Merryn’s blog

How fund management fees gobble up a quarter of your returns

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Fund management fees are still taking a huge bite out of investor returns. And while they may have fallen in recent years, they need to come down even further, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

What’s wrong with capitalism? Too little competition

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Powerful corporations have grown too used to dictating terms to consumers, workers and suppliers. Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Jonathan Tepper about how to fix it.

Brexit or no Brexit, the UK is a good bet right now

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All the emotion around Brexit is producing real value in the market right now, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s the perfect time snap up some UK bargains.

Votes for women and the rise of the welfare state

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Since women got the vote a century ago, we have developed a more progressive tax system and a transferred more wealth to the less well-off. That’s no coincidence, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How to build new houses and satisfy the Nimbys at the same time

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People objecting to new housing developments in their neighbourhoods are acting perfectly rationally, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there’s an easy solution: divert some of the landowners’ profits and buy them off.

Britain’s wages are rising – and about time too

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Wages in Britain have been low for a long time. But they’re finally on the rise. That’s good for workers, good for productivity and good for our public finances.

Help to Buy: the cap is going to hurt

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The cap on the government’s Help-to-Buy scheme, introduced in the latest Budget, could leave an awful lot of people feeling duped, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How not to fall victim to cold-calling fraudsters

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Anyone can be taken in by fraudsters promising the world. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at how we can fight financial crime, and how to safely invest in unlisted companies.

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.

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