Tips for a happier holiday

Merryn Someret Webb

Readers’ suggestions on car hire and much else

The case of the €360 tyre

Companies that compete on price rarely tell you the full story

Illusion of ‘low risk’ bonds

Low interest rates mean holding gilts is riskier than you think

Merciless lessons of Ming era

The 17th century art market looks a bit like today’s property market

Compounding: dull, but crucial

Keep your returns as close to the line as possible

A bull market for complacency

There’s no shortage of things that could go wrong

Equity release and the downsizing deniers

Want to raise cash from your home? Sell it

China is cheap but finely balanced

Valuations are low but risks high

Overcharging by any name

Disruption in other areas hasn’t spread to wealth managers

Scotland’s fiscal independence

‘Devo max’ is coming whichever way the vote goes

Messy portfolios and ‘be busy’ syndrome

Too many fund managers have too many stocks

Russia’s cheap – though unsettling

Stocks have fallen but are now very inexpensive

The black economy and the internet age

Much ‘collaborative consumption’ is not taxed

Inheritance should be a tax on the living

A gift tax would be a very kind policy

Cameron should scrap IHT threshold

Taxing unearned income more lightly than earned income is morally wrong

Adapting to the new pensions world

The end of annuities means we need new retirement products

An uncommon outbreak of common sense

Clarity of thinking worldwide is something to celebrate

Seeing the wood for the trees in pensions

New forestry fund looks an alternative to pensions

A tax on ignorance and inflation

Think the lifetime allowance doesn’t apply to you? Think again

The price of melons and Japanese shares

Japan isn’t the bargain it once was

ABOUT MERRYN

Merryn Somerset Webb Merryn Somerset Webb is the editor in chief of MoneyWeek.

After gaining a first class degree in history & economics at Cambridge, Merryn became a Daiwa scholar and spent a year studying Japanese at London University. In 1992, she moved to Japan to continue her Japanese studies and to produce business programmes for NHK, Japan’s public TV station.

In 1993, she became an institutional broker for SBC Warburg, where she stayed for 5 years. Returning to the UK in 1998, Merryn became a financial writer for The Week. Two years later, in 2000, MoneyWeek was launched and Merryn took the job of editor.

E-mail merryn@ft.com

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