MNI's full-time journalists are located across Europe, America and Asia include former fixed-income and currency traders and strategists. All of our reporters are financial market experts with deep knowledge and well-informed industry contacts.
Izham Ahmad currently manages the FX and Fixed Income Bullet Points products in Asia and has been with MNI since 2005, initially writing foreign exchange commentary for the MNI Main Wire and Bullet Points products. He began work as a journalist with Bridge Information Systems in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1999 covering foreign exchange markets, central bank and macro-economic policy. He moved back to Singapore the following year, covering regional Southeast Asian currency markets before moving to Dow Jones Newswires. Mr. Ahmad spent four years in Dow Jones as part of the Singapore bureau, covering mainly foreign exchange, money markets, central bank policy and macro-economics. He is a Singapore citizen, with a degree in Economics.
Alyce Andres-Frantz joined MNI in August 1997 as a reporter covering the U.S. Treasury futures and options complex at the Chicago Board of Trade. Alyce also provided spot news coverage at various industry events as well as coverage of key central bankers. In 2000 she was promoted to Chicago Bureau Chief. Over the years her market coverage expanded to include U.S. Interest Rate Swaps, U.S. Swaptions and Credit Default Swaps, among others. Alyce regularly contributes to MNI Fixed Income and Credit Bullet Points and produces numerous daily pieces for MNI Main Wire. Prior to MNI, Alyce worked for both Prudential Bache and Bear Stearns at the Chicago Board of Trade in the Treaury futures and options complex. Alyce holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago. Click here to view one of Alyce's recent appearances on CNBC's Squawk on the Street.
Martin Baccardax joined MNI in May 2013 as Deputy Managing Editor for Continental Europe. After spending more than 8 years as a bond salesman and Fixed Income broker in Toronto and London, Martin began working in the financial media in 1998, including three-years with Dow Jones Newswires in London and Washington. In 2006, Martin joined CNBC as the broadcaster's European News Editor, making regular appearances on its daily programming and eventually co-hosting the network's Closing Bell progamme in 2009. Martin was also the host of Canada-based BNN's Market Morning and Trading Day programmes before returning to Europe. Martin co-ordinates MNI's European economic reporting and coverage of the European Central Bank's key decision-makers from London, splitting time between bureaux in Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris.
Craig Bartlett joined MNI in May 2013, working from Sydney and focusing on the Bond and STIR flows in the Asian time zone. With an Economics and Finance background and over 20 years' experience in the markets, Craig is a recent addition to our growing Asian presence. He has worked in Foreign Exchange and Bond market roles and has both a Proprietary Trading and Broking background, as well as Futures Floor trading experience. Craig has worked for major Financial Institutions , including Bankers' Trust, Citigroup, Barclays and MF Global.
David Barwick is the bureau chief of MNI's Frankfurt office, covering Eurozone macroeconomic data and monetary policy. He particularly enjoys pursuing central bankers wherever they may hide, and through years of frequenting IMF/World Bank meetings, G20s, Eurogroup meetings and a variety of publicized and less publicized events has managed to become a familiar face to a very large number of financial policymakers, in particular ECB Governing Council members. His career as a journalist started with a masters degree in the field earned at Kent State University in Ohio. Before coming to MNI Mr. Barwick, who also has a masters in economics, spent two years at a regional newspaper in eastern Germany.
Steven K. Beckner is the foremost reporter covering the Federal Reserve, a distinction he has been accorded by readers through a quarter century of close attention to the policies and people of the central bank. As senior correspondent for MNI, his exclusives and highly informed insightful reporting have been the first and last word on Federal Reserve coverage, relied upon by the Street's most capable Fedwatchers. His accounts of central bank, Treasury and foreign exchange policy developments from in and outside of the United States have long been considered the best information available on the most important subjects in the world of finance and economics. A constant traveler to regional Fed bank events throughout the United States, Steve also travels regularly to international gatherings of central bankers and finance ministers wherever they occur. He is the author of "Back From the Brink, the Greenspan Years," has been recognized for "The Beckner Effect" of his words on markets in The New York Times, and keeps National Public Radio listeners informed with daily reports.
