About me

About me

I’m executive editor for Bloomberg Markets. I used to be the US financial correspondent for the Financial Times. Before that I was deputy editor and a reporter for FT Alphaville, the FT’s award-winning finance and markets blog. I like forensic accounting, financial crisis hindsight, and kittens.

I use this site mostly to collect and reflect on my own work.

Sometimes I scribble down random thoughts too.



18 thoughts on “About me

  1. Given what you reported about in “Odd Lots: Americans Are Miserable, and It’s Swaying the Election” on April 25th, you might be interested in my new short book ConsterNation!~ The Economics Behind The Angst.

  2. Great blog. Your articles in Bloomberg Markets’ Forward Guidance keeps me up to date on things I don’t have time to ponder, yet have noted that I should be pondering. And thanks for your past contributions at FT.

  3. In your article in Bloomberg today you reference industrial production slippage disappearing ‘faster than an East Texas jackrabbit’. As an east Texan, I was certainly amused, What’s with the reference?

    1. Bah, meant West Texas in reference to the oil fields around Midland/Odessa. Greetings from a (semi) Texan, currently jet-lagged in Hong Kong.

  4. Tracy,
    I read your article about credit card applications. I can honestly say I have personally found a way to rid of 99% of applications in the mail. I made a rubber stamp that says: Due to potential security risks, Do Not Mail to this address again! Future Mailings may initiate court proceedings. Thank You
    I stamp this on the application and mail it back in their envelope at their expense.
    I never hear from the same company again. I receive catalogs constantly but the credit card applications have disappeared.

  5. Thank you for the five strange things piece on Bloomberg. Good imagination, excellent evidence. Want to nudge you into educating me further. Tidjane at Credit Suisse just pulled all his European primary dealer licenses, because the business doesn’t generate a return on capital, thin spreads, higher risk weighting on govies (e.g. Sweden). Will other banks (Deutsche, HSBC?) follow his lead? And do we eventually get a government bond liquidity strike?

  6. Poor oil companies. They have forward priced oil and are paying spot price to royalty owners which usually will be from 1/4 to 1/5. There are no lease terms ever offered this good. The money they are making may not be as great as it once was but for the time being they probably making a lot more than when oil was $100 a bbl.

    1. Hi Stephen- can you help me understand your point? If the market is in contango, won’t the oil companies be losing money paying oil producers on the spot market? Or are you saying that they had a futures contact locked in that is higher that the spot market?

  7. Hey Tracy,

    Your fan from Turkmenistan here; just watched you talking about Moral Hazard in issuance of bonds in China and its rate of increase. In a socialistic country, especially with a centuries of experience like that of China, it is not state policy to talk publicly about shortcomings, crimes or other panic inducing events. Everything a state does is the absolute point of reference and is not a subject to discussion.

  8. Greetings Tracy! You certainly bring spark to BLMBG Surveillance.

    I wanted to know if you have read The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett and if so what your thoughts are.
    All the best on your (new) venture.

  9. I was sorry to learn you are no longer writing for FTAV. I guess that amounts to a promotion for you? Anyways, congratulations, but readers will miss you at FTAV. How about a weekly cameo/guest post? Or would that amount to violating the division between Church & State at the FT?


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