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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.

 

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

Articles written by Merryn Somerset Webb

Student loans: why cancelling them is the next frontier of modern monetary policy

We’ve already seen money printing and negative interest rates. Could writing off student debt be the next economic stimulus?

London house prices: more problems in the new-build sector

The London new-build property sector is facing big problems, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We’ll soon be seeing real price falls.

Have fund managers ruined capitalism?

Fund managers need to start looking more to the long term, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And it appears that some are now starting to.

Osborne: why he’s coming for more of your pension

George Osborne has been tinkering with the pension system for a while now. But if he’s doing what we think he’s doing, says Merryn Somerset Webb, he’s not done by a long chalk.

Nicola Sturgeon is in a bind over taxing the rich in Scotland

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure to raise taxes on the rich, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But if she does, she may well live to regret it.

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