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Guy Thomas has been an independent investor since 1999. In his previous life as an employee, he was a research actuary with a firm of pension consultants, and then a university lecturer. He has published papers in academic journals covering insurance economics, actuarial mathematics, and taxation and investment. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Kent.
"A compelling read...You could learn a lot from this dazzling dozen and Guy Thomas (himself a private investor on a par with his subjects) sets out the lessons very clearly...This is definitely the best investment book that has crossed my desk for some time." - Alistair Blair, Investors Chronicle
"This elegantly composed volume brings the practice of investing to life." - Financial Times
"A compelling read...I heartily recommend the book... the value of discovering anew that you're not alone in your thinking and your game plan is priceless." - Monevator
"Something of a future investment classic in my view...I heartily recommend it." - The Motley Fool
A methodical review of investors and their strategies
The greatest strength of "Free Capital" is its organization and layout-- it's truly like visiting an expertly-designed website in that the ...
The Motley Fool
David Kuo chats with Guy Thomas, author of Free Capital, which is about 12 private investors who have accumulated £1m or more mainly from stock market investments. They investigate how two investors ...Read more
(Translated from Spanish) Become a millionaire from the bottom is not impossible, just very difficult. While most of those who dream entrust this task to systems such as the pools or the lottery, ...Read more
The Sunday Times
MAKING £1m or more from the stock market is a dream for many private investors, but a reality for only a few.
Isa millionaires, in particular, are a rare breed. Brewin Dolphin, the investment ...
January was great for shares. Several of my holdings that had suffered declines have now almost or fully recovered.
Mining stocks had a particularly good run ? and my recently purchased shares in ...
The Actuary Magazine
Andrew Howe is intrigued by Guy Thomas's analysis of the investment approaches of 12 millionaires.
Free Capital, written by actuary and investor Guy Thomas, describes the backgrounds and ...
"Free Capital is excellent storytelling but, more importantly, covers material that you will struggle to find elsewhere. There are many deeper aspects that also make Free Capital ...Read more
Towards Financial Independence Blog
What do self-made millionaires?
Investment professionals and their strategies are written in a lot of books. Successful private investors say the books are a rarity, however. An exception to this ...
Free Capital by Guy Thomas, £18.99, ISBN 978 1906659745 (279 pages) www.harriman-house.com
Would not life be better if you were free of the daily grind and instead succeeded or ...
- Pensions World
5th October 2011
Astriking feature of some of the most successful private investors is their focus on smaller companies. Most of the ?Isa millionaires? I have inter- viewed during the course of my research ignore the ...Read more
Overview of the book
The book consists of profiles of 12 private investors, based upon interviews. Each of them has accumulated at least £1 million and in many cases much more from stock market ...
Financial World - IFS Learning
Free capital, as Guy Thomas evokes it, is ?money surplus to immediate living expenses? ? the wealth accumulated as full-time private investors by the 12 people interviewed (10 under aliases) for this ...Read more
Unlike the vast majority of media material produced about those lucky few who have stuck a few quid away, this next book doesn?t extend emaciated arms in the hope of laying a hand on our modern day ...Read more
Wouldn?t life be better if you were free of the daily grind ? the conventional job and boss ? and instead succeeded or failed purely on the merits of your own investment choices?
Free Capital: ...
Free Capital (published by Harriman House) simply refers to the money surplus to immediate living expenses; it is the raw material that investors base their work on. The premise of ?Free Capital? is ...Read more
Wouldn't life be better if you were free of the daily grind ? the conventional job and boss ? and instead succeeded or failed purely on the merits of your own investment choices?
UK Shareholders Association
he author profiles 12 successful private investors in the UK, teasing out their methodologies and their psychological makeup ? and its an interesting and encouraging book.
Whilst he categorises ...
