Merryn’s blog

Our hopes and dreams for Philip Hammond

Stamp duty is one of the worst taxes we have, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Philip Hammond should replace it with an inflation-linked capital gains tax on primary homes.

The "triple lock" has served its purpose, now give pensioners a little less

The triple lock on state pensions should be retired, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and pensioners’ benefits means tested.

Wind farms: how to pay to make it all OK

There is evidence that wind farms affect the price of nearby houses. But there is a simple solution to that, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Give a portion of renewable energy company their profits to their neighbours.

Brexit fears haven’t come true – and it’s possible they never will

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A lot of bad things were predicted to happen if Britain voted to leave the EU. They haven’t happened yet – but a lot of people seem to think they have.

London property: expect further price falls

The gap between London property sellers’ hope and reality is widening, says Merryn Somerset Webb, as property sellers wake up to a market slowdown.

Why driving a Mercedes makes you mean

The meanest people on the roads tend to drive luxury cars. That’s not a coincidence. The richer you get, the less empathy you demonstrate.

Inflation or war? Best hope for inflation

With the other common way out of financial crises being war, inflation is the least worst solution to our massive debt problem, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

London will thrive, Brexit or no Brexit

Many people worry that the financial services industry will flee London when the UK leaves the EU. But there isn’t a city in the world that can offer what London does, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

New pension incentives? Don't bother with the young – help the 50-somethings first

Young people have better things to do with their money then save for a pension, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The government should help those who really need it.

Buy-to-let investors: don’t fight the government

The government has given another clear signal that it has the buy-to-let business firmly in its sights. Avoid at all costs, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How stamp duty changes are distorting London's property market

Changes to stamp duty are driving London property developers to give up on family homes in favour of filling the capital with tiny flats.

How to make stamp duty a little less crazy

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Stamp duty is a mad tax for all sorts of reasons, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But if anybody should have to pay it, make it the seller.

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