Merryn’s blog

The trouble with a customs union

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A customs union sounds like a nice idea in theory, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But in reality, it’s a terrible one.

Brexit: still on course, all things considered

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Despite the overwhelmingly remain-leaning sentiments of the House of Commons, Brexit is proceeding relatively well, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

You can always find value somewhere in the markets

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Lots of people will tell you now isn’t a good time to invest. But that’s not true, says Merryn Somerset Webb, there is always value somewhere. Here’s where to find it now.

The many failings of the government’s exploitative Help to Buy scheme

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The government’s Help To Buy scheme is handing vast amounts of public money to big business while exploiting both taxpayers and first-time buyers at the same time.

Veganism: good for the planet, even better for profits

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The move towards veganism may be good for the environment (though the jury is still out on that). But the real winner will be the processed food industry, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The trouble with multinational corporations

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Huge multinational corporations wield far too much power, concentrate wealth in the wrong hands, and undermine governments’ sovereignty, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The world has had enough of billionaires

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As the tide of public opinion turns against those with too much money, there could be uncomfortable times ahead for the world’s billionaires, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Ignore the lifetime allowance and take the tax hit

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There’s been a lot of wailing about the extra tax burden once you hit the pensions lifetime savings allowance. But it’s better to just carry on contributing and pay the tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Doctors shouldn’t get special treatment for their pensions

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Doctors whose pensions are too big want an exemption from the lifetime allowance. They shouldn’t get it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Companies must wake up to the dangers of cyber crime

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Companies are coming under increasingly serious attack from cyber criminals. Few have the systems to cope with it, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and recovering losses through insurance could prove difficult.

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.

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