John R. Carter was a founding member of MNI in 1984, starting as Bureau Chief of the Washington office. In that position, he helped develop MNI's coverage of U.S. government financial policies and economic data, which quickly became the industry standard. MNI pioneered detailed financial policy coverage of the Federal Reserve, the US Congress and the White House, as well as develop the first real-time economic data tables and analyses for market professionals. Mr. Carter became Europe Managing Editor in 1994, bringing with him the proven MNI methods to policy and data coverage. MNI again pioneered detailed coverage of central banks (the Bank of England, the Bundesbank and later the European Central Bank), of major European government financial policy moves, and key economic data of major economies. MNI is acknowledged as the market leader in central bank and economic data in Europe. Mr. Carter became Managing Editor for Asia in February in 2006 with the mission of ensuring top quality coverage of financial policy and economic data for global fixed-income and foreign exchange market participants. Mr. Carter was promoted to Global Managing Editor in September 2012 with the goal of continuing to improve MNI’s economic policy coverage and economic data presentations.
Michael Chrysostomou has been a Senior Fixed Income Analyst with the Fixed Income bullet points team in London since December 2011, focusing on short end fixed income and money market rates. Michael currently also contributes to MNI email services as well as MNI’s Fixed Income Instant-Messenger services. Before joining MNI, Michael worked as a Fixed Income trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, specialising in European T-bills and short-term maturity bonds. In total Michael has 14 years investment banking experience, with 8 years within the debt rates area of Merrill Lynch, supporting Sterling, Dollar and Euro Interest rates swaps, OIS and Fixed income bond products.
Ben Clayson is Senior FX Reporter based in London, providing market commentary and analysis on FX Bullets points during the US session. Before joining MNI in April 2013 he worked for several banks trading and managing FX Options portfolios , notably at Midland Bank, Bank of America and most recently at Standard Bank across a wide range of currencies including Emerging Markets. He additionally has had experience of trading FX spot and forwards and brings an all round knowledge of FX products to the team .
Chen Ying is an Analyst for MNI in Beijing. She has over five years experience covering China's capital markets. Prior to her work with MNI, Ms. Ying was a correspondent for the Wen Wei Po, a leading Hong Kong-based newspaper. She also spent over three years as a project manager in the marketing department of China Telecommunications Co. Chen Ying has a degree in international finance from Peking University.
Les Commons joined MNI in 2001, providing the invaluable content for all MNI services ahead of the start of European trading as well as coverage of US Treasuries ahead of the NYC open. Mr. Commons is Senior Reporter in London and has over 20 years experience of the bond markets, including spells based in Tokyo and New York, which helps to make the news he provides to European customers at the start of European trade, some of the most popular MNI content. Les holds a Bsc in Politics and Economics.
Phillip Day is Asia News Editor and oversees editorial operations in Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and Beijing for MNI. Mr. Day has more than 25 years of experience in the news business, with about half of that spent in Asia. He has worked for Knight-Ridder Financial (which later became Bridge News) in Tokyo, for Bloomberg in Hong Kong and, for about four years prior to joining MNI in 2004, for the Wall Street Journal in Singapore. He also spent two years in London in an earlier incarnation with MNI. At the WSJ, Mr. Day was deputy bureau chief for finance and markets in Asia and his stories appeared in the U.S., European and Asian editions of the paper. He was also one of the writers of the Asian version of the Heard on the Street column. Mr. Day spent seven years covering politics in Ottawa, most of those with The Canadian Press, before heading out to Asia. As well as his duties at MNI, Mr. Day makes frequent television appearances on CNBC and BBC World to discuss Asian finance and economics.
Jack Duffy is MNI’s European Debt Reporter, based in Paris. Jack covers developing events in various peripheral Eurozone countries, core EMU governments and other European institutions. He contributes to MNI’s daily baseline coverage of financial and macroeconomic news on the European Continent. Jack was an editor of the Business Day section of the New York Times where, in addition to print, his duties included the NYT website and blogs. Before that, he worked for five years at Bloomberg News in New York City, where he led the team that covered the fall of Enron Corp. and of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen. From 1992 to 1999, Jack was a reporter, then bureau chief, for Knight-Ridder Financial News (the predecessor of Bridge News) in Paris, where he supervised coverage of French economic, financial, political and commodities news. During the four years preceding his time at KRFN, Jack worked as a reporter and editor for the International Herald Tribune, where he covered, among other things, economic events in Poland and Hungary after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jack holds a Masters in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. Follow Jack on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MNIEurozone.
