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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
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
Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore Group, outlines why Trump’s trade war with China is a policy mistake of gigantic proportions, resting on a misunderstanding about how open economies work. He examines the likely ramifications on Europe and emerging... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I look around me and see lots of leading indicators of an economic downturn (when we still haven't recovered from the previous one). Marks and Spencer food sales are down. Unemployment in the UK is edging up. The country's largest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Singapore Exchange (SGX) and FinTech firm Smartkarma have today announced a partnership to roll out the C-Suite Pilot Programme. This is a cloud-based platform that will enable SGX-listed companies to streamline their communication and data reporting to the institutional analyst... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I have just sent this short letter to David Smith, who writes about economic matters for The Sunday Times and The Times. Dear David Smith, I read your columns in the Sunday Times and The Times with great interest but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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 Jan 16, 2018 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