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Sam Volkering

Sam built a career advising private clients and businesses on how to manage their money and build their wealth. With a decade of financial advice under his belt he decided that it was time to change the game and combine his great passions in life (technology, writing and helping people to make money).

He joined our Australian affiliate Port Phillip Publishing in 2013 and has since become one of Australia’s most recognised financial editors.

As a child he revelled in the wonders of the Apple 2e and Macintosh. A life-changing trip to Japan’s ‘Electric Town’, Akihabara set him on a discovery of technology that will never end. Starting a small tech business in his 20’s, registering a patent in Australia and running several websites are just some examples of how he immerses himself in the world of technology.

But his real talents lie in uncovering, researching and investigating the world’s most revolutionary technology companies and trends before they hit the big time. He predicted the rise of 3D printing, the arrival of augmented reality and most notably the incredible shift to self-driving cars and artificial intelligence.

He first bought bitcoin in 2011, and ever since he has followed the cryptocurrencies 'wild west', becoming an authority in this new field of digital assets. Recently, Southbank Investment Research published his book Crypto Revolution: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and The Future of Money

He travels the world meeting and engaging with inventors, founders, innovators and the most influential people in tech. His unique combination of financial acumen with an unwavering devotion to the most cutting edge technology makes Sam one of the most prodigious talents in our stable of Editors.

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Robin Griffiths

Robin Griffiths is one of the world’s most experienced and highly regarded market analysts. As well as being one of the two managing editors of Dynamic Investment Trends Alert, he is also currently Head of the Multi-Asset Research & Advisory team at the ECU Group – an award-winning global macro research, advisory and investment firm.

Robin began his career in the financial markets with Phillips & Drew in 1966, having taken a degree in economics at Nottingham University. He went on to become a partner at WI Carr, the first British stock broker to have offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Part of this firm was acquired by Grieveson Grant, with whom Robin enjoyed a stay in Japan. In 1986 Robin joined James Capel, which was already owned by HSBC. He stayed there until normal retirement age, and during that period travelled all over the world to meet their extended client base. For the last six years of that employment, Robin was resident in New York. Having left HSBC Investment Bank in 2004, Robin then joined Rathbones as head of asset allocation in 2005, where he stayed until 2007. During that period he advised Rathpeacon Management LLC – a hedge fund invested in the 500 largest Global companies.

Thereafter, he became the Technical Strategist for Cazenove Capital and managed the Worldwide Absolute Return hedge fund. Robin has been a regular on CNN, CNBC, Reuters and Bloomberg TV. He is a committee member and former chairman of the International Federation of Technical Analysts; former chairman, now fellow, of the British Society of Technical Analysts; and honorary member of the Swiss Association of Market Technicians (SAMT). Robin is also author of several notable financial market books, including Mapping the Markets, Future Storm, and has co-authored a chapter in the book Technical Analysis & Behavioural Finance in Fund Management: Discussions with Investment Managers and Analysts and Breakthroughs in Technical Analysis.

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James Allen

James Allen has over a decade’s experience as an expert energy analyst.

He reported on the main trends affecting global wholesale energy markets as head of Montel’s real-time newswire bureau in Manhattan for five years, covering areas such as LNG, pipelines, coal, carbon, power, oil, generation spreads, utility hedging and regulation.

Prior to joining Montel, he was Team Leader of the power markets desk at Platts, a huge energy price reporting agency.

He brings a wealth of expertise and a rolodex of key contacts, including energy insiders, CEOs, analysts and experts to his role as Editor of Exponential Energy Fortunes here at Southbank Investment Research.

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Eoin Treacy

Eoin Treacy is a career analyst, writer, strategist, commentator, lecturer and fund manager. Following a degree in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, Eoin spent 4 years at Bloomberg terminal sales travelling all over Europe teaching seminars and meeting the firm’s clients.

