Andrew Craig is the author of No. 1 best-selling finance book, “How to Own the World”, founder of personal finance website, www.plainenglishfinance.com, fund manager of the VT PEF Global Multi Asset Fund and a partner at boutique life sciences investment bank, WG Partners. Andrew’s stated mission is “To improve the financial affairs of as many people as possible.” He created Plain English Finance and wrote his book because he firmly believes that understanding finance is the single most important factor in financial success. The reason so many people in the UK struggle financially is that so few of them have learnt enough about money and financial markets. Consistent, successful investment over time, will turn hundreds into millions thanks to the power of compound interest - something Einstein described as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”. This means that even people on low incomes who understand the basics of financial markets can realistically expect to become millionaires. People on huge incomes who never learn such things very often end up bankrupt. Andrew argues that the knowledge needed to grow your money isn’t particularly complicated, just very poorly distributed throughout the population. There has also never been a greater need for individuals to take charge of their financial affairs. Fortunately, the tools available have never been more powerful or inexpensive. In 2017, five years after the publication of the first edition of his book, Andrew was delighted to launch a global, multi-asset investment fund in collaboration with two of London’s leading Finance Professors. Andrew will cover these themes and explain why he is such a believer in this broad, inherently defensive and common-sense approach to investment.
Speaker - Over twenty years in the city, Andrew Craig has met with the senior management teams of over one thousand companies and with several hundred professional investors. He has regularly been involved in high profile stock market transactions including the Kingdom of Sweden’s sales of Nordea Bank AB in 2013 (totalling $7.6 billion) and the stock market flotation of several dozen companies including the likes of: easyJet, Burberry, Campari, Carluccio’s, the Carbon Trust and lastminute.com. Andrew’s mission is to spread financial literacy as far and wide as possible. He believes that everyone owes it to themselves to learn about money and investment because doing so is life-changing. Since founding Plain English Finance and releasing his book, he has appeared in numerous publications including: The Mail on Sunday, The Telegraph, The I, CityAM, The Spectator, Shares Magazine, MoneyWeek, YourMoney, This Is Money and Money Observer. He has been interviewed on Bloomberg and Shares Radio and on IG TV, was featured in Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom's 2015 film “The Emperor's New Clothes” and interviewed by Eamonn Holmes for the Channel 5 programme “How the Other Half Live”. Andrew lives in South West London with his wife, Rachel and baby daughter, Ella.
Chair - Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group
Panellist - Roderick Collins, Director, Solent Systematic Investment Strategies. Roderick has made his career in merchant banking and asset management. His degree was in Modern History at Oxford, after which he worked as an investment analyst in London and Paris. He was an investment manager at N.M. Rothschild Asset Management before being responsible for investment management businesses at Trade Development Bank, American Express and James Capel. He was a director of Matheson & Co. Limited responsible for creating and managing its private banking business. Latterly, he has held non-executive directorships, undertaken charity work and managed money in the alternative space.
The overall programme for this event is:
12:00 - 12:30 Registration and Coffee
12:30 - 1:00 Introduction from Chair and Speaker Presentation
1:00 - 1:15 Panellist Contribution
1:15 - 1:30 Q & A
1:30 - 2:30 Sandwich lunch and networking