The City Grump
The City Grump, having recently turned 64, has spent north of 30 years in the City of London. He started as a stockbroker's analyst but after some years he decided he was too grumpy to continue with the sell side of things so he moved to the buy side and became a fund manager for the next 20 years, selling his own business in the 1990s. Post the millennium, he found himself in turn chairing a stockbroker, a financial PR company, and an Exchange. He still keeps his hand in, chairing a brace of VCTs and investing personally in startups.
Author posts
Small-cap equity and our new PM. What you need to know

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Boris Johnson's secret memo to Lynton Crosby – revealed

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Bank of England issued eMoney: Good or bad for our right to privacy?

6 min read

“In politics, stupidity isn’t a handicap” – Napoleon Bonaparte

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Doing nothing: Is it good or bad for UK politics – and what about us?

6 min read

The Tory Party discovers its very own black hole: Will the world stop turning...

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Are the 200 really ready to sign the death warrant of the Conservative Party?

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An open letter on the Brexit deal: Quisling stalks our Parliament

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"The empty vessel sinks into ignominy": Who should replace the PM?

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The great university swindle: A Westminster/ Whitehall production

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Why Theresa May's vision for post-Brexit free trade is myopic for business

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The Maybot: Artificial, yes. Intelligent, no

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The millennial "bug" is alive and living in Threadneedle st.

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Rising interest rates finally explode the myth of your pension fund deficit

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MiFID II – The mother of all EU turkeys

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2017: The year of economic naivety

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Brexiteers unite! You have everything to gain from blockchain

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Jean-Claude Juncker: The latest in a long line of European despots

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Britain today: Political pygmies versus Marxist malcontents

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Cheap labour is the curse of our times

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Does it matter that our ex-chancellor ran into the arms of wealthy new bosses...

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With Charlotte Hogg resigning from Bank of England, all that's left is to sack...

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Would the Treasury be more at home with Jeremy Corbyn?

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Davos leadership. Is there a pill for verbal indigestion?

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Will 2017 be the year our country awakes from a quarter century of slumber?

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Taking a look at Europe's many "emperors without clothes" – starting with...

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FTSE 100 pay and the BHS pension fund deficit: Much less than six degrees of...

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ECB drives coach and horses through State Aid Rules. So should we

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Is Mark Carney the most dangerous man in Britain?

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The European Union: We are witnessing the end of the empire

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AIM must be set free from any LSE mega-merger

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The bull in the China shop: Money managers short on history and long on panic

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Embracing the new year: Why 2015 will hardly be missed by Brits

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UK's culture of fear when it comes to equity – and how the government is...

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Mission Impossible: Bank of England's Andy Haldane may be taking over the helm...

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Rothschild, Woodford and Numis signify two giant steps for equity crowdfunding

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FCA CEO Martin Wheatley's removal could signal a new era in terms of investment

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Germany Calling: An argument for Britain needing to leave the EU

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David Cameron needs to show us what he's made of by "slaying our pesky...

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The EU referendum debate: Vote for us because we don’t trust you

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Are we becoming too scared to laugh at authority?

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The Christmas Story – Brussels style

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Is the Financial Misconduct Authority a regulator unfit for purpose?

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Is it time for Richard Branson to step out of the public spotlight?

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Look beyond the markets’ attack of the vapours

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You should “Always look on the bright side of life”

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Gatwick versus the people

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Crowdfunding and the FCA: The man with the red flag walks again

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People should be trusted to make their own financial decisions

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How your business can take advantage of the bull market

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The failure of the Davos elite

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The cancer of Socialism is out of Remission - Why?

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Windsor Holdings Plc. Trading Statement

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Knowledge is power and power corrupts

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Is Cameron spending our money well?

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AIM company investors are entering a golden age

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The Diary of George Osborne age 41 ¾

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Crowdfunding vs Nanny

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Notes from the PM's weekly conversation with our Queen

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Equity investors are back in town

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2012: A year of sporting heroes and establishment zeros

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The Autumn Statement a Tory chancellor should have issued

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What’s happened to your pension?

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Are we wasting our time on small business entrepreneurs?

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Alternative funding: The pursuit of other people's money

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Our best-known “Firm” unwittingly lands a PR Success

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Investor expectations are pushing companies to the edge of their competencies

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Now would be a good time to reset both our rules and our values

10 min read

Good values are good for business... right?

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The return of the dividend?

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What's going on in Europe and what should businesspeople do about it?

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Alice in our 21st-century Wonderland

6 min read

Q: What do the UK Treasury and call centres have in common?

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Banks mis-selling to SMEs: an update

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Banks mis-selling to SMEs: will the FSA act?

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Has the FT given up on British businesses?

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The beginning of the end for monster pay packets?

4 min read

Don't finance your business with debt

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Optare: another British firm falls to enterprising Indians

4 min read

2011: the year of smoke and mirrors

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What on earth would Margaret Thatcher think?

4 min read

What Josiah Wedgwood and Steve Jobs have in common

3 min read

Mervyn King: More Titanic than QE2

3 min read

Osborne's "credit easing" scheme: hoodwinking voters

5 min read

The first casualty of (financial) war is truth

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Cameron: My post-riot letter to the electorate

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Corporate jargon: "What I really meant to say was..."

4 min read

News Corp: a culture run amuck

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The investor's Kryptonite: airlines, banks and textiles

4 min read

Equity financing RIP?

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Can an affair damage your business?

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RBS collapse: FSA asks Mr Whitewash to investigate

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The Queen's AGM statement

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Osborne should back quality not quantity

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Small company investors: the missing ingredient

3 min read

Why a big bank split-up makes sense

3 min read

An open letter to Martin Wheatley

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Cameron's open letter to the electorate

5 min read

The way out of a recession is to save, not spend

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Banks turn Cable's head

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