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Thursday 26 February, 2015

Nick Leeson: I sat my sons down this week to pass on the hard lessons I have learned
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# 20 Years On

Nick Leeson: I sat my sons down this week to pass on the hard lessons I have learned

Feb 26th 2015, 11:45 AM 19,131 Views 13 Comments

In an exclusive piece for TheJournal.ie, the former ‘rogue’ trader writes of his panic and embarrassment on this week 20 years ago as he collapsed a 232-year-old bank.

Friday 22 November, 2013

Nick Leeson: Positive talk sounds hollow in the corridors of power
# Opinion
# Opinion

Nick Leeson: Positive talk sounds hollow in the corridors of power

Nov 22nd 2013, 7:00 AM 18 Views 22 Comments

Talking up the state of the economy got us into this mess in the first place – but things are not looking up for the average man and woman.

Friday 20 September, 2013

Nick Leeson: In debt? Don't panic.
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# Read Me

Nick Leeson: In debt? Don't panic.

Sep 20th 2013, 8:00 PM 204 Views 22 Comments

The former trader’s new book tries to help people tackles debt and find a path through the stress and complexities of dealing with financial institutions.

Sunday 21 April, 2013

Nick Leeson: I’ve observed the need for debt solution – now I’m acting on it
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Nick Leeson: I’ve observed the need for debt solution – now I’m acting on it

Apr 21st 2013, 7:30 PM 32 Views 35 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson explains why he has begun to work as a mediator between indebted people and the banks…

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Thursday 27 December, 2012

Nick Leeson: The banks don't care so we need to look after each other
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Nick Leeson: The banks don't care so we need to look after each other

Dec 27th 2012, 8:30 PM 38 Views 76 Comments

“As austerity bites to the knuckle, soup kitchens spring up around the country and children are sent to school hungry. It just seems so terribly wrong.”

Monday 12 November, 2012

Nick Leeson: Using puppets for Anglo musical is very apt indeed.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Nick Leeson: Using puppets for Anglo musical is very apt indeed.

Nov 12th 2012, 6:55 AM 18 Views 7 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson can’t believe he wasn’t a shoo-in for Anglo: The Musical – but he’s pretty confident that puppets are the right choice to play inaminate objects who can’t take control of their own situation.

Monday 29 October, 2012

Nick Leeson: Here's one thing to congratulate the Irish regulators for...
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Nick Leeson: Here's one thing to congratulate the Irish regulators for...

Oct 29th 2012, 8:15 AM 34 Views 38 Comments

…Keeping out extortionate ‘payday’ lending. Looking at the horror cases in the UK, they should keep up the good work.

Monday 15 October, 2012

Nick Leeson: I'm not a motivational speaker. THIS GUY is.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Nick Leeson: I'm not a motivational speaker. THIS GUY is.

Oct 15th 2012, 7:00 AM 237 Views 7 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson is a regular on the after-dinner speaking circuit – but he was blown away by the story of Aron Ralston, with whom he recently shared a stage…

Monday 1 October, 2012

Nick Leeson: Look to Swedish model of dealing with toxic banks
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Nick Leeson: Look to Swedish model of dealing with toxic banks

Oct 1st 2012, 7:00 AM 17 Views 27 Comments

The former trader has been visiting Sweden – and looking at how their management of a bank crisis contrasts strongly with the Irish government’s treatment of Anglo Irish Bank.

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Monday 17 September, 2012

Nick Leeson: Here's why I won't be buying into the iPhone 5...
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# Opinion

Nick Leeson: Here's why I won't be buying into the iPhone 5...

Sep 17th 2012, 7:00 AM 16 Views 26 Comments

…and it has a lot to do with my bad memories of The Brick. My wife on the other hand…

Monday 3 September, 2012

Nick Leeson: This is what I wish for my daughter
# Opinion
# Opinion

Nick Leeson: This is what I wish for my daughter

Sep 3rd 2012, 7:00 AM 378 Views 21 Comments

As he watches his daughter embark on adult life, former trader Nick Leeson ponders the meaning of the word ‘maturity’ – and admits he himself is still a work in progress…

Monday 20 August, 2012

Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life.

Aug 20th 2012, 7:15 AM 113 Views 11 Comments

There is little to recommend a spell in prison, says former trader Nick Leeson, but his jail time gave him time to tackle his mistakes – and make a better go at life when he emerged.

Monday 6 August, 2012

Column: Nick Leeson on why Seán Quinn is in denial
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Column: Nick Leeson on why Seán Quinn is in denial

Aug 6th 2012, 8:30 AM 104 Views 119 Comments

This week, the former trader says that he was most interested in how the former richest man in Ireland has been performing under media scrutiny…

Monday 23 July, 2012

Column: HSBC funnelled money for drug kingpins? This isn't surprising.
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# Opinion

Column: HSBC funnelled money for drug kingpins? This isn't surprising.

