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Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you'll find anywhere else

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Angela Nagle on the online culture wars

June 28th, 2019


Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right, talks to FT Alphaville's Jemima Kelly …

Nouriel Roubini on the US-China Thucydides Trap

June 21st, 2019


A number of geopolitical and financial risks are stalking the global economy, pointing to a possible recession in 2020. According to Nouriel Roubini, …

Jay Shambaugh on the tools to fight the next recession

June 14th, 2019


The economist and Brookings Institution senior fellow talks to FT contributor Megan Greene about the fiscal policies that lawmakers could arrange now …

Joel Mokyr and the curse of Adam

June 7th, 2019


Man must work. But how man works matters. Brendan Greeley sat down with Joel Mokyr, an economist and economic historian at Northwestern University, at an event on the future of work at the Federal Reserve Bank of …

Will Davies on populism, data and experts

May 31st, 2019


The political economist sits down with Alphaville's Jamie Powell and Thomas Hale to discuss how we should think about expertise in a post-truth world.

Robert Kaplan on jobs, oil and credit

May 24th, 2019


The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas sits down with Brendan Greeley to discuss what a tight labour market could mean for retraining …

Ajay Royan searches for the next growth frontier

May 17th, 2019


What if the vast majority of the high-growth tech unicorns emerging from Silicon Valley are not really technology or innovation companies? What if …

Banking culture since the crisis

May 10th, 2019


How has banking culture changed since the global financial crisis and what areas still need work? Brendan Greeley talks with three economics experts …

Kimberly Clausing makes the case for open economies

May 3rd, 2019


Economist Kimberly Clausing tells Brendan Greeley and Mark Blyth why greater trade, capital flows and immigration are the solution to more equitably …

Alphachat Live! Raghuram Rajan and Ashley Putnam on community

April 26th, 2019


Until recently, economists have ignored the idea that communities matter for economic outcomes, leaving those questions to sociologists. But there is …

The IMF's Tobias Adrian on stability

April 19th, 2019


Tobias Adrian, formerly of the New York Fed, runs the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund. Brendan and Colby …

Bonus: IMF's Vitor Gaspar on debt

April 18th, 2019


On the occasion of the release of the International Monetary Fund's Fiscal Monitor, Brendan talked to Vitor Gaspar, who runs the fund's Fiscal Affairs Department. Mr Gaspar, formerly of the Banco de Portugal, the …

Odette Lienau on the most complicated debt restructuring in history

April 12th, 2019


Law professor Odette Lienau joins Colby and Brendan on the sidelines of the IMF spring meetings in Washington, DC to discuss the sovereign debt …

Yanis Varoufakis: "Democracy is a very fragile flower"

April 5th, 2019


Alphaville's Jemima Kelly and Izabella Kaminska sat down with Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece and current organiser of a trans-European group of what he calls "radical Europeanists" — in favor of …

Brexit: Too late now to get the milk out of the tea

March 29th, 2019


No matter what the British Parliament decides, for almost three years the UK, Ireland and the EU have been dealing with the reality of the Leave vote. Positions have hardened, investments have been foregone, and all the …

Immigration: comparing this wave to the last

March 22nd, 2019


Leah Boustan of Princeton and Maggie Peters of UCLA look at the wave of migrants to the US from Central America and compare it to the last great wave, from Europe in the late 19th century. Some things are the same: …

Andrew Keen on the internet: misery is not the answer

March 15th, 2019


Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur and more recently How to Fix the Future, sits down with FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska. They both tell …

Waltraud Schelkle and Ashoka Mody: Is the eurozone fixable?

March 8th, 2019


Forget Brexit. Growth in the eurozone is slowing down, but not equally for all countries. Which leaves the continent with the same question it's had …

What China wants: Brad Setser, and Freya Beamish

March 1st, 2019


Even if the trade talks are settled, long-term friction will remain between China and the United States. China has an industrial policy which will …

Germany's China shock

February 22nd, 2019


Answering the question of whether Germany's export-driven model will ever change, and whether Germany's obsession with saving and budget surpluses will ever change. And how to say "Groundhog Day" in German. Wade Jacoby …

Peter Norton on the history of paying for big projects

February 15th, 2019


The United States may not have an infrastructure crisis. It may in fact have too much infrastructure. And what does that word "infrastructure" even mean, anyway? We talk about the history internal improvements, public …

