About The Porridge

Blain's Morning Porridge


Through the past 10 years of Economic mayhem and storms, Blain's Morning Porridge has cut to the quick of global finance with unbiased financial commentary on the international market: What are key themes, macro and micro drivers, threats and opportunities?

It's never claimed to be comprehensive or complete, which is why this site adds a "stuff I'm reading" page. 

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 happening... welcome to the Porridge - financial market commentary for thinkers! 

Daily Market Blog: The Morning Porridge.

Weekly Podcast: Blain's Financial Porridge

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 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


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. Its 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