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The end of the bond bull market, and how to invest for it
US Federal Reserve building
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
London Stock Exchange
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?
Xi Jinping
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
Christine Lagarde
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
Freshening clouds by Julius Olsson
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
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
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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
Private equity isn’t evil, it’s just doing what traditional investors should be doing
UK stockmarkets

Private equity isn’t evil, it’s just doing what traditional investors should be doing

Many people are decrying private equity companies snapping up UK companies on the cheap. But If fund managers did their jobs properly, there would be …
29 Jun 2021
Inflation: should you worry a lot or a little?
Investment strategy

Inflation: should you worry a lot or a little?

At 2.1%, inflation doesn’t seem particularly high. But don’t dismiss those numbers, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s time to start getting worried.
21 Jun 2021
Climate activists are missing the point on big oil companies
Energy stocks

Climate activists are missing the point on big oil companies

Forcing big oil companies like Shell to dump their oil and gas assets isn’t the positive step many people think it is, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
15 Jun 2021
You probably are saving enough for your retirement, but you might want to change how you do it
Investment strategy

You probably are saving enough for your retirement, but you might want to change how you do it

Asset managers claim we aren’t saving enough for our retirements. We probably are, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it might be an idea to change how we…
15 Jun 2021
How St Ives became St Tropez as the recovery drives prices sky high
UK Economy

How St Ives became St Tropez as the recovery drives prices sky high

Merryn Somerset Webb finds herself at the epicentre of Britain’s V-shaped recovery as pent-up demand flows straight into Cornwall’s restaurants and be…
8 Jun 2021
Why an ageing population is not necessarily the disaster many people think it is
Economy

Why an ageing population is not necessarily the disaster many people think it is

We’ve got used to the idea that an ageing population is a bad thing. But that’s not necessarily true, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
25 May 2021
Forget bitcoins, turn to real coins as an inflation hedge
Alternative investments

Forget bitcoins, turn to real coins as an inflation hedge

As the recent bout of craziness in the cryptocurrency markets shows, bitcoin isn’t much of a hedge against anything. So as the price of all physical t…
17 May 2021
Why ESG investing is becoming the norm
ESG investing

Why ESG investing is becoming the norm

A lot of investors say they want to put their money into “ESG” funds. But unless you actively opt for a “sin” fund jammed full of companies behaving b…
10 May 2021
Deliveroo’s IPO flop shows which way the market is going
Stockmarkets

Deliveroo’s IPO flop shows which way the market is going

Deliveroo’s disastrous IPO is a good example of how investors are looking away from loss-making growth stocks and more towards companies that will pro…
6 Apr 2021
Young investors could bet on NFTs over traditional investments
Isas

Young investors could bet on NFTs over traditional investments

The first batch of child trust funds and Junior Isas are maturing. But young investors could be tempted to bet their proceeds on digital baubles such …
29 Mar 2021
Why the Deliveroo IPO is good for shareholder democracy
UK stockmarkets

Why the Deliveroo IPO is good for shareholder democracy

Deliveroo’s stockmarket listing isn’t perfect, but at least ordinary investors can get a slice of the action. There’s been far too little of that late…
22 Mar 2021
We almost ditched this investment trust from our model portfolio. We’re glad we didn’t
Investment trusts

We almost ditched this investment trust from our model portfolio. We’re glad we didn’t

We were worried that Lord Rothschild’s departure from RIT Capital Partners would mean it turning into a bog standard multi-asset fund. Thankfully, say…
19 Mar 2021
If you’re looking for an “ESG” investment, why not try oil stocks?
ESG investing

If you’re looking for an “ESG” investment, why not try oil stocks?

Investors looking to have their money do good shouldn’t sell out of miners and fossil-fuel companies, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That will just leave …
15 Mar 2021