Inheritance should be a tax on the living

Merryn Sommerset Webb

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

Money for nothing among VCT managers

VCTs might save tax, but what about the charges?

Workers of the world will unite

Profit margins are at unsustainably high levels

Property warrants aren’t like houses

What’s the catch with Housas?

Footsie – a tale of inexorable decline

Banks, tobacco, retail are yesterday’s champions

Reforms make active management cheaper

Industry change is redefining the passive vs active debate

Books it will pay you to read

From executive pay to index funds via technology, China and the eurozone

Big oil – a big call for uncertain times

Energy shares appealingly cheap and defensive

Investors are paying more

US shares are overvalued, whatever brokers say

How to spot a bubble about to burst

The ‘adjustment phase’ of QE could be painful

Hedge fund wisdom, cut to the bone

Successful hedgies share top tips in the name of philanthropy

Warnings that few are heeding

The world economy is not fixed, but no one wants to spoil the party

Learning the hard way

Most student accommodation investments represent poor value for money

QE has stigmatised the well-off

At best it is unfair, at worst it is an evil policy


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.


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