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The IMF's Tobias Adrian on stability

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Tobias Adrian, formerly of the New York Fed, runs the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund. Brendan and Colby sat down with him after publication of the IMF's Global Financial Stability Report. They talked about collateralised loan obligations, of course, but also about China and how the US faces risks just like any other country when hot capital flows in. 

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The 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and MIT professor joins host Cardiff Garcia to discuss her work on the incentive systems that drive …

Alphachatterbox: Gavyn Davies and Tyler Cowen on the productivity puzzle

July 29th, 2016

52:38

FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska leads Gavyn Davies, chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management and an FT blogger, and Tyler Cowen, professor of economics …

Tackling the housing 'trilemma', and the business of MMA

July 22nd, 2016

48:41

What are the economic and social tradeoffs of deciding where to live and how can one measure these? An economist at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis joins Cardiff Garcia and Kara Scannell to discuss a system he …

With all eyes on Brexit, what aren't we seeing?

July 15th, 2016

29:01

Economists, analysts and bloggers in attendance at the FT's Festival of Finance weigh in on the global economic activity we might be missing because of Brexit-myopia. Then Cardiff Garcia quizzes Tyler Cowen, blogger and …

Fact-checking Brexit claims with Tim Harford

July 1st, 2016

26:16

Tim Harford joins host Cardiff Garcia to discuss the potential economic effects of the UK leaving the EU. The referendum campaigns that preceded Brexit included a number of exaggerations and, in some cases, outright …

Credit and crises, and the economic shocks of 2016 thus far

June 24th, 2016

39:12

During normal economic cycles, increasing credit hides an economy's deeper problems, but when a financial crisis hits, all of that credit flips from …

Social bonds served up at McDonald's, the US education divide, and a look at Wall St post-crisis

June 17th, 2016

45:55

Across the US, McDonald's restaurants serve an underappreciated role: as defacto community centres for people at the margins of society. It's a story …

The economics of striking a work-life balance

June 10th, 2016

39:53

Finding a balance between work and your personal life matters not just to you and your family; it can also make companies and the economy in general more productive. Economist and author Heather Boushey joins Cardiff …

Maria Konnikova on psychology, work, and why we all get conned

June 6th, 2016

1:12:41

Maria Konnikova, a writer and author of “The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It… Every Time” talks to host Cardiff Garcia about her work and the challenge of judging the quality of social-science research. The two also …

What's going on in hedge fund land?

June 3rd, 2016

37:50

Many investors are questioning the benefit of allocating chunks of their money to hedge funds after recent bouts of financial market turbulence and …

Spotlight on the Australian economy

May 27th, 2016

32:34

Guy Debelle, assistant governor at the Reserve Bank of Australia, discusses with Cardiff Garcia and Matt Klein how decisions by the Federal Reserve …

The life and times of Paul Volcker: Part 1

May 22nd, 2016

50:24

The former chairman of the Federal Reserve talks to host Cardiff Garcia about the years prior to his inflation-fighting days of the 1980s, including his economics education, early career at the Federal Reserve Bank of …

The life and times of Paul Volcker: Part 2

May 22nd, 2016

52:36

In the second half of the extended interview, former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker discusses his appointment as president of the New York …

A private equity problem, and the economics of gangster states

May 20th, 2016

38:07

What does it mean for a private equity firm to value its investments accurately? FT Alphaville's Matt Klein joins host Cardiff Garcia to address this …

America's savings problem and secrecy in South Dakota

May 13th, 2016

34:43

Why do many Americans have trouble saving money for emergencies? Economist Allison Schrager debates this question and the impact of oil prices on spending with hosts Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond. Then, the FT's Kara …

Status-chasing economics, and the science of a good day

May 6th, 2016

36:12

Economist turned author Caroline Webb joins hosts Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond to talk about her new book How To Have a Good Day, in which she …

How Jamaica turned its debts around

April 29th, 2016

12:11

In the final episode of a four-part series on sovereign bankruptcy, the FT's Robin Wigglesworth tells the story of Jamaica's fiscal turnaround, which took a punitive austerity programme and a dose of good luck. For …

How Greece restructured its debt

April 28th, 2016

10:48

In the third of a four-episode series, the FT's Robin Wigglesworth examines the novel but controversial way Greece restructured €200bn of its debts, which demonstrated potential improvements to the messy sovereign debt …

When a country defaults

April 27th, 2016

13:28

In the second of a four episode series the FT's Robin Wigglesworth examines what happened when Argentina defaulted on $80bn of its bonds in 2001, at …

When a country goes bankrupt

April 26th, 2016

14:13

In the first episode of a four part series on sovereign bankruptcy, the FT's Robin Wigglesworth looks at how and when countries fall into distress, and examines whether Italy's debts are sustainable. For information …

Underrated moments in economic history, and a stagnationist's outlook on the future

