Crises are nothing new

My Christmas reading list includes accounts of financial dramas past, present and future

Christmas — a time for taking

So many ways the financially illiterate are ripped off

The new politics of hate

Think that multinationals can do as they like on tax? Think again

Time to bring trackers out of the closet

Suggestions pour in for funds with high ‘active share’

Fund managers’ shameful secrets

Check your fund’s active share rating

Technology will decide future oil prices

Advances in manufacturing sharply reduce demand for oil

Make money in age of machines

Robots are increasingly performing tasks once done by humans

Fund managers’ attitudes must change

Managers need to see clients more and should take an oath promising to put their interests first

Best of the 2014 - The deficit will kill the property bubble

Politicians need more tax revenue – and there’s nowhere else to get it

Unanswered questions over China

Evidence of a sharp slowdown is obvious

Options for an uncertain world

There may be more QE bubble magic ahead

The cost of being disliked

Banks, tobacco companies and mansion owners beware

How do you invest for good?

Nobody seems to know where to draw the lines

Invest to avoid political risk

If you’re worried about the referendum, invest with a manager who isn’t

Do we need central banks?

They intervene so much, they can never stop

Scottish ‘Yes’ could be costly

Statistics shows how similar not how different the Scots are to the rest of the UK

Tips for a happier holiday

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

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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