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Breakfast Friday, 23 May, 2003, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Your money or your life
Financial guru Alvin Hall
Advice 'straight from the hip'
Alvin Hall became famous for his brand of flirty financial persuasion and the 'no pain no gain' approach he adopts to sorting out your money.

Well he's back in the UK for a tour to meet his fans and answer their questions about money.

  • Alvin Hall was live on Breakfast


    The most popular question Alvin Hall is asked is "where does my money go?"

    In his book to complement the TV series, Alvin gives his straight-from-the-hip advice on getting your finances in order.

    Helping you to understand your money psychology, Alvin beats a pathway through the financial maze of mortgages, insurance and pensions.

    He provides a practical understanding of credit card debt and interest rates, and advises how to set up balance sheets for budgeting personal finances.

    Biography

    Alvin Hall was born into a family of farmers and fishermen in rural Florida.

    Initially he pursued a literary rather than a financial path: a BA in English followed by an MA in American Literature from the University of North Carolina.

    Then, after a stint as a college professor and a period of unemployment, Alvin decided to take control of his finances and began buying shares.

    His first financial role was as director of course development for Leo Fleur, the company responsible for Wall Street training.

    In 1986 he became Director of Marketing for the Chicago-based Longman Financial Services Institute, where he created and implemented marketing campaigns for training programmes and products.

    Alvin then became executive director of the New York Institute of Finance, where he continued to develop training programmes. Now, as President of Cooperhall Press, he runs seminars about the investment markets for financial companies around the world.

    He's written several training manuals and books including the best-selling Getting Started In Stocks; Getting Started In Mutual Funds; and most recently Money for life: Everyone's guide to Financial Freedom.

    Alvin is the presenter of BBC's Your Money Your Life which won the Broadcast Programme of the Year in the Bradford and Bingley Personal Finance Media Awards in 1999.

    According to Alvin there are three keys to successful investing: "choosing a company that has a unique product or market position which is hard to copy, has good growth potential, and strong management."

    Finally, it's always worth keeping in mind Alvin's favourite phrase: "Remember, as long as you invest no more money than you can afford to lose, you'll have few sleepless nights. See you next time!"

  • To find out about tour dates, see our 'today's information' section
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