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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 two investment trusts – the Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Trust and the Murray Income Investment Trust – and of Netwealth.

Joe Biden’s spending spree will lift American spirits and markets – but it comes with a sting in the tail
US stockmarkets

Joe Biden’s spending spree will lift American spirits and markets – but it comes with a sting in the tail

New US president Joe Biden is planning to throw trillions of dollars in stimulus at his country’s economy. Markets will love that. But it comes with a…
25 Jan 2021
Why bonds may not be the safe haven they once were
Investment strategy

Why bonds may not be the safe haven they once were

“De-risking” by shifting your portfolio into bonds used to make sense. But not so much any more, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So what should you do inst…
21 Jan 2021
Why we won’t see a house-price crash in 2021
House prices

Why we won’t see a house-price crash in 2021

Lockdown sent house prices berserk as cooped up home-workers fled for bigger properties in the country. And while they won’t rise quite as much this y…
18 Jan 2021
US stocks are obviously in a bubble. But is it a rational bubble?
US stockmarkets

US stocks are obviously in a bubble. But is it a rational bubble?

Everyone wants to know if the US stockmarket is in a bubble. But that is the wrong question, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Of course it’s a bubble. The r…
14 Jan 2021
Should you buy into the bitcoin boom, or stick with gold?
Bitcoin

Should you buy into the bitcoin boom, or stick with gold?

People and financial institutions are piling into bitcoin, many hoping it will hedge against relentless money creation and currency debasement. Merryn…
11 Jan 2021
If this is a bubble, what’s going to prick it?
Stockmarkets

If this is a bubble, what’s going to prick it?

The US stockmarket crash might not come this year. But all indicators say it will happen at some point.
7 Jan 2021
Why investors can’t afford to ignore Japanese stocks
Share tips

Why investors can’t afford to ignore Japanese stocks

Japan boasts the broadest market outside the US, replete with cash-rich, resilient companies that have battled their way through 30 years of deflation…
28 Dec 2020
Here's looking forward to freedom in 2021
Global Economy

Here's looking forward to freedom in 2021

We often talk about the pent-up demand for goods created by the pandemic. But don’t underestimate the pent-up demand for physical freedom and to the i…
24 Dec 2020
Buy for the post-Covid bounceback, but buy carefully
Stockmarkets

Buy for the post-Covid bounceback, but buy carefully

There are still plenty of risks in the market, but as the world returns to normal, demand will surge and earnings will rise. Merryn Somerset Webb expl…
21 Dec 2020
Get ready to say “hello” to inflation
Inflation

Get ready to say “hello” to inflation

With the collapse of both supply and demand, this was no ordinary recession. But as the world returns to normal, supply will remain subdued as demand …
17 Dec 2020
Behind Covid's very dark clouds, we can see a few silver linings
UK Economy

Behind Covid's very dark clouds, we can see a few silver linings

The Cover-19 pandemic has devastated communities and the global economy. But with the vaccine about to bring an end to the worst, Merryn Somerset Webb…
10 Dec 2020
Five books to put on your Christmas list
Investment strategy

Five books to put on your Christmas list

Even if they’ve done nothing else, lockdowns – in whatever guise – have given us plenty of time to read. Merryn Somerset Webb picks five books to enjo…
7 Dec 2020
Investing in Japan: much more than just a bet on a global rebound
Japan stockmarkets

Investing in Japan: much more than just a bet on a global rebound

Jonathan Allum, one of the finance industry’s longest-serving and most experienced observers of the Japanese market, talks to Merryn Somerset Webb abo…
4 Dec 2020
UK stocks finally start to rise – but not as one
UK Economy

UK stocks finally start to rise – but not as one

The UK Stockmarket recovery is finally getting some traction, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But not all stocks will recover in the same way.
3 Dec 2020
Vaccines, value investing and UK stocks
Value investing

Vaccines, value investing and UK stocks

Vaccines promise a return to normal life. And that bodes well for “value” stocks, says Merryn Somerset Webb – and for the UK market in particular.
30 Nov 2020
The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been
UK Economy

The “economic emergency” isn't nearly as bad as it could have been

If you listened to Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review, you might be feeling a little down. But don't worry too much. Things might not be anywhere near as b…
26 Nov 2020
Was lockdown worth the cost?
UK Economy

Was lockdown worth the cost?