Climate change is not a business cycle

February 8th, 2019


Armon Rezai of the Vienna University of Economics and Business and Lint Barrage of Brown University talk to Colby and Mark about how climate change …

Adam Tooze on Davos, econ 101 and the unexpected importance of China in the global economy

February 1st, 2019


Adam Tooze, economic historian and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, joins the FT’s Brendan Greeley and Brown …

The history of what we now call opportunity zones

January 25th, 2019


The 2017 tax cut in the US included a provision that would forgive capital gains taxes, if invested for ten years in an "opportunity zone" — a …

Olivier Blanchard on debt: “Relax. Don’t relax too much, but relax”

January 18th, 2019


Author of the standard textbook on macroeconomics, former head of research for the International Monetary Fund, currently at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Olivier Blanchard works in the place where …

Adam Posen on central banks, China and the enduring power of the dollar

January 11th, 2019


The economist and president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics joins FT Alphaville’s Colby Smith and Brown University’s Mark Blyth …

Robert Shiller: market narratives are 'like diseases'

January 8th, 2019


A bonus episode from the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Atlanta this past weekend. Brendan Greeley caught up with Yale economist and Nobel laureate Robert Shiller, who argues that if you want to …

What exactly is 'slack'?

January 5th, 2019


Economists like to talk about the "slack" in the labour market. But how can we measure it, and what does it mean? The FT's Brendan Greeley hosts with …

Mariana Mazzucato on who creates value

December 21st, 2018


The economist and University College London professor joins Alphaville's Jemima Kelly to discuss the question of value: who creates it and who makes …

The math wizard who became a customer loyalty scheme guru

December 14th, 2018


Economist Gary Loveman was teaching at Harvard Business School when he went to consult for the Harrah's casino chain in Las Vegas in the late 1990s. …

Bill Janeway revisits the 'three-player game'

December 7th, 2018


Academic and practicing capitalist Bill Janeway talks to the FT's Jamie Powell about the way government used to drive innovation, and his idea of the "three-player game" between government, capital and industry. Music …

David Autor on what we now know about trade

November 30th, 2018


Alphachat is back, and with a new host, Brendan Greeley. Brendan is the new US editor of Alphaville, and in this episode, he talks to MIT economics professor David Autor about what economics got wrong about trade, how …

Introducing Behind The Money

May 25th, 2018


Alphachat is going on a brief hiatus. When we come back in a few weeks we're going to have some great new interviews. But before we take this short break, we wanted to share a new FT podcast called Behind The Money. …

Sir Paul Tucker on the legitimacy of the central bank

May 18th, 2018


The economist and former deputy governor of the Bank of England joins the FT's John Authers to debate the power of government agencies and the unelected officials leading them, including those at the helm of …

Dan Drezner on the economics of ideas

May 11th, 2018


In this encore episode, Dan Drezner, writer and professor of international politics, discusses his book, "The Ideas Industry: how pessimists, …

Jim Millstein on lessons from the financial crisis

May 4th, 2018


The former chief restructuring officer of the US joins Lex's Sujeet Indap to talk about the financialisation of American businesses, the causes of the 2008 crisis and the outcomes of the government response and reforms. …

An encore chat with Geoffrey West

April 20th, 2018


Physicist Geoffrey West joins FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska to discuss his work on a universal theory of growth - or scaling - that extends beyond human lifespans to encompass the sustainability of corporations, …

Encore: Alice Rivlin on a career as an economic policymaker

April 13th, 2018


Economist Alice Rivlin discusses her storied Washington career, from roles in three different presidential administrations, to director of the …

Benn Steil on The Marshall Plan

April 6th, 2018


Economist and award-winning author Benn Steil talks to Matt Klein about the history of the post-World War II European recovery plan, implemented by then secretary of state George C Marshall as a means of defending …

ENCORE: Andrew Lo on adaptive markets

March 30th, 2018


Economist Andrew Lo talks to the FT's John Authers about his adaptive markets hypothesis, the idea that markets develop and adapt over time and …

The downside of the German economy

March 23rd, 2018


Germany is often considered an economic role model for the rest of the world, with low unemployment, a strong welfare state, first-class …

Emi Nakamura on the methods and madness of inflation

March 16th, 2018


Economist and Columbia University professor Emi Nakamura joins FT senior investment commentator John Authers to discuss the way inflation statistics …

Stephanie Kelton on budget deficits and student debt

March 9th, 2018


Economist Stephanie Kelton talks to Matt Klein about the way government budgets really work and what large-scale student debt forgiveness might do for the US economy. Music by Podington Bear. 