In 2003 he transitioned to working together with David Fuller to specialise in his unique approach to research – combining technical, fundamental and behavioural factors – covering global markets. Together they bought out FullerTreacyMoney in 2014.

Eoin took The Chart Seminar over from David in 2007 and has taken it on sell-out tours to the USA, UK, Australia and Singapore since. He published Crowd Money – a Practical guide to Macro Behavioural Technical Analysis in 2013 to act as a companion guide to the seminar.

Eoin is globally recognised for his encyclopaedic knowledge of asset classes, sectors and thematic investing. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, and appeared CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, NDTV Profit and Reuters India. He has been interviewed by the BBC World Service and Ireland’s TodayFM and FinancialSense Online.

He is the Investment Director for Trigger Point Trader and he also sits on the board of Nevada Trust Company.

In 2013 he was awarded an Extraordinary Ability green card by the US Citizenship ad Immigration Service for his work in the field of financial analysis and now lives in Los Angeles. In his spare time Eoin is an avid scuba diver and is never happier than when spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

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Nickolai Hubble

Nickolai Hubble is chief strategist of The Fleet Street Letter Monthly Alert, editor of Gold Stock Fortunes, and editor of Fortune & Freedom, which are published by Southbank Investment Research. He’s also the editor of Jim Rickards Strategic Investment in Australia and a contributing editor of The Daily Reckoning Australia.

After finishing his degrees in finance and law at Bond University in Australia in 2009, working for an investment bank didn’t seem so enticing any more. An internship with his scholarship provider Goldman Sachs during the height of the financial crisis was quite enough of that.

Instead, Nickolai went to work for independent publishers that allow their analysts to predict the financial crises that investment bankers cause.

In 2012 Nickolai exposed the sub-prime practices of Australian banks to his readers at The Money for Life Letter. His accusations that bankers and mortgage brokers routinely manipulate their customers’ loan applications were vindicated by a Royal Commission in 2018.

In 2018 Nickolai predicted Italy’s budget battles would lead to “Bloody October” and successfully warned his subscribers about the worst period in financial markets since 2008. In August he compiled his predictions into a book called How the Euro Dies.

Nickolai doesn’t just investigate financial markets and predict crises and opportunities. He’s also a flying trapeze, juggling and chin balancing performer and instructor. He’s lived in England, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Australia, Thailand and Japan, stubbornly refusing to identify with any nationality.

Nickolai is the only person to have spun a plate on a stick while playing the bagpipes while swinging on a flying trapeze bar eight metres up in the air.

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Gerard Pontonnier

Gerard has worked for US and European drug development companies for 23 years, most notably as a senior executive of #1 ranked pharma group Pfizer Inc. As a pharmacist dealing with the regulatory authorities, he was actively involved in the launch of blockbuster drugs.

In 1999, he moved to the brokerage and investment banking sector as a sell-side analyst, heading the pharma/biotech equity research team at Banca Fideuram (#1 Italian ranked Intesa San Paolo Bank).

Gerard has pursued his analyst career for French, Belgian and UK brokerage firms as an origination banker for IPOs on Euronext. During these last two decades, he has also acted as a senior advisor for CEOs of biopharma and medical devices companies based in Europe and the US, helping the management in corporate strategy and fundraising.

He was also an active day-trader taking advantage of his charting and qualitative analysis expertise for long/short trading on biopharma, gold, utilities and tech stocks.

Bringing a dual seasoned experience as pharma insider and financial analyst, Gerard now enjoys sharing his sharp vision and insight of the pharma industry with private investors as Editor of New Drug Speculator at Southbank Investment Research.

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Nick Batsford

Nick Batsford - known as "Moose" to traders across the Square Mile - spent 30 years in the financial markets as a Hedge Fund manager, advisor and broker. He advised clients like Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse. He even advised the Queens physician. In Power Hour Trader he shares the same kinds of trades that made him an "indomitable Square Mile legend", in the words of one former colleague.

