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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 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.

Twenty 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 is a regular TV/radio commentator and speaker on financial matters.

She is a non executive director of three investment trusts – the Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Trust, BlackRock Throgmorton, and the Murray Income Investment Trust – and of Netwealth.

We’re doing well on pensions – but we still need to do better
Pensions

We’re doing well on pensions – but we still need to do better

Pensions auto-enrolment has vastly increased the number of people in the UK with retirement savings. But we’re still not engaged enough, says Merryn S…
4 Jul 2022
Car hire and the strangeness of the post-pandemic economy
UK Economy

Car hire and the strangeness of the post-pandemic economy

A global shortage of hire cars and unusually high hotel occupancy rates sum up the post-pandemic global economy in a nutshell, says Merryn Somerset We…
30 Jun 2022
Prepare your portfolio for recession
Investment strategy

Prepare your portfolio for recession

A recession is looking increasingly likely. Add in a bear market and soaring inflation, and things are going to get very complicated for investors, sa…
27 Jun 2022
Celebrity bitcoin ads echo the subprime mortgage crisis
Bitcoin & crypto

Celebrity bitcoin ads echo the subprime mortgage crisis

A wave of ads featuring celebrities punting crypto to the masses are reminiscent of how low income Americans were encouraged to take on loans they cou…
23 Jun 2022
About Us
Economy

About Us

Welcome, and thank you for visiting us.
23 Jun 2022
The difference between CPI and RPI inflation - and why it matters
Inflation

The difference between CPI and RPI inflation - and why it matters

The consumer price index (CPI) and retail price index (RPI) are both important indicators of inflation. But what is the difference and why do they mat…
22 Jun 2022
How will the crash of 2022 play out?
Investments

How will the crash of 2022 play out?

Stocks, bonds, cryptocurrencies – everything is crashing at the same time. We’ve seen these kinds of multiple collapses before, says Merryn Somerset W…
20 Jun 2022
Why we need to get a grip on our government
UK Economy

Why we need to get a grip on our government

Our government is trying to do too much, enacting policies that are destructive to the private sector. It needs to drop the the feel-good nonsense and…
16 Jun 2022
Investing for income? Here are six investment trusts to buy now
Share tips

Investing for income? Here are six investment trusts to buy now

For many savers and investors, income is getting hard to find. But it's not impossible to find, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here, she picks six investm…
14 Jun 2022
Will the UK's property slowdown turn into a house-price crash?
Property

Will the UK's property slowdown turn into a house-price crash?

As the cost-of-living crisis intensifies and interest rate rise, it is hard to see reasons for UK house prices to keep rising, says Merryn Somerset We…
9 Jun 2022
The unintended consequences of ESG investing
ESG investing

The unintended consequences of ESG investing

Many people are refusing to invest in energy companies, citing "ESG" concerns. But we still need fossil fuels, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and will for…
3 Jun 2022
Stories are great – but investors should stick to reality
Investment strategy

Stories are great – but investors should stick to reality

Everybody loves a story – and investors are no exception. But it’s easy to get carried away, says Merryn Somerset Webb, and forget the underlying trut…
30 May 2022
What sardines can teach investors about today's markets
Investment strategy

What sardines can teach investors about today's markets

A California tale of “eating sardines” and “trading sardines” can help us divide investments into speculative and real, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Som…
26 May 2022
Everything is collapsing at once – here’s what to do about it
Investment strategy

Everything is collapsing at once – here’s what to do about it

Equity and bond markets are crashing, while inflation destroys the value of cash. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at where investors can turn to protect th…
23 May 2022
How not to get beaten by inflation
Inflation

How not to get beaten by inflation

With inflation at 9%, and the bank rate at 1% you’re not going to get a real return on cash. But there are steps you can take to beat inflation, says …
19 May 2022
Value is starting to emerge in the markets
Investment strategy

Value is starting to emerge in the markets

If you are looking for long-term value in the markets, some is beginning to emerge, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Indeed, you may soon be able to buy tra…
16 May 2022
James Anderson: innovation is still the key to returns
Investment strategy

James Anderson: innovation is still the key to returns

James Anderson, the man behind the Scottish Mortgage investment trust, tells Merryn Somerset Webb what he’d buy now
13 May 2022
The market finally seems to be getting it
UK stockmarkets