Jonathan Knee on becoming the "accidental" investment banker

March 2nd, 2018


Banker, business school professor and author Jonathan Knee joins Sujeet Indap to discuss his career, the evolution of modern investment banking and …

ENCORE: 50 things that shaped the modern economy

February 23rd, 2018


In this encore episode, Tim Harford joins Cardiff Garcia to talk about the way 50 different inventions have shaped the way the economy works today, from video games to the tally stick. It's the subject of his book, …

Understanding the North Korean economy

February 16th, 2018


The North Korean economy was modeled off of Stalin's forced industrialisation of the 1930s. Many still think the country exists in a time warp -- a communist museum piece kept alive by Chinese subsidies. But the truth …

Corporate tax and the trade balance

February 9th, 2018


Economist Brad Setser and Alphaville's Matt Klein dig into the recent changes to corporate tax policy in the US, and what effect these will have on …

Thomas Wieser on his career in economic policy

February 2nd, 2018


Thomas Wieser, one of the key figures in Eurozone policymaking since the European sovereign debt crisis, joins the FT's Jim Brunsden and Alex Barker …

ENCORE: The life of Alan Greenspan

January 26th, 2018


Author Sebastian Mallaby produced the definitive account of the former Federal Reserve chairman's life, career, and the context in which he operated in the book "The Man Who Knew". In this encore episode he joins Matt …

Michele Wucker explains the 'gray rhino'

January 19th, 2018


Most of the things that hurt us are easy to identify and avoid in advance. Yet rather than deal with these problems, we tend to live in terror of inchoate and unpredictable dangers. Journalist and author Michele Wucker …

ENCORE: Keynes v Hayek

January 12th, 2018


In this encore episode, writer Nicholas Wapshott talks to Cardiff Garcia about his 2011 book "Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics". …

James Heckman on human capital development

January 5th, 2018


How do societies help people fulfill their potential? And how do you make sure the programs meant to help people grow - like education and job …

Hernando de Soto on the economics of property rights

December 22nd, 2017


Economist Hernando de Soto joins the FT's John Authers to discuss his work documenting property rights in developing countries, the philosophical influences on his thinking and a lofty goal to create a global property …

'The wisdom of finance'

December 15th, 2017


What happens when you take the principles of finance and use them to answer some big philosophical questions? Author and Harvard business and law professor Mihir Desai joins Matt Klein to talk about this and more. Music …

Unorthodox economics

December 8th, 2017


Author and crowd-funded economist Steve Keen joins Izzy Kaminska to talk about his criticism of neoclassical economics, and whether the global financial system can avoid another crisis.

Music by Podington Bear.



Hirschmania, the final chapter

December 1st, 2017


Historian and biographer Jeremy Adelman joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the life and ideas of economist Albert O. Hirschman one last time. In this episode, the two cover Hirschman's "The Rhetoric of Reaction" and his …

We're taking a break for Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2017


Alphachat is taking a break this week for the US Thanksgiving holiday. We will be back next week with a brand new episode.



Who is Sadie Alexander?

November 17th, 2017


With the help of economist and Bucknell University professor Nina Banks, host Cardiff Garcia tells the story of the first African American economist, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander.

Music by Podington Bear



The fiscal impact of US immigration

November 10th, 2017


Economist Kim Rueben joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the fiscal effect of immigration in the US, specifically on education, employment and wage outcomes. It’s the third episode in our series on the impact of …

A sit down with Adair Turner

November 3rd, 2017


The former chair of the UK's Financial Services Authority and current chair of the Institute for New Economic Thinking talks to Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska at INET's recent festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The two …

Stephen Kotkin on Stalin's economics

October 27th, 2017


Historian Stephen Kotkin joins Alphaville's Matt Klein to discuss how Joseph Stalin's violent commitment to Marxist-Leninism shaped Soviet society in …

ENCORE: Why economic populists always disappoint

October 20th, 2017


Economist Sebastian Edwards joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the modern emergence of populism, and how his research of populist economics can be …

Richard Florida on geographic inequality

October 13th, 2017


Urban studies theorist Richard Florida joins Aimee Keane to discuss his latest book, "The New Urban Crisis".  

