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.

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.

Colby Smith

Colby Smith is writing for FT Alphaville over the summer. She previously was the Marjorie Deane Fellow at the Economist, contributing to both the business and finance & economics sections. Before that she worked on the paper’s annual publication, The World in 2018. She received a masters in international relations at the University of Cambridge, where she wrote about the internationalisation of China’s currency. Prior to that she worked at Bloomberg as a producer for the network’s morning show, Bloomberg Surveillance, and later its closing bell show. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University.

Colby is interested in currency politics, emerging markets, inequality, corporate market power and the changing nature of retail.

Send her ideas or feedback at colby.smith@ft.com.

Twitter @colbyLsmith

Dan McCrum

Dan is the editor of FT Alphaville while Izabella is on maternity leave. In more than a decade at the FT he’s been Capital Markets Editor, written for FT Alphaville, worked as the FT’s Investment Correspondent in New York, and had stints writing for the Lex Column.

Before that Dan worked briefly at the Investors Chronicle, and has at one point or another carried furniture, sold kids books on doorsteps, and painted but not really decorated.

He also spent four years loitering in Citigroup’s equity research department where he picked up a few ideas about the value of luck, timing and a catchy pitch.

Dan likes interesting charts, short sellers and descriptive triplets. Send him ideas or even call him up, he’ll write about almost anything (except gold).

Jamie Powell

Jamie Powell joined FT Alphaville in March 2018. He lacks experience in journalism and markets, but did manage to pass the Investment Management Certificate – so he can at least value a convertible bond.

Before that he worked in sales for a start-up, Twig Eduation. In a bygone era, he sold shabby-chic French antiques and played bass for an indie rock band who managed to achieve a sliver of mainstream attention in the early 2010s.

Jamie studied filmmaking as an undergraduate and Russian Studies for his masters. For discussion of pretentious European cinema or obtuse golden-age Russian literature, he’s your man (Goncharov’s Oblomov is the top 19th century work, obviously).

He’s interested in the interactions between finance and culture, corporate malfeasance, inequality, emerging markets and Silicon Valley. Send him anything interesting at:

Jemima Kelly

Jemima Kelly joined FT Alphaville in April 2018. Before that she wrote about the foreign exchange market, cryptocurrencies, and fintech at Reuters. She also had stints there writing about the asset management industry and pensions. She covered the BP oil spill from Louisiana, and the Brexit reverberations from a muddy field in Glastonbury.

She got her start by sneaking into The Economist as a “corrector”, then moonlighting as a reporter, travelling to Myanmar to write about its literal and political landmines.

She once perused every issue of The Sun between 1979 and 1990 for her history dissertation, “What a pair! Page Three and the Thatcher Years”. Before university she pursued a career in music. She still sings and writes songs.

Jemima is interested in cryptoeconomics (sorry), technology, philanthropy, the ideas industry and pseudo-religions, index investing, and the media. Do contact her with any ideas.

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.

Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale joined Alphaville in January 2018. Before that he wrote about capital markets and banks. Before that he was a reporter in Madrid. Simultaneously, and also before that, he was a FT graduate trainee.

In an earlier existence he recalls living in China for two years, where he spent almost precisely one year in each of Nanjing and Beijing.

Thomas has a degree in English Language and Literature. He is interested in the financialisation of public policy, especially education and housing, the structure of global credit markets, the promotion of green finance, religion, the concept of money and the (Chinese) internet.

Contact him freely: