Tax dabbling and the public finances mess

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When will Help to Buy turn into Help to Sell?

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Japan’s star is on the rise

The effect of making everything cheap in most other currencies is showing

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Commodities — a rising opportunity

Low Chinese demand is blinding us to the obvious

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We need more ‘easy’ in the UK tax system

George Osborne wants to make a global tax regime a reality

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Investing in oil is a slippery slope

Much of what you think you know about the market is complete nonsense

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Pension top-ups — a waste of your money

There are much better ways to achieve a higher retirement income

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Our stupidly complicated pensions regime

Retirement cruises will become an impossible dream for millions

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Vietnam’s a lesson in value for the West

Inflated valuations, profits and dividends are causes for concern

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Trust goes up in smoke at VW

There’s little incentive for companies to play fair

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Central banks suffer rate constipation

How silo thinking infects interest rate policy

The power of second-level thinking

In 20 years, the Chinese equity fall will be seen as a mere blip

Value investing — you’d be crazy not to

Buy cheap stocks and let sanity prevail for once

Low interest rates are the problem, not the solution

From poor productivity to the NHS cash crisis, a 0.5% base rate isn’t the answer

Charity should not begin with a tax break

Billions of taxpayer cash flows into the charity sector, but our money isn’t being spent as it should be

Light holiday reading with heavy message

From treasure hunting to US prisons and the demon of debt

Budget may really affect house prices

George Osborne might be one of my readers

New meaning to the phrase ‘sinking fund’

Ships sent to the seabed laden with riches provide a lesson for today’s investors

Is power swinging back to the people?

Wealth transfer can only be good for the global economy

SNP’s land reform is on the wrong track

Arguments for reform exist but Scottish government’s approach is wrong

Funds that won’t help you sleep at night

What happens when the sector is tested by rising interest rates?


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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