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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: 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

Notes for today’s show: Read more

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

Alphachat: Pharma madness (Valeant, Pfizer-Allergan), and a few Angus Deaton clips

Today’s episode includes three clips* from our chat with Angus Deaton, winner of the 2015 Economics Nobel. The excerpted topics include Deaton’s early career and influences, his work on the poverty trap, and his views on the efficacy (or rather inefficacy) of foreign aid schemes. Read more

Our chat with Angus Deaton

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. We’ll upload a transcript of the chat next week once it’s ready, and then republish this post. Read more

Alphachat: Bernanke’s book, the TV landscape, and the Canadian election

Alphachat is now available on Acast, iTunes, and Stitcher. A time guide and relevant links for today’s show: Read more

Alphachat: the podcasting biz; AB InBev to buy SABMiller; and the problem with foolproofing the economy

I’m away this week, but I left Alphachat in the sure hands of the mighty Shannon Bond:

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A chat with Greg Ip about “Foolproof” (and the transcript)

We invited Greg Ip, the chief economics commentator at our vicious rival The Wall Street Journal, into our offices for a duel to the death.

But my lightsaber ran out of batteries and Greg’s kung-fu fighting was rusty, so instead we settled for a chat about his new book, Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe. Read more

Alphachat: Vox-pop from the #FTPubQuiz, Jack Dorsey’s return to Twitter, and Martin Wolf on secular stagnation

Your weekly instalment of Alphachat is now live:

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A wonky chat with Martin Wolf (plus the transcript)

Episode 2 of Alphachatterbox is a 90-minute conversation, split into two parts, with the FT’s chief economics commentator Martin Wolf.

We cover a lot of ground with Martin, who recently finished a new afterword (not yet published) to his 2014 book, The Shifts and the Shocks.  Read more

All of the questions (and answers!) from our New York #FTPubQuiz

We hosted our New York Pub Quiz on Wednesday night. Congrats to the winning team, Lower Expectations, who defended their title from last year’s event by answering 53 out of 70 questions correctly, eking out a win over the team Paul Volcker Rules, William Miller Drools by just a single answer.

We had a blast producing the event and were honoured to have been joined by former Fed chair Paul Volcker, who co-hosted the economics and history section of the quiz and even submitted a few questions of his own.

For more on the night’s activity, you can scroll down through the #FTPubQuiz hashtag on Twitter, and be sure to listen to the vox-pop segment of this week’s Alphachat, in which producer Aimee Keane asked attendees for their views on the Fed and the likelihood of a China crash.

First up are the questions alone (for those who want to test themselves), and halfway down begins the same set of questions with the answers provided.

ROUND 1

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Alphachat: Anne-Marie Slaughter on gender equality, invisible Xi, and Emily Parker on the Internet in Cuba

We’re thrilled to announce that today we are launching a new longform-only* podcast about economics and business — a kind of spinoff from Alphachat, which will continue to run weekly.

We received a lot of suggestions throughout the last two months of producing Alphachat consistently, but the two most common kinds of feedback were directly contradictory. On the one hand, a lot of people asked for more long-and-wonky chats like our hour-long conversation with Joe Stiglitz. On the other hand, many other listeners also wanted a slightly shorter Alphachat: an hour was too long for them. Read more

FT Alphachat podcast: Robert Shiller, Martin Wolf, and a tough week for biotech

Alphachat is on iTunes and Stitcher. We’d love your feedback and questions — especially those that we can play on the podcast — so feel free to call us at 917-551-5012 (a US number) or email us at alphachat@ft.com. For those who can’t dial a US line but would like a question played on the episode, you can also send us a voice recording via email. Read more

Alphachat podcast: Youtube stars, a terrible Republican debate, and the Fed holds (sorry)

A reminder that we’ll be interviewing Martin Wolf on Alphachat next week, and Martin will also answering listeners’ questions. If you’ve got one, feel free to call us at 917-551-5012 (a US number) or email us at alphachat@ft.com. For those who can’t dial a US line but would like their question played on the episode, you can also send us a voice recording via email. Read more

Join us for Macro Live, Yellen presser special edition

Well folks, this is either the moment we’ve been waiting for, or it’s the moment when we realise that we’ll have to wait a little more for the moment we’ve been waiting for. (I think that’s right.)

Matt Klein and I will be live-blogging today’s Yellen presser. We plan to start at 1:45pm EST (6:45pm in London) ahead of the statement and forecasts, which will be released at 2pm, and then cover the press conference when it starts at 2:30pm. You’ll find us at the usual placeRead more

Who’s got questions for Martin Wolf?

Next week we’ll be hosting an extended episode of Alphachat featuring Martin Wolf to discuss his book The Shifts and the Shocks, and Martin will also be taking listener questions.

If there’s anything you’d like to ask him about either the book or his columns — or anything at all related to economics and finance — you can call us at 917-551-5012 (US number) and let us know if we can play your call on the episode, or email us at alphachat@ft.com. Thanks!

UPDATE: REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED — We’re hosting another New York pub quiz and drinks!

UPDATE: Thanks to those of you who have tried to register. Unfortunately we are already over-capacity and won’t be able to accommodate everyone. We’re sorry! But thanks so much for your interest. If you’re coming across this post for the first time and want to be assured a spot next year, you can still let us know at alphaquiz@ft.com. Thanks again! [Update over.]

We’re excited to announce that our second annual Economics & Finance Pub Quiz will take place on the evening of Wednesday, October 7th in Manhattan from 6:30 to 9:30. Read more

Alphachat podcast: Joe Stiglitz on minimum wage, monetary policy, TPP and more

We recorded this podcast on Tuesday, August 18th. Alphachat is on iTunes and Stitcher, and to give us feedback you can email us at alphachat@ft.com or call us at 917-551-5012. Read more

Alphachat: the Chinese economy, and the dodgy Flibanserin (fine, the “female Viagra”)

We recorded this podcast on Thursday, August 20th. Alphachat is on iTunes and Stitcher, and to give us feedback you can email us at alphachat@ft.com or call us at 917-551-5012. And here are today’s two topics: Read more

Alphachat: the problems of indexed investing, “People’s QE”, and old media invests in new

Topic 1: John Authers on index providers
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Alphachat: reader Q&A, bank analyst destiny, Puerto Rican default and the Canadian elections

We recorded this podcast on Thursday, August 6th. Alphachat is on iTunes and Stitcher, and to give us feedback you can email us at alphachat@ft.com or call us at 917-551-5012. And here are today’s topics: Read more