Alvin Hall

About

Alvin Hall

Photograph by Terry Benson

Alvin Hall

 is an internationally renowned financial educator, television and radio broadcaster, bestselling author, and regular contributor to magazines, newspapers, and websites.

For five years on the BBC, he hosted the highly rated and award-winning series, Your Money or Your Life, on which he offered both practical financial and psychological advice to people about how to take control of and fix their financial problems. His radio program, Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom, won the Wincott Foundation Press and Broadcasting Award for the best radio program for 2006. Hall has also hosted programs on current events and contemporary art for BBC Radio 4 including After Katrina and most recently, Alvin Hall’s Generations of Money. An eight-part television series for BBC World News called Alvin’s Guide to Good Business was broadcast internationally in 2010. In the US, he is a regular contributor on personal finance and the economy on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin.

Among Hall’s bestselling books are: You and Your Money: It’s More than Just the Numbers, Your Money or Your Life (winner of the WHSmith 2003 People’s Choice Award), What Not to Spend, Getting Started in Mutual Funds 2nd Edition, and Getting Started in Stocks 3rd Edition. His children’s book, Show Me the Money, has been published in over 20 foreign-language editions. In the US, the book has been named a Best Children’s Book of the Year (2009) by the Bank St. Book Committee, which is run by the Bank Street College of Education. It was also named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (2009) by a joint project of the National Book Council for Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council.

Hall lives in New York City where he designs and teaches classes about the investment markets for financial services companies, banks, regulatory authorities, as well as information and technology vendors. His acclaimed classroom programs and speaking engagements have provided thousands of people with a solid grounding in such topics as the workings of financial markets, investment products, effective investment strategies, reducing debt, planning for retirement and personal financial management. Alvin Hall is a member of the NYSE Euronext Financial Literacy Advisory Committee to help develop programs to improve knowledge about all aspects of personal finance among the general public. He is also on the Acquisitions Committee of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Awards

Publications

NAACP Award

Your Money or Your Life

Nominated for Outstanding Literature Work—Instructional, 2010
41st NAACP Image Awards

Show Me the Money

Best Children’s Book of the Year, 2009
Bank Street College of Education, Bank Street Book Committee

Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2009
National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC)

Radio

Wincott Foundation Awards for Financial Journalism and Broadcasting

Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom

Radio Program of the Year, 2006
BBC Radio Current Affairs

Wincott Foundation Awards for Financial Journalism and Broadcasting

 

Television

Your Money or Your Life

Commended Broadcast Programme of the Year, 2000
Bradford & Bingley (now Santander) Personal Finance Media Award

Broadcast Programme of the Year, 1999
Bradford & Bingley (now Santander) Personal Finance Media Award