About Neil

Neil is a journalist and author. He is a member of the Society of Authors and Association of Lending Rights. They support members and protect their copyright.

Neil has written numerous articles for the Wall Street Journal, The Business Times Singapore and South African and Australian publications. Commodity stories include diamonds, gold, platinum, silver, oil, copper, coffee and cocoa. Regular news backgrounders cover currency, bond and stock markets. Neil’s scoops and investigations include underhand mining and hedge fund dealings and financial scams. He has also covered coffee, copper and energy market upheavals. The insight into those markets helped Neil devise the plots of Trader Jack- The Story of Jack Miner and its stand-alone sequel, Jack of Diamonds.    First two chapters of Jack of Diamonds can be found on Kindle Scout. If you like the sample, please nominate the thriller.

Illustrating his love of nature and imagination, Neil’s other book is very different. Butterfly Battle- The Story of the Great Insect War  was relaunched in 2015 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The opening scene is a computer game on the battle. The anti-war fantasy is for children aged 8 to 12. The book received brilliant reviews from publications, teachers, parents and children. Besides promoting conservation and delving into the mystery of life and death, Butterfly Battle teaches boys and girls planning and strategy.

As a prolific London-based special correspondent of the Wall Street Journal, for more than two decades, Neil concentrated on commodities, mining and derivatives markets. He also wrote WSJ features on hedge funds, personal finance, property, sports business and travel. Neil is currently a longstanding London correspondent and columnist of The Business Times, Singapore, a leading Asian business publication. Amongst other topics, he writes on the European economic, financial and political scene e.g. populism and Brexit. Articles that appear on NeilBehrmann.net  have mainly been published in these and other publications.

Major scoops include the $3 billion Sumitomo copper fraud in 1996; the $900 million collapse of the International Tin Council; the $24 billion South African debt default in the mid-eighties and investigation into the lost millions of former Philippines dictator, Ferdinand Marcos. News breaking features include the Nick Leeson Barings fraud in 1995, Kerviel of Societe Generale and rivalry and scandals in the diamond market. Neil has also become a specialist on major hedge fund frauds. He investigated the Bayou and PAAM scams and the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Neil has been interviewed on BBC television and radio and other stations on diamonds, commodities and mining. He contributed a lengthy explanation on gold exchange traded funds for The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing by John Katz.

Neil has also written special articles and syndicated pieces for: Asian Finance, Business Day (SA), Business Report (SA), Daily Telegraph, Exchange Traded Gold, Financial World, Financial Weekly, Financial Post (now National Post in Canada), Guardian, Independent, Institutional Investor, Investors Daily, Melbourne Age, Mineweb.com, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Rand Daily Mail, South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald and The Times. Other publications include Business (UK), Strategy, Sunday Times (SA), Commodities-Now, New Zealand Herald, Paydirt, Ambassador (the UK MBA magazine) and Gold Mining Journal.