Merryn’s blog

Fund managers are beginning to act like responsible business owners

There are signs that the world’s big shareholders are finally grasping that, as the technical owners of listed companies, they have long-term financial and social responsibilities, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Corporations must prepare for interventionist politics

High-revenue but low-tax-paying tech companies could be targeted as the government mollifies voters with interventionist politics, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Even if Macron wins the French election, there could still be chaos

If Emmanuel Macron wins the French election by a small margin, it could cause chaos. It could even make France ungovernable, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The SNP’s clever but nasty politics

Nicola Sturgeon’s response to the benefits cap is a clever one, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it’s as unpleasantly cynical as politics can get.

The real reason to worry about Turkey

There are lots of things to be frightened of in the world of finance. But Turkey should probably be top of the list, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

A snap general election makes sense for everyone

Theresa May’s snap general election makes sense for her, for the Conservative party, and for the country, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why the state pension should be means tested

Pensioner counting pennies © Getty Images

The state pension should only be offered to those who need it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

An unintended effect of banning cash

By banning cash, central bankers like to think they can control our spending habits, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it may not be so straightforward.

How the private sector works to help the public sector spend our money badly

Virgin Trains’ pretend standard-class ticket is very handy for those who prefer to travel first class but need to disguise that fact on their expense claims.

What to do as inflation returns

Inflation is back. And that’s bad news for savers and borrowers alike, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The chancellor hasn’t finished fiddling yet

The self employed shouldn’t relax yet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. One way or another, Philip Hammond will be back to tax them.

How to fix the fuss over National Insurance contributions

The solution to all the fuss over National Insurance contributions for the self-employed is simple, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We all pay the same tax regardless of how we work.

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