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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
Growth in UK economic activity more than halved in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, according to official statistics released this morning (this corrects an earlier posting on this subject: BB). Households squeezed by higher... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Esprow Pte Ltd, a global provider of enterprise testing technology for the financial markets, reports the launch of ETP GEMS. This is its Global Exchanges and Markets Simulation platform to enable market participants to test trading algorithms’ design and functionality,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
BNY Mellon's Pershing today announced the addition of Invesco and Loring Ward as two new third-party model providers on its Managed360 solution. Several enhancements to its existing third-party model provider offerings from Russell Investments and Vanguard were also added to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
Northern Trust has been appointed by Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) to provide global custody, accounting, securities lending, performance measurement and foreign exchange services for its £6.7bn (US$8.5 billion) in pension fund assets. Northern Trust says this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge It’s a beautiful positive morning here in London. It should be RISK ON after Trump announced a massive tax reform and slash plan; cutting corporate taxes (which will provide a massive boost to the US... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
State Street confirms that Adam Sporn joined its Enhanced Custody business development team in North America in late March. He is responsible for developing new business opportunities, cultivating existing relationships and serving as a product expert in industry affairs. He... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
State Street has just reported its first quarter figures, which it says show revenue up 7% compared to the same period a year earlier, reflecting a 12% Increase in fee revenue. On an operating-basis, the earnings per share figure was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Following on from the news earlier this morning that GMT Communications Partners LLP, aided by the Guernsey offices of Northern Trust and law firm Carey Olsen, has launched a private investment fund, Guernsey Finance has been in touch to stress... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Geneva-based asset manager QUAERO Capital has appointed James Hepworth as head of sales for the UK, charged with building relationships with UK institutional investors from the firm’s London office. Hepworth joins from Paris-based Asset Managers & Advisors Cie, where he... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Recent data from SWIFT’s RMB Tracker shows that London has retained its position as the preeminent foreign exchange (FX) and payment centre globally. It remains the dominant offshore hub for trading the Chinese renminbi (RMB). With the occasion of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
State Street Global Exchange today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) for April 2017. The Global ICI increased to 99.5, up 2.6 points from March’s revised reading of 96.9. Confidence among the North American investors... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
BNY Mellon and FundVantage Trust, a fund portfolio series trust, have been chosen by TOBAM, a Paris-based asset management firm formed in 2005, to support the launch of its first mutual fund offered to US investors. BNY Mellon will provide... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
By Andrew Knight, Partner, Maitland The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is well and truly upon all early adopter countries like Luxembourg, with first reports to be filed before June 30 of this year by those Luxembourg investment funds that are... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
ENSO, a NEX Group business and portfolio finance and centralized treasury management solution for the buy-side, plans to expand the ENSO Broker Vote tool to include MiFID II (markets in financial instruments directive II) research consumption, powered by RSRCHXchange, the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Intertrust Jersey, a global provider of high-value trust and corporate services, has promoted three of its staff to group services director. Adrian Franklin, Lisa Bragg and Nicola Giraud have all been promoted and will form part of the Intertrust Jersey... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Ullink, a global provider of electronic trading and connectivity solutions to the financial community, reports from Paris, France, that it has launched a fully automated post-trade data management solution called UL PUBLISHER. It says this will enable market participants to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) says it is contributing to an innovative model, Euronext Fund Service, to facilitate investments in funds for domestic and international investors. Launched by Euronext and available starting May 15, this new service will enable institutional... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Man GLG, the discretionary investment management business of Man Group plc, reports that William Ferreira has joined the firm as its Head of Machine Learning, a newly created role. He will be responsible for developing Man GLG’s machine learning capabilities,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation has announced that four new members have been elected to its board of directors. They are Michael Herskovitz, director of Fixed Income Risk Operations and Technology and co-head of Enterprise Operational Risk at AllianceBernstein;... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Finally watched Downfall last night, after failing to record Countryfile on BBC1 and then failing to activate it on the iPlayer. It was our gain. A gripping film, and a towering performance by Bruno Ganz in the key central role.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Emmanuel Macron’s small lead ahead of the presidential run-off makes him favourite to become France’s next President, says Azad Zangana, Schroders' Senior European Economist. "It is the outsider's election - the French public have sent a clear message to the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge What was all the fuss about? Macron polled highest at 23.9% in the first round of the French presidential election, and looks like a shoo-in for the second round. Marine Le Pen must know her... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge The market is apparently trading higher today because of veiled hints we might get US tax reform – I thought we’d been promised that months ago? Rumour and sigh are never great reasons to jump... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Societe Generale staff will be performing for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall, one of London’s leading classical music venues, on Saturday April 22 (tomorrow). This is part of what the bank describes as a unique corporate initiative.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Schroders says it has reached an agreement to acquire Adveq Holding AG (Adveq). It describes its planned new buy as a high-quality specialist private equity solutions business with strong year-on-year growth in assets under management since inception 20 years ago.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog