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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

The best way for the Federal Reserve to tackle wealth inequality in America

If Janet Yellen is serious about addressing income inequality in America, she should start with the taper, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Cut inheritance tax to 10% and make everyone pay it

Slashing inheritance tax would come with two significant benefits, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How the government is planning to kill the public sector final salary pension

The recent changes to the pension rules could mean defined contribution pensions become more attractive than the public sector’s traditional final salary schemes, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: What investors can learn from Disney about hidden extras

Check your financial products to make sure you’re not paying for all sorts of things you’re not getting, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: Falling oil price should be great news for Japan

The fall in the price of oil should add a double dose of stimulus to Japan’s economy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: The simple fix that could shake up Japan’s economy

Japan is far from an economic wasteland. But one simple improvement could make it a whole lot more dynamic, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Japan diary: There are worse fates for the West than to end up like Japan

People say that the last thing the West wants is to end up in a Japan-like deflationary spiral. But it would be better than some of the alternatives, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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