April 22nd, 2016

47:18

Economist Brad DeLong examines three key but underappreciated events in economic history with host Cardiff Garcia. Then, author and former banker Satyajit Das discusses a variety of stagnationist trends that he says …

The quant episode

April 15th, 2016

43:17

In an episode dedicated to investing and quantitative analysis, hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia are joined by US markets editor Robin Wigglesworth to discuss quirky new alternative data that money managers use to …

The only path to expertise, and what now for Disney's succession plan

April 8th, 2016

54:02

Psychologist Anders Ericsson, author of Peak: Secrets from the new science of expertise, joins hosts Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond to discuss his …

The future of wearables and the downfall of two healthcare companies

April 1st, 2016

49:42

Wearable technology, including the Apple Watch and Google Glass, has been limited in appearance and functionality, but Amanda Parkes, chief …

Obama's trip to Cuba and and the new rich of emerging markets

March 24th, 2016

45:33

In light of US president Barack Obama's historic trip to Havana co-hosts Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond discuss the state of the Cuban economy, …

Why workers hate open-plan offices, pricing in political risk and women in the global economy

March 18th, 2016

49:41

David Burkus, author of Under New Management, joins co-hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia to debate the merits and pitfalls of open-plan offices, …

A case for changing economic measures and a battle of stock exchanges

March 11th, 2016

43:46

Economist David Beckworth discusses his case for measuring the economy with nominal GDP targetting as well as a recent op-ed in which he blames the Federal Reserve for the severity of the 2008 recession. Then, FT …

Super Tuesday special

March 1st, 2016

53:43

Just as the US 2016 election race is heating up, Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and Libertarian candidate making his second bid for the …

Boardroom battles and the rise of Xiaomi

February 26th, 2016

45:26

Author and hedge fund manager Jeff Gramm talks to the FT's John Authers about the biggest boardroom battles of the last century, from the proxyteers of the 1950s, to the corporate raiders of the 80s and the hedge fund …

Fintech's search for a 'super-algo', and Mohamed El-Erian on avoiding the next collapse

February 19th, 2016

38:04

A thinking, learning and trading computer could one day outwit the brightest fund manager. US markets editor Robin Wigglesworth explains how hedge …

The lasting damage of China's one-child policy and Theranos's precipitous fall from grace

February 12th, 2016

46:38

More than 30 years after China instituted the one-child policy to temper population growth, the country's demographics have greatly transformed. …

China's debt and the Trump media paradox

February 5th, 2016

49:08

Peking University professor Michael Pettis visits the FT to discuss the role that debt plays in the rebalancing of the Chinese economy. Then, Trump's …

How short-termism is misunderstood, millennials won't leave home and a battle of two Wall St bankers

January 29th, 2016

1:01:24

Corporate short-termism, or a company's tendency to reduce internal investment and focus on share price and dividend payments, is widely criticised …

A new era of cyber crime, market jitters and the race for the smartest car

January 22nd, 2016

37:03

As malware becomes easier for even non-technical bad actors to use, the risk of sensitive information being compromised becomes ever greater. FT investigations correspondent Kara Scannell sheds light on some of the …

Why Davos is more than one big party, privacy in an age of security and convenient tech and the economics of ageing

January 15th, 2016

50:01

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos next week, replete with captains of industry and world leaders. The FT's US managing editor Gillian Tett and Fusion's senior editor Felix Salmon join …

Halting 'eBay for guns', VR and smart shoes at CES and predictions for 2016

January 8th, 2016

38:39

President Barack Obama intends to expand background checks on gun sales and target online firearm marketplaces like Armslist.com that have created a …

The stories from 2015 that will shape 2016

December 23rd, 2015

30:09

In a year when the Federal Reserve announced the first interest rate rise since the financial crisis, mergers and acquisitions activity brought record-breaking deals, Silicon Valley's unicorn companies continued to …

Dissident voices from Cuba, the Mexican border, and hip hop Broadway

December 19th, 2015

1:02:15

Cuban dissident Miriam Leiva speaks with Cardiff Garcia in Havana about the life of her late husband, Oscar Espinosa Chepe, an economist with an irrepressible instinct to tell the truth to a government that did not want …

What happens after rates rise, the shrinking middle class and pay equity

December 11th, 2015

30:41

Economists widely agree that Janet Yellen and the Fed board will lift interest rates at the December 16 meeting but expectations vary just as much …

Future of BlackBerry, the renminbi and George Lucas’s gift to Chicago

December 4th, 2015

43:58

Author Sean Silcoff calls in from Toronto to discuss the rise and fall of BlackBerry, the topic of the book he co-wrote, "Losing the Signal". Then, Patrick Chovanec of Silvercrest Asset Management discusses the IMF's …

