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Economy

How debt has broken the breakdown recovery business

Both the RAC and AA have been saddled with huge debts by private equity owners. It;s not done them any favours at all.
4 Nov 2019
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Economy

Why are charities not spending the money they’ve raised?

Rather than spend their donors’ money on charitable causes, a huge number of charities are hoarding cash and investing it. They should be spending it …
29 Oct 2019
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Economy

Woodford, WeWork and the perfectly legal but morally outrageous “bezzle”

Neil Woodford and Adam Neumann have pulled off spectacular examples of the “bezzle”, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Hoodwinking investors and walking off …
28 Oct 2019
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Neil Woodford: no silver lining for his investors

Neil Woodford made every mistake it is possible to make as a money manager. And his investors have been stiffed. But however wrong it all went, Woodfo…
24 Oct 2019
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Economy

Cash machines are dying, and it’s not all down to debit cards

Cash machines are dying. And it’s not all down to people using debit cards, says Merryn somerset Webb. Rock-bottom interest rates are playing their pa…
24 Oct 2019
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Personal finance

One example of the madness of our inheritance tax rules

Our system of inheritance tax is needlessly complicated, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here, she outlines one way in which the well-off could save over £…
14 Oct 2019
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Economy

The answer to our woes is to reverse quantitative easing

Quantitative easing isn't doing what it is supposed to do. Reversing it might, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
10 Oct 2019
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Economy

The dangers of negative interest rates

Negative interest rates could spark the next financial crisis. And central bankers could end up the object of the public's wrath, says Merryn Somerset…
7 Oct 2019
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Economy

Brexit conspiracies make no sense at all

Boris Johnson really isn't being controlled by a mysterious cabal of international financiers working to force a no-deal Brexit so that they can make …
3 Oct 2019
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Personal finance

The unpleasant but necessary business of planning for your death

Death comes with an awful lot of admin, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And if you don’t plan it right, it can come with an awful lot of expense, too. Here…
30 Sep 2019
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Economy

Cash is dying, but we'll miss it when it's gone

Most people now pay with debit or credit cards rather than cash. It might seem to you that this doesn’t matter much. But it does.
26 Sep 2019
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Economy

Labour’s plans for non-doms could prove costly for the UK

The Labour Party has said that in its first Budget it would abolish non-domiciled status. But non-doms do pay tax, and they do have a choice where the…
24 Sep 2019
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Personal finance

What next for claims management firms after the demise of PPI?

Merryn Somerset Webb looks at the areas the claims management firms could turn their attention to now that PPI claims can no longer be made.
23 Sep 2019
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Funds

The gradual disruption of the wealth management industry

Wealth management is in the main a very traditional industry – with traditionally high and unacceptably opaque charges. But that is slowly changing, s…
23 Sep 2019
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Stockmarkets

Why the demise of public markets should have you worried

Too many companies are either not listing or going private, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That diverts the returns to the few, not the many.
19 Sep 2019
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Running out of human workers? Better buy robots

Record high employment means that businesses are turning to automation – Merryn Somerset Webb asks Walter Price of the Allianz Technology Trust about …
30 May 2019
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Economy

Investing for a new cold war? Grab some gold

China and America’s changing relationship could derail economic growth. Merryn Somerset Webb asks global strategist Russell Napier how to protect your…
8 Mar 2019
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Economy

Want to understand the European Union? Start with Vichy France

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to economist Bernard Connolly about Brexit, the true nature of the EU project, and what’s gone wrong with global capitalism…
21 Feb 2019
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Economy

It’s time to take power back from the plutocrats

Tony Blair and Bill Gates aren’t big fans of author Anand Giridharadas. But Merryn Somerset Webb finds he has a lot of good points on plutocrats and t…
7 Feb 2019
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Economy

What’s wrong with capitalism? Too little competition

Powerful corporations have grown too used to dictating terms to consumers, workers and suppliers. Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Jonathan Tepper about …
27 Dec 2018
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Economy

The real threat to our global economic and political order

Economics and history didn’t end with the fall of communism after all. TS Lombard’s Charles Dumas tells Merryn Somerset Webb where they’re going next.
26 Oct 2018
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Stockmarkets

Where to find Japan’s small, cash-rich bargain stocks

One of the few big opportunities in global markets is Japan’s small-cap value sector. And now there is finally a fund that focuses directly on this ni…
21 Sep 2018
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Economy

Why China is set to hit the Great Wall of Debt

The engine of global growth is set to slow sharply and that will have implications for investors all around the world, author Dinny McMahon tells Merr…
22 Jun 2018
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Stockmarkets

The top contrarian bets for your money today

Japan is set to surprise investors, Alasdair McKinnon of the Scottish Investment Trust tells Merryn Somerset Webb.
8 Jun 2018
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