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Hirschmania Part 2

October 6th, 2017


Historian and biographer Jeremy Adelman joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the life and ideas of economist Albert O. Hirschman once again. In this episode, the two cover Hirschman's most famous treatise, "Exit, Voice, and …

Dan Drezner on the economics of ideas

September 29th, 2017


Dan Drezner, writer and professor of international politics, joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss his latest book, "The Ideas Industry: how pessimists, …

The science behind our addictions to social media and tech

September 22nd, 2017


Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and author known for his work on the addictive properties of sugar and its effect on the brain, joins …

The economics of immigration

September 15th, 2017


Economist Jennifer Hunt joins Cardiff to discuss the findings of a major study on the economic impact of immigration on the US.

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Bonus: Life beyond the pit

September 13th, 2017


When electronic trading was introduced on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange, volumes handled by traders in the open-outcry pits were …

The making of the crisis in Venezuela

September 8th, 2017


Economist Ricardo Hausmann joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the historical foundation of Venezuela's current macroeconomic and humanitarian crisis, …

Should Amazon be broken up?

August 31st, 2017


Lina Khan, a writer and fellow at New America, joins FT Alphaville's Alex Scaggs to discuss how the tech company's unique organisational structure and business strategy raise possible antitrust issues that current law …

How well do immigrants integrate into American society?

August 25th, 2017


Harvard sociologist Mary Waters, who chairs the National Academy of Sciences Panel on The Integration of Immigrants into American Society, talks to …

Buchheit and Gulati on restructuring Venezuela's debt

August 18th, 2017


Lee Buchheit and Mitu Gulati, two of the world's foremost experts on sovereign debt restructuring, join the FT's Robin Wigglesworth to explain …

"Don Draper has been drawn and quartered"

August 11th, 2017


Scott Galloway, professor of marketing and founder of brand think tank L2, joins the FT's Shannon Bond to talk about the death of advertising as we know it, how Amazon is changing the way we consume and why he is …

The cost of dodging the tax man

August 4th, 2017


Economist Gabriel Zucman joins the FT's Matt Klein to talk about the use of tax havens and the effect tax evasion has on inequality and other macroeconomic measurements, which is the subject of his book "The Hidden …

Michael Pettis on the Chinese economy

July 31st, 2017


In the second of a two-part series, economist Michael Pettis joins the FT's Cardiff Garcia and Matt Klein to discuss the state of the Chinese economy.  

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Michael Pettis on the mechanics and politics of trade

July 28th, 2017


Economist Michael Pettis joins the FT’s Cardiff Garcia and Matt Klein to discuss the macroeconomic framework he introduced in his book The Great Rebalancing.  

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Encore episode: Angus Deaton on his Nobel Prize-winning career

July 21st, 2017


Angus Deaton, the 2015 winner of the economics Nobel Prize, tells host Cardiff Garcia about his early influences and the work for which he won the award.  

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50 things that shaped the modern economy

July 14th, 2017


Tim Harford joins Cardiff Garcia to talk about the way 50 different inventions have shaped the way the economy works today, from video games to the tally stick. It's the subject of his latest book, "Fifty things that …

Encore episode: Heidi Williams on the economics of medical innovation

July 7th, 2017


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

Sizing up US retail

June 30th, 2017


In light of Amazon's $13.7bn Whole Foods takeover, Cardiff Garcia talks with the FT's Shannon Bond and Anna Nicolaou about the state of the US retail …

On the verge of a productivity boom?

June 23rd, 2017


Economist Michael Mandel joins Cardiff Garcia to talk about the research that he and co-author Bret Swanson have published on "the coming productivity boom" -- an optimistic case for productivity growth based on the …

Ireland: austerity poster child or "beautiful freak"?

June 16th, 2017


Economist Stephen Kinsella joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the right lessons from Ireland's experience of crisis, austerity, and recovery -- and a few of the wrong lessons as well.  

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A chat with Geoffrey West

June 9th, 2017


Physicist Geoffrey West joins FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska to discuss his work on a universal theory of growth - or scaling - that extends beyond human lifespans to encompass the sustainability of corporations, …

The new masters of craft

June 2nd, 2017


Sociologist Richard Ocejo joins Cardiff Garcia to talk about the way educated urbanites have upscaled and transformed traditionally low-income manual …

More from our interview with Anne Case

May 29th, 2017


This is a bonus episode featuring parts of Cardiff Garcia's interview with economist Anne Case that did not make it into the episode published on April 21.

