About The Porridge


Blain's Morning Porridge

Through the past 12 years of Economic mayhem and storms, and the Coronavirus, Blain's Morning Porridge has cut to the quick of global finance with unbiased financial commentary and insights on the international market: What are key themes, macro and micro drivers, threats and opportunities?

It's never claimed to be comprehensive or complete, but if you want to know what Markets have done, read the FT or spend thousands on a Bloomberg. 

If you want to know what's really happening and why.. welcome to the Porridge - financial market insights for thinkers! 

Daily Market Blog: The Morning Porridge.

Short Videos - Porridge Lite-Bites

Books: The Fifth Horseman


The Author: Bill Blain

Bill Blain is Strategist for Shard Capital, a leading investment firm. 

Bill is a well known broadcaster and commentator, with over 30-years experience working for leading investment banks and brokerages at senior levels. 

He's been closely involved in the growth and development of the global fixed income markets, and pioneered complex financial products including capital, asset-backed securities and private placements. Increasingly, he's been involved in Private debt, Real and Alternative Assets looking to explain their complexity and create liquidity in them.


Bill is a passionate sailor, talentless painter, plays guitar badly, is learning the bagpipes, and built a train-set in his attic. 


The Porridge Philosophy

35 years working in the financial markets still leaves plenty to learn - but the experience is useful. The Porridge is about market insights - why, what and when. The consequences of financial events and how they impact markets are more important than the daily up and down of markets. 


If you want to read turgid prose devoid of originality, stripped of imagination, and designed to impress compliance officers;  then please contact your investment bank or broker. 

If you want to trawl the media and play the game of stripping out fake-news, sensationalism and "look-at-me" "grab a scoop" journalism, then I can recommend many financial websites.. 


You could try the Morning Porridge.

I'm not claiming its perfect or complete. The insights it contains are only opinions, but these are formed from years of experience, and listening to clients, counterparties and professionals across the markets. (And also from liberally plundering the best of the rest for good ideas...)


Blain's Morning Porridge