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UK house prices holding up as city folk flock to the country
Property

UK house prices holding up as city folk flock to the country

The number of city-dwellers pursuing their dream of a rural idyll is on the rise. And despite the pandemic, house prices are holding up well, says Mer…
15 Jun 2020
“Cluster busting”: why Japan has been so successful in fighting Covid-19
Global Economy

“Cluster busting”: why Japan has been so successful in fighting Covid-19

Japan has had one of the lowest rates of death from Covid-19, despite its densely-packed, elderly population. Merryn Somerset Webb looks explains the …
4 May 2020
Dividends, directors and the holes in the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme
UK Economy

Dividends, directors and the holes in the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme

By topping up a minimal salary with dividends, many owner/directors of small companies have fallen through the net when it comes to the government’s …
27 Apr 2020
The trials of Temple Bar: an update on the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio
Investment trust model portfolio

The trials of Temple Bar: an update on the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio

Most of the funds in our investment trust portfolio have held up brilliantly through the recent market turmoil. But one trust in particular has had a …
14 Apr 2020
Why the world after coronavirus could be a lot fairer
Economy

Why the world after coronavirus could be a lot fairer

The post-coronavirus world could look like the post-war world, argues Merryn Somerset Webb – with wealth redistributed from capital to labour, and fro…
14 Apr 2020
A handful of promising income stocks to buy now
Share tips

A handful of promising income stocks to buy now

If you’re an investor looking for income, investment trusts are a particularly good way to go, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here are a few to consider.
7 Apr 2020
Here’s how to hold on to some dividend income
Income investing

Here’s how to hold on to some dividend income

Companies are cutting their dividends. But the truth is that you don’t have to give up all of your dividend income, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s …
6 Apr 2020
How the coronavirus pandemic is killing cash
UK Economy

How the coronavirus pandemic is killing cash

Covid-19 is making a huge difference to the way we live, work and do business. One of its less obvious effects, says Merryn Somerset Webb, is to accel…
31 Mar 2020
Buy stocks for the long term, but buy very carefully
Stockmarkets

Buy stocks for the long term, but buy very carefully

After the wild ride of the last couple of weeks, equities are no longer expensive. But if you do decide to buy, be very, very careful indeed, says Mer…
30 Mar 2020
The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch
UK Economy

The UK’s bailout of the self employed comes with a hidden catch

The chancellor’s £6.5bn bailout of the self employed is welcome. But it has hidden benefits for the taxman, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 Mar 2020
How to protect the earnings of the self-employed as well as employees
UK Economy

How to protect the earnings of the self-employed as well as employees

The government has acted swiftly to protect the earnings of those in employment, But the self-employed deserve help too. Merryn Somerset Webb has a fe…
25 Mar 2020
Coronavirus and tax: now isn’t a time to have to worry about money
Tax

Coronavirus and tax: now isn’t a time to have to worry about money

HMRC won’t penalise non-residents who might otherwise have to pay UK tax if they get stuck in the country. That’s going to be expensive, says Merryn S…
24 Mar 2020
Sunak’s Budget: good, but short-term measures must be temporary
UK Economy

Sunak’s Budget: good, but short-term measures must be temporary

Rishi Sunak’s Budget contained some well thought-out support policies. But, with policies introduced in times of crisis hard to back out of, we must e…
16 Mar 2020
If you think now is a good time to buy, look at these investment trusts
Investment trusts

If you think now is a good time to buy, look at these investment trusts

With the latest market slides, an awful lot of assets are beginning to look very cheap indeed. If you are thinking of buying, Merryn Somerset Webb has…
10 Mar 2020
Should we replace entrepreneurs’ tax perks with employee ownership?
Budget

Should we replace entrepreneurs’ tax perks with employee ownership?

The chancellor could well abolish entrepreneurs’ relief in the Budget. We could use some of the tax savings to create more worker-owned businesses, sa…
5 Mar 2020
A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits
Self employed tax

A legal judgment that could seriously dent housebuilders’ profits

An employment tribunal has ruled that two recently dismissed bricklayers were not self employed, whatever the contract they signed said. The conseque…
4 Mar 2020