Jul 23rd 2012, 7:15 AM 49 Views 11 Comments

We’re not surprised any more by unscrupulous behaviour by banks – but HSBC’s actions are as bad as it gets, writes Nick Leeson.

Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Column: Make an example of bankers. Just do it.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Make an example of bankers. Just do it.

Jul 11th 2012, 7:00 AM 24 Views 26 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson says an example was quite rightly made of him when his actions led to the collapse of Barings Bank – why isn’t that happening now?

Monday 25 June, 2012

Nick Leeson: On Mick Wallace and his 'false economy'
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# Opinion

Nick Leeson: On Mick Wallace and his 'false economy'

Jun 25th 2012, 7:00 AM 30 Views 36 Comments

The Wexford TD is symptomatic of the move from delayed gratification to credit consumerism which we are still struggling to shake off, writes Nick Leeson.

Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Nick Leeson: Young man's tragedy is part of national illness of suicide
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# Opinion

Nick Leeson: Young man's tragedy is part of national illness of suicide

Jun 12th 2012, 7:15 AM 184 Views 30 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson knows what it is to be on the brink of despair – and says communicating the pain is vital to be able to pull back from the edge.

Wednesday 30 May, 2012

Column: Let's stop pussyfooting around the Bloxham debacle
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Column: Let's stop pussyfooting around the Bloxham debacle

May 30th 2012, 6:00 PM 81 Views 20 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson is fed up with the light-touch reporting on the Bloxham demise – and with what he deems as inaction by the Central Bank and Financial Regulator.

Tuesday 29 May, 2012

Column: Low rate of lending to Germany has put them in driving seat
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# Opinion

Column: Low rate of lending to Germany has put them in driving seat

May 29th 2012, 7:00 AM 14 Views 52 Comments

The gap between those who can access the markets and those who can’t continues to wide, writes Nick Leeson…

Monday 14 May, 2012

Column: Nick Leeson - My heart says 'No', but my head says 'Yes'
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# Opinion

Column: Nick Leeson - My heart says 'No', but my head says 'Yes'

May 14th 2012, 7:15 AM 21 Views 86 Comments

TheJournal.ie columnist nails his colours to the mast and says that a ‘Yes’ vote is the only message to send out if we want access to funds at the keenest rates possible.

Monday 30 April, 2012

Column: There IS white collar crime here - it's just that no-one is jailed for it
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# Opinion

Column: There IS white collar crime here - it's just that no-one is jailed for it

Apr 30th 2012, 7:15 AM 85 Views 20 Comments

This week, regular TheJournal.ie columnist Nick Leeson says that Ireland technically doesn’t have white collar crime – but only because no-one is being properly punished for bad business actions.

Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Column: Spending public money - where's the master plan?
# Opinion
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Column: Spending public money - where's the master plan?

Apr 17th 2012, 7:15 AM 20 Views 104 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson has an idea to sort out the State coffers – get a bunch of hard-nosed business people to assess the waste and root out value for money.

Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Column: Did you hear the one about the developer, the banker and the politician?
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Column: Did you hear the one about the developer, the banker and the politician?

Apr 3rd 2012, 7:30 AM 122 Views 48 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson on bidding wars at boom-time black-tie balls… and how someone saw fit to flick the over-ride switch so the excess could continue.

Monday 19 March, 2012

Column: Could we learn something from India's banking ethics?
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Column: Could we learn something from India's banking ethics?

Mar 19th 2012, 7:30 AM 10 Views 3 Comments

The culture of ‘profit at any cost’ appears to be on the wane in Mumbai, where Nick Leeson has been studying the market – but he’s wondering if the idea of ethics in banking is just ticking a box.

Monday 5 March, 2012

Column: Young people need to reject the ideas my generation grew up with
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Column: Young people need to reject the ideas my generation grew up with

Mar 5th 2012, 7:30 AM 13 Views 18 Comments

If the country is to emerge from the current recession and austerity measures, young people need to become more entrepreneurial writes Nick Leeson

Monday 20 February, 2012

Column: All the warnings of cancer were there, but I ignored them
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: All the warnings of cancer were there, but I ignored them

Feb 20th 2012, 7:30 AM 476 Views 13 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson writes about his experience of cancer, and how it taught him the overriding importance of knowing the signs.

Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Column: We’re all in this together? Yeah, right.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We’re all in this together? Yeah, right.

Feb 7th 2012, 7:30 AM 10 Views 59 Comments

Politicians tell us we’re all in the same boat – but their expenses and other wasteful decisions tell a different story, writes former trader Nick Leeson.

