Wednesday 7 March 2012
6pm - 8pm

The Big Picture Seminar Series Presents, Investment made Simple: A view from 30 years in the City, presented by Geoffrey Hoodless, Chief Executive, The Share Limited.

In the seminar Geoff will talk about his 30 years experience in the City as an employee, analyst, fund manager, insurer, and entrepreneur. He will discuss the government stockbroker job, the car wash job, almost being sacked for acute forecasting, how his first venture stopped trading because of cashflow gap, coaching local rugby, racing cars on shoestring, how government regulations killed the bond market, the tribunal case win, irrational board members, the investing/entrepreneurial bug and health warnings.

At the end of the seminar there will be the opportunity for the audience to ask questions followed by a networking drinks reception.


Geoffrey Hoodless (FCISI, FRSA) has over 30 years career within the financial services sector as a bond/ investment analyst and portfolio adviser, and later as a financial services company director. Geoff worked for Mullens &Co (Stockbrokers), Touche Remnant & Co (Fund Managers), W.N. Middleton (Stockbrokers) and Carr Sebag & Co. He subsequently worked in institutional sales at Quilter Goodison & Co; W Greenwell & Co; and Scott, Goff Layton – Smith New Court plc.

Geoff's enterprising activities started in 1979 first as a freelance investment analyst. He then set up an insurance broking firm, before establishing stock broking firm Hoodless Brennan plc in 1992. Hoodless Brennan plc grew from the original seven people to almost 150 at its peak with interests in small market cap companies, market making, corporate finance, online trading, general advisory broking and settlements. The firm won several awards which culminated in the Investors Chronicle Stockbroker of the Year Awards in November 2008. Geoff stepped down as a CEO in April 2009 following the sale of the online execution only broking business to T D Waterhouse Investments Services Ltd for £3m.

He set up The Share Limited in May 2009 with a view to set up an online execution only share dealing platform, following his strong conviction that the web based market trend is the future of stocks and assets distribution.

About The Share

In June 2011, The Share Republic Ltd launched its virtual online share dealing platform, Bananas Portfolio.  This is a free educational tool for anyone who is not familiar with trading in stocks and shares, and who would like to try it first virtually before taking part in real assets trades.

Bananas Portfolio is like the Monopoly game, but instead of real estates, you will be taking part in an online virtual trading in stocks and shares. You can learn how to select companies to build a portfolio of shares, and then practice share dealing by monitoring your investments and deciding when to buy or sell some shares in your Bananas Portfolio.  Your transactions are not real, but the companies listed on Bananas Portfolio virtual trading platform are real companies and the share prices which are quoted are mid prices with 15 minutes delays.

The Share Limited is a corporate finance firm authorised and regulated by the FSA number 523422. It plans to provide an online execution only share dealing platform service to clients who wish to participate directly in the stock market.


Wednesday 7 March 2012, from 6 to 8pm


Hosted in the King William Court, room KW303, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS


Free for all

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This conference, hosted by the University of Greenwich, is being held at the Greenwich Campus, Old Royal Naval College.

The campus is based on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the river Thames. The university's largest campus is centered on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century.

"More breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV" is how The Independent newspaper described it.

The Borough of Greenwich is steeped in history. East meets West on the Meridian Line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated.

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Conferences and Executive Development team
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8331 9083

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