Allen Feng is a Senior Analyst in MNI’s Beijing office. Mr. Feng has built a reputation as one of the most informed and professional among China’s burgeoning class of financial reporters. A graduate of the University of International Business and Economics, Mr. Feng came to MNI from Xinhua Finance, where he followed trends in China’s economic development. Prior to that, Allen worked for CNES, among Taiwan’s leading financial information companies, providing leading edge market intelligence to investors across the Straits.
Denny Gulino is MNI's Senior Correspondent and former Washington bureau chief. Denny returned to MNI in 1993 from the National Association of Manufacturers where he was VP Communications for four years. Prior to that, he was MNI's New York bureau chief and the company's first sales manager, preceded by a stint at The Bond Buyer's Washington bureau. Before that, he spent a dozen years with UPI, as Washington bureau chief of the UPI Radio Network, as reporter/editor in Chicago and New York, as UPI regional executive in Pittsburgh and as UPI's national economics reporter. Through longevity, he became dean of the Treasury press room. While in New York for UPI he and wife Donna published the Fort Greene community newspaper in Brooklyn. His hometown is Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was assignment editor/reporter/producer for WCPO-TV for eight years and the news director of two radio stations.
Flora Guo is an Analyst for MNI in Beijing. Ms. Wei is responsible for surveying Chinese corporates as part of the monthly Xinhua Finance/MNI China Business Sentiment Survey and is also in charge of the Asian data product. Prior to her work at MNI, Ms. Wei worked in business development for a leading mainland medical services company. Ms. Wei graduated with a degree in English language from the North China University of Technology.
Claudia Hirsch, MNI's Senior Correspondent in New York, has been with the company since 1996. Her column, Reality Check, anticipates major US economic data by reporting on the businesses and tradespeople on the ground that create the economy. Previously, she covered the legislative and regulatory landscape of the government-sponsored housing enterprises, including mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, 2002-2005. She was posted in the US Congress press galleries from 1999 to 2002, covering tax, trade, banking and budget issues. She started her tenure at MNI covering the foreign exchange market from New York. Claudia is the on-air host of and reporter for MNI Reality Check news videos at TheStreet.com. She has been interviewed on CNN International, C-SPAN and a variety of webcasts, and has also lectured in the Journalism programs of the State University of New York College at Purchase and New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Hiroshi Inoue joined MNI in 2008 as Correspondent specializing in the coverage of the Bank of Japan. He began his journalistic career on the bond market team at Reuters’s Tokyo bureau in October 1987, the day following what became known as Black Monday. Mr. Inoue moved to Knight-Ridder Financial News in 1990 to continue covering financial markets and economic data and became a seasoned BOJ watcher. He continued his insightful reporting at KRFN’s successor BridgeNews till 2001. He continued to write about the BOJ’s monetary policy for Dow-Jones Newswires in Tokyo until just before he moved to MNI. He has earned respect of many BOJ officials, including Governor Toshihiko Fukui.
Kevin Kastner is Deputy Bureau Chief for economic data and the "chief pilot" for major economic indicators. As the line manager of MNI's extensive economic data report he coordinates the origination of more than 100 data reports a month and the large amount of accompanying material. He is responsible for the design of individual wire items such as summary tables that streamline and clarify government data, the presentation and arrangement of many different types of data and the tactics of delivery, prioritizing and highlighting key elements in line with customer needs and the changing economy. Kevin has been with MNI since 1995 and has been head of the MNI US data product since 1999. He holds a BA degree in economics from the University of Maryland.
Isobel Kennedy joined MNI in 1997 and since then has covered several beats. She currently reports on the Agency mortgage-backed securities market (MBS) and the non-agency MBS market and municipal bonds. Isobel is the author of Talk From The Trenches, a daily report on the MNI Main Wire that sheds insight into the big picture of the U.S. bond markets. Prior to joining MNI, Isobel was a writer for the "What's Said" product, a joint effort betweenTelerate and Cantor Fitzgerald, and a municipal bond trader for many years at First Boston, Lehman Brothers and Westpac Banking Corporation.
Shigeo Kodama came to the Tokyo bureau from Reuters, where he had been for five years. In 1996, he created the Bridge Tankan, which moved with him and was renamed the Telerate Tankan and then the Reuters Tankan. Shigeo is a data reporter and he has spent numerous years covering government and central bank officials. Shigeo was a macro-economic data analyst at MMS International from 1986 to 1992. Before studying international relations and economics in New York, he worked as an engineer at a Japanese refinery.
