Meet the Alphaville Team

Izabella Kaminska, Editor

Izabella Kaminska is the editor of FT Alphaville. She joined FT Alphaville in October 2008, which was, perhaps, the best time in the world to become a financial blogger. (Added bonus: there was a free breakfast trolly.) Before that she worked as a producer at CNBC, a natural gas reporter at Platts and an associate editor of BP’s internal magazine. She has also worked as a reporter on English language business papers in Poland and Azerbaijan and was a Reuters graduate trainee in 2004.

Everything she knows about economics stems from a childhood fascination with ancient economies, specifically the agrarian land reforms of the early Roman republic and the coinage and price stability reforms of late Roman emperors. Her favourite emperor is one Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian.

She studied Ancient History at UCL and has a masters in Journalism from what was then the London College of Printing.

And yes, she is also a second-generation West London Pole (who likes mushroom picking, bigos and pierogi).

Alexandra Scaggs

Alexandra Scaggs joined FT Alphaville in June 2016. She previously covered US interest rates for Bloomberg, where she wrote about the Fed’s first only 2015 rate hike, created some work for lawyers when her story on Treasury auctions was cited in a class-action lawsuit, and also did the occasional broadcasty type of thing.

Before that, she wrote about US equities at the Wall Street Journal and unintentionally specialised in having mild profanities printed in the paper. Her stories have also appeared below gas jokes and a photo of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan.

She’s excited to have landed a job in a foreign bureau without actually leaving New York. At university she studied religion and French (which seemed impractical) before temporarily switching to economics and business (which only seemed practical until the financial crisis).

She finally settled on journalism, after deciding practicality in her career was never a realistic goal in the first place. Her college coursework led her to stories about a former POW who lived down the road and a distant ancestor who adopted and raised a bear in rural Virginia. She would follow in his footsteps, but raising a bear in Brooklyn is too hipster for her tastes.

Feel free to send her tips, ideas or feedback at alex.scaggs@ft.com.

Bryce Elder

Bryce is a sporadic Alphaville contributor and has been the FT’s UK equities reporter since 2008. Before that he wrote about UK equities at Morningstar. Before that he wrote about UK equities at The Times. Before that he wrote about UK equities at Bloomberg. Before that he wrote about UK equities at AFX News. Before that he did not write about UK equities.

Kadhim Shubber

Kadhim joined FT Alphaville in December 2015 after stints reporting for the FT on UK retail and US corporate bond markets.

In a past life, he studied Physics and even managed to graduate. Since then, he has written for a variety of UK publications, spent too much time on Twitter, got embarrassingly good at Civilization 5 and set a frivolous world record. Recently he won a “thing” at the UK tech awards.

He is always up for a chat or a coffee. Do send him gossip.

Matthew C Klein

Hi!

I first got into economics and finance while working in the woods of Westport, CT for Bridgewater Associates in 2008-2010.

One of the many things I learned there was that I find it more satisfying to explain the markets than actually work in them. So I ended up leaving to help out with research for this biography of Alan Greenspan, which involved, among other things, reading every single Fed meeting transcript from the middle of 1987 through 2006.

After that, I was fortunate enough to get a Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Internship at The Economist. My writing has also appeared in Bloomberg View and the New York Times.

While studying diplomatic history at Yale might not seem like the best way to prepare for this career path, there are some surprising similarities between the ways governments determine their foreign policy and the ways central banks go about setting interest rates. (Lots of arbitrariness, personality conflicts, people making things up as they go…)

Originally from Chicago, I’m currently an economic migrant in New York.

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy, the founder of FT Alphaville, is now the head of FT Investigations. He can, nevertheless, still be spotted contributing to FTAV pixels every now and then. He joined the FT in London in 2006 as development editor of FT.com, concentrating on the expansion of the online business. Prior to that, he served as the Guardian’s financial editor for seven years. He has also held senior positions in business journalism at the Sunday Business newspaper and the Daily Telegraph. Murphy is a graduate of the London School of Economics.