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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.

 

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

Wealth inequality in the UK may be too high, but it is falling, not rising

Since the financial crisis, the incomes of the poorest fifth of households in the UK has risen by over 13% in real terms and that of the best paid fifth has fallen 3.4%.

Governments don’t need to ban cash, we’ll all just stop using it

A lot of people worry that central banks and governments will ban cash. But they may not need to, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We might just decide to do without it.

Should companies divert dividends to clear pension deficits?

Most FTSE 100 companies could clear their pension deficits in under two years if they diverted all dividend payments to their pension funds instead. Should they?

For property investors, Birmingham beats London hands down

For anyone investing in or building property today, Birmingham is clearly a better place to be doing it than London, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Alliance Trust is finally getting its act together

Alliance is finally doing what it should have been doing for the last 20 years – offering low-cost, high-conviction and well diversified investment for the masses.

How to solve the UK’s housing crisis

The problem in the UK housing market is not a shortage of housing but a surplus of speculation called by very low interest rates. Solve that, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and you solve the “housing crisis”.

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