There’s no doubt taxes in Britain are too high. But cut the wrong taxes, and you might do more harm than good, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Politicians on both sides are all assuming Scotland wants more devolved powers. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, that’s not for sure.
We may not have seen many high profile prosecutions, but the banking industry hasn’t got away with much at all, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Capital gains tax is already a very high stealth wealth tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Raising it would be deeply dishonest.
You won’t need nearly as much money in retirement as the financial industry wants you to believe, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The pacific island of Nauru has run out of money, its assets frozen after it was unable to pay its debts. It’s a sobering lesson for Britain.
As Tesco has demonstrated, the wrong kind of incentive scheme can be disastrous, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
A sensible investor looks to put their money where it will grow over five or ten years. That rules out tobacco stocks, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
If we want to get the public behind fracking, we’re going to have to do what they do in America, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We’re going to have to pay them.
For the banks, the profits made out of charges for unauthorised overdrafts far outweigh the bad publicity, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
Scotland’s NHS has nothing to fear from Westminster, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s already in Scottish hands.
There are a lot of ‘nonsensical myths’ doing the rounds about the banking crisis in Scotland. Guest blogger Nick Reid looks at the truth behind four of them.
Anything connected with Scotland will drop in price if voters choose Yes, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That could present investors with a buying opportunity.
A Yes vote could be very bad for house prices in Scotland, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The rise of Scotland’s Yes camp is a backlash against globalisation – hugely exacerbated by the financial crisis. It’s a worrying development.