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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.


16 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

Brexit: what it means for Finsbury Growth & Income

Nick Train of the Finsbury Growth and Income Trust looks at the effects of the Brexit vote on its holdings, emphasising the fact that it should be judged over decades, not a few quarters or half-years.

Markets: horribly volatile but (so far) definitely not collapsing

Markets are having a torrid time of it in the wake of the Brexit vote. But we’re not seeing a “Lehman moment”, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Scotland wants it all – it isn’t going to get it

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that Scotland could remain part of the EU while still being a part of the UK. That’s not going to happen, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The country voted for Brexit – but is it going to get it?

The country might have voted for Brexit, but getting the government to deliver it will be a much bigger challenge all round, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Remember: the EU referendum isn’t an MPs’ popularity contest

There are plenty of good reasons to vote Leave or Remain, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But whether you like the people promoting either position isn’t one of them.

Brexit – a financial non-event

If Britain does vote for Brexit, we would quickly agree new trade deals with the EU, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Europe has too much to lose not to.

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