Editor's letter

The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been
Rishi Sunak
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
Rishi Sunak
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
Happy people drinking outside
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?
Al Gore and George W Bush
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?
Donald Melania Trump
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
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
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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
Raising taxes may not be as effective as you might think
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
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
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
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
What "peak meat" tells us about forecasting
Global Economy

What "peak meat" tells us about forecasting

When it comes to warnings of societal change, it's best to take them with a big pinch of salt, says John Stepek.
13 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
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