Merryn’s blog

Invesco is making a mockery of shareholder democracy

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Invesco’s bullying of an investment trust is an outrageous example of fund management arrogance, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The campaign to save “one share, one vote”

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Good governance and shareholder democracy are being undermined by companies issuing shares with limited voting rights. But investors are starting to push back, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Workplace perks are nice, but nothing beats more cash

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Employers are offering all sorts of perks to their workers. But one perk they’re not offering is higher pay. That might soon have to change, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The great buy-to-let sell up

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In a rare example of government action having the intended effect, buy-to-let landlords are selling up, and that could mean house prices falling.

How DIY investing platforms are changing the world of investment trusts

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The rise of the low-cost investment platform has changed the shareholder base of investment trusts – and it’s having a dramatic effect on how the sector operates, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Rising wages may bring surprises in Japan

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Wages are rising in Japan. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Bank of Japan will end its monetary stimulus. But it does open the door to surprises, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tax the living, not the dead

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We should abolish inheritance tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and replace it with a gift tax, paid at the recipient’s tax rate.

The modern-day perils of fund management

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In the early days of investment trusts, managers knew nothing of benchmarking. How things have changed, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And not necessarily for the better.

Governments are flexing their muscles over bad corporate behaviour, starting with social media firms

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What made social media companies so successful also makes them easy targets for government muscle-flexing, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

No, hobbyists shouldn’t get Universal Credit

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It is only right that the self employed should get Universal Credit, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But only if they actually are self employed.

Aviva has had a rethink on preference shares, but what now?

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Aviva’s abandoned proposal to cancel £450m of preference shares has left a lot of people out of pocket. This isn’t over, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Not by a long chalk.

Our robot future: better and more unpredictable than we can imagine

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Robots will take over a lot of our more mundane jobs. But they will change the future in many more ways that we just can’t foresee, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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