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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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Fiona Frick, Chief Executive Officer of Unigestion, the boutique asset manager that focuses on guiding its clients with risk-managed investment solutions, has been elected to the Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG). Frick is an advocate for responsible investment and... Continue reading
Posted 37 minutes ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge – May 23rd 2017 Come the three corners of the world in arms, and we shall shock them. Naught shall make us rue, if England to itself do rest but true. I would like to... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge Wow. My current bearishness got me well and truly bull-pimp slapped yesterday! Couple of clients actually called me – rather than just emailing – to tell me how absolutely wrong I was about global markets... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
According to Arthur Schopenhauer, a lump of rock is an expression of will. What were these philosophers on? Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge This is the second morning in a row where my computer has decided to switch itself off midway through writing the Morning Porridge. Fortunately we have a great IT team, but even they weren’t quick... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
The latest in the line of celebrity-endorsed Airdrieonians shirts bears Eric Idle's signature: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/371952568990?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
I posited here yesterday that philosopher David Hume might have been mad. Having read a few lines of thought this afternoon about his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion I am now convinced. Consider this: Another alternative explanation that Philo [one of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Deutsche Bank says it is broadening its existing relationship with Pacific Life Insurance Company through its subsidiary Cadence Capital Management LLC. Deutsche Bank has been selected to provide fund administration services for Cadence, a Boston-based asset manager with US$4 billion... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
I ask because I never quite understood him and his views when studying Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in 1974-75. Reading Nigel Warburton's excellent book Philosophy: The Classics (second edition) earlier today, it struck me why I struggled.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge I’ve been very fortunate this morning to spend 30 minutes in the company of perhaps the wisest man in the whole of London. Stuck in traffic on the way back from the West End, I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge Ah the joy of a new week! What’s the recipe for today then? My colleague Simon Denehy started the day by pointing out UK two-year gilts yield 0.12% - (his description of that number was... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Schroders' fixed income fund manager, Alix Stewart, comments on the outlook for the UK economy following the Bank of England's inflation report and interest rate decision today (the Bank held interest rates at 0.25%, cut its growth forecast for the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
This is the theme of a new report from Greenwich Associates with less than a year to go before the implementation of MiFID II. Institutional investors and brokers are racing to create ways to determine the true value of sell-side... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge I’m worried – too many people think things look too good. One of my favourite stockpickers told me he’s “never seen such strong fundamentals”, while another bond manager says he can’t get allocations increased on... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
INDOS Financial Limited, a UK independent depositary, says it has received approval from the Financial Conduct Authority to extend its Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (AIFMD) depositary permissions to become a full depositary. It adds that the move represents the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
BNP Paribas Securities Services has been appointed by Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager, to provide depositary, fund administration and transfer agency services for the launch of its first European Long-Term Investment Fund (ELTIF) in Luxembourg. BNP Paribas... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
New analysis from State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation, shows there has been a fivefold increase in global assets of sector exchange-traded funds (ETFs) since 2008, reaching US$394bn in assets under management (AUM)... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Another day, another blockchain-based story, but this one, we are promised, is different as it is announcing a product product going live this month with real clients raising real debt of a functioning platform. BlockEx says it has partnered with... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
HSBC Securities Services (HSS) reports that it has been mandated as custodian and middle-office services provider by Direct Line Group, the UK insurer with assets of £6.6bn under management. HSS says it won the mandate due to the strength of... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge A large part of the Morning Porridge readership are active in the fixed income bond markets. To those of us steeped in the mathematical beauty of yield curves, convexity and duration, the mechanics of the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
French president-elect Emmanuel Macron’s reform agenda should be positive for economic growth in France, argues investment manager Schroders. As political risk falls, investors can now turn their focus to the corporate earnings recovery, it says. While the president-in-waiting is celebrating... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has today announced that Dave Ireland will return to SSGA as the new global head of defined contribution. Based in Boston, Ireland will report to Barry FX Smith, head of the Americas institutional client group.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Broadridge Financial Solutions says that Investor Communications Japan (ICJ), a joint venture of Broadridge and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), has exceeded 800 participating share-issuing companies on its electronic proxy voting platform. There were 834 issuers on the platform as... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge The best thing about the French election is I've just won a case of very fine French wine on the result! The papers and financial blogosphere are full of positivity – France is fixed, therefore... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
The European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA) has appointed Anna Kulik as secretary general. She takes over the role with immediate effect, following Soraya Belghazi. As ECSDA’s main spokesperson, her role will be to represent the industry and help European... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog