Ben is our financial editor in charge of investment publications. An economist by training, Ben takes an analytical, evidence-based approach to the markets. His views have been published by respected national and international publications, including Bloomberg, The Telegraph, MarketWatch, Business Insider, International Business Times and Financial Sense. Ben has previously worked at Fleet Street Publications, where he edited investment newsletter the Fleet Street Letter, and at online gold and silver exchange BullionVault, where he created their Gold Investor Index, a gauge of private investor sentiment that has been cited by Reuters, Bloomberg, the Economist and CNBC among others. Ben read economics at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. He lives in London.
For over 20 years, Tom worked as a fund manager in the City of London and in Hong Kong. During his time as a director with Schroder Investment Management International he was responsible for £2 billion of foreign clients’ money, and launched what became Argentina’s largest mutual fund. Tom now works from his home in Oxfordshire, where he researches and writes for his premium newsletter, Breakthrough Biotech Alert.
Sean graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Economics and Political Science, and from University College Dublin with an MA in Economics. Previously managing editor at MoneyWeek, he manages Agora Financial’s small cap newsletters and writes Risk and Reward. His job is, simply, to write about the world’s most exciting investment opportunities.
Jim is the author of the national bestsellers Currency Wars and The Death of Money. In addition, Jim is Chief Economist at West Shore Group and an adviser on international economics and financial threats to the Department of Defense and the US intelligence community. He served as facilitator of the first ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. He lives in Connecticut.
A leading investment expert with 32 years’ experience of the financial markets, David Stevenson began his career in the City with Morgan Grenfell Investment Management. He joined Oppenheimer in 1983, starting as a UK asset manager before taking over the firm’s European equity portfolios in 1986. David has subsequently managed several European funds at major institutions such as Hill Samuel, Cigna and IAI International (he’s also worked as a stockbroker with BNP Securities). David joined MoneyWeek as associate editor in 2008, moving onto newsletter writing in 2011. He is now the Investment Director of Strategic Intelligence UK.
Tom Tragett has over 30 years of forex trading experience. He has worked for distinguished international organisations like the First National Bank of Maryland, Berliner A.G, The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan and RZB Austria, as both trader and manager. In 2004, Tom walked away from life in the City and is now an independent forex trader. He is also the editor of the popular newsletter Currency Wars Alert, where he helps private retail traders navigate the forex markets.
Our specialist in European politics, Pieter has previously worked at the Duitsland Instituut in Amsterdam, where he was the organisation’s lead researcher on Germany’s role in the Eurozone crisis. He went to do the mandatory stint in Brussels, where he worked for an NGO promoting entrepreneurship and the removal of barriers to starting new businesses. Pieter holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, where he specialised in EU and British politics. He also holds an MA in European Culture jointly awarded by the University of Groningen and the University of Deusto in Bilbao.
Simon Popple was previously the editor of Metals & Miners – which recommended gold and silver producers. He currently assists mining companies to raise capital and speaks to the mining community on a daily basis. In these challenging times he is very committed to what he views as “Real assets” – gold, silver and agriculture and all of the efforts of his business are directed in this direction. Prior to setting up Brookville Capital in 2008, he was a Director of Topland Group, one of Europe’s largest private companies.
Mark has worked in the markets since graduating from Cambridge University in 1991. He’s analysed emerging market stocks at global investment banks and small caps stocks at a specialist equity research house. In his time his research has been ranked number 1 in Europe. Now, he’s the Investment Director of Microcap Millionaires, Agora Financial’s most exclusive investment advisory service.
Greg Robinson is the editor of Income On Demand, Agora Financial UK’s first premium options trading newsletter. After graduating with an honours degree in Computer Science, Greg worked for many years as a freelance IT consultant, consulting for numerous banks and other blue chip companies. Throughout his career he pursued his interest in investment, including a number of property investments in the UK and abroad. However, around 2008 Greg began focusing on options and in 2010 largely retired from IT to become a full time trader. He lives in North Yorkshire with his wife and daughter and what he describes as a crazy dog. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking and travelling.
Darren has worked in the markets since the age of 18, when he began working as a trainee dealer at the London Stock Exchange. In the 30+ years since then, he’s held pretty much every role in the financial industry. He’s worked with large hedge funds, investment banks and government institutions, as well as ultra-high net worth private investors. He’s been exposed to most asset classes: from standard equities and bonds to more exotic commodities and futures and a fair few structured products too.
Away from trading, Darren lives in Essex with his wife and Border Terrier. He’s a history buff and avid reader. He also enjoys cooking and, for his sins, is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter.