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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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I will forever associate the name of Charles Manson with Butlins holiday camp at Heads of Ayr on the west coast of Scotland. I remember reading about the Tate murder in the Daily Express (still very much a broadsheet in... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Memo to the BBC journalist currently broadcasting live from Westminster about the EU Withdrawal Bill. The phrase you are looking for is not 'slight of hand', it is 'sleight of hand'. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge Either there is a civil strife in heaven, or else the World, too saucy with the gods, incenses them to send destruction.… For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
New Zealand's Super Fund government savings vehicle reports that indicative commitments of up to NZ$100m have been made by iwi, pan-tribal organisations, Māori land trusts and Māori incorporations to a proposed Iwi/Māori Direct Investment Fund. The fund, which will help... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge Hold tight, wait till the party’s over, hold tight, we’re in for nasty weather… For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary, it is not investment advice… You really can’t... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary, it is not investment advice… Much to the surprise of no one in particular, the middle ground continuity candidate, Jerome Powell, has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge – November 2nd 2017 For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary, it is not investment advice… Interesting day ahead as we wait for Mark Carney’s mumble-swerve comments following the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
The value of liquid assets held by the global population will exceed $100tn by the end of 2017, with frontier and emerging economies leading the way in terms of future growth according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge – Halloween He’s the hairy handed gent who ran amuck in Kent. Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair. Better stay away from him, he’ll rip your lungs out Jim. I’d like to meet his tailor.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Ye Gods. I spent interminable hour after interminable hour listening to Professor Nick Round bang on about the history of what we have come to know today as Spain, but was traditionally an amalgam of different states all with their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Finished watching the BBC's Gunpowder mini-series last night, with Kit (Jon Snow) Harington, made available Netflix-style on BBC iPlayer. What a difference it makes to see a series in this way rather than having to wait a week for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the World! For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary, it is not investment advice… Oh dear.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
This is a fascinating book, by Irene Aldridge, president and head of research at AbleMarkets, a big data for capital markets company, and Steve Krawciw, CEO and head of business development at AbleMarkets. It is accessibly written, making a potentially... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary, it is not investment advice… Despite the rather flippant first few paragraphs – this might actually be the most important Porridge I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
The BBC 24-hour 'news' channel has just run a filmed report from July 2016 to cover the Brighthouse story...it's not often I am lost for words... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge For the avoidance of doubt – the Morning Porridge is unrestricted market commentary, it is not investment advice… I’ve just spent the last week in the US, and it’s been a fascinating experience talking with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I see Koeman's gone from Everton. Klopp next from Liverpool? Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
The Exchange Invest 1000 The World's Most Influential People In Market Structure is the title of a recent publication from Exchange Invest, a daily newsletter 'devoted to analysing and understanding exchanges and market structures throughout the world'. Compiled by Founder... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Title: Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions Author: Scott C Whitaker (editor of multiple contributions) Publisher: Wiley Pages: 440 including index Price: US$75.00 This book might as well have been titled 'Everything you always wanted to know about cross-border M&A'. From conception... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Title: Becoming China The Story Behind The State Author: Jeanne-Marie Gescher Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 731 including index Price: £40 Harry Potter and the Middle Kingdom this most certainly is not. Since the very start of my own professional life in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
By Google Maps: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/detailMatching.html/svr/3104;jsessionid=2022F1C34EB237F8371226A54206219A?prop=5024933&sale=18963374&country=scotland She'll be forever pottering around the front garden of 1 Baird Avenue thanks to Google Maps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I am writing a piece about the October 1987 financial crash and am keen to talk to anyone who was working in the markets as a trader or analyst or any other function. Do you know anyone who might be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
When Black Friday comes Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge – October 12th 2017 When Black Friday comes, I’ll stand by the door and catch the grey men when they dive from the fourteenth floor For the avoidance of doubt –... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Let's put it in perspective. Amidst the calls for Gordon Strachan to be replaced as Scotland manager, it must be noted that a 2-2 draw in Slovenia is NOT a bad result. It is just that we needed a better... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Further to my earlier thoughts about the likelihood that Scotland will not qualify for the World Cup finals next year, an awful realisation struck me when reading the complicated rules about qualifying group second-place finishers. Only eight of them get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog