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Hi, I’m looking for someone who completes me and… wait, I’m being told that this isn’t an online dating profile. And that I should keep it professional. And put on a shirt.

I’m Alphaville’s US editor, and I founded and host two FT podcasts about economics and business: Alphachat, our weekly variety-news show, and Alphachatterbox, which features a longform conversation with a single guest for each episode. You should listen to them!

Oh no, you kept reading. I meant that you should listen to them RIGHT NOW. I’ll wait.

Born and raised in Tampa, university at Georgetown, and with the exception of a year spent backpacking abroad I’ve been in New York for the past decade. Before joining Alphaville I spent a little more than two years as a reporter at Dow Jones Financial News covering investment banking, asset management, and private equity. Along the way I’ve written freelance pieces on a variety of other topics from behavioural psychology to Muay Thai, the latter also being a personal interest that involves frequently getting kicked in the shins (and torso, and head). When my guard is down I’ll admit to having attended journalism school.

Prior to becoming a journalist, I was an analyst for three years at the JPMorgan Private Bank. I worked for a team that had clients in Mexico and the Southern Cone, and I ran an internal newsletter for other analysts at the bank, overseeing a small staff.

I tend to write mostly about US macroeconomic issues, with daily excursions into other topics. Find me also on Tumblr and as a recurring talking head on the Marketplace Weekly Wrap, NPR’s Here & Now, the Yahoo! Daily Ticker and a few other places.

Alphachat: Under-appreciated moments in economic history; mid-career switches; “The Age of Stagnation”

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Alphachat: alternative data mining, earnings season, and Meb Faber on hedge funds

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Alphachat: the psychology and study of expertise; and the future for Disney

Introduction — preview of longform interview with Emily Oster
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Alphachat: CEO humiliation; the future of wearables; and the problems at Valeant and Theranos

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Charles Kenny on trade adjustment, deindustrialisation, development and more (full transcript)

Alphachatterbox is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Alphachat: the Cuban economy, and Caroline Freund on emerging-market billionaires

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

The US and Cuba: incrementalism, reversal risk and the Dictator’s Dilemma

To analogise the ongoing diplomatic maneuvering between the US and Cuba to a scenario of mutual hostage-taking doesn’t sound charitable, but it might be the best framework for understanding a relationship long defined by its baffling surrealism.

And it’s a useful lens through which to see not only President Obama’s visit to the island, the first by a sitting US president in almost nine decades, but also the specific actions taken by each side in the time since the intent to normalise relations was first announced on 17 December 2014. Read more

Alphachat: why open-plan offices are terrible; new geopolitical risks; and global female labour force participation

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

US Macro Live, FOMC statement and presser edition

Matt Klein and I will be hosting a special edition of Macro Live to cover the release the of the FOMC statement and the Janet Yellen presser.

We’ll be starting at 1:55pm EST (that’s 5:55pm in London), and you can join us at the usual placeRead more

Alphachat: dodgy corporate jet use, NGDP targeting, and the battle over IEX

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Productivity and innovation stagnation, past and future: an epic compendium of recent views

Maybe you’re aware that productivity growth has been abysmal in recent years.

Maybe you’ve even read Robert Gordon’s new book — or just one of the many summaries and critical reviews — and you worry gravely about what this means for future living standards. Read more

Clay Shirky and Emily Parker on Xiaomi, technology and information flows in China (updated with transcript)

Click above for the full transcript of my recent podcast episode with Clay Shirky, author of Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream, and Emily Parker, author of Now I Know Who My Comrades AreRead more

Alphachat: Super Tuesday, money in politics, and what happened to the “libertarian moment”?

Here comes Super Tuesday
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Alphachat: A new hemp SEF; AI investing; Mohamed El-Erian’s new book

A new hemp derivatives market?
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Podcast: Clay Shirky and Emily Parker on Xiaomi, technology, and information flows in China

Alphachatterbox is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Podcast: Simon Kuper’s panel on the cultural forces of football

Alphachatterbox is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher.

We’re pleased to present this special edition of Alphachatterbox, our longform podcast. The episode is a recording of a recent panel about football and culture hosted by our colleague Simon KuperRead more

Our chat with Michael Pettis (updated with full transcript)

Click above to open the transcript (pdf file) of our recent podcast conversation with Michael Pettis, recorded the week before last. Read more

Alphachat: the legacy of China’s one-child policy; and the fall of Theranos

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Alphachat: Michael Pettis on the Chinese economy, plus the US election and conservative talk radio

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

“The Donald Trump Candidacy” and moderate myths

Donald Trump didn’t win Iowa, and it’s anybody’s guess whether his strength in the national polls will translate into actual victories throughout the primary season. Whatever does happen, his candidacy has been fascinating even beyond his manic, hyperbolic utterances and his peculiar mix of toxic and centrist policy ideas.

Can anything be learned from his emergence and the surprising resilience of his popularity with a sizable share of Republicans, regardless of whether it continues? Read more

Alphachat: Mauboussin on short-termism; millenials staying put; Perella vs Kramer

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Alphachat: cyber-security, Detroit vs Silicon Valley, and markets mayhem

You’ll have a chance to win a Kindle by recommending ways to improve Alphachat at www.ft.com/alphasurvey. Help us out! Read more

China and traditional industrialisation-led development: the world was not enough

Earlier this month at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association in San Francisco, Justin Yifu Lin argued that China’s growth slowdown has been mainly the result of external and cyclical factors rather than structural transformation.

His case rests on the idea that other East Asian and emerging-market economies had also decelerated in recent years, some of which — Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan — do not have the same structural problems that are thought to plague China’s economy. Furthermore, Brazil’s decline has been much sharper than China’s, while India in 2012 also slowed dramatically before rebounding; China can rebound too. Read more

Alphachat: whether Davos matters, the end of privacy, and the economics of aging

A reminder that you’ll have a chance to win a Kindle by recommending ways to improve Alphachat at www.ft.com/alphasurvey. Help us out! Read more

Alphachat: America’s eBay for guns, the gadgets of CES, and predictions for 2016

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Merry Christmas, we’re out of here

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Alphachat: The FT’s US newsroom wraps up the year, looks ahead

Shannon and I have had blast hosting Alphachat this year, and we’re grateful for all the feedback from our listeners. Please let us know how we can make it even better next year over at www.ft.com/alphasurveyRead more

Alphachat: the life of a dissident Cuban economist; a Mexico-US free travel zone; “Hamilton”!

Please tell us how you think we can improve Alphachat at www.ft.com/alphasurveyRead more

Alphachat: Jon Stewart to HBO, Soros bails on Gross, tech for the aging, and our longform suggestions

Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. Read more

Our podcast chat with Angus Deaton (updated with transcript)

The podcast crew traveled to Princeton this week to speak with Angus Deaton, winner of this year’s economics Nobel, about his early influences and career, the academic work for which he won the prize, his popular writing on poverty and inequality, and quite a bit more.

Parts 1 & 2 below, followed by a time guide and a few additional thoughts and links for further reading. UPDATE: a transcript of this chat can be found below at the end of the post. Read more