Inside the money game
As an author, investor, podcaster and teacher, two themes have been central to my professional life – investing in the stock market and the game of bridge. Participating in them, talking about them, writing about them, giving advice about them – if you are interested in either, you can find out more here. This is my professional website.
After an early career in financial journalism, my professional investment life began with a year at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where I net and wrote a thesis about the investment methods of Warren Buffett for a Master’s degree. Current commitments include advising the wealth management firm Saunderson House in the City of London, non-executive and consultancy work and editing the Money Makers website (podcasts and market commentary). I am a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Author and analyst
As Editorial Director of the Money Makers joint venture with the financial publishers Harriman House, my work includes both writing and commissioning expert books on investment themes. These include the annual Investment Trusts Handbook, which has reached more than 13,000 readers since we launched it four years ago. The latest edition was published in December. A fuller list of titles, including the books written by myself and other professional investors, can be found on the books page.
My free weekly investment trust podcast offers listeners a ringside view of the financial markets and what Keynes called “the game” of stock market investment. It is a weekly discussion of the latest news and trends in the investment trust world with Simon Elliott, the articulate and knowledgeable head of investment research at specialist broking firm Winterflood Securities. New listeners are always welcome. The podcasts are independently produced and edited. Premium Money Makers content is also available in return for a modest annual subscription.
weekly coaching sessions
My books include three titles analysing the success of those few professional investors who – in an age dominated by the rise of indexing – can genuinely be said to have added value for those who buy their funds.
- Money Makers
- Templeton’s Way With Money
- Investing With Anthony Bolton
For other commissioned titles, click here.
From the archive
- Is it virtue or results that you want?I am a fan of Terry Smith but I wonder how many others in the fund management business are, given his knack of puncturing some of the carefully-developed myths that help to keep the rest of the industry going. His latest offering. a “sustainable” global equity fund, is a clever and well-judged attempt to highlight the flaws in the way that many other funds in this fashionable sector are in practice put together.
- Governments are dumb about propertyI have recently started a series of interviews with leading figures in the property world for a new specialist publication The Property Chronicle. This month’s subject is David Lewis, a well-known property developer whose interests over a 40-year career included three listed companies and a range of private ventures. He looks back on his highs and lows, gives his views on current market valuations and expounds on his view that Governments rarely make a success of their interventions in the property market. The first interview in the series was with Professor Andrew Baum of Oxford University, a leading property academic (yes there are such things) and a pioneer in property market research. He also has a fair bit to say about the challenges of valuing property in a low interest rate world.
- Another cheap and cheerful milestoneWhile active fund managers are getting active, as they have to do to justify their existence, the announcement that Vanguard, the pioneer of low cost index funds in the United States, is entering the platform market in the UK for the first time, offering