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Merryn Somerset Webb

Biography

Merryn Somerset Webb started her career in Tokyo at public broadcaster NHK before becoming a Japanese equity broker at what was then Warburgs. She went on to work at SBC and then UBS without moving from her desk in Kamiyacho (it was the age of mergers).

 

After five years in Japan she returned to work in the UK at Paribas. This soon became BNP Paribas. Again no desk move was required. On leaving the City, Merryn helped The Week magazine with its City pages before becoming the launch editor of Moneyweek in 2000.

 

14 years on, Moneyweek is the best-selling financial magazine in the UK and Merryn remains as its editor-in-chief. Merryn also has a weekly column in the FT and a monthly column in Saga. She is a regular TV/radio commentator and speaker on financial matters and contributes to publications from the Spectator and Prospect to Woman & Home and Libertine (a magazine for the thoughtful woman).

 

She is a trustee of the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation (which kindly financed her initial Japanese language education and sponsored her at NHK) and is a director of two investment trusts – the Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Trust and the Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust.

 

Merryn has a first class degree in history and economics from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from BBP University. She took and passed (with distinction) the Private Client Investment and Investment Management exam (which qualifies her to Level 6) in 2013.

Articles written by Merryn Somerset Webb

The UK doesn’t have a housing shortage

We don’t have a housing shortage in the UK, we just don’t have enough of the right houses in the right plaes, says Merryn somerset Webb.

Pensioners are in pretty good financial shape, and it’s the young who are paying

Pensioners are getting a pretty good deal out of the rest of us, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It may be time to cut back a bit.

Pay is finally rising – and for all the right reasons

Wages are rising, and not because of high inflation. Companies are volunteering to pay their staff more. That’s exactly the way economies are supposed to work, says Merryn Somerset Webb

Not getting paid enough? Blame your pension

It’s not that companies don’t want to pay their employees more, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They’re too busy plugging holes in their pension schemes.

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