Alvin Hall

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For the football player, see Alvin Hall (American football). For the U.S. Treasury Dept. official, see Alvin W. Hall.
Alvin Hall
Alvin Hall booksigning.jpg
Hall at a book signing
Born (1952-06-27) June 27, 1952 (age 62)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Financial adviser, journalist, broadcaster

Alvin D. Hall (born June 27, 1952)[1] is an American financial adviser, author and media personality.

Early life[edit]

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[2] 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.[3] 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.[citation needed] After a period of unemployment and working as a college professor (teaching literature), he started to take an interest in finance.

Financial adviser[edit]

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.[citation needed]

He is the president of Cooperhall Press and designs and runs seminars for financial institutions around the world.[citation needed]

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.

He was involved in Jamie Oliver's programme, Jamie's Dream School. On the programme, Hall taught the pupils mathematics.[4]

Art collector[edit]

Hall is an art collector and his collection includes pieces by Carroll Dunham, Victoria Morton, Tina Barney, Lee Friedlander, Carrie Mae Weems and Mel Kendrick.[5] [6]

BBC Radio[edit]

Hall has presented several finance-related radio programmes for BBC Radio 4, which often broadcast in the period when Radio 4's personal finance programme Money Box is off-air.

Hall won the Wincott Award for business journalism[7] for his 2006 documentary Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom in which he interviewed and profiled the entrepreneurial rap star Jay-Z.


  • Poorer Than Their Parents: four programmes in which Alvin Hall assesses whether today's youth will be worse off than their parents.
Episode 1: Jobs
Episode 2: Pensions
Episode 3: Inheritance
Episode 4: Housing



  • The Money Grab: Alvin Hall examines the continuous rise in executive pay.


Episode 1: Commodities
Episode 2: Wine
Episode 3: Art
Episode 4: Film
Episode 5: Property


Tribute to Alistair Cooke[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol. 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ Midweek, Wednesday, 28 March 2012.
  3. ^ Jamie's Dream School, 16 March 2011.
  4. ^ Jamie's Dream School - Alvin Hall
  5. ^ Presenters: Alvin Hall (2007-04-23). "Episode listing". Alvin Hall's Art World. BBC Radio 4. 
  6. ^ "Artnet Interview with Alvin Hall", ArtNet
  7. ^
  8. ^ "In Alistair Cooke's Footsteps", The Documentary, BBC World Service, 18 November 2012.

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