Merryn’s blog

Merryns blog

Tax cuts are great – but they don’t always make sense

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.

More powers for Scotland might be an assumption too far

Politicians on both sides are all assuming Scotland wants more devolved powers. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, that’s not for sure.

Britain’s bankers haven’t ‘got away’ with anything

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.

The Lib Dems should scrap their plans for a rise in this dishonest tax

Capital gains tax is already a very high stealth wealth tax, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Raising it would be deeply dishonest.

Don't let your financial adviser scare you into saving too much

You won’t need nearly as much money in retirement as the financial industry wants you to believe, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The headline we hope never to see about Britain

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.

How incentive schemes can go horribly wrong

As Tesco has demonstrated, the wrong kind of incentive scheme can be disastrous, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

It’s just not worth investing in tobacco stocks

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.

How to make Britain fall in love with fracking

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.

Why do ‘unauthorised’ overdrafts exist?

For the banks, the profits made out of charges for unauthorised overdrafts far outweigh the bad publicity, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Only Scotland can destroy the Scottish NHS

Scotland’s NHS has nothing to fear from Westminster, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s already in Scottish hands.

Four myths about Scotland’s banks and the financial crisis

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.

What to buy if Scotland votes Yes

Anything connected with Scotland will drop in price if voters choose Yes, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That could present investors with a buying opportunity.

Independence could be ‘catastrophic’ for Scotland’s house prices

A Yes vote could be very bad for house prices in Scotland, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The rise of Scotland’s Yes vote: a backlash against globalisation

The rise of Scotland’s Yes camp is a backlash against globalisation – hugely exacerbated by the financial crisis. It’s a worrying development.

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