Tesla SurpriseTuesday 18 February 2014
I drove the Tesla Model S last weekend. I was really impressed. OK, I didnt have high expectations going in, but this was not only an impressive car, but it was a mini-revolution both in terms of the car itself and the sales experience.
I happened upon the showroon in Westfiled of all places, en route to the Lego shop. I had a look at the car, whcih seemed much more impressive sitting shiny in its brand new showroom than when I first saw it sitting alone and unloved at the Frankfurt...
CLSA ConferenceSaturday 05 October 2013
I spoke at the CLSA conference in September, 2013 on The Folly of Footy Finance. It's a great conference, probably the best conference in the world for investors and a must-see for any global investor, in my view.
It was rather nice that there was a small sub-theme of soccer, with Manchester United presenting and an interview with David Beckham, who was a charming speaker, as well as at least two Premier League club owners in attendance. Like Becks, I had a standing room only audience,...
Peugeot 3008Sunday 21 July 2013
The nice people at Hertz upgraded my rental car. A Peugeot 3008 – are you sure, I asked? Oh yes it’s a good car and it’s automatic, they said. That swung it for me – auto much easier on strange roads in southern Spain with lots of traffic and pedestrians running out etc.
As soon as I got to the car park, I knew it was a mistake, I mean ugly or what? It looks huge and well, weird, until you get inside when you realise it’s not that spacious, just bulky. The negative impression was...
Independent Insight LaunchTuesday 11 June 2013
The Sunday Times featured our Independent Insight in an article last Sunday - it's behnd the paywall, unfortunately, but you can find it here. Had some interesting (and not so interesting) feedback.
Eurohedge 2013Friday 24 May 2013
I attended the EurohedgeSummit in Paris for the second time and it was again an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable event. Speakers on the equity side with some interesting ideas included Chris Hohn of TCI, David Herzberg of BTG Pactual and Vernon West of Skyline Capital. I also enjoyed Anatole Kaletsky's global perspective and some useful debt insights from people like Loic Fery of Chenavari and Geraud Charpin of Bluebay.
Eurohedge will do a far better job of summarising the content...
Interesting websitesWednesday 15 May 2013
Have seen some interesting websites recently which I thought worth passing on.......
http://www.ceoemail.com/ lists the emails of Chief Executives of most large UK companies and much more. The creator of the site, Malcolm Williamson, is a thoroughly nice chap and will try to help if he does not have the mail - a useful resource, albeit no guarantee of any response.
http://www.johnsinvestmentchronicle.com/ is a site run by John Rosier, former institutional fund manager and an old...
Coffee with Lord SterlingTuesday 07 May 2013
Had coffee with Jeffrey Sterling, former Chairman of P&O today. Worth listening to someone who saved a company during the '74 crash, and lived through rampant inflation in the 1970s. He reckons interest rates should really be 5% and that inflation will come back. But I sense he does not have high conviction, and this seems to be a notable feature of life post 2008; conviction generally is low, as would be expected given the lack of historical precedent to fall back on. I wonder if...Posted in BTBS Features
Duchenne Children’s TrustSunday 05 May 2013
The Duchenne Children's Trust is a charity which has touched my heart. It's a heartbreaking story of an awful disease. You can do a little to help by visiting this site: https://www.justgiving.com/DCTBracelets. Please help.Posted in BTBS Features
Ocado LogisticsTuesday 30 April 2013
Two vans in same street delivering to next door neighbours, pulling up at exactly the same time......
BT: Changing?Thursday 25 April 2013
I emailed BT CEO Ian Livingston. I didn't really expect a reply, and was surprised and impressed when I not only got a personal reply from him an hour later, but he referred me to a colleague who in turn referred me to the right person. I am not sure about the pension deficit, and am puzzled by BT Vision, but these are signs of a responsive consumer company and perhaps it's worth exploring.........