Merryn Somerset Webb Keynote Speaker
- Editor-in-Chief of MoneyWeek
- Acclaimed commentator, broadcaster and author
- Personal Finance and Investment Commentator at the Financial Times
Merryn Somerset Webb's Biography
Merryn Somerset Webb is a hugely popular speaker, Editor-in-Chief of MoneyWeek and acclaimed commentator on economics, financial markets and personal finance. She has been named the Personal Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2017 prestigious Harold Wincott awards. She is also the Personal Finance and Investment Commentator at the Financial Times.
In 1992, Merryn moved to Japan to produce business programmes for NHK, Japan’s public TV station. In 1993, she became an institutional broker for what was then SBC Warburg. Returning to the UK in 1998, Merryn became a financial writer for The Week. Two years later, MoneyWeek was launched and Merryn took the job of editor; Moneyweek is currently the best-selling financial magazine in the UK. She has written the investment column in Saga Magazine since 2003.
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). Merryn is also the author of a sharp and witty women’s guide to personal finance: “Love is Not Enough: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Making (and Keeping) Money” (2007). She is currently at work on a new book which will focus on how shareholders can leverage their influence for good, to be published in January 2022.
Merryn is a non-executive director of three investment trusts, Murray Income, Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon, and Montanaro European Smaller Companies, and of wealth management firm Netwealth. She is a non-executive adviser to the investment committee of UK platform Interactive Investor.
Merryn was a senior scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she gained a first class degree in History and Economics. She then became a Daiwa scholar and spent a year studying Japanese at London University
In her talks, Merryn can cover a variety of topics across economics, social behaviour and cultural perceptions. She has written widely on everything from the effects of post-war births on the current economy, debt and inflation, to investment plans, the changing face of retail banking, global economics and Brexit.