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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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BNP Paribas Securities Services reports this morning that it has been reappointed by Poste Italiane as its local and global custodian. Poste Italiane is the holding company of the Poste Italiane Group, one of the largest Italian companies in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge “Reversion to the mean is the iron rule of markets..” Let’s have a Brexit Free morning.. see how the dust settles, who kills who, and who is left standing on Monday morning.. Two of the most important... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
Citi reports this morning that it will begin offering direct custody and clearing (DCC) services to clients in Norway, starting mid-November. It says the new offering expands its proprietary DCC network to over 60 markets globally, including 37 markets across... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brian Bollen's Blog
Our postman has just delivered my review copy of Dracul, the prequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. The great-grand-nephew of Stoker, Dacre Stoker, has worked with author J D Barker to pull together the narrative from notes and journals left by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge “The English, a regiment from the county of Suffolk, had opposite them at that time the 73rd Hanoverian Fusiliers, who wear as their distinctive badge a brassard with 'Gibraltar' inscribed on it in gold, in memory of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge “Even the rats became hysterical. They came into our flimsy shelters to seek refuge from the artillery. Seven day and seven nights shell after shell burst upon us. And then the British Army came over the top.”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Canadian defined benefit pension plans posted a slim uptick in the third quarter of 2018, returning 0.1 percent, down from Q2 returns of 2.2 percent, according to the RBC Investor & Treasury Services All Plan Universe. Canadian equities posted a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Brian Whitmer, Chief Analyst for Elliott Wave International’s European Financial Forecast, has penned this thought-provoking, even spine-chilling, note on social, economic and political sentiment in a region that arguably receives less attention than perhaps it should. Political, economic and social... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge “If I should come out of this war alive, I will have more luck than brains. I like to fly, not to kill..” In the headlines this morning, there are innumerable sites predicting the US mid-term results.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Managing Partners Group (MPG), an international asset management group, says it has almost divested its Vita Nova Hedge Fund (the Fund) entirely out of equities in anticipation of a substantial correction, or worse. The Fund’s equity exposure is now limited... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Specialist investment manager Pamplona Capital Management has announced the expansion of its leadership team with the appointment of Martin Schwab and William Pruellage as co-managing partners, jointly responsible for Pamplona’s day-to-day operations. Alex Knaster and John Halsted will continue to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge “It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men..” (In deference to the past all opening quotes will be WWI linked this week…) Tonight the UK celebrates not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Brokers will be earning about 20% less on European equity research as of the end of 2019 as a result of the markets in financial instruments directive II (MiFID II), a reduction of about US$300m, according to a new report... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge Every night we smash their Mercedes-Benz, first we run, then we laugh till we cry. We’re flat broke, but, hey, we do it in style.. I’m a bit behind updating the Porridge Website… but it will be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge We are not now that strength which in old days, moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. I’m up in Edinburgh for a few days, so Porridge might be a bit sporadic this week.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge What is best in life? To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentations of their women. In the Headlights this morning Mario Draghi: The man warns Italy: Don’t question the constitutional... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge I found Rome a City of Bricks and left it a City of Marble. Sorry for very late comment.. but I was swamped by lots of great stuff this morning.. In the Headlights this morning Debt Leverage:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Agent Jack, The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter Author: Robert Hutton Publisher: Orion Publishing (www.orionbooks.co.uk) Pps: 313 including notes and index Price: £20 ISBN: 978-1-4746-0511-3 Fans of Ben Macintyre will love this book, is the quote featured... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Blain’s Morning Porridge Slain, after all man's devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth I’m delighted to announce Blain’s Morning Porridge is back in the market – I’ve joined Shard... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Kevin Keegan My Life In Football Author: Kevin Keegan, with Daniel Taylor Publisher: Macmillan Pps: 342 including index and acknowledgements Price: £20 Publication date: October 4 2018 ISBN: 978-1-5098-7720-1 Say what you like about Kevin Keegan – and as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: The Spy and the Traitor Author: Ben McIntyre Publisher: Viking Pps: 366 including notes and index Price: £25 Publication date: September 20 2018 ISBN: 978-0-241-18665-7 “The best true spy story I have ever read.” Who could ask for more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I have just read the first few papers of a so-called white paper (hang on, isn't white one of the favourite colours for Andrex?) on yet another exciting, thrilling, pioneering, market-leading, world-changing development in blockchain. I can honestly say I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Hitler’s British Traitors Author: Tim Tate Publisher: Icon Books Pps: 454 including notes and index Price: £25 Publication date: September 6 2018 ISBN: 978-1-78578-405-7 I would have thought that it was well nigh impossible to publish a book containing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Escaping Hitler: Heroic True Stories of Great Escapes in Nazi Europe Author: Monty Halls Publisher: Pan Pp: 307 including bibliography and acknowledgements Price: £8.99 (paperback) I've said here before more than once that I have been an avid fan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: John Law: A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century Publisher: Maclehose Press Author: James Buchan Pp: 534 including index, acknowledgements and author biography Price: £30 Publication date: September 6 2018 I have read tantalising brief accounts of John Law... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Brian Bollen's Blog