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Tom Meyer

Tom Meyer’s career as a financial advisor began with Dean Witter Reynolds in 1993. After Dean Witter merged with Morgan Stanley, he became a manager in the Morgan Stanley system.

After the crash, he saw the ‘dark side’ of the financial industry: that many brokerage firm’s goals are not aligned with their clients’. At the same time, he met a software engineer who had developed one of the first algorithmic-based trading programs. The markets were getting crushed but some systems were making money. He left Wall Street and began collaborating with him and others who believed that sophisticated algorithms were the future of Wall Street. One of the collaborations led to the development of a program available only on Bloomberg’s network for large investment banks and institutional traders (Tom still supplies research to Bloomberg each week).

Now, Tom lives just outside of Austin, Texas which is a hotbed of computer and software development. In Short the World, he’ll be helping British investors use a sophisticated trading algorithm for the first time – hopefully, with profitable results.

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William Dahl

William may be the only financial analyst who first came into his position by writing a dating profile for In 2013, his Baltimore-based firm tested his writing abilities by assigning him a dating profile in his interview, reasoning an extensive financial education could come later.

While we can't share his profile here, William has uncovered and written about financial markets and unique, under-the-radar investment opportunities for readerships numbering in the hundreds of thousands ever since. His research has led to him delving into the options trading universe, where he has shown thousands of American and British investors ways to collect income streams far greater than dividends, sometimes from stocks they don't even own.

In 2020, William transferred to Southbank Investment Research's London office, where he authors the daily investment e-letter Southbank Investment Daily, dedicated to explaining risks and opportunities for its readers' money, and uncovering plays and trends mainstream investors don't see, or even understand.

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Charlie Morris

Fleet Street Letter investment director Charlie Morris is a highly experienced investor. After a career as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, Charlie spent 17 years as the Head of Absolute Return at HSBC Global Asset Management, managing more than £3 billion in client funds.

During his time, Charlie helped both protect and grow the wealth of scores of wealthy investors. In fact – and keeping in mind that past performance is no guide to future results – between 2003 and 2015, his fund made a cumulative return of more than 100%.

To be blunt, what Charlie Morris doesn’t know about the financial markets just isn’t worth knowing. He knows how to succeed in the financial world.

He’s known and respected as a specialist on gold, cryptocurrencies and momentum investing. In fact, he’s made over 200 appearances as a guest expert on various financial television programmes. In short, he’s not an ‘armchair pundit’… he’s a battle-hardened investor with real experience making money in the financial markets.

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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage knows a thing or two about fighting for independence. In his political life, he spent 20 years campaigning for one thing: letting Britain decide whether to leave the EU in a referendum – and have the freedom to follow its own path.

He took on the political establishment – and won. Something that saw him ridiculed and caricatured by many sections of the press. But set aside the cloth cap, the corduroys and his beer and fags persona, and there’s a lot more to Mr Brexit than meets the mainstream eye.

You see, at heart, he is an anti-establishment radical, someone who actually occupies a space beyond left and right… a bit like his hero from school, John Wilkes, the 18th-century parliamentary agitator and pamphleteer. Wilkes and Liberty became a toast for radicals just as his name became anathema to moderates. You’ll note the similarities. Like Wilkes, Nigel was educated privately. The son of a stockbroker, who in turn was also the son of a stockbroker, Nigel went to Dulwich College where he loved sport and political debate.

He also founded an investing group (it is still going). But instead of going to university, he left to spend 20 years in the City as a broker in the metals markets, much like his father and grandfather before him. And UK Independent Wealth sees him come full circle. He believes Britain can run its own affairs politically, and he believes you can do better with your own financial affairs too.

If you are an independent thinker, why is most of your money, so important to your quality of life, being managed by someone else? Nigel strongly believes it’s time to wake up or millions may face financial disappointment. His most urgent mission to date is now to help you improve your own knowledge and take back control and some monetary independence from the financial establishment.

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