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Forget socialism – shareholder capitalism is delivering
Economy

Forget socialism – shareholder capitalism is delivering

Many Millennials say they would prefer to live in a socialist society. That's understandable. But while socialism promises everyone ownership and powe…
3 Dec 2021
Everyone wants more leisure time – but is that possible?
Investment strategy

Everyone wants more leisure time – but is that possible?

One of the effects of the pandemic is that everyone wants to work less – whether from home or in the office. But is that possible over the long term?
26 Nov 2021
Why the Bank of England must act now on inflation
Inflation

Why the Bank of England must act now on inflation

The Bank of England must act fast on interest rates if it wants to convince us that it is even remotely serious about stopping inflation getting out o…
19 Nov 2021
ESG investing is important, but lots of other things matter too
Investment strategy

ESG investing is important, but lots of other things matter too

Investors have been pouring money into "ESG" funds and shares, driving prices up and up. But less obvious areas of the market could prove more profita…
12 Nov 2021
Carrots and sticks: why energy prices won't fall for a long time
Energy

Carrots and sticks: why energy prices won't fall for a long time

Energy is going to be more expensive for a long time before it gets both cleaner and cheaper. 
5 Nov 2021
Equities are not a good inflation hedge
Economy

Equities are not a good inflation hedge

Institutional investors are definitely now worried about inflation. But they're not yet worried enough to flee to cash, says John Stepek
22 Oct 2021
From an age of plenty to an age of shortage
Economy

From an age of plenty to an age of shortage

We have emerged from the pandemic into a world where supply can’t meet demand, driving prices up. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what's going on.
15 Oct 2021
Is your fund manager’s ESG investment policy really ethical?
Energy stocks

Is your fund manager’s ESG investment policy really ethical?

The so-called ethical policies of some investors are doing more harm than good, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
8 Oct 2021
Inflation is still one of the biggest threats to your personal finances
Investment strategy

Inflation is still one of the biggest threats to your personal finances

Central bankers and economists insist inflation will be gone by next year. We're not so sure, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So if you haven’t started to …
1 Oct 2021
The Information Age is about to get interesting
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
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
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
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
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
Inflation: compound interest’s evil twin
Inflation

Inflation: compound interest’s evil twin

We're about to see something we've not seen for a while, says Andrew Van Sickle: a nasty bout of inflation.
6 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
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