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Merryn Somerset Webb


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.


To find out more about Merryn, read an in-depth interview with her here.

Articles written by Merryn Somerset Webb

The EU referendum will not drag on, whatever the result

Unlike after the Scottish independence vote, most people will accept the result of the EU referendum, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s not in the interest of anyone to keep the anger bubbling under.

Who’s really to blame for the BHS pension black hole

It might not look good for Philip Green to take £400m in dividends while BHS and its pension scheme goes under. But he couldn’t have foreseen the deficit, and isn’t to blame, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why companies with big pension deficits should still be allowed to pay dividends

Companies have to balance their obligations to both shareholders and employees, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So even if the pension fund is in deficit, they’re still entitled to pay dividends.

How we can stop more companies like BHS from collapsing

Our tax system encourages firms to take on debt. But huge debts leave companies very vulnerable when trouble comes, says Merryn Somerset Webb

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