It is every private investor\'s dream to live off the fruit of his own investments, and this is the story of those private investors who are living that dream. The book profiles twelve individuals, ...Read more
I?ve spent two weeks in the company of twelve highly successful investors. The only thing that connects them is they?ve made a lot of money over a long period of time, enabling them to give up their ...Read more
Fans of investing literature will know that, unfortunately, many of the best books are American. While a lot of what?s discussed in ?John Neff on Investing? or "How to Make Money in Stocks" is ...Read more
Some great reading on money and investing.
When you?re young, half the classic books you read seem to apply to you. For example, like many a nerdy teenage bookworm without a girlfriend, a driving ...
The Motley Fool
Books that focus on UK investors are relatively rare, so Guy Thomas's Free Capital should be well received.
Indeed, he has comfortably exceeded his goal of writing a 'journalistic profile of the ...
We do not normally review books in AimZine but felt that we should draw this recent publication to our readers? attention. We believe that anyone serious about managing their own stock market ...Read more
Small caps! It's a privilege to write this page for you every week, but close on its heels in terms of stimulation was the job I had for five years writing a newsletter on small companies, including ...Read more
"A compelling read...You could learn a lot from this dazzling dozen and Guy Thomas (himself a private investor on a par with his subjects) sets out the lessons very clearly...This is definitely the ...Read more
Guy Thomas talks to tradingdiary about his new book Free Capital: How 12 private investors made millions in the stock market.
Who are you?
I am an actuary and investor. I qualified with a firm ...
The story so far: Leeds Group shares are dirt cheap judging by conventional measures, but, although it has one main business importing fabrics to Germany, it?s an investment company run by two ...Read more
The Peter Gyllenhammar story
? Richard Beddard, Interactive Investor
10th March 2011
"[Guy Thomas] has an easy style and is good at conveying complex information in short, pithy prose...an interesting insight."
? Pensions Management
5th July 2011
Free Capital - Self Made Millionaires - Towards Financial Independence Blog20th October 2011Read more
Little fish are sweet - Why private investors should focus mainly on smaller companies - Shares MagazineSeptember 2011Read more
"Unusually compelling...This book answers its market extremely well."- Financial World, IFS LearningSeptember 2011Read more
"Everyone will learn something from this book, regardless of their previous level of investing experience...very well written and very interesting to read...I recommend it to everyone who is already ...Read more
Want to give up the day job? Read how 12 people did just that in Free Capital, a new book profiling full-time private investors. Its author, Guy Thomas, explains. - SelfTrade StockTakeJune ...Read more
"Free Capital is a worthy read and is a special type of ?hybrid? investment book that manages to achieve a great balance between story and practical insight."- Investoo13th June 2011Read more
"An interesting and encouraging book."- Jeremy Prescott, UK Shareholders Association7th June 2011Read more
How 12 Private Investors Made Millions - Frisby's Bulls and Bears5th June 2011Read more
Traders Tools - Book Review: Free Capital - Traders Magazine7th June 2011Read more
Thomas' Twelve - Interactive Investor23rd May 2011Read more
"The best thing investors will take away from this book is a sense of personal inspiration in light of what can be achieved with determination, careful planning and the odd spot of luck."- UK ...Read more
Guy Thomas? Free Capital: At last, a true to life account of UK investing - Stockopedia6th May 2011Read more
"A compelling read...I heartily recommend the book... the value of discovering anew that you?re not alone in your thinking and your game plan is priceless."- Monevator5th May 2011Read more
"Anyone serious about managing their own stock market investments will want to read Guy Thomas?s Free Capital...fascinating reading...we would commend Free Capital to anyone ...Read more
"Something of a future investment classic in my view...I heartily recommend it."- Kevin Godbold,
The Motley Fool4th May 2011
Guy Thomas - 'Free Capital' Interview - Trading Diary26th April 2011Read more
Free Capital was featured in Money Observers' e-update - Money Observer4th April 2011Read more
For most people, bin cleaner Craig Brazier?s recent £1.3million win on the horses after staking just £2 will fall in the same category as some of the more extreme lottery wins witnessed in recent ...Read more