Jonathan Leong is a Senior FX reporter in the Singapore Bureau, covering Asian foreign exchange markets for MNI FX Bullet points as well as email and instant messenger services. Prior to joining MNI, Jonathan was a broker at GFI Singapore covering Asian NDFs. Before that, Jonathan spent 3 years in Bangkok Bank trading Asian NDFs and 19 years in OCBC Bank on various trading desks covering FX, money market, derivatives and NDFs. Jonathan is a Singapore citizen with a Master in Finance.
Steven Levine is a Reporter at MNI, covering the corporate and agency bond markets. He contributes to Corporate Bond Chatter as well as to the The US$ Credit Supply Pipeline, Credit Bullets and Fixed Income Bullets products. Prior to joining MNI in 2011, Levine worked in the financial services industry performing risk management at The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, Citi, and J.P. Morgan Chase and Company. Levine also wrote, directed and produced “Dissertation”, a short film that garnered the Merchant and Ivory Award for Literacy in Filmmaking and the New School's Invitational Film Festival Award for Best Lighting. Levine is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, and is a contributing member of Stamsteer. He is fluent in German and proficient in French, Russian and Mandarin Chinese.
Tony Mace joined MNI in 1985 as an Editor. He was promoted to New York Bureau Chief in 1987, then to Managing Editor in 1990, with overall responsibility for all MNI content. Prior to joining MNI, Tony was a journalist for regional newspapers in North Carolina. He received his BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his master’s degree in international economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Karen Mracek contributes to the coverage of the Federal Reserve System, including writing about the 12 Federal Reserve banks and the Board of Governors. Her beat includes writing about the economy and monetary policy. She was previously with Kiplinger Washington Editors where she did business forecasting for The Kiplinger Letter. She provided commentary on a variety of economic indicators including employment, inflation, housing, consumer credit and trade. Karen also worked at the Des Moines Register as the assistant business editor, where she covered banking and financial services, was a business reporter at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and led a regional business magazine in Eastern Iowa. She has an economics degree from the University of Florida.
Sheila Mullan holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and completed a post-college traineeship at Comptoir Agricole du Pays Bas Normand agricultural brokerage in Rouen, France. She continued to study at Columbia University (International Relations) and NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Financial Futures, Derivatives). Sheila is proficient in French and Russian. She has daily newspaper experience, wire service experience and a long specialty at MNI in covering U.S. Treasuries, the overnight repo market and the New York Fed. She has also freelanced for The New York Times, New York Post (Business Section), and the Christian Science Monitor. Sheila is on the board of the New York Financial Writers’ Association, the nation's oldest financial writers group.
Yali N'Diaye is MNI's Ottawa Bureau Chief. She joined MNI's Paris bureau in September 1998 to cover economic indicators, bond markets and news from the Bank of France and the French Finance Ministry. She joined the Washington office in 2001 to cover economic data and then became Deputy Bureau Chief for News. In addition to reporting and editing on a daily basis, Yali originates an ongoing series of portfolio manager interviews that examines changing strategies of great interest to anyone managing money. Her focus on how some of the brightest minds in finance adjust to ever-changing economic circumstances adds a special dimension to the Main Wire. Her stream of exclusives from other areas, such as markets and financial institution regulation, credit rating agencies, accounting and mortgage markets often break new ground. Prior to joining MNI, Yali worked as a bond market economist for a French broker. A native French speaker, she holds a bachelor degree in economics with a major in economic policy and analysis (Paris 1 - Pantheon-Sorbonne) and a masters degree in international banking and finance (Universite du Havre).
Brai Odion-Esene is Washington Bureau Manager after being Washington Content Manager and News Editor, with the responsibility of managing the many components of an extremely busy Washington news operation. He keeps copy flowing to the Main Wire from Washington, New York and Chicago while managing coverage assignments hour by hour. Brai has brought important innovations to the Main Wire and is always experimenting with more. The daily roundups of key stories from around the world during U.S. hours are his production. In addition he has developed energy, oil market and Middle East coverage for the Main Wire, whether OPEC pronouncements in the middle of the U.S. night, updates on credit conditions in Saudi Arabia or the Gulf states and even updates on sukkuk market development. He is a graduate of Duke University and has a Masters in Management from Cass Business School in London.