Monday 23 January, 2012

Column: It's the turn of banks to pay a financial transaction tax
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: It's the turn of banks to pay a financial transaction tax

Jan 23rd 2012, 7:30 AM 14 Views 12 Comments

This week, former trader Nick Leeson says it’s time Enda Kenny stop playing softball with the banks and siding with UK politicians – and focus on getting restitution for his citizens.

Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Column: I don't have political leanings - but neither, it seems, has Labour
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Column: I don't have political leanings - but neither, it seems, has Labour

Jan 10th 2012, 7:30 AM 17 Views 21 Comments

This week, former trader Nick Leeson explains how he left London believing all UK political parties were the same – and how it looks like Ireland’s Labour party is also losing its Robin Hood status.

Monday 26 December, 2011

Column: Nick Leeson's 4 lessons learned from 2011
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Column: Nick Leeson's 4 lessons learned from 2011

Dec 26th 2011, 8:25 AM 36 Views 13 Comments

Ireland and a euro break-up, the truth about tribunals, white collar crime and the dangers of ‘pay day’ loans – former trader Nick Leeson rings the closing bell on 2011.

Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Column: Why David Cameron made the right decision...
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Column: Why David Cameron made the right decision...

Dec 13th 2011, 8:30 PM 13 Views 38 Comments

Those in the eurozone are facing a ‘lost decade’, writers former trader Nick Leeson – and who would want to hand over more policy-making power to the managers of that crisis?

Monday 28 November, 2011

Column: New CEO of AIB knows the tale of two islands
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# Opinion

Column: New CEO of AIB knows the tale of two islands

Nov 28th 2011, 8:30 PM 33 Views 14 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson writes that David Duffy should be up to the challenge of bringing AIB to heel – after all, Duffy oversaw the takeover of Barings Bank in Singapore, the very bank brought down by Leeson’s actions.

Monday 14 November, 2011

Column: Whistleblowers in banking are doing the right thing - but not for themselves
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Column: Whistleblowers in banking are doing the right thing - but not for themselves

Nov 14th 2011, 8:30 PM 15 Views 8 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson finds that those who try to expose problems in the banking sector and would be heroes anywhere else are made pariahs in their world.

Tuesday 1 November, 2011

Column: Confused about what will happen to the euro? Everyone is.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Confused about what will happen to the euro? Everyone is.

Nov 1st 2011, 8:30 PM 12 Views 24 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson speaks to those working at the heart of financial markets and finds that uncertainty and confusion is thwarting a move forward.

Sunday 16 October, 2011

Column: “Growing up, I never expected to spend a day in prison – never mind four years”
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# Opinion

Column: “Growing up, I never expected to spend a day in prison – never mind four years”

Oct 16th 2011, 6:00 PM 18 Views 10 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson says that keeping his mistakes hidden made matters worse and – literally – ate him up inside. With the rise in mental health problems, we should all learn to talk it out…

Monday 3 October, 2011

Column: Michael Fingleton's expense claims are despicable - but they are tip of the iceberg
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Column: Michael Fingleton's expense claims are despicable - but they are tip of the iceberg

Oct 3rd 2011, 8:30 PM 187 Views 42 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson laments the lack of real will to bring ex-Irish Nationwide chief Michael Fingleton to account but notes that the excesses of certain individuals are distracting us from the wider banking scandal.

Monday 19 September, 2011

Column: Greek crisis might not be all bad for Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Greek crisis might not be all bad for Ireland

Sep 19th 2011, 7:00 PM 16 Views 15 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson argues that while Greece would take a long time to recover from a default, it could have a number of outcomes for Irish fortunes…

Monday 5 September, 2011

Column: David Drumm and Anglo fiddled while Rome burned
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: David Drumm and Anglo fiddled while Rome burned

Sep 5th 2011, 8:44 AM 2,844 Views 29 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson concludes that revelations about how Anglo Irish Bank ‘partied’ at the end shows the measure of executives’ contempt – and the extent of David Drumm’s abuse of his post.

Monday 22 August, 2011

Column: Time to think outside the box on Irish banks
# Economy
# Economy

Column: Time to think outside the box on Irish banks

Aug 22nd 2011, 7:01 PM 11 Views 9 Comments

Amid calls for Irish investors overseas to direct their funds closer to home, Nick Leeson says the idea of reversing NAMA loans back to banks is well worth considering.

Monday 15 August, 2011

Column: Herd mentality led the UK riots – and it’s also what got us into economic trouble
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Column: Herd mentality led the UK riots – and it’s also what got us into economic trouble

Aug 15th 2011, 7:00 PM 73 Views 6 Comments

Former trader Nick Leeson argues that, while it might not seem obvious at first, the psychology behind street rioters is not dissimilar to that which drove the markets, the bankers and property developers into a speculation frenzy.

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