The SUV sales boom, and an IMF success in Jamaica

November 26th, 2015

31:52

Car sales in the US are set to hit a record high this year, helped by the post-recession resurgence of the sport utility vehicle. As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Paris next week for the UN climate change …

Robots, artificial intelligence and a sluggish shopping season

November 20th, 2015

45:29

The Rise of the Robots author Martin Ford stops by to discuss his pessimistic outlook on the future of automation after winning the FT-McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award this week. Then, San Francisco …

More conversation with Sherry Turkle

November 14th, 2015

16:25

When "Reclaiming Conversation" author Sherry Turkle sat down with co-host Shannon Bond, she had more to say than could fit in this week's episode of …

The power of talk, and mythical startup valuations

November 13th, 2015

54:42

Sherry Turkle, clinical psychologist and MIT professor, stops by to speak with host Shannon Bond on how our addiction to our tech devices has stunted …

Jon Stewart heads to HBO, what's going on with Bill Gross, and how we will age

November 5th, 2015

55:18

HBO announced this week that the company will embark on a four year production deal with the former Comedy Central star, beginning with short-form content for the channel's digital platforms. Co-hosts Cardiff Garcia and …

Alphachat visits Angus Deaton, and a rush of pharma activity

October 29th, 2015

36:03

Alphachat went on the road this week to visit Angus Deaton at Princeton University. Host Cardiff Garcia previews a few excerpts from his conversation with the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics winner. Then, the rush of …

Bernanke's legacy, surge in video streaming and Trudeau's global reach

October 23rd, 2015

49:27

The new memoir of former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, titled The Courage to Act, is discussed by US economics editor Sam Fleming and Cardiff Garcia, and how Mr Bernanke's legacy might affect the way in which …

A blockbuster beer deal, the business of podcasting and 'Foolproofing' the economy

October 16th, 2015

43:37

Guest host Shannon Bond speaks to FT correspondents about the blockbuster AB Inbev deal with SABMiller and what it will mean, if approved by …

Jack is back at Twitter, FT readers on the global economy, and more Martin Wolf

October 9th, 2015

28:37

Media correspondent Shannon Bond asks San Francisco correspondent Hannah Kuchler and management editor Andrew Hill what Jack Dorsey's dual CEO roles …

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President Xi's visit to the US, and the internet in Cuba

October 2nd, 2015

38:28

In this episode of Alphachat, Cardiff Garcia previews an interview
with Anne-Marie Slaughter about her newly released book, Unfinished
Business, on gender equality in the workplace and at home. Shannon
Bond calls in from …

Martin Wolf, Robert Shiller and a tough week for biotechs

September 24th, 2015

46:43

Host Cardiff Garcia previews an in-depth interview with the FT's chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, who has just finished a new afterword for …

An abysmal Republican debate, YouTube stars, and the Fed holds

September 17th, 2015

38:12

In this episode of Alphachat, host Cardiff Garcia and FT media correspondent Shannon Bond assess the winners and losers of a disappointing debate among Republican candidates for the White House. Then, San Francisco …

What happens when rates rise?

September 10th, 2015

42:53

The Federal Reserve board meets next week to decide on whether or not it will raise US interest rates. Host Cardiff Garcia speaks to US markets editor Robin Wigglesworth and US economics editor Sam Fleming about the …

The promise (and the risks) of drones

September 2nd, 2015

41:22

Host Cardiff Garcia is joined by Ella Atkins, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, to discuss the technology, regulatory …

Rewriting the rules with Joseph Stiglitz

August 23rd, 2015

52:34

Host Cardiff Garcia sits down with Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at Columbia University, to discuss a new report …

China disrupts a sleepy August, and the problems for 'female Viagra'

August 20th, 2015

42:27

This week's episode features two very different topics. Patrick Chovanec of Silvercrest Asset Management joins Cardiff Garcia and Matt Klein to discuss devaluation of the renminbi and other imbalances in the Chinese …

People's QE, valuing Buzzfeed and Vox, and John Authers on the perils of index investing

August 13th, 2015

54:04

Host Cardiff Garcia is joined by fellow Alphavillian Matt Klein to discuss "People's QE", a plan proposed by Jeremy Corbyn in his campaign for UK Labour Party leadership; John Authers discusses the rise of index …

Answering questions on millennials and money, Puerto Rico defaults and the fate of bank analysts

August 7th, 2015

58:01

Hosts Cardiff Garcia and Matt Klein respond to listener questions about young people and monetary policy; Sujeet Indap investigates the fate of bank …

The Silo Effect, Nikkei buys the FT Group and an Alphavillian returns from Greece

July 30th, 2015

44:40

In this episode of Alphachat, host Cardiff Garcia is joined by Gillian Tett and Ben McLannahan to discuss the future of the FT under new ownership; Gillian offers a preview of The Silo Effect, her forthcoming new book; …

