The City Grump

Author, Entrepreneur, Investor

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.

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth” John. F. Kennedy
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Hard facts smothered by spurious science and gullible, ghoulish mainstream media
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It’s time for Boris to employ some Churchillian common sense (to lockdown)
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Rishi Sunak, it’s time to show true grit over the plight of the self-employed
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A Budget for the North London political establishment
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China quietly builds an all-embracing digital currency
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Does our Chancellor understand small company investment dynamics?
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What the UK general election was REALLY about
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Labour’s view of corporate governance – a work of fantasy?
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Is equity fast becoming nothing more than an actors’ trade union?
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Why ‘the Establishment’ needs to learn humility
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Why large fund management houses no longer deserve our money
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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?
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“In politics, stupidity isn’t a handicap” – Napoleon Bonaparte
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A weak prime minister and tightening financial regulations leaves SMEs out in the cold
Doing nothing: Is it good or bad for UK politics – and what about us?
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The Tory Party discovers its very own black hole: Will the world stop turning after a no-deal Brexit?
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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 Theresa May?
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The great university swindle: A Westminster/ Whitehall production
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? Yes, it does
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With Charlotte Hogg resigning from Bank of England, all that’s left is to sack Hammond and Carney
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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 Mark Carney
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FTSE 100 pay and the BHS pension fund deficit: Much less than six degrees of separation
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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 limiting shares
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Mission Impossible: Bank of England’s Andy Haldane may be taking over the helm at FCA
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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 bogeymen”
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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
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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
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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?
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Don’t finance your business with debt
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Optare: another British firm falls to enterprising Indians
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2011: the year of smoke and mirrors
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What on earth would Margaret Thatcher think?
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What Josiah Wedgwood and Steve Jobs have in common
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Mervyn King: More Titanic than QE2
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Osborne’s “credit easing” scheme: hoodwinking voters
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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…”
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News Corp: a culture run amuck
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