A recognized expert in business and finance, Dr. Antonios Antoniou has received numerous accolades throughout this career, including recognition in the Jean L. Heck and Philip L. Cooley study, “Most Prolific Authors in the Finance Literature: 1959–2008.” In his leisure time, Antonios “Tony” Antoniou enjoys travel and has visited many cities throughout Europe.
London, Paris, and Berlin are often among the cities that top the lists of travelers to Europe. While those are great destinations, there are lesser-known European cities that offer visitors wonderful visual and cultural experiences. Here are two of the most underrated cities in Europe.
Called the “Venice of the North” because of its system of canals, Bruges, Belgium, often takes a backseat to Antwerp and Brussels among visitors to the country, but Bruges is filled with stunning medieval architecture and art. Bruges is where Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, Madonna and Child, currently resides.
Dublin may get most of the attention from tourists visiting Ireland, but Cork can be just as appealing. With friendly locals and a layout that’s easily navigable, the often dubbed “real capital of Ireland” boasts a subdued vibe and is recognized for its focus on high-end cuisine.
The CEO of FRT-C, LLP, Antonios Antoniou serves as a financial consultant to a mid-sized company. Outside of work, Tony Antoniou enjoys watching soccer, and his favorite team is Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham’s current manager, Mauricio Pochettino, wants to follow the FC Barcelona model of success, slowly building a strong team out of young academy graduates.
In an attempt to quickly boost their teams, many managers opt to spend big bucks acquiring good players. Manchester United recently set the record, re-signing Paul Pogba for a massive £89 million. Mauricio Pochettino says his team simply cannot compete financially with some of its more wealthy rivals.
Instead, Pochettino hopes to draw inspiration from Barcelona and its La Masia academy. The academy is responsible for many quality Barcelona players, including Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and of course, Lionel Messi.
Pochettino also said this strategy will allow Tottenham to keep its unique identity, but that this will also take time. He cited current match-day regulars like Onomah, Carter-Vickers, and Winks as examples of the strategy’s merit.
The manager went on to concede that the team will always need more seasoned, experienced players to help the younger academy graduates along, but that he saw great potential in the team’s academy.
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About the author: An educator and financial expert, Dr Antonios Antoniou possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance, and a Doctorate in Applied Economics. Dr Antoniou is the Chief Executive Officer of Financial Research, Training & Consulting, LLP (FRT&C).
Antonios Antoniou is the CEO and a consultant for FRT-C Consulting, where he serves as a financial consultant to a medium-sized company. Also a former professor of finance at Brunel University and Durham University, Tony Antoniou stays up-to-date with financial news, including information on the euro.
For the first time since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in late June, some London airports are offering exchange rates of less than one euro per pound sterling.
In late August, the MoneyCorp bureau de change at London’s Stansted Airport began offering an exchange rate of €0.9915 for every pound. Similarly, the rate at the ICE exchange center at London Luton Airport was €0.990.
While this does not provide an accurate view of the pound’s overall trading power against the euro, it is the first time since the Brexit vote that the exchange rate has dipped below the one-to-one mark. Other airports, however, offer better rates. While the pound lost ground at other London airports, ICE at Gatwick still offered €1.05 for every pound.
These new rates may look ominous, but The Independent’s travel editor, Simon Calder, assures that in-person airport currency exchanges often provide the worst rates. He says doing the exchange online and picking the cash up in person usually offers better deals, even from the same company.
The airports were surely following the general trading trend. Their low rates came as the pound fell to €1.1622 against the euro, the lowest it has been in three years.