Category Archives: Thoughts

My American adventure: at home in Guatemala

Hola mis amigos I am now living in Guatemala. Yes, Quetzaltenango (more commonly called Xela after its original Mayan name), Guatemala’s second largest city, is where I am calling home for a while. I have rented an apartment here with … Continue reading

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My American adventure: Toronto and Mexico City

Hola mis amigos. As I write this I am on my flight out of Mexico City to Tapachula, a town in Chiapas in the South of Mexico and on the border of Guatemala. I spend two nights there before I … Continue reading

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Leaving on a jet plane….

Every great adventure begins with a goodbye. So it is that I face a series of goodbyes over the next 10 days or so before I embark on my next great adventure, travelling across Central & South America. Later this … Continue reading

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What a wonderful world…Spicer, Trump and Cheerleaders

There were two press moments last week that summed up the craziness of the world we live in right now, both as you would expect coming from the United States.

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Ronnie Moran: the last of the boot room boys

Bill Shankly is famous for saying that “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that”. Well one man that gave his life to Liverpool Football Club is Ronnie … Continue reading

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Warren Buffett’s recommendation: choose passive

Warren Buffett shares his recommendation to investors In the world of investment management one of the most revered active investment managers is Warren Buffett. Known as the “Oracle of Omaha”, Buffett has delivered considerable returns for his Berkshire Hathaway shareholders … Continue reading

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Short-termism, love and acting with class

Last week, the football world provided us with yet another example of short-termism. Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager of Leicester City, less than a year after winning the Premier League. Of course, no manager is safe these days but … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the role of an adviser

The role of an adviser is not simply to provide answers; it is about helping clients ask the right questions. This has always been my core philosophy for how I approach my advisory relationships.  I have been working in an advisory role … Continue reading

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Trump, animal spirits and a lesson from Rafa Benitez

Donald Trump continues to dominate the headlines, the latest reason being his press conference last Thursday. (See link to transcript) One thing the guy is not short on is confidence, deluded or otherwise. A month into the job he’s already … Continue reading

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Leadership and the toughest decision of all

It would seem that Arsene Wenger – current Arsenal manager and a legend of the football world – and our Taoiseach Enda Kenny are faced with a similar dilemma. Cling to power and risk ruining whatever reputation they hold or accept … Continue reading

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