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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.

Articles written by Merryn Somerset Webb

When it comes to housing, all the parties are ‘nasty’

Every party in this election claims to want to fix Britain’s housing problem. But every one of them is proposing housing policies that will just make things worse, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Want a free sandwich? Here’s how to vote

If you’re a shareholder in Alliance Trust, make sure your voice is heard, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s what you need to do.

Can Britain’s pensioners be trusted with their new-found pensions freedom?

Australia’s ‘pensions freedom’ resulted in a lot of broke pensioners. Could the same happen here? And if so, should we reverse the recent pension changes?

What ‘full fiscal autonomy’ for Scotland actually means

The SNP is campaigning for ‘full fiscal autonomy’ for Scotland. Merryn Somerset Webb introduces a comprehensive analysis from blogger Kevin Hague outlining exactly what that is, and what it would mean.

More taxes are coming, but the rich might not be paying them

Parties across the board are determined to raise taxes on the rich, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But that doesn’t mean the tax-take will be any higher.

Everyone wants to raise taxes on someone – it won’t work

We can’t hope to reduce the national debt through fiddling with taxes, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Only cuts to state spending can do that.

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