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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.

Tech stock carnage: do you think Apple, Amazon and Alphabet will save you? Think again
Tech stocks

Tech stock carnage: do you think Apple, Amazon and Alphabet will save you? Think again

As tech stocks continued to slide, there is a view that you can escape all the carnage by holding really high quality profitable stocks. That view is …
24 Jan 2022
Shareholder capitalism: why we must return power to listed companies’ ultimate owners
Investment strategy

Shareholder capitalism: why we must return power to listed companies’ ultimate owners

Under our system of shareholder capitalism it's not fund managers, it‘s the individual investors – the company's ultimate owners – who should be telli…
24 Jan 2022
Inflation: now we really have something to worry about
Inflation

Inflation: now we really have something to worry about

We’ve been worrying about a sharp rise in inflation for years, says Merryn Somerset Webb – now, we finally have something to worry about.
21 Jan 2022
Made money in cryptocurrencies? Don’t forget to pay your taxes – in sterling
Bitcoin & crypto

Made money in cryptocurrencies? Don’t forget to pay your taxes – in sterling

Speculating on cryptocurrencies is akin to gambling in all but one respect, says Merryn Somerset Webb: you must pay tax on any gains, and you must pay…
18 Jan 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…
17 Jan 2022
Ask for a pay rise – everyone else is
Inflation

Ask for a pay rise – everyone else is

As inflation bites and the labour market remains tight, many of the nation's employees are asking for a pay rise. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why yo…
17 Jan 2022
Energy prices will keep rising – here’s how to invest
Energy

Energy prices will keep rising – here’s how to invest

Energy prices will keep rising for the foreseeable future – it is a simple matter of supply and demand. Merryn Somerset Webb explains how you should i…
14 Jan 2022
The long-awaited return of value stocks
Investment strategy

The long-awaited return of value stocks

For a few years we’ve been wondering when the gulf in valuation between “growth” stocks and “value” stocks will close. It might finally be happening, …
14 Jan 2022
How to invest as we move into a new era
Investment strategy

How to invest as we move into a new era

As we move away from pandemic panic and into world of risk acceptance, higher energy prices and higher interest rates, your priority as an investor s…
7 Jan 2022
The markets in 2022: why investors should tread very carefully
Stockmarkets

The markets in 2022: why investors should tread very carefully

Despite everything, 2021 saw more extremely healthy returns for stockmarket investors. But 2022 is unlikely to be as profitable, says Merryn Somerset …
4 Jan 2022
MoneyWeek’s Super Six: December 2021 update on our investment trust portfolio
Investment trust model portfolio

MoneyWeek’s Super Six: December 2021 update on our investment trust portfolio

MoneyWeek’s favourite investment trusts have rocketed in the past ten years, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We will stick with them
24 Dec 2021
Predictions are pointless – but we do them anyway
Investment strategy

Predictions are pointless – but we do them anyway

We were right on much of what we predicted for this year, but wrong on much of it, too. The only thing we can say about the future is that it is unpre…
24 Dec 2021
Things are expensive, but we are not yet in a full “everything bubble”
Investment strategy

Things are expensive, but we are not yet in a full “everything bubble”

When people are paying $650,000 for an imaginary yacht, you might think asset price inflation has got completely out of control. But there are still p…
17 Dec 2021
Five books to make you think this Christmas
Books

Five books to make you think this Christmas

Merryn Somerset Webb picks five books on the theme of ownership for you to read over the festive period.
10 Dec 2021
Change is coming – but your investment approach should stay the same
Investment strategy

Change is coming – but your investment approach should stay the same

High inflation, extreme market volatility, populations at loggerheads. Things are changing fast, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But for investors, the usu…
10 Dec 2021
Why the “capital cycle” is so important for investors to understand
Investment strategy

Why the “capital cycle” is so important for investors to understand

Price is important when investing. But there’s something else to consider, says Merryn Somerset Webb – the capital cycle. Here’s what it is and why it…
3 Dec 2021
Forget socialism – shareholder capitalism is delivering
Economy

Forget socialism – shareholder capitalism is delivering

Many Millennials say they would prefer to live in a socialist society. That's understandable. But while socialism promises everyone ownership and powe…
3 Dec 2021
Two outstandingly cheap UK stocks in an age of mad valuations
UK stockmarkets

Two outstandingly cheap UK stocks in an age of mad valuations

In these times of nutty company valuations, there is still plenty of opportunity around, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Take these two stocks, for example…
26 Nov 2021
Everyone wants more leisure time – but is that possible?
Investment strategy

Everyone wants more leisure time – but is that possible?

