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Brian Bollen
Flexible and prolific writer and editor, highly effective media coach, highly entertaining public speaker and novelist.
Interests: Journalism, Public Speaking, Switzerland, Running, Golf, Airdrieonians FC and Airdrie United.
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Yet more concerning information about the struggling UK retail sector. The value of UK retailers’ overdrafts has jumped by 33% from £8.2bn to £10.9bn in the last year alone, says Hadrian’s Wall Capital (HWC), a London-based specialist debt adviser. HWC... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
As the global market for investment research continues to unbundle post-markets in financial instruments directive II (MiFID II), RSRCHXchange reports that it has built upon its strength as an aggregator and marketplace for written research by adding a suite of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Bankers: from Pillars to Pariahs Author: Ian Peacock Publisher: Novum Pro Pp: 132 ISBN:978399064269-6 Further to my earlier interim review of this slim volume, I have to say it is a pretty good and very readable history of the financial... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Bankers: from Pillars to Pariahs Author: Ian Peacock Publisher: Novum Pro Pp: 132 ISBN:978399064269-6 I asked for a review copy because I enjoy reading a good financial history, having spent my entire professional life around international financial services in one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
The European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA) has now made available the draft version of its future ECSDA Settlement Fail Penalties Framework (the Framework). It says the document aims at creating a harmonised and coherent set of rules and considerations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
UK interest rates are likely to remain unchanged until the autumn as new monthly gross domestic product (GDP) data show a small pick-up in growth, comments Schroders' senior European economist, Azad Zangana. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: The Jacobite Rebellion Author: Paul Adams Publisher: The Book Guild Publishing Pp: 227 Price: £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-912362-55-4 I asked for a review copy of this book because I liked the sound of the basic premise. Charles Edward Stuart is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Schroders senior European economist, Azad Zangana, considers the implications for the UK's economic growth and interest rate prospects. The UK economy was supposed to plunge into recession soon after the vote to leave the EU, but the majority of forecasters... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge The Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all investors on an unsolicited basis. It is not investment research. After the trade war wobbles earlier this week, it feels like we’re on more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge A free man can live on fish. Independence is better than meat. The Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all investors on an unsolicited basis. It is not investment research. Today, it’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge Of all extinct life-forms, dinosaurs are the most popular. Why that should be is not clear… The Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all investors on an unsolicited basis. It is not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge The Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all investors on an unsolicited basis. It is not investment research. What joy to be back at my desk after two weeks sailing round the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Just had two press releases about investment commentary land in my in-tray. One says: Bitcoin Volatility Is Back. The other says: The end of Bitcoin volatility? They can't both be right, can they? Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
A round-table meeting on developments in the sustainable finance space. With Ben Caldecott (Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme), Karthik Iyer (Climate Bonds) and Katie Stafford (Schroders). To be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 8:30-10:00am. At Deloitte, 2 New Street Sq,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Schroders is today announcing that it has strengthened its Solutions business globally with a key hire to its London headquarters and the expansion of its US footprint. Patrick O’Sullivan has joined from JP Morgan Asset Management as a strategist, based... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I read with interest that there are plans to expand European club football, probably at the expense of domestic leagues. I have a suggestion that might help. Why not have two distinct squads of players, one registered for European football... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Schroders is today announcing that it has executed a £2.6 billion equity risk management strategy for the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority (SYPA). It says this is understood to be one of the largest of its type undertaken to date in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Sign of the times update. Of the 24 Scottish footballers travelling to play Peru and Mexico I recognise just three names... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
The future of Peer-to-Peer lending: A round-table discussion with Giles Andrews (Zopa), Sarah Walker (KPMG) and Daniel Lanyon (AltFi). To be held Thursday, May 31, 2018, 12.30-2.15pm. At Baker’s Hall, 9 Harp Lane, London EC3R 6DP. Email alex@csfi.org or call... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore has this morning formally confirmed that Barnaby Nelson is to leave his position as its head of securities services for Greater China and North Asia next month. He plans to spend time with his family... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Such is the wasteland that is British TV broadcasting that while others watched the overexposed Sue Perkins host the BAFTA awards, Meet the Neanderthals, Midsomer Murders or Bake Off, my wife and I binge-watched old episodes of Time Team yesterday... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it where it doesn’t exist, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. The Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all investors on... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
So Scotland now has significantly higher alcohol prices than the rest of the UK. What on earth does 'first minister' Nicola Sturgeon this is going to achieve? Are Scotland's drinkers going to wake up and sign her pledge? Or will... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Eurozone gross domestic product (GDP) growth slows, but adverse weather is probably to blame. Azad Zangana, Schroders', Senior European Economist comments on the latest figures announced today. The early estimate of real GDP growth for the European Monetary Union showed... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
There were 1,023 private equity-backed buyout deals announced globally in Q1 2018, worth a combined US$116bn, according to figures published today by industry data specialist Preqin. Preqin says it expects these figures to rise by up to 5% as more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog