Merryn’s blog

Pensions are for your retirement, not for a rainy day

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The point of saving into a pension is that you can’t get the money until you retire. The chancellor should resist the temptation to relax the rules on early access.

With the magic gone from the stockmarkets, investors must focus on reality

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The magic pixie dust behind the stockmarkets’ massive bull run – loose monetary policy – has vanished. Investors must now focus on what really matters: cash and valuations.

Good news for everyone as housebuilding finally enters the 21st century

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Until now, there has been precious little sign of automation in the housebuilding sector. But that’s now changing, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Art, tech stocks and the financial canary’s last gasp

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From art to tech stocks, things are changing fast in the financial world, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And it’s all down to rising bond yields.

Some good news at last for landlords?

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It doesn’t happen often these days, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there might be something in the next Budget that MoneyWeek readers will like.

Unilever and the erosion of shareholder democracy

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The way Unilever went about planning the vote on moving its head office out of the UK wasn’t normal and it wasn’t right, says Merry Somerset Webb.

Warning to employees: the value of your employer can fall as well as rise

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If we are to make employee share ownership more widely available – as we should – we have to educate workers on how equity markets behave, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

A hard Brexit may already be in the price – here’s what to buy if it is

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Far from plummeting post-Brexit, markets could bounce sharply if the PM produces a workable deal. Merryn Somerset Webb picks four investment trusts to exploit that.

Make sure you're not getting stiffed by your mobile phone company

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It’s not just the financial services industry that makes a habit of overcharging its customers. Mobile phone companies do it too, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But you don’t have to stand for it.

Good news! Wages are finally rising for everyone

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For the first time in a decade, wages are rising for young as well as older workers. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what this means, and where it might lead.

Why the best response to the financial crisis would have been a recession

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The authorities’ response to the 2008 financial crisis may have ended up neutering capitalism – the greatest poverty destroying system ever.

Should you buy Smithson, Terry Smith’s new investment trust?

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Merryn Somerset Webb finds out more about the Smithson investment trust – who’s running it, what’s in it, and how much it will cost.

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