The government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has left us with a bill of at least £400bn. Has it been money well spent?
26 Nov 2020
What to buy as the pandemic’s pent-up demand is finally released
UK Economy

What to buy as the pandemic’s pent-up demand is finally released

As economies reopen, says Merryn Somerset Webb, people are going to start spending again. And when they do, here’s what you want to be holding.
23 Nov 2020
How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy
UK Economy

How you will play your part in refinancing the post-Covid economy

All this stimulus has to be paid for – whether through inflation, tax rises, or financial repression. It's going to be an uncomfortable experience, sa…
19 Nov 2020
Why investors should take investment trusts up on their free lunches
Investment trusts

Why investors should take investment trusts up on their free lunches

Investment trusts are brilliant, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Perhaps the most brilliant thing of all about them is the fact that investors can meet and…
16 Nov 2020
We could be heading for another Roaring Twenties
UK Economy

We could be heading for another Roaring Twenties

There are still plenty of risks ahead, but if we get a vaccine by spring we could see a better-than-expected recovery as we reclaim the bits of our ol…
12 Nov 2020
The US election shows that what markets really like is certainty
Stockmarkets

The US election shows that what markets really like is certainty

The tight result in the US election shows that political stalemate could well be good for the markets, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
9 Nov 2020
November 2020 update: how the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio has fared
Investment trust model portfolio

November 2020 update: how the MoneyWeek investment trust portfolio has fared

How have our favourite investment trusts been doing? And what would we change?
6 Nov 2020
Jim Mellon: the world is on the brink of three major revolutions
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Jim Mellon: the world is on the brink of three major revolutions

Jim Mellon has been giving MoneyWeek’s readers lucrative ideas ever since our very first issue. He tells Merryn Somerset Webb how he sees the next 20 …
5 Nov 2020
Twenty years on from MoneyWeek's first issue, how much have things changed?
Global Economy

Twenty years on from MoneyWeek's first issue, how much have things changed?

Spanning one disputed American election to another, MoneyWeek is 20 years old this week. Editor-in-chief Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what's changed,…
5 Nov 2020
Stakeholders or shareholders – where should capitalism’s focus be?
ESG investing

Stakeholders or shareholders – where should capitalism’s focus be?

Company managements are busying themselves fighting climate change, increasing diversity and fostering employee wellness. That’s all well and good, sa…
3 Nov 2020
In UK stocks, the market has chucked us a bone – we should grab it
Economy

In UK stocks, the market has chucked us a bone – we should grab it

UK stocks are trading at their biggest discount to global equities in 40 years. You should probably be looking to buy, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
22 Oct 2020
Cash rich and bored? Be careful what you do with your money
Investment strategy

Cash rich and bored? Be careful what you do with your money

As the pandemic has left many people with more time on their hands but little opportunity to spend, they have been speculating in the markets. But don…
19 Oct 2020
Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
The silver lining to the coronavirus debacle
UK Economy

The silver lining to the coronavirus debacle

There isn’t much obvious upside to the Covid debacle. But perhaps there will be a long-term silver lining, in the form of a push for reform of the gov…
15 Oct 2020
Private vs public sector pay: who really gets more?
UK Economy

Private vs public sector pay: who really gets more?

The general consensus is that public sector pay is lower than in the private sector, but staff have better working conditions and job security. The re…
13 Oct 2020
Pandemics, politicians and gold-plated pensions
Pensions

Pandemics, politicians and gold-plated pensions

As more and more people lose their jobs to the pandemic and the lockdowns imposed to deal with it, there’s one bunch of people who won’t have to worry…
12 Oct 2020
Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty
UK Economy

Why the government should stop messing about and just abolish stamp duty

If Boris Johnson is serious about getting more people on the housing ladder, he should stop messing about with complicated incentives that only reward…
8 Oct 2020
MoneyWeek’s investment trust portfolio – should we keep the Law Debenture trust?
Investment trust model portfolio

MoneyWeek’s investment trust portfolio – should we keep the Law Debenture trust?

The MoneyWeek’s investment trust portfolio has been performing well. But one trust – Law Debenture – has performed particularly poorly. Merryn Somerse…
6 Oct 2020
UK stocks will bounce back – make sure your portfolio is adequately positioned
UK stockmarkets

UK stocks will bounce back – make sure your portfolio is adequately positioned

UK stocks are more unloved than they’ve ever been. When they recover – and they will – they will move quickly so you need to have positioned your port…
5 Oct 2020
Prepare yourself for negative interest rates
UK Economy

Prepare yourself for negative interest rates

There is a lot of talk about negative interest rates coming to the UK. They're a terrible idea, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
1 Oct 2020