Hall at a book signing
June 27, 1952 |
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
|Occupation||Financial adviser, journalist, broadcaster|
Hall was born in Tallahassee, Florida, one of seven children to a family of farmers, day workers and fishermen. Interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 program Midweek  he said that his grandmother had told him he was 'everything he had', something that helped him get through difficult financial decisions; she was also a great saver and gave him 50 dollars when he was heading to Yale university. He grew up in severe poverty. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts in English at Bowdoin College and a Master of Arts in American literature at the University of North Carolina. After a period of unemployment and working as a college professor (teaching literature), he started to take an interest in finance.
Hall started buying shares a few at a time and his ability to translate complex financial concepts into simple English through the use of slices of cake led to him becoming director of course development at Leo Fleur, a company selling training materials for Wall Street examinations. In 1986 he became director of marketing for the Chicago-based Longman Financial Services Institute in creating and implementing marketing campaigns for training programmes and products and consequently was executive director of the New York Institute of Finance.
In 1990, Hall briefly lectured British stockbrokers in London in preparation for the NASD exams in the United States.
Hall has written books and articles on saving and investing and debt management. He presented Your Money or Your Life on BBC2 and has made various television and radio appearances. He has also appeared on The Apprentice: You're Fired as a panelist on several occasions.
He also edits a money column in the UK's Reveal magazine. He has written Money Magic for the charitable organisation Quick Reads which encourages people to get back into the habit of reading.
- Poorer Than Their Parents: four programmes in which Alvin Hall assesses whether today's youth will be worse off than their parents.
- Alvin Hall's Generations of Money: Alvin Hall helps four different generations plan for an uncertain future and explores the economic bonds that tie them together
- The Money Grab: Alvin Hall examines the continuous rise in executive pay.
- Alvin Hall's World of Money: Alvin Hall asks where investors put their money during the time of a credit crunch.
- Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom: Profile of the rap entrepreneur Jay-Z.
- Alvin Hall's Secret Collection: Hall gains access to remarkable private art collections.
Tribute to Alistair Cooke
- In Alistair Cooke's Footsteps, Hall's tribute to the Letter from America broadcaster, aired on the BBC World Service in November 2012.
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- Jamie's Dream School, 16 March 2011
- Jamie's Dream School - Alvin Hall
- Presenters: Alvin Hall (2007-04-23). "Alvin Hall's Art World". BBC. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0079gjt/episodes/2007.
- "Artnet Interview with Alvin Hall", ArtNet
- Interview with asrecommended
- Official site
- Alvin Hall On Small Spending
- BBC raw Quick Reads - Money Magic by Alvin Hall
- Alvin Hall's World of Money on Money box for BBC Radio 4