The threat to Gawker, a big week for tech companies and the next turn in the Fifa scandal

July 24th, 2015

55:36

On this episode of FT Alphachat, Shannon Bond and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson discuss the fallout for Gawker after a bad editorial decision; Lex's Rob Armstrong guides listeners through the tech sector; and Kara Scannell …

The artisanal economy, campaign Twitter spats, and an inexplicable flash crash

July 17th, 2015

36:50

Shannon Bond explains why presidential campaigns are spending so much on social media platforms, Allison Schrager predicts how men will cope with a post-industrial economy, and Joe Rennison guides listeners through the …

The podcast renaissance

April 2nd, 2015

44:24

Alphaville's Cardiff Garcia talks to FT media reporter Shannon Bond and Buzzfeed's Nick Quah about the podcast renaissance, and they also recommend a few of their favourite podcasts to FT listeners For information …

The FT Alphaville Christmas Podcast

December 19th, 2014

51:40

The FT Alphaville team reviews the key stories of the year, from the Russia crisis and the oil crash, to the company known as Quindell and the rise …

Economic books of the year

September 10th, 2013

1:04:27

In this episode of FT Alphaville's semi-frequent podcast, Cardiff Garcia hosts Diane Coyle and Tyler Cowen to discuss their economics books of the year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

Economic books of the year

September 10th, 2013

1:04:27

In this episode of FT Alphaville's semi-frequent podcast, Cardiff Garcia hosts Diane Coyle and Tyler Cowen to discuss their economics books of the year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

Anat Admati and Frances Coppola on bank capital

July 31st, 2013

43:10

Izzy Kaminska and David Keohane talk to Anat Admati and Frances Coppola about banking fragility, capital requirements, and banks crying wolf. For …

An MF Global catchup

July 25th, 2013

36:21

In this episode of Alphachat, Alphaville reporters Izabella Kaminska and David Keohane chat to repo market specialist Scott Skyrm about the fall of MF Global. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

Pricing in the robots

July 18th, 2013

1:06:42

In this edition of Alphachat's painfully regular podcast Cardiff Garcia and Izabella Kaminska are joined by Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics …

Up Shibor creek with Michael Pettis

July 11th, 2013

49:16

In this edition of Alphaville's exceedingly regular podcast, Cardiff Garcia, Kate MacKenzie and David Keohane chat to Michael Pettis Professor of …

The rattle from collateral

July 4th, 2013

32:53

In this episode of FT Alphaville's bizarrely regular podcast, Cardiff Garcia and Izabella Kaminska are joined by Manmohan Singh, a senior economist …

Noah Smith on the Japanese economy

June 25th, 2013

54:25

FT Alphaville's frankly frequent podcast continues with another look at Abenomics. This episode features Alphaville's Cardiff Garcia and Izabella Kaminska alongside guest Noah Smith. For information regarding your data …

Abenomics edition

May 22nd, 2013

26:39

In which Alphaville's David Keohane and Kate Mackenzie chat about Abenomics -- its progress, goals and endgame -- with Citi's G10 chief FX strategist Steven Englander. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

Alphachat: Lee Buchheit edition, featuring Lee Buchheit

May 16th, 2013

33:41

FT capital markets correspondent Robin Wigglesworth and FT Alphaville reporter Joseph Cotterill talk to Lee Buchheit, Cleary Gottlieb lawyer and sovereign debt restructuring expert. For information regarding your data …

That dang negativity edition

May 9th, 2013

21:51

FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska, David Keohane and Simon Hinrichsen spent some time rambling about negative rates, that most curious of potential …

Alphachat: Dragons of Ljubljana edition

April 25th, 2013

27:37

It's another Alphachat, our now reasonably frequent podcast. This time Izzy, Cardiff and David meander from gold and bitcoin, via the Bank of Japan …

A cunning plan edition

March 28th, 2013

23:49

Alphaville chats about Cyprus, capital controls, Argentina's ongoing sovereign debt restructuring trial of the century and the Fed. For information …

A long chat about a bunch of stuff

February 15th, 2013

59:12

FT Alphaville hosts a free-wheeling podcast to discuss currency wars, debt monetisation, the G20, mobile payments, and US immigration. They also …

Interview with Goldman’s Jan Hatzius

December 21st, 2011

22:28

Jan Hatzius, the chief US economist for Goldman Sachs, explains to FT Alphaville’s Cardiff Garcia why he expects US growth to slow in the first half …

Sal Arnuk on high frequency trading

December 15th, 2011

52:39

In this edition, Cardiff Garcia talks with Sal Arnuk, co-head of Themis Trading, about high frequency trading and the fragmented trading …

Michael Pettis on the Chinese economy

June 15th, 2011

33:06

In this edition, Cardiff Garcia talks with Peking University finance professor Michael Pettis about the limits of China's economic model, why we …

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