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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.
Recent Activity
Schroders is today announcing the appointment of Elisabeth Ottawa, who will join the firm as Deputy Head of Public Policy. She will join in March 2018 and will report to the Head of Public Policy, Sheila Nicoll, OBE. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) has approved the consolidation of the Eurosystem’s real-time gross settlement system TARGET2 and the securities settlement platform TARGET2-Securities (T2S), and the development of a Eurosystem Collateral Management System. It says both... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all qualified investors on an unsolicited basis. It is not investment advice… I do apologise for the irregularity of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Liquidity from electronic market makers has become an integral part of the US equity market, but the firms that deliver it remain largely unknown to many institutional investors whose trades often involve these little-understood firms. This opacity has created a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
ASX, the linchpin of Australia's financial markets, has today announced its intention to replace CHESS using distributed ledger technology (DLT) developed by its technology partner Digital Asset (DA). CHESS (Clearing House Electronic Subregister System) is the system used by ASX... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
CSD Prague says it has opened a direct account in Euroclear Bank SA/NV. CSD Prague says its co-operation with Euroclear will enable it to provide a wider range of services and to have access to many additional foreign markets. “This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
No fewer than 208 banks in Switzerland have completed the migration to the new ISO 20022 technology standard on schedule. This means all participants on the SIX Interbank Clearing payment system are ready for the next step: switchover of payment... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Am currently reading Absolute Pandemonium, a memoir by Brian Blessed, who played Fancy Smith in Z-Cars, Augustus Caesar in I, Claudius and Vultan, leader of the Hawkmen, in Flash Gordon. It's very enjoyable Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Axioma, a provider of enterprise risk management, portfolio management, and regulatory reporting solutions, reports the appointment of Ian Lumb as managing director, head of risk solutions. It says this is a newly created position. Lumb was previously Global Head of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
BNP Paribas Securities Services has been appointed to provide global custody and value added services to Ahold Pensioenfonds, the €4.5bn pension fund of Ahold Delhaize, the Netherlands’ leading food retailer. The mandate covers custody, investment accounting, investment compliance, regulatory reporting,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge I want a yacht and really that’s not a lot, been an angel all year…! For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all qualified investors on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Chris Iggo, chief investment officer, Fixed Income, AXA Investment Managers, offers a highly readable investment commentary to ponder over the weekend. In brief, he covers Crypto-mania, high returns, low volatility, extremes, but the economy is strong, strong, strong and yield... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Allfunds Bank, which bills itself as Europe´s largest fund platform, says it has achieved a new milestone by passing €350bn assets under administration (AuA) globally, an increase of €100bn year-to-date thanks to its efforts in the digital space and expansion... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Citi reports from New York that it has been appointed by EntrepreneurShares to provide full exchange-traded fund (ETF) services including fund accounting and administration, custody, and transfer agency for its inaugural ETF fund (www.brianbollen.com). Headquartered in Boston, MA, EntrepreneurShares has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
CIBC Mellon reports that Bill Graves has joined the company as Chief Technology and Data Officer. This newly created role is designed to further strengthen CIBC Mellon's ability to meet clients' evolving needs as the industry drives forward into a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
The NZ Super Fund has appointed Del Hart as head of external investments and partnerships, replacing Fiona Mackenzie. The role has responsibility for the NZ Super Fund’s investment mandates with approximately 30 external managers, covering NZ$6.5bn of assets in listed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge Whenever a child says “I don’t believe in fairies”, there’s a little fairy somewhere that falls right down dead… For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Northern Trust has this week expanded its transition management team with another key hire, appointing Mike Mahoney as a transition manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Northern Trust says this latest addition highlights its continued investment in its... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Today, November 30, is St Andrew's Day. Amongst other longstanding gigs, St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew's Day is the landmark day in this writer's autumn/winter calendar (September weekend, Hallowe'en, Guy Fawkes Night/Bonfire Night, younger daughter's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Fixed income dealers are spending as much as $20bn a year on RegTech (regulatory technology) to help them comply with the raft of regulations covering their trading desks, according to a new report from Greenwich Associates. 94% of the 46... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge If Charlie wants to tangle now they’ll have two to dodge…. For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary freely available to all qualified investors on an unsolicited basis. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Wengen has had another bumper dump of snow overnight, it seems: https://www.downhillonly.com/live-cameras-and-weather/ And it looks like it could be snowing on the Mannlichen above the town: http://www.swisspanorama.com/html/maennlichencam1.html I don't ski myself as it's far too dangerous for a freelance, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) announces the appointment of Philip Dawes as head of institutional sales for the UK & Ireland. He joined on 20 November and is based in London, reporting to Charles Janssen, head of institutional sales... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
HarbourVest Global Private Equity Limited (HVPE), a closed-end investment company, today presents its 10:10 Global Investment “Megatrends” survey, which shares insights on the big trends in private markets over the next 10 years and explains how the company is accessing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Finished watching Godless on Netflix last night. An exceptionally good piece of television, and the best western I have ever seen. I recommend it highly. Extremely highly. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog