Merryn’s blog

What makes a good active fund and where you can find them

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Closet tracker funds are dying as investors plump for passive funds or well-managed active funds. Here, we pick some of the best active funds to buy for today’s markets.

Forget bitcoin – the best hedge against inflation is gold

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The usual answer to the question of how to hedge against inflation is “gold”. But these days, some people prefer bitcoin. Those people are wrong, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Get ready for the return of inflation

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The world is changing. The disinflationary environment of the last couple of decades is rapidly vanishing. You need to be ready for inflation, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Dirty or not, charities should accept the Presidents Club money

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As sleazy as the Presidents Club dinner was, charities shouldn’t refuse the money raised, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Their job is to do useful things, not indulge in political grandstanding.

Now the bitcoin bubble’s burst, what’s the next big thing?

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Forget bitcoin, if you want to increase your wealth faster than most other people, you need to find the next big thing. Merryn Somerset Webb suggests some places to look.

Don't pile into property in 2018

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Britain’s house prices will be at best stable this year. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why now’s not the time to put your money in property.

Agricultural subsidies: public money should mean public access

In the post-Brexit reform of agricultural subsidies, landowners in receipt of public money should expect the public to be given access to their land, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Shareholder capitalism needs a reboot

The obscene pay packages pocketed by listed company chief executives demonstrate that shareholder capitalism isn’t working quite as it should. But it can be fixed, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

A quick and simple way to give everybody a bigger state pension

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OECD research reveals that the UK has one of the least generous state pension schemes. But there is a cheap and simple way to change that, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Should we tax housebuilders more heavily than other companies?

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The government’s Help to Buy scheme has been the main driver behind many housebuilders’ profits. So should it get a bigger slice of those profits back in tax?

Christmas books for the lefties in your family

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Industrialists, capitalists and big business get a hard time in literature. Merryn Somerset Webb aims to change that with some books that show free markets in a good light.

The new Scottish tax regime: gesture politics at its most pathetic

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The SNP’s change to income tax has alienated the most productive members of society and put the economy and revenues at long term risk, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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