Joseph Plocek is MNI's Vice President and Economist. Joe fills the Bullets service with minute-to-minute items that anticipate or reflect developments of interest to the fixed income and currency markets. He also covers major data lockups, contributing instant analysis pieces as well as Bullets at the debut moment of publication. His Main Wire stories on Treasury financing, analysis of economic indicators and other topics keep readers apprised in depth of key developments. Joe is a financial markets and economics communications expert trained at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Treasury's Office of Market Analysis, with a broad background in trading, analysis of statistical data and new financial instruments, and portfolio and cash management. Joe is the founding editor of MNI's Bullet Points. He was previously Investment Officer at the FDIC and Chief Economist at MCM MoneyWatch and has published an economics text called "Economic Indicators: How America Reads its Financial Health."
Wu Qiong is an analyst in MNI's Beijing office. She has over five years experience covering Chinese markets. Prior to joining MNI, she worked for a Hong Kong newswire for three years. Ms. Wu graduated with a degree in finance from the University of Freiburg in Germany.
David Robinson is the senior UK reporter for MNI. He has been at Markets News since the summer 2001. A newswire veteran, he was senior UK Politcal Reporter, and an economics reporter, at Bridge News from 1995 through to 2000. Bridge News was formed out of Knight Ridder Financial News, part of the US media group, and Dow Jones Telerate. Prior to joining Bridge News David was a UK political reporter for Knight Ridder. Mr Robinson has held a parliamentary lobby pass for more than a decade. and has reported on UK economics and politics since 1996. Before working at Knight Ridder, he spent years in the financial trade press, working for Dutch publishing group VNU on accounting and investment titles. He has a BA in philosophy and has been undertaking post-graduate studies in economics.
Sophia Rodrigues is a Sydney-based reporter for MNI. She began work as a journalist with Dow Jones Newswires in Mumbai, India in 1996 covering money markets and the central bank, and later moved to Crisil MarketWire where she covered central banks, the bond market and the foreign-exchange market. She moved to New Zealand in 2004 and after a break moved back to journalism as a freelancer working for Platts where she covered oil and gas for the Australia/New Zealand region, for bankingday.com where she reported on banking and NZ central bank, and for a newswire reporting on global financial markets. She is a New Zealand citizen with a masters degree in Commerce.
Max Sato joined MNI in August 2005 to launch a bureau in Tokyo as Bureau Chief and a Bank of Japan watcher. He has been in the news business for over two decades, covering economic, political and general news in Asia and North America. Before joining MNI, Mr. Sato was economic editor, Japan, for Agence France-Presse in Tokyo from 2003. He was a Bank of Canada and market watcher during his stints as senior correspondent for Reuters and then Canadian chief correspondent for BridgeNews in Toronto, from 1998 through 2001. From the mid-1980s, just before the economic bubble era, till the outbreak of the Asian financial crisis of 1997, he was in Japan, covering shipping, energy, forex and macro-economic policy while also writing concert and fine art reviews and filing on religious cults and other social trends. Mr. Sato helped launch Reuters Financial Television in Asia as News Editor in 1995.
Vicki Schmelzer, MNI's Senior FX Reporter, is the creator and author of MNI OnTheRadar, a daily currency feature for MNI's Main Wire. In addition to TheFXSpot, Ms Schmelzer writes other analysis pieces dealing with currency and commodity trends globally. Ms. Schmelzer traded spot and forward currencies for over 20 years at major U.S. and international banks, including Citibank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Dresdner Bank and Westdeutsche Landesbank, before joining MNI in 2000. She has appeared in the past on Forex-TV and in the Alain Lasfargues documentary "The Marvelous History of the US Dollar". She recently co-authored a book on foreign exchange with Barbara Rockefeller of Rockefeller Treasury Services (Harriman House February 2013). Follow Vicki on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MNIEyeOnFX.
