I have been analysing and writing about financial markets for more than 35 years, initially as a business journalist on The Times, The Economist and The Independent, more recently as a professional investor and author/columnist/podcaster. My main interests are in big picture investment issues – asset allocation, strategy and fund selection – but I also invest in private and listed equities where I see exceptional opportunities. You can follow my model portfolios as a subscriber to The Investment Reader and podcasts on the Money Makers website.
My professional employment includes a number of directorships and advisory roles. Among them: independent member of the investment committee at Saunderson House, a City-based firm of fee-based wealth managers, and the Savile Club, where I was chairman for six years, and non-executive director of the Jupiter UK Growth Trust. For three years, from February 2008 until January 2010, I was an independent non-executive director of Hargreaves Lansdown plc, the UK’s leading fund and stockbroking firm. I am a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and wrote a thesis on the methods of Warren Buffett while earning a master’s degree in management and finance at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
I have been writing regular columns in the Financial Times fund management section since 2008 and contribute regular interviews and other pieces to The Spectator. Before that I wrote a weekly column on investment for The Independent for 12 years. I have written three books on investment and one on the game of bridge. My most recent book is Templeton’s Way With Money, co-authored with Dr Sandy Nairn, the CEO of Edinburgh Partners (published by John Wiley, 2012).
I welcome comments from professional investors and committed private investors. You can reach me on email@example.com.
MA in History, Cambridge University
MSc in Management, MIT, Sloan School of Management
MCSI Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment