MoneyWeek TV: Can investors protect their money?

This week, Merryn Somerset Webb discusses with John Stepek and Matthew Lynn what Cyprus’s chaotic bail-out means for investors. And MoneyWeek heads out onto the street to find out how much you think you need for your retirement – with some surprising results.

Read more on some of the subjects mentioned in this week’s programme:
What the panic in Cyprus means for your money

What’s happening in Cyprus is happening here

How to profit from Cyprus contagion fears

Why 2013 will be a good year for the US dollar

• Video tutorial: Five ways companies can cook cash flow

  • Barney

    So your conclusion is that the US$ is the safe haven, this year at least. Why no mention of gold?

  • tuesday

    Are you trying justify your inaccurate predictions about property values by saying you meant to include inflation?!

    How, when you had no idea what inflation would be doing?
    You have even previously brought up the possibility of DEFLATION!

    And, as rental values have been increasing how could buy to let not have been a good investment?

    And didn’t you but a house two years back?!

  • David Craig

    You CANNOT protect your money if it is in a bank.

    The BoE has just done a little-noticed report which has decided that

    1. Future bank bailouts will be funded by shareholders and creditors (including depositors)

    2. In the case of a major bank failure, depositors (savers) will be “bailed in” and will either lose part (or all) of their money or else part (or all) of their money will be converted to banks shares in the failed bank

    Moreover, a EU directive (the EU Recovery and Resolution Directive, in case you’re interested) allows insured deposits to be bailed in. In layman’s terms, this means that deposits up to £85,000 in the UK and up to €100,000 in the Eurozone can be used to cover the failed bank’s losses

    You can find out more at

  • Engineer

    Please can we have transcripts of MWTV. Both for those of us in the slow broadband sticks, and those who would avoid the music and hype.

  • habanero

    Very much enjoyed the recent video. It’s good to see MSW, John Stepek and I’m not quite sure who the last contributor was, in the flesh. A very lively discussion about topical issues, much better than the rather academic monologues I get from another ( very expensive) website.
    I agree with the comment above, why no mention of Gold ? Particularly as it is so often mentioned as a safe haven by MSW, Stepek and other contributors. Are you having second thoughts ?
    I think we should be told.

  • Rob

    ssssshhh, they can’t slate gold until the head honcho has, Mr Bonner, founder of agora publishing. Besides they are not sure now that it’s been down trending since Sept 2011 despite QE infinity by the US and QE to £375 by the UK and god knows how much by Japan. Gold stocks have been battered, could this be the deflationary death spiral that banksters have tried to avoid by pilling their debts upon the tax payer?

  • seguje

    On the format: i like it better than the early one i saw. Discussions are good, street interviews not so much.
    On the content: as above, why no mention of gold? also no explanation as to why the $ is a good ‘refuge’ currency, considering QE-infinity?

  • Jay

    When Bill Bonner next visits the London HQ of Money Week would you care to interview him for your TV program? He is your greatest and most original economic genius. It would be interesting to see and hear him in the flesh?

    Ask him for a prophetic estimate of the future date when the Western financial and monetary system will collapse? And the reasons why.

  • The Preston Park Panther

    Hm, yes. Let me add my approval for MWTV. Great stuff, MoneyWeek. Straight talking as ever.

  • Smurf

    atic price crash would actually need to incorporate the effects of inflation, see as one of the more recent warnings.

    And anybody who followed the MW recommendation in the mid 2000s, sold their UK property & placed the money in a bank account at a close to zero interest rate would have suffered exactly the same inflation destroying their purchasing power at the same rate.

    Also, what about the hysterical MW ‘Get out of this suckers rally now!’ and ‘Dump the FTSE…before it’s too late!” warnings repeatedly made between 2009 and 2012?

    Neither have been good investment recommendations

  • CarlJ

    MWTV is great. If I were able to choose just one question for discussion it would be this: To what extent are interest rates a market price, and to what extent are they set by executive fiat? In other words, can markets ever trump the desire of central banks to hold rates at Permanent Zero? Thanks v. much.

  • Christy

    Would like to add my support of MWT, It’s an enjoyable watch and a refreshing change from the dry delivery of most financial programmes.

  • Will Hicks

    The house price chart at the end of the show is somewhat misleading in that yes, when measured against some nonsense inflation index, real real terms numbers get lower. However, this really isn’t the measure; you should be using wage inflation. In fact it’s worse than that, as buying power is even less due to stagflation effects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no rampant house price bull, but let’s not call a crash based on a dodgy dossier guys.