Alan Hill Markets Guru

Alan is an award-winning market commentator, providing bespoke content delivery for all aspects of the FX Industry. He has been working in the financial services industry for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience across banks in Europe, North America and the Middle East. A former trader, Alan holds a bachelor of business administration in Politics and Economics from the Mark Hall School.

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Education: The Single Biggest Factor in our Lives

How can we grow as individuals? I was reading a novel by Sebastian Faulks last evening and there was a premise regarding education which really got me thinking.

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Too Big to Care

Branch closures, high charges & poor service begin to mount up. The recent news that Royal Bank of Scotland is closing of branches in the UK serves to highlight just how poorly served the country is by the major banks. Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, Nat West, Santander and RBS have pretty much devoured the potential competition that was coming from Building Societies and now behave as not only too big to fail but too big to care.

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What is Government? Do we need Governing?

Past mistakes coming home to roost! I was a big Margaret Thatcher fan in my younger days. Why? Because she was a Conservative and that meant her policies should match my thinking without me having to consider the deeper ramifications. As I have got older I realized that certain things that she did have had a devastating effect on the domestic economy and the lives of the UK population many many years later:

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A Change is Gonna Come

I am reading Facebook less and less now and contributing even less. The stuff I read angers me intensely and what Facebook has the potential to become is something that was never intended.

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UK Facing Strong Headwinds

Can the EU affordto be tough over Ireland? 

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Along Came Donald!

Kennedy, Johnson, (Nixon), Ford, Carter,  Reagan, Bush Clinton, Bush, Obama, then, Trump. What would the great political interviewers of the past made of Donald Trump? I doubt many would have risked interviewing him for fear of being arrested (or worse).

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A Brexit Carol

Theresa May may have been a little confused when she received a round of applause from the remaining twenty-seven members of the EU in Brussels last evening. It appeared to me akin to the polite applause that is given on a reality TV show when the gallant loser is sent home.

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Brexit: A Feasible Solution

The U.K. has lost the European Banking Authority to France and the European Medicines Agency to Netherlands, in one of the first concrete signs of Brexit as the country prepares to leave the European Union. Theresa May's government was defenseless to stop the relocation of these two prized European regulatory bodies, which were formerly secured by former Conservative prime ministers. The U.K. will have to build new administrative capability following Brexit. 

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Back to the Future

The U.K. Political Landscape is heading for an earthquake. The politicization of Brexit which has turned the entire process into a party-political issue could bring about the “hard Brexit” that the Government appears to be trying to avoid.

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The Brexit Dilemma

The U.K. left the Exchange Rate Mechanism twenty-five years ago. In fact, it was twenty-five years ago to the day on Saturday just gone. September 16th, 1992, a day that should have split the U.K. Conservative party in two and would have done had it had a decisive leader.

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