One of my favourite possessions is an old coin. It’s actually a very old coin, minted 1,666 years ago in the year 350AD in the reign of Emperor Constantius II. It sits on the top of my keyboard in its plastic case and is a constant reminder of two of my favourite subjects, finance and history.
Personally, I blame my mum – she was a history teacher so I didn’t really get a choice in the matter. I didn’t realise other kids sitting in the back seat of their car on family holidays weren’t all regaled with stories from history.
The upshot is don’t be surprised if you discover random historical things thrown into my writings on finance. It’s just what I do!
As a history buff I’ve always found myself drawn to amazing historical places:
- I’ve explored Troy, Gordion, Goreme and Constantinople in Turkey; the Eternal City, Syracuse and Pompeii in Italy; Petra in Jordan, Salamis and Kato Paphos in Cyprus; and the Valley of the Kings and the Queens in Luxor
- I rode a horse around the pyramids at Giza; I rambled along Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England; and I climbed Mt Sinai in Egypt to watch the sun rise
- I’ve gazed up at the magnificent Aqueduct of Segovia in Spain, the Colosseum in Rome, the Acropolis in Athens and the Red Fort in Agra.
- On my to do list are the many historical sites in Croatia, Libya, Xian in China and Israel.
As a finance buff I’ve always found myself drawn to amazing historical finance places:
- I visited the old financial capitals of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Zurich and Venice
- I spent time working on the floor of the New York Stock change
- I worked in and explored the City in London – from the old Lady of Threadneedle Street to the Royal Exchange to the old LIFFE floor.
As an experienced financial planner, Tim is Head of Strategy at Quantum Financial and works with a select group of successful pre-retirees and retirees looking to manage their family’s wealth and fund their dream retirement.