Merryn's blog

Made money in cryptocurrencies? Don’t forget to pay your taxes – in sterling
Bitcoin & crypto

Made money in cryptocurrencies? Don’t forget to pay your taxes – in sterling

Speculating on cryptocurrencies is akin to gambling in all but one respect, says Merryn Somerset Webb: you must pay tax on any gains, and you must pay…
18 Jan 2022
Ask for a pay rise – everyone else is
Inflation

Ask for a pay rise – everyone else is

As inflation bites and the labour market remains tight, many of the nation's employees are asking for a pay rise. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why yo…
17 Jan 2022
Energy prices will keep rising – here’s how to invest
Energy

Energy prices will keep rising – here’s how to invest

Energy prices will keep rising for the foreseeable future – it is a simple matter of supply and demand. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how you should i…
14 Jan 2022
The markets in 2022: why investors should tread very carefully
Stockmarkets

The markets in 2022: why investors should tread very carefully

Despite everything, 2021 saw more extremely healthy returns for stockmarket investors. But 2022 is unlikely to be as profitable, says Merryn Somerset …
4 Jan 2022
Five books to make you think this Christmas
Books

Five books to make you think this Christmas

Merryn Somerset Webb picks five books on the theme of ownership for you to read over the festive period.
10 Dec 2021
Why the “capital cycle” is so important for investors to understand
Investment strategy

Why the “capital cycle” is so important for investors to understand

Price is important when investing. But there’s something else to consider, says Merryn Somerset Webb – the capital cycle. Here’s what it is and why it…
3 Dec 2021
Two outstandingly cheap UK stocks in an age of mad valuations
UK stockmarkets

Two outstandingly cheap UK stocks in an age of mad valuations

In these times of nutty company valuations, there is still plenty of opportunity around, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Take these two stocks, for example…
26 Nov 2021
The power of passive investing – for good and bad
Funds

The power of passive investing – for good and bad

The rise of passive funds has made investing simple and cheap for millions of people. But it comes with huge consequences for markets, the economy and…
22 Nov 2021
Don’t worry about the global population explosion – it’s unlikely to happen
Investment strategy

Don’t worry about the global population explosion – it’s unlikely to happen

One of the many things we are taught to worry about is the fast-rising global population. But in fact, says Merryn Somerset Webb, the opposite is tru…
15 Nov 2021
Inflation forecasts mean interest rates should be on the rise – so why aren’t they?
Investment strategy

Inflation forecasts mean interest rates should be on the rise – so why aren’t they?

With inflation forecast to hit 5% next year, we might expect interest rates to be rising, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But central banks are holding off…
8 Nov 2021
Is how much money a manager invests in their own fund really that important?
Funds

Is how much money a manager invests in their own fund really that important?

Should fund managers invest their own money in their funds, and let us know how much? They probably should, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it might no…
18 Oct 2021
What to do as taxes and inflation rise and the growth-stock bull market ends
Investment strategy

What to do as taxes and inflation rise and the growth-stock bull market ends

The need to pay back our huge debt means higher taxes, higher inflation and, for investors, a return to value. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what you …
11 Oct 2021
Forget China, here’s why you should invest in India
Emerging markets

Forget China, here’s why you should invest in India

As China becomes increasingly hostile to investors, India, with a young, educated, tech-savvy population and a reform-minded government, is becoming a…
5 Oct 2021
Why we will be reliant on fossil fuels for a long time to come
Energy

Why we will be reliant on fossil fuels for a long time to come

The energy crisis has shown us just how reliant we still are on fossil fuels. And we will continue to rely on them for a long time yet, says Merryn So…
27 Sep 2021
The end of the bond bull market, and how to invest for it
Investment strategy

The end of the bond bull market, and how to invest for it

The great bond bull market looks to be over, and you probably don’t want to be holding government bonds, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s what you sh…
21 Sep 2021
The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest
Small cap stocks

The times may be changing, but don’t change how you invest

We are living in strange times. But the basics of investing remain the same: buy fairly-priced stocks that can provide an income. And there are few be…
13 Sep 2021
China may be cheap, but is it cheap enough to make investing there worth it?
China stockmarkets

China may be cheap, but is it cheap enough to make investing there worth it?

China’s crackdown on its markets has spread beyond Big Tech to all sectors of the economy. Investors in China must now ask themselves: is it worth it?
7 Sep 2021
Why central banks should stick to controlling inflation
Economy

Why central banks should stick to controlling inflation

The world’s central bankers are stepping out of their traditional roles and becoming much more political. That’s a mistake, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
30 Aug 2021
The sudden storm that could take down your investment portfolio
Investment strategy

The sudden storm that could take down your investment portfolio

There are many things that threaten to put a big dent in your retirement savings. But the biggest right now is inflation, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
23 Aug 2021
Disasters, bunkers and financial collapse: a little not-so-light holiday reading
Books

Disasters, bunkers and financial collapse: a little not-so-light holiday reading

Merryn Somerset Webb picks a selection of books for you to dive into wherever you are holidaying this summer.
3 Aug 2021
Signs of a top? One of the world’s oddest bubbles is back
Investment strategy

Signs of a top? One of the world’s oddest bubbles is back

In a world where everything seems to be in a bubble, one of the oddest has returned: Beanie Babies. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what could possibly …
27 Jul 2021
The space race: exciting, but not necessarily profitable
Investment strategy

The space race: exciting, but not necessarily profitable

The new space race will spawn a host of new companies wanting to cash in. But investors should tread very carefully, says Merryn Somerset Webb: most w…
19 Jul 2021
Why equities are better investments than art
Art

Why equities are better investments than art

We’re often told that buying art is a good way of diversifying your investment portfolio. But, says Merryn Somerset Webb, art has no income stream and…
12 Jul 2021
If a company is cheap enough for private equity, why isn’t it cheap enough for everyone else?
Investment strategy

If a company is cheap enough for private equity, why isn’t it cheap enough for everyone else?

If a private equity firm thinks a company like Wm Morrison is undervalued, why isn’t it in everyone’s portfolio? Merryn Somerset Webb mulls the myster…
5 Jul 2021