In this Alphachat extra the two discuss Anne's experience …

The life of an economic policymaker

May 26th, 2017


Economist Alice Rivlin joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss her storied Washington career, from her roles in three different presidential administrations, …

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

May 19th, 2017


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 …

The life and ideas of Albert O. Hirschman

May 12th, 2017


Historian and biographer Jeremy Adelman joins Cardiff Garcia to survey the life and philosophy of economist Albert O. Hirschman, from his work on development economics to "The Passions and the Interests", his book about …

Inside Obama's economic policy shop

May 5th, 2017


Jason Furman, economist and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the way economic policy was made and …

Tyler Cowen's stubborn attachments

April 28th, 2017


Economist and polymathic author Tyler Cowen talks to Cardiff about his essay, "Stubborn Attachments", in which he shares his vision for a free and …

Anne Case on mortality and morbidity in the 21st century

April 21st, 2017


Economist Anne Case joins Cardiff Garcia to talk about her trilogy of research papers that revealed the stunning reversal of mortality trends among …

Encore episode: Jim Chanos on betting against Wall Street

April 14th, 2017


Short seller Jim Chanos talks to the FT's Matt Klein about his illustrious career in investment management, including his bet against Enron before it went bust in 1999. Mr Chanos also discusses the mechanics of short …

When (and when not) to get political as a company

April 7th, 2017


Cardiff Garcia and Shannon Bond explore how companies have tried to capitalise on the politically charged climate that has developed since the …

How persuasion works in business, life and politics

March 31st, 2017


Social-psychologist Robert Cialdini joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the psychology of influence and the importance of what you do before attempting …

Buy, sell or adapt

March 24th, 2017


Cardiff Garcia talks to Alphaville's Matt Klein and FT senior investment commentator John Authers about the consequences and lessons of a famous call to sell stocks. Then, MIT economist Andrew Lo talks to John about the …

How economics has evolved since the crisis

March 17th, 2017


Economist and writer Noah Smith joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss how the economics profession reacted to the financial crisis and the questions that economists are now asking, perhaps belatedly.  


Why Texas works

March 10th, 2017


Writer Erica Grieder joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss what the rest of America can learn from the economic model of Texas, and how the state will be …

UBI in action, and the need for full employment

March 3rd, 2017


Writer Annie Lowrey joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss a pilot project to implement UBI in more than 100 African villages. Then, Alphaville's Matt Klein …

Why economic populists always disappoint

February 24th, 2017


Economist Sebastian Edwards joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the modern emergence of populism, and how his research of populist economics can be …

Radical economics, rethought

February 17th, 2017


FT economics writer Martin Sandbu joins host Cardiff Garcia to discuss economic ideas that would have been considered unthinkably radical or …

The Airbnb story

February 10th, 2017


Writer Leigh Gallagher joins Cardiff and Shannon to discuss the founders, the controversies and the future of the tech company that transformed the hospitality industry. It's the subject of Leigh's latest book, out on …

How the world was shaped by goofing off

February 3rd, 2017


From fashion to music to drinking in pubs, the activities we do for delight and wonder have led to some of history's greatest innovations. Steven Johnson, author of Wonderland: How play made the modern world, joins …

Michael Mauboussin reflects on 30 years in the markets

January 27th, 2017


Michael Mauboussin, author of "The Success Equation" and head of global financial strategies at Credit Suisse, talks to Cardiff Garcia about his recent paper, "Thirty Years: The Ten Attributes of Great Investors".  


An investor's playbook for turmoil

January 20th, 2017


Nicholas Sargen, senior investment advisor and chief economist at Fort Washington Investment Advisors, joins the FT's John Authers to discuss his …

The social media we deserve

January 13th, 2017


Long before the US presidential election, Twitter attracted vitriolic conversation and internet trolls. In this episode, writer Emily Parker joins …

What we're watching in 2017

January 6th, 2017


From drug pricing to corporate debt and the much-anticipated Snap IPO, hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia talk with fellow FT journalists about the stories they'll be watching this year.  

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Econ film review: Trading Places

December 23rd, 2016


Izabella Kaminska and a panel of trading and markets experts analyse the film which launched thousands of trading careers and made frozen orange …

Gender, class and work, plus the financial year in review

December 16th, 2016


What do some people misunderstand about the white working class in the US and UK? Law professor and author Joan Williams explains. Then, Alphaville's Alex Scaggs and Matt Klein join host Cardiff Garcia to review the …

Charley Ellis on the merits of index investing

December 13th, 2016


The investment consultant and author of "Winning the Loser's Game" joins the FT's John Authers to debate the merits of index investing, the subject …

A new age of language and truth

December 9th, 2016


Journalist and television anchor Joe Weisenthal joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the way social media has heralded a new era for language that resembles Homeric Greece more than the age of enlightenment.  


