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ISBN 978-1-906439-21-7





Editor of Dr Kenneth R. Wade, BA, PhD

Dr K R WadeAfter a successful career in business, Ken Wade (68) obtained his PhD in financial economics at Manchester Business School in 2001. This was based on his research thesis Recipes for investment: art or science?, which examines various investment strategies applied to the UK stock market. He has been a visiting fellow of Manchester Business School (MBS), conducting research into Private Equity, sponsored by and in association with the international accountancy firm, KPMG. He has also been external examiner in business, finance, and accounting at the University of Salford, an occasional tutor in corporate finance at MBS, and has run adult weekend courses on understanding investment.

In March 2004, Dr Wade was the guest speaker at the Annual Symposium of the Italian Venture Capital Association (AIFI) in Milan, addressing an audience of over 600 representing all aspects of the Italian finance sector (Portfolio Management Issues in Private Equity).

In his business career, Ken Wade was the founder and subsequently chairman and CEO of Pactrol Electronics plc, taking it from a start-up in a hen shed to a full stock market listing within 12 years. Pactrol is now part of US based multinational Emerson Electric. Ken went on to become a director of several public and private companies including Merseyside Enterprise Board. He was also an investment adviser to CLM Unit Trust and a member of the North West Regional Health Authority.

Our resources has an extensive library devoted to finance and investment, including copies of hundreds of research papers spanning more than a century. Our on-line and CD-rom resources include the acclaimed ShareScope and Company REFS databases.

Other contributors

We welcome contributions to this site from anyone with appropriate knowledge. All contributions will be acknowledged on the site.


AIFI (Italian Venture Capital Association)

Manchester Business School


Pactrol Controls Ltd

University of Salford


Company REFS


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