Merryn Somerset Webb

Good companies

3 November 2016 9:00 am

William Robert Scott’s The Constitution and Finance of English, Scottish and Irish Joint Stock Companies to 1720; John Littlewood’s The Stock Market: 50 Years of Capitalism at Work

Everyone can spot a investment bubble... the only mystery is when it will burst

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Charles P. Kindleberger’s Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

Most of the great and the good who say Vote Remain are on the EU payroll

11 June 2016 9:00 am

For Brexit enthusiasts, Why Vote Leave by Daniel Hannan is an essential primer

The book that can teach you to spot the bottom of the slump

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Our regular look at cult finance books. Thisissue: Anatomy of the Bear: Lessons from Wall Street’s Four Great Bottoms by Russell Napier

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Buy-to-let investing just became a very, very bad idea

13 February 2016 9:00 am

If you pick up a buy-to-let property now, you’ll be fighting the full might of the Chancellor and the Bank of England

exit from the eurozone concept

We don’t belong in the EU’s evil empire

5 December 2015 9:00 am

A few weeks ago Gianluigi Nuzzi, an Italian journalist, published a book called Merchants in the Temple in which he…

Is hyperinflation overhyped?

26 September 2015 9:00 am

A regular look at cult finance books. This issue: When Money Dies by Adam Fergusson


Worry about the eurozone crisis if you like. But profit, too

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Panic in Europe means opportunity for investors

Golden Rules

1 October 2014 8:00 am

Is it too late to buy into the gold boom? Not if you know what you’re doing

Scotland Prepares For Independence Vote

What it means for your savings if Scotland votes yes

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The economic consequences if Scotland votes for independence


They made me sit an exam on giving financial advice. And I'm glad

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Has the introduction of standard qualifications made financial advisers more reliable – or produced ‘a better class of crook’?


How to make money from the Scottish referendum

2 November 2013 9:00 am

An investor’s guide to the Scottish referendum

Money Lending Firm Wonga Report Profits Of Over £1m Per Week

If only more banks were more like Wonga

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There’s an unlikely new role model for sellers of savings products


George Osborne's property bubble will lead to disaster

25 May 2013 9:00 am

The Chancellor is pouring billions into sub-prime debt. What could possibly go wrong?

A Tokyo sunrise, circa 1870, by Hiroshige

Investment special: How Shinzo Abe has revived Japan

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Japan’s new leader is the catalyst for a resurgent stock market


Reform at last

3 November 2012 9:00 am

New rules should ensure better advice for investors

An Island of One’s own

22 September 2012 10:40 am

Now is the ideal time to snap one up, says our modern-day Robinson Crusoe

Capital Gains

23 June 2012 10:40 am

There’s still money to be made in London property


Investment Special: Searching for income

17 March 2012 3:00 pm

Despite low rates and QE, decent returns are still to be had


INVESTMENT SPECIAL: The kids can wait

15 October 2011 6:00 pm

Save for yourself before you save for your children


Any other business

27 August 2011 12:00 pm

The shocks won’t end with the summer


INVESTMENT SPECIAL: Sell the East, buy the West

12 February 2011 12:00 am

The end is nigh for the Asian boom – but parts of Europe look perky

My crystal ball sees disappointment ahead

14 December 2009 12:00 am

Merryn Somerset Webb doubts that markets will go on rising — and advises us how not to get poorer in 2010

Private education

9 July 2008 12:00 am

School fees: a luxury you can’t afford

You wouldn’t buy Britain in this state, so why hold your cash in pounds?

13 February 2008 12:00 am

Merryn Somerset Webb on investing in currencies