One of the effects of the pandemic is that everyone wants to work less – whether from home or in the office. But is that possible over the long term?
26 Nov 2021
The power of passive investing – for good and bad
Funds

The power of passive investing – for good and bad

The rise of passive funds has made investing simple and cheap for millions of people. But it comes with huge consequences for markets, the economy and…
22 Nov 2021
Why the Bank of England must act now on inflation
Inflation

Why the Bank of England must act now on inflation

The Bank of England must act fast on interest rates if it wants to convince us that it is even remotely serious about stopping inflation getting out o…
19 Nov 2021
Why now is the perfect time to visit Kenya for a safari holiday
Travel and holidays

Why now is the perfect time to visit Kenya for a safari holiday

African safaris are as wonderful as they’ve always been, except now you get them all to yourself. Book one now, says Merryn Somerset Webb
19 Nov 2021
Don’t worry about the global population explosion – it’s unlikely to happen
Investment strategy

Don’t worry about the global population explosion – it’s unlikely to happen

One of the many things we are taught to worry about is the fast-rising global population. But in fact, says Merryn Somerset Webb, the opposite is tru…
15 Nov 2021
ESG investing is important, but lots of other things matter too
Investment strategy

ESG investing is important, but lots of other things matter too

Investors have been pouring money into "ESG" funds and shares, driving prices up and up. But less obvious areas of the market could prove more profita…
12 Nov 2021
Inflation forecasts mean interest rates should be on the rise – so why aren’t they?
Investment strategy

Inflation forecasts mean interest rates should be on the rise – so why aren’t they?

With inflation forecast to hit 5% next year, we might expect interest rates to be rising, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But central banks are holding off…
8 Nov 2021
Carrots and sticks: why energy prices won't fall for a long time
Energy

Carrots and sticks: why energy prices won't fall for a long time

Energy is going to be more expensive for a long time before it gets both cleaner and cheaper. 
5 Nov 2021
Is how much money a manager invests in their own fund really that important?
Funds

Is how much money a manager invests in their own fund really that important?

Should fund managers invest their own money in their funds, and let us know how much? They probably should, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it might no…
18 Oct 2021
From an age of plenty to an age of shortage
Economy

From an age of plenty to an age of shortage

We have emerged from the pandemic into a world where supply can’t meet demand, driving prices up. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what's going on.
15 Oct 2021
What to do as taxes and inflation rise and the growth-stock bull market ends
Investment strategy

What to do as taxes and inflation rise and the growth-stock bull market ends

The need to pay back our huge debt means higher taxes, higher inflation and, for investors, a return to value. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what you …
11 Oct 2021
Is your fund manager’s ESG investment policy really ethical?
Energy stocks

Is your fund manager’s ESG investment policy really ethical?

The so-called ethical policies of some investors are doing more harm than good, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
8 Oct 2021
Forget China, here’s why you should invest in India
Emerging markets

Forget China, here’s why you should invest in India

As China becomes increasingly hostile to investors, India, with a young, educated, tech-savvy population and a reform-minded government, is becoming a…
5 Oct 2021
Inflation is still one of the biggest threats to your personal finances
Investment strategy

Inflation is still one of the biggest threats to your personal finances

Central bankers and economists insist inflation will be gone by next year. We're not so sure, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So if you haven’t started to …
1 Oct 2021
Why we will be reliant on fossil fuels for a long time to come
Energy

Why we will be reliant on fossil fuels for a long time to come

The energy crisis has shown us just how reliant we still are on fossil fuels. And we will continue to rely on them for a long time yet, says Merryn So…
27 Sep 2021
The Information Age is about to get interesting
Economy

The Information Age is about to get interesting

The IT revolution has been around for a while now, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But we're just getting to the good bit.
24 Sep 2021
The end of the bond bull market, and how to invest for it
Investment strategy

The end of the bond bull market, and how to invest for it

The great bond bull market looks to be over, and you probably don’t want to be holding government bonds, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Here’s what you sh…
21 Sep 2021
With the right political will, inflation can be defeated
Inflation

With the right political will, inflation can be defeated

Governments and central banks can easily control inflation, says Merryn Somerset Webb – they just need the will.
17 Sep 2021