Meet the Alphaville Team

Paul Murphy, Editor

Paul Murphy is the founding editor of FT Alphaville and an associate editor of the Financial Times. 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.

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.

Cardiff Garcia

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.

Dan McCrum

Dan joined FT Alphaville in September 2013, after stints on Lex and as the FT’s Investment Correspondent in New York where he wrote about hedge funds, asset management and markets.

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. He wants to know more about Europe’s banks, thinks the bond markets are going to be a lot of fun, and finds the whole idea of active fund management mildly amusing.

Send him ideas or even call him up, he’ll write about almost anything (except gold).

David Keohane

(Spending some time as FTAV’s Bombay wallah. Noticeably sweatier but not much else has changed.)

David studied economics, politics and journalism before joining the FT in 2011 as a Marjorie Deane fellow. He covered emerging markets, equities and currencies before making the jump over to FT Alphaville in May 2012.

In between his degree and masters he wandered into the real world of business where he learnt how to manipulate a spreadsheet and organise meetings where nothing gets decided.

He has spent time in France, learning French, and India, learning how to cross roads, and enjoys nothing less than writing about himself in the third person.

His hobbies include reaching things on top shelves, running long distances at slow speeds, growing beards and trying to live up to a rash claim he made as a twelve-year old that “he had read all of the books”.

If you wish to know more about David please do pick up the phone and call him for a chat in the first person. Be warned though: he tends to talk at pace and in an Irish accent.

Izabella Kaminska

Izabella Kaminska 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).

Joseph Cotterill

Joseph is the FT’s Southern Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg, after previous stints as private equity correspondent and on the Lex column. But he still writes for Alphaville, which he joined way back in March 2010 — right in the middle of the Greek bailout crisis. He has been very interested in all things credit and sovereign debt ever since…

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.

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.