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Merryn Somerset Webb: Finance Author

Updated on April 13, 2014

Merryn Somerset Webb

Merryn Somerset Webb is one of my favourite finance and investment authors. She writes for the Financial Times newspaper and is Editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek magazine and has recently published a book on personal finance for women. As a former stock-broker based in Japan and non-executive director of Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon, Japanese Investment Trust (BGS), she writes with real in-depth knowledge, but with an interesting, alternative and contrarian view-point, making her work refreshing compared to the majority of financial press.

Merryn studied history and economics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, then became a Daiwa scholar, studied Japanese at London University and later moved to Japan to continue her Japanese studies and to produce business programmes for NHK, Japan's public TV station. In 1993 she became a broker at SBC Warburg, returning to the UK in 1998, Merryn became a financial writer for The Week. In 2000, MoneyWeek was launched and Merryn took the job of editor.

Merryn has published a book on personal finance for women, Love is Not Enough: The Smart Woman's Guide to Making (and Keeping) Money (HarperPress, 2007)

Merryn Somerset Webb is also appearing in a Channel 4 Television programme with her fellow Financial Times columnist Mrs Moneypenny : "SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not"

Merryn Somerset Webb

Housing Market Crash, Credit Crunch, Gold Prices and Banker Bashing...

Merryn Somerset Webb has correctly had a negative view on the housing markets around the world for a long time, predicting the downturn. Similarly she warned about the Credit Crunch, was positive on gold, long before it rocketed in value and has been positive on Japan, when most other commentators had given up on the country. She has a negative view on bankers and the financial services industry and what they have done to the world economy.

While UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and his equally privileged sidekick, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne are declaring the War on Bankers to be over (i.e. stop "bashing the bankers" and let them get on with their job of syphoning lots of money out of the economy) Merryn Somerset Webb wrote an article entitled: "Don't Just Bash The Bankers". She pointed out that we should continue "bashing the bankers", but we also ought to start bashing the senior management of Blue Chip companies in the U.K. too.

Currently MoneyWeek is positive on Equity Income (i.e. High Yield Value or Defensive stocks), Japan and gold (although gold is now close to an all-time high) and negative on property investment.

Merryn Somerset Webb: Love is Not Enough

Merryn Somerset Webb's "Love is Not Enough" (Subtitled "A Smart Woman's Guide to Making (& Keeping) Money") is an intelligent book about money: making it, saving and investing it and spending it sensibly. Useful advice for everyone, but with an emphasis on women's attitudes to money. Apparently even Kate Middleton (our future Queen?) Merryn Somerset Webb's book covers women's shopping compulsion to pensions, investments and pre-nups. She is an ex-stockbroker, financial journalist and edits the finance magazine Moneyweek, but she is also a mother.

Merryn Somerset Webb on Wikipedia

SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not

New UK Channel 4 Television Show

SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not

UK Channel 4 Television Show

SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not is new TV show in the U.K. discussing ways of dealing with the higher cost of living in these times of austerity. Mrs Moneypenny, columnist from The Financial Times joins forces with Merryn Somerset Webb, Editior in Chief at MoneyWeek magazine, to offer ordinary people easy-to-follow money advice.

This is certainly an easy to understand TV show, similar in concept to Alvin Hall's TV program (and book) "Your Money or Your Life", but with a different style and inspired by the latest wave of austerity hitting so many people in Britain at the moment.

SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not - run your family like a business

When Money Dies by Adam Fergusson

In a recent MoneyWeek Magazine Merryn Somerset Webb discussed the sudden increase in sales of Adam Fergusson's book: When Money Dies which was also recommended by Warren Buffett: A book about hyperinflation suddenly becoming popular is certainly worrying.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Merryn Somerset Webb announced in MoneyWeek that she selling some of her gold after holding it since 2001 and she is not alone, with quite a few market commentators turning into gold bears. Could this be the end of the gold bull market (Merryn is often right about a lot of things)? I am still hanging on to most of my gold and silver and gold mining shares for now, given the uncertainty in Europe, for now.

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      In today's MoneyWeek Magazine Merryn Somerset Webb discusses the sudden increase in sales of Adam Fergusson's book: When Money Dies which was also recommended by Warren Buffett and discusses hyperinflation. Worrying!

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Yes. I certainly hope it would only be a small minority who think that way, but of course Merryn Somerset Webb's book covers over-exuberant shopping and how not to waste money too (I know it's a bit of a stereotype, but on average, men and women do have different vices). I was quite surprised when I saw Merryn Somerset Webb's book in the library. Her writing is generally not gender specific, but on the other hand looking along the finance and investment bookshelf many of the books were really quite dry and boring, mostly written by men, for keen investors. Now she needs to write a book for young men who are also disinterested in finance and investment.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Are there still women who think that some man will save her financially? Wow, I thought or hoped those days were gone.