Merryn’s blog

Merryns blog

The rise of Britain's un-taxed economy

We’re finally starting to get an idea of just how much income in Britain goes un-taxed.

A simple solution to inheritance tax

We get so caught up in fiddling with our a tax system. But as this simple idea for reforming inheritance tax shows, all we really need to do is simplify it.

Abolish inheritance tax - and make death a taxable event

Inheritance tax is unpopular with many readers – so here’s a novel solution to getting rid of it altogether.

Isa providers had better get moving

The creation of the merged Isa was great news. Now the providers need to come up with one – the sooner the better.

Inheriting small businesses the German way

Whether or not to tax small, inherited businesses is up for debate. But Germany has one solution that could please everybody.

How to make all your financial worries disappear in one simple move

Sell your overpriced London property, buy a country house and pocket the difference.

The Isle of Man: a tax haven or not a tax haven?

Merryn Somerset Webb found herself in hot water after referring to the Isle of Man as a ‘tax haven’. But it is still a very good place to be if you don’t like paying tax.

How limes and unemployment tell us the war on drugs has to end

The soaring price of limes and America’s stubborn unemployment rate are both products of the West’s failed war on drugs, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s high time for a rethink.

There is no 1%

It’s not just the super-rich that move in and out of wealth brackets, the rest of us can expect to do so too.

How extreme monetary policy has changed our world – for the worse

Central banks’ extreme monetary policy is transferring massive wealth to the ultra-rich, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The pointless numbers in the Scottish referendum debate

Whether for or against Scottish independence, everyone is throwing statistics around like they mean something. But they don’t.

Now could be the perfect time for Londoners to sell up

If you fancy trading your poky terrace for a country manor, do it now before the property price-gap narrows.

The new pension system: what to do now

This year’s Budget has shaken up the pension system. Merryn Somerset Webb runs through the changes, and explains what they mean for you.

Critics of Osborne’s new pension rules are talking complete nonsense

Quite a few people have been picking holes in the new rules that allow you to take all your pension pot at the age of 55. But they’re talking nonsense. It’s fantastic news for long-term savers.

Why the new combined Isa could mean a much better return on your money

Combining cash and stocks & shares Isas ought to mean that investors will get a better return on cash waiting to be invested.

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