While the cost of living is undoubtedly going up, household budgets are proving surprisingly resilient.
If you’re reaching pensionable age, the government may be about to make you a very generous offer.
The UK charges wealthy immigrants £1m for permanent residency. Malta charges €650,000 – and you get an EU passport into the bargain.
Companies are more concerned with meeting their pension obligations than investing in their businesses.
Those living near big infrastructure projects have few incentives not to oppose them, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So why not use the tax system to reward them?
If you’re expecting to retire comfortably on a state pension you will be very disappointed. You need to start saving. And you need to start saving now.
The price of London property is entering uncharted territory. But if you’re still tempted to buy into the bubble, bear in mind what happened to one of history’s most brilliant men.
Foreign buyers could be put off from buying up prime central London property, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But not because of capital gains tax.
There is virtually no chance that any big government project – such as the Olympics or HS2 – will come in anywhere near its original budget, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
The ‘No’ campaign material from the last Scottish referendum may seem out-dated, says Merryn Somerset Webb – but the issues remain the same.
Our tax system massively favours buy-to-let property buyers over those looking to secure their first home, says Merryn Somerset Web.
There’s a lot wrong with the tax regime in the Netherlands, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it does give Scotland something to think about.
The question of independence for Scotland is not about different values. We all have the same values. It is about the best way of achieving those values.
The SNP’s plans for a post-referendum Scotland promise no real changes to anything. So why bother with the whole charade at all?
When our ultra-low interest rates do go up – as they must – we will find that more people stand to benefit than lose out.