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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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Title: The Spy and the Traitor Author: Ben McIntyre Publisher: Viking Pps: 366 including notes and index Price: £25 Publication date: September 20 2018 ISBN: 978-0-241-18665-7 “The best true spy story I have ever read.” Who could ask for more... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
I have just read the first few papers of a so-called white paper (hang on, isn't white one of the favourite colours for Andrex?) on yet another exciting, thrilling, pioneering, market-leading, world-changing development in blockchain. I can honestly say I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Hitler’s British Traitors Author: Tim Tate Publisher: Icon Books Pps: 454 including notes and index Price: £25 Publication date: September 6 2018 ISBN: 978-1-78578-405-7 I would have thought that it was well nigh impossible to publish a book containing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Escaping Hitler: Heroic True Stories of Great Escapes in Nazi Europe Author: Monty Halls Publisher: Pan Pp: 307 including bibliography and acknowledgements Price: £8.99 (paperback) I've said here before more than once that I have been an avid fan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: John Law: A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century Publisher: Maclehose Press Author: James Buchan Pp: 534 including index, acknowledgements and author biography Price: £30 Publication date: September 6 2018 I have read tantalising brief accounts of John Law... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: The 21 Escapes of Lt Alastair Cram Author: David M Guss Publisher: Macmillan Pp: 432 including index Price: £18.99 When I took my review copy of this book out of the padded envelope my first thought was that looked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Stand and Deliver! 40 simple steps to successful public speaking Author: Ian Nichol Publisher: Matador Publishing Pp: 528 including index Price: £12.99 I asked for a review copy of Stand and Deliver because I have a personal interest in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
This is not an advertisement, just a heads-up for anyone who might be suffering from arthritic or rheumatic pain. Just 10 days ago I could barely walk after a week and a half in the steep terrain of Wengen in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Milk of Paradise: A History of Opium By Lucy Inglis 440 pages including notes and index Published by Picador (hardback £25) I asked for a review copy of this book because I read a review in a supplement to either... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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 Jul 20, 2018 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 Jul 18, 2018 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