The market finally seems to be getting it

Reality checks are coming fast to the markets, says Merryn Somerset Webb – with even 2022’s safe havens beginning to reflect recession worries.
12 May 2022
We’re in a bear market – change the way you invest
Investment strategy

We’re in a bear market – change the way you invest

The financial world of 2022 is a very different one to that of 2021. Investors need to make substantial changes to their portfolios, says Merryn Somer…
9 May 2022
Everything is getting more expensive – including money
UK Economy

Everything is getting more expensive – including money

Investors are about to start feeling rather more pain, says Merryn Somerset Webb – from the rising price of money.
6 May 2022
ESG investing could end up being a classic mistake
ESG investing

ESG investing could end up being a classic mistake

ESG investing has been embraced with enormous speed and zeal. But think long and hard before buying in, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
3 May 2022
Which mistake will central bankers choose to make next?
Investment strategy

Which mistake will central bankers choose to make next?

The heads of the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve have choices – but none of them are good choices, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
28 Apr 2022
Older people may own their own home, but the young have better pensions
Pensions

Older people may own their own home, but the young have better pensions

UK house prices mean owning a home remains a pipe dream for many young people, but they should have a comfortable retirement, says Merryn Somerset Web…
25 Apr 2022
We may be heading for recession – and it will be no ordinary recession
UK Economy

We may be heading for recession – and it will be no ordinary recession

Just as the downturn in 2020 was not a typical recession. the next downturn could be very different too, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
22 Apr 2022
UK house prices will fall – but not for a few years
House prices

UK house prices will fall – but not for a few years

UK house prices look out of reach for many. But the truth is that British property is surprisingly affordable, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Prices will …
19 Apr 2022
What companies should be prioritising this decade
Global Economy

What companies should be prioritising this decade

In a world beset by uncertainty, companies should be prioritising slack over efficiency, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
14 Apr 2022
Why the nagging approach can make boards more active
Investment strategy

Why the nagging approach can make boards more active

Retail investors are still limited in their ability to demand change, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
5 Apr 2022
Why we are in a cost of living crisis today
Inflation

Why we are in a cost of living crisis today

The cost of living crisis is a function of several factors. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what is behind it and how to prepare for it.
1 Apr 2022
Rishi Sunak can’t fix all our problems – so why try?
Budget

Rishi Sunak can’t fix all our problems – so why try?

Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement is an attempt to plaster over problems the chancellor can’t fix. So should he even bother trying, asks Merryn Somerset …
28 Mar 2022
How to position your portfolio for higher inflation
Investment strategy

How to position your portfolio for higher inflation

UK inflation hit 6.2% this week, Merryn Somerset-Webb explains what is behind it and how investors can position themselves to combat it.
25 Mar 2022
Investment trust portfolio update March 2022: things take a turn for the worse
Investment trust model portfolio

Investment trust portfolio update March 2022: things take a turn for the worse

Merryn Somerset Webb looks a how MoneyWeek’s model investment trust portfolio has fared as markets swing from growth to value.
22 Mar 2022
How to avoid a miserable retirement
Pensions

How to avoid a miserable retirement

The trouble with the UK’s private pension system, says Merryn Somerset Webb, is that it leaves most of us at the mercy of the markets. And the outlook…
21 Mar 2022
Investors: remember Woodford, and make sure you can cash out
Investment strategy

Investors: remember Woodford, and make sure you can cash out

Investing is full of risks. But not being able to sell your investment when you want to is one you shouldn't have to deal with, says Merryn Somerset W…
18 Mar 2022
This isn’t the stagflationary 1970s – but neither is it the low-rate world of the 2010s
Investment strategy

This isn’t the stagflationary 1970s – but neither is it the low-rate world of the 2010s

With soaring energy prices and high inflation, it might seem like we’re on a fast track back to the 1970s. We’re not, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But w…
15 Mar 2022
The end of global economic integration
Global Economy

The end of global economic integration

The story of the post-Soviet era has been one of constant economic integration. But that's now over, says Merryn Somerset Webb. And it's going to cost…
11 Mar 2022
ESG investing: defence stocks as an ethical investment
ESG investing

ESG investing: defence stocks as an ethical investment

The definition of what counts as “ESG” investing is getting so vague, says Merryn Somerset Webb, that at some point it will cease to mean anything at …
7 Mar 2022