Neil Collins

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Full name: Neil Collins

Area of interest: Business / Finance - esp. UK corporations and the City of London

Journals/Organisation: Financial Times


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Career: Evening Standard: City editor, 1979/1984; The Sunday Times: City editor; Daily telegraph: City editor, 1986/2005; rejoined the Evening Standard as City editor, 2005/2009; Reuters - Breaking Views columnist, 2009/2010; Financial Times: Columnist, 2011-

Current position/role: Alphaville blogger and Inside London columnist

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Other roles/Main role: Finsbury Growth and Income Trust and Templeton Emerging Markets: director

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Controversy/Criticism: Neil Collins explains share-dealing which cost him Reuters job - PressGazette, 19th October 2010

Awards/Honours: Harold Wincott Press Awards: Senior Financial Journalist of the year, 1995; British Press Awards: Financial Journalist, 2002



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Column name: Inside London

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Website: / Neil Collins

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Articles: 2009

  • HSBC can't afford to stay on the moral high ground - HSBC was the bank that rose above the domestic disasters that swamped its British rivals - 5th March 2009
  • Go cheap-as-chips private - In a corner of Brent, there are tangible signs of an alternative to the state system or mortgaging the future to pay for an independent school. The foundations are being dug in Roundwood Park, Harlesden, for a home for the first New Model School - 2nd March 2009
  • Still time for Rio to dig its way out of this spoil heap - Something has gone terribly wrong at Rio Tinto - 19th February 2009 (See also: Mining: summary)
  • They were still in denial, all the way to the precipice - Revenge, as everyone knows, is a dish best served cold, and Paul Moore must be feeling satisfied today. It's nearly four years since he was sacked by Sir James Crosby and for much of that time his claims, that he had been pushed out because of his warnings about the risks that HBOS was running, were ignored. Even last year, as the banks were sliding into the mire, his protests on the BBC did not gain much traction - 12th February 2009
  • Craven gives the Panel a well-deserved beating - Sir John Craven is the man who capped a long, distinguished City career by taking on the poisoned chalice marked Lonrho, drinking the contents — and surviving - 5th February 2009
  • Please Mandy, let’s not say Tata to another £2.3 billion - A couple of years back, at the height of the great boom, the world's carmakers were producing five cars for every four buyers. Flying in the face of this simple arithmetic, which revealed so much overcapacity that demand would never catch up, Tata of India bought Land Rover and Jaguar - 29th January 2009
  • At least they could stop making job losses worse - If there is one thing that will turn today's recession into a full-blown depression, it's more rises in unemployment like last month's - 22nd January 2009
  • Citi never sleeps… it just gives us nightmares - When the biggest bank in the world admits that its business model is unsustainable, you know things are getting serious. The extraordinary statement from Citicorp that it must break itself up to survive is an ominous indicator that just when you thought that the worst may be past, it isn't - 15th January 2009
  • How the FSA gave us a false market in the banks - Yup, that ban on short-selling of the banks really worked. Rather than collapse in a heap, the share prices just kept going down in a series of sickening lurches. So instead of those evil shorters having a field day, we had to wait until the banks themselves started to admit the horrible truth about their balance sheets - 8th January 2009

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