Seductive pension flexibility

Political risks outweigh the benefits

Virtues of market disruption

Believe it or not, things are getting better for investors

Negative yields are everywhere

Paying to own something in the hope that its value rises is nothing new

ECB honey’s sticking point

Ultimately, QE can only end badly. Enjoy the ride for now, but hold gold just in case

Deflation isn’t a bonus

Falling prices aren’t good news for an economy built around debt

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


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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