A selection of Marina's published articles

These articles have been published in the Economist, Standpoint Magazine, Financial Times, MoneyWeek, the Times Literary Supplement, New York Observer and more


photo (13)Marina Gerner is a Soviet-born, German, and almost British journalist.

Mostly, she (which is to say I, since I’m writing this blob and just pretending not to) writes about books, culture, philosophy, finance and investment (yes, a jack of all trades).

She focuses on features, opinion and reviews. You can read a selection of her articles here.

She has written for the Economist’s 1843, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, MoneyWeek, Jewish Chronicle, the Guardian (research) and Standpoint Magazine in the UK, First Things Magazine and the New York Observer in the US and die Bild and Frankfurter Rundschau in Germany. She has been a guest speaker on the BBC World Service.

In 2015, she completed her PhD at the London School of Economics, where she taught master students and gave lectures on the MSc Global Media and International Journalism Summer School. In 2014, she was invited to be a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s sociology department in New York.

Currently, she’s a Staff Writer at Money Observer, where she writes features and news as well as her column Marina’s Imaginary Millions. In 2016, she won the National Financial Journalist Newcomer of the Year Santander Media Award “with glowing praise from the judges who liked her critical edge, hands on advice and depth of research”. She was shortlisted for a Headlinemoney Award and two Unbiased Media Awards.

She is trilingual and lives in London.

You can get in touch with comments or questions at marina.gerner[at]moneyobserver.com or on Twitter: @MarinaSGerner





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In a crowded London shop
An open book and empty cup 

On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed

My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less It seemed, so great my happiness,

That I was blessed and could bless.

- Yeats

Always to shine,
to shine everywhere,
to the very deeps of the last days,
to shine—
and to hell with everything else!
That is my motto—
and the sun’s!

- Mayakovsky

Can it pull extraordinary faces?
Is it usually sick on a swing?
Does it spend all its time at the races,
or fiddling with pieces of string?
Has it views of its own about money?
Does it think patriotism enough?
Are its stories vulgar but funny?
O tell me the truth about love.

- WH Auden

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