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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

Say goodbye to your state pension

State pensions could well end up being swept away with defined benefit pensions, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why we need to cancel HS2 now. HS3 is a better bet

Ease of transport is a great driver of economies, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And if we want to get the north going again, we need better rail links.

Devolution: another reason for London property prices to fall

More tax-raising powers for London would be another bearish signal for the capital’s property market, says 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.

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