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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

ARM deal proves Britain is still a draw – but it’s not all good news

Softbank’s £24bn acquisition of ARM Holdings proves that post-Brexit Britain is just as good a place to do business as it was before the referendum. But the deal’s not all good news, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The Bank of England takes small steps back to rational thinking

The Bank of England seems to have accepted that the Brexit vote doesn’t meant the end of the world as we know it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How central banks have stolen your freedom – and killed democracy

If we want any kind of normality to return to capitalism, central banks have got to normalise interest rates, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Everyone hates the housebuilders – maybe you should buy them

Housebuilders are hated at the moment – they fell by 25% on the day after the EU referendum, and by another 20% on the next. But, says Merryn Somerset Webb, perhaps it’s time to buy.

Why your pension problem will soon be accounting history (and why that’s good)

Give it 20-30 years and the whole defined-benefit pension saga will be nothing but super-dull accounting history, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Defined-benefit pensions: killing our economy for all the wrong reasons

Defined-benefit pensions are fast turning into one of the UK’s biggest problems. But it’s all entirely unnecessary, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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