About the Editor


Heading down a gold mine in Uruguay February 2017

I have been analysing and writing about financial markets for more than 30 years, initially as a business journalist on The Times, The Economist and The Independent, more recently as an independent investment professional and author/columnist. My main interests are in “big picture” investment issues – asset allocation, strategy and fund selection – but I also invest in private and listed equities where I see exceptional opportunities. I am a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

My professional employment includes a number of advisory roles and non-executive directorships, including Saunderson House, a London private client advisory firm, where I am a senior adviser on investment strategy and research, Genagro Services Ltd, founders of and advisers to the Brazilian farmland company Agrifirma Brazil, and Jupiter Primadona Growth Trust, an investment trust listed in London. For three years, from February 2008 until January 2010, I was an independent non-executive director of Hargreaves Lansdown plc, the UK’s leading fund and stockbroking firm.

I have been writing columns for the Financial Times fund management section since 2008 and also contribute regularly to The Spectator. Before that I wrote a weekly column on investment for The Independent for 12 years. I have written three books on investment and one on the game of bridge. My most recent book, Templeton’s Way With Money, co-authored with Dr Sandy Nairn, the CEO of Edinburgh Partners, was published in the United States by John Wiley in 2012.

I welcome comments from professional investors and committed private investors. You can reach me on editor@independent-investor.com. While I move around a fair deal, I promise to get back to you (eventually!).

Personal Qualifications

MA in History, Cambridge University

MSc in Management, MIT, Sloan School of Management

MCSI; Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment

Professional Affiliations

Founder, Independent Investor

Senior Adviser, Saunderson House

Director, Genagro Services Ltd

Director, Jupiter Primadona Growth Trust

Senior Adviser, Pantheon Resources

Published Books


Templeton’s Way With Money

The story of Sir John Templeton’s career and investment methods, including previously unpublished letters to clients.




Money Makers 2011Money Makers

A study of successful UK professional investors






23867Investing With Anthony Bolton

Analysis and perspective on the career of the UK’s most successful fund manager of the postwar period.




Professional Investor Rules

An anthology of professional tips on how to succeed as an investor, for which I wrote the introduction.  

Jonathan Davis