Keynes vs Hayek: NOW who's winning?

December 2nd, 2016


Cardiff Garcia sits down with Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics, to
discuss which economist's …

A Cuban dissident on Castro's death

December 1st, 2016


Cuban dissident and independent journalist Miriam Leiva speaks with Cardiff Garcia about the death of Fidel Castro, the reaction of Cubans, and her hopes for the economic and diplomatic relationship between Cuba and the …

Econ film review: Charlie Chaplin

November 18th, 2016


In the second edition of Alphachat's movie review, Izabella Kaminska leads a panel in discussing the economic and financial themes buried in Charlie …

The Trump economy

November 11th, 2016


The US Alphaville team breaks down the potential macroeconomic and financial-market effects of a Trump presidency, with special guest Aswath Damodaran, professor of finance at New York University.  


First comes job, then comes...?

November 4th, 2016


Cardiff Garcia visits co-host Shannon Bond on maternity leave to dig into the real and intangible costs of child rearing, with an assist from some recent data. Then, Catherine Rampell stops by the studio to explain the …

The psychology behind what we do with our money

October 28th, 2016


Researchers Colin Camerer and Cary Frydman recently uncovered new facts about the psychological and neuroscientific processes that influence our …

Alphachatterbox: The life of Alan Greenspan

October 21st, 2016


Alan Greenspan's reputation over five decades in public life has gone through wilder swings than the value of technology stocks or Las Vegas real …

Clinton's and Trump's tax plans, and the pound

October 14th, 2016


Buried deep in this week's US election news was a fresh analysis of the candidates' tax plans from the Tax Policy Center. Cardiff Garcia is joined by …

Alphachatterbox: Tim Harford on the unheralded virtues of messiness

October 4th, 2016


Tim Harford tells Cardiff Garcia how disorder, messiness and confusion can have surprising benefits, often making us more creative and resilient. It is the subject of Tim's latest book titled Messy: The power of …

The economics of "social capital"

September 30th, 2016


The FT's Cardiff Garcia talks to writer Ryan Avent about the importance of social capital in an increasingly digitised and labour-abundant economy. …

How to price in a Trump or Clinton presidency?

September 23rd, 2016


Citi's chief global political analyst Tina Fordham joins Cardiff Garcia for a trip around the global economy to discuss the economic risks of either …

Forecasting the next-generation political economy

September 14th, 2016


Forecasts about geopolitics and economics are often distorted by flawed institutional incentives and a range of cognitive biases. Dan Drezner, a …

A trip through Trumpland

September 6th, 2016


Sociologist Arlie Hochschild spent five years in the Louisiana bayou as part of her study of the American right. Hochschild tells host Cardiff Garcia …

The drug price short

September 2nd, 2016


Corporate villains are sometimes behind sudden increases in drug prices, but these unwanted surprises are often the result of a complicated and …

The protectionist policy controlling Canadian milk prices

August 26th, 2016


The price of milk in Canada is disproportionately higher than it is in the US or even France, thanks to a government policy known as Supply …

The inaugural econ film review: Tron and Tron Legacy

August 19th, 2016


Alphaville's Izzy Kaminska leads a rousing panel analysing the economic and financial themes as well as the two visions of the tech industry portrayed in the Tron movies.  

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Alphachatterbox: Heidi Williams on the economics of medical innovation

August 5th, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.  


How Greece restructured its debt

April 28th, 2016


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


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


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.  


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

April 22nd, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

The stories from 2015 that will shape 2016

December 23rd, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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  


The FT Alphaville Christmas Podcast

December 19th, 2014


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


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.  

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Economic books of the year

September 10th, 2013


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.  

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Anat Admati and Frances Coppola on bank capital

July 31st, 2013


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


An MF Global catchup

July 25th, 2013


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.  

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Pricing in the robots

July 18th, 2013


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


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


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


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.  

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Abenomics edition

May 22nd, 2013


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.  

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Alphachat: Lee Buchheit edition, featuring Lee Buchheit

May 16th, 2013


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

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That dang negativity edition

May 9th, 2013


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


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


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


A long chat about a bunch of stuff

February 15th, 2013


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


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


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


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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