Martin Hutchinson was a merchant/investment banker with more than 25 years’ experience in London, New York and Zagreb, beginning with the merchant bank Hill Samuel, before moving into financial journalism in 2000. After working for US, Swedish and Austrian banks, he was a director of a Spanish private-equity firm, an advisor to a Korean conglomerate and Chairman of a US modular building company. As the US Treasury Advisor to Croatia in 1996, he helped the country establish its own T-bill program, launch its first government bond issue, and start a forward currency market. He then set up the Corporate Finance Division for the Croatian bank Privredna banka Zagreb and advised the Republic of Macedonia on restitution of savings for 800,000 Macedonian savers.
In 2000 he moved into journalism, in October 2000 beginning his weekly column “The Bear’s Lair,” which now appears on the website www.prudentbear.com. He is currently a columnist for Reuters BreakingViews, writes for Agora Publishing’s financial website Money Morning and is editor of the Permanent Wealth Report. He has appeared on television on the BBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC and RTV Slovenija. He is also the author of Great Conservatives (Academica Press, 2004) a study of the rise, triumph and decline of British Conservatism.
Hutchinson has a degree in mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.