Merryn Somerset Webb

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Editor-in-Chief, MoneyWeek

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After working at banks in Japan and the UK Merryn joined The Week editing its City news before becoming the launch editor of the financial magazine. Having steered MoneyWeek to a market leading position she is now also a regular in the pages of the FT, The Spectator and Prospect magazine, and is often seen and heard on Radio 4 and Question Time. She is the author of Love Is Not Enough: A Smart Woman’s Guide to Money, and co-hosted Channel 4’s guide to making the most from your cash, Superscrimpers.


Editor-in-Chief of MoneyWeek, Merryn Somerset Webb is an award-winning economic writer, broadcaster and presenter. Her ability to communicate financial issues, and their wider implications in a digestible, engaging manner has marked her as one of the most popular financial writers and advisors in the UK.

Beginning her career in Tokyo as a broadcaster for NHK, she later became an equity broker. She worked for a number of financial services companies including SBC Warburg and UBS until she left Japan to join UK Paribas (later BNP Paribas). She then returned to journalism and steered the City pages in The Week magazine, until she joined MoneyWeek as launch editor.

In her talks, Merryn discusses the intersection between economics, social behaviour and cultural perceptions. She covers everything from the effects of post-war births on the current economy, debt and inflation, to investment plans, global economics and Brexit.

Merryn is a regular TV and radio commentator on economic and financial matters, appearing on Question Time and Channel 4’s money-saving programme Superscrimpers. She is also a regular contributor to Saga Magazine, the Sunday Post, The Guardian, The Spectator, and the FT amongst others. Merryn’s book Love is Not Enough: A Smart Woman’s Guide to Making (and Keeping) Money analyses the social mechanisms that construct women’s financial reality and wealth management.

Merryn is a trustee of the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and is a director of two investment trusts – the Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon Trust and the Montanaro European Smaller Companies Trust.

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