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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

The UK can’t afford free university tuition – but Japan can. Here’s how

Japan’s government wants to dramatically boost domestic consumption in Japan by offering free higher education for all 18-22 year olds. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how it can afford to do it.

Where to get £900m to spend on social care

Get rid of inheritance-tax relief on gifts to charities – and you’ll have an extra £900m to pay for social care, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How a pension deficit could be costing you £200 a year

Workers in companies with defined-benefits pension deficits are paid on average £200 a year less than those in firms without them, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Sirius Minerals and the case for a land-value tax

Why should people who have done nothing in particular receive a huge windfall just because they happen to own land in the right place at the right time, asks Merryn Somerset Webb.

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