are cheap, but they won't be for long

UK stocks are cheap. That's not escaped the notice of the private equity sector, who are snapping up bargains galore. You should do the same while you…
20 May 2021
Why investors should start to think more short-term
Investment strategy

Why investors should start to think more short-term

For years, investors have poured money into growth stocks that promise future profits but no actual cash now. But as inflation threatens, now might be…
13 May 2021
The house price boom is all about what people can afford to pay
House prices

The house price boom is all about what people can afford to pay

Houses may look very expensive, but ultra-low interest rates mean that on a monthly payment basis, they cost an awful lot less than they used to. How …
6 May 2021
The V-shaped recovery looks to be here at last
Economy

The V-shaped recovery looks to be here at last

The world is certainly not a Panglossian paradise. But the recovery is under way and there is plenty of good news about.
29 Apr 2021
The giant investment platforms and the risk to shareholder capitalism
Investment strategy

The giant investment platforms and the risk to shareholder capitalism

The fact that so many of us invest via the big investment platforms means that there is a huge dislocation between the owner of the shares (us) and th…
23 Apr 2021
Bitcoin mania: private currencies are nothing new
Bitcoin

Bitcoin mania: private currencies are nothing new

The idea is gaining ground that bitcoin and the plethora of other new currencies are here to stay. But the existence of private currencies operating p…
15 Apr 2021
What the Deliveroo IPO can teach us about investing
Investment strategy

What the Deliveroo IPO can teach us about investing

Losing money on an investment is painful, says John Stepek, but it can force us to look at our process in a way that making money doesn’t.
8 Apr 2021