Interrogating Today's Business News with The Financial Times Alphaville Team
Why Facebook is launching their Libra Crypto Currency?
The Alphaville Team interrogates these themes and more in their articles below:
-"Kylie Jenner and the Ontology of Success"
-"Alphaville's Libra Cheat Sheet"
Join us for a panel discussion with the editors of Alphaville, The Financial Times' column offering business professionals a daily blend of commentary and news that is sometimes irreverent but always thought-provoking.
The panel discussion will focus on:
- The importance of interrogating today's financial news and stripping away the hype to better understand the truth behind the story.
- How a financial newsroom operates
- A deep dive into several top stories, including the impact of influencers on company valuations, cryptocurrencies and the ICO bubble, the wework scandal and other headline stories.
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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.
Editor of FT Alphaville
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).
Claire Jones joined FT Alphaville in August 2019. That brought to a close a twelve-year stint writing about the world’s monetary guardians, most recently the European Central Bank for the Financial Times. Her curiosity in finance stems from the scene in Mary Poppins where there is a run on the bank, though she never quite understood why Michael wanted to feed the birds rather than spend the tuppence on what sounded like a series of viable and exciting investment opportunities. She writes about anything that lies at the intersection of economics, politics and markets, as well as how economics should be taught. She is looking to correct a long-standing ignorance about climate change by writing more about how markets and governments price it, and would also be interested in writing more about the economics of the art market and football industry.
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, valuation and Silicon Valley.