Heather Scott is MNI's Washington Bureau Chief overseeing a staff of 20 reporters throughout the Americas. In addition to reporting and editing daily as needed she covers international economic issues including U.S. trade disputes and free trade negotiations, the Group of Seven, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and other emerging markets issues. She also created and coordinates MNI's coverage of the major economies in Latin America. After building a network of reporters in the region, she pioneered the LatamWatch report which every Monday previews upcoming top developments in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Heather joined MNI in 1996 after nearly 10 years reporting in Venezuela, during period of unprecedented political turmoil that included the violent food riots of 1989, two coup attempts in 1992 and the peaceful ouster of the president in 1993. She is a 1986 graduate of Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia, earning BA degrees in both Spanish and journalism, and minors in history and biology. She is married and has two children, both born in Venezuela and fluent Spanish speakers. Follow Heather on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MNILatamWatch
Ashok Sekar joined MNI in May 2014 as a Senior Fixed Income Analyst. Based in Hong Kong, Ashok focuses on Asian, US and Australian Fixed income markets. Ashok also contributes to the MNI daily emails as well as the MNI Edge instant messaging service. Ashok has more than 14 years financial market experience across all client segments and a majority of markets. After commencing his career as a private client broker in Australia focused on Financial Futures FX and commodities, Ashok moved to MF global in Chicago and then New York where he worked on the Fixed Income Futures and Options desk. He then moved to RBS in Singapore in a similar capacity and then to Hong Kong where he worked for Tradition and then Thomson Reuters.
Nick Shamim joined MNI in August 2001, and is currently manager of Fixed Income and FX Bullet Points product in Europe. Nick currently produces the MNI Morning FI mail and regularly contributes to the Main Wire on regular eurozone bond auction analysis and eurozone funding exclusives. He is also a qualified technical analyst and holds a diploma from Society of Technical Analysts (STA) and Certified Financial Technician (CFTe). Prior to joining MNI, Nick was a bond strategist at Norinchukin International in London, and before that at ANZ Investment Bank as their currency and bond strategist in London. Nick also holds a BSc in Economics and MSc in International Banking & Finance.
John Shaw, congressional correspondent for MNI since 1991, focuses much of his reporting on fiscal policy and his expertise in this area has served readers well in this period of unprecedented fiscal stress and accompanying unprecedented supply to the U.S. government securities market. He also writes on China relations, trade legislation, banking, regulation, pensions and many other issues that can affect markets directly and indirectly. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he has an undergraduate degree in political science from Knox College and a masters in history from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he attended as a Rotary Graduate Fellow. Shaw is author of a 2002 book called "Washington Diplomacy" which includes profiles of more than 60 people involved in international affairs. He also wrote "The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat" describing the work of Jan Eliasson, Sweden's former ambassador to the U.S. who became president of the U.N. General Assembly. His most recent book, "Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate" was published in 2012 and explores one of the most influential U.S. senators and the important events he helped shape. Shaw's latest book, " JFK in the Senate - Pathway to the Presidency" was released in 2013. This book looks at the period of 1953 to 1960 when John F. Kennedy served as a Junior senator. John has often provided updates on Congress for the C-SPAN cable TV networks, The PBS News Hour, and KPCC, an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. John has also been a contributing writer for the Washington Diplomat, a monthly magazine that reports on the diplomatic community of Washington.
William Sokolis is one of MNI’s Chicago-based journalists. Bill began his career in the industry as a runner at the CBOT in 1980, eventually becoming a broker's assistant on the grain floor a couple summers later. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting, he returned to the Chicago financial market scene. He worked at Susquehanna Investment Group for seven years, the latter half as an equity options market maker. While at Susquehanna, he held a position on the exemption committee. He continued to trade equity options for Refco Securities, Inc. before becoming a sole proprietor of SWAT, LLC in 1999. In late 2004, he joined MNI as a reporter covering U.S. Eurodollar futures and options, as well as Interest Rate Swaps at the Chicago Mercantile exchange. Since then, his coverage has expanded to U.S. Treasury futures and options, U.S. Swaptions, U.S. Dollar LIBOR and short term interbank lending markets, among others.
Clive Tillbrook is the Global Managing Editor for Markets. Mr. Tillbrook was an arbitrage trader and also market-maker in sterling interest rate swaps and forward FX markets for over a decade at Nikko and Rabobank before joining MNI in 1999 to help create the FX Bullet Points service. Mr. Tillbrook helped lead the expansion of FI and FX Bullet Points in Europe, pioneering MNI services and adding responsibility for the remaining MNI products in January 2005. He has recently been shortlisted as Technical Analyst magazine’s Technical Analyst of the Year, providing MNI's fixed income and FX technical analysis in Europe and holds a BSc in Economics & Politics. He is a member of the STA and holder of the ACI Diploma as well as being a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe). He was appointed as MNI’s Global Managing Editor for Markets in September 2012.
Johanna Maria Treeck is Senior European Central Bank Correspondent for MNI. She covers the key policy makers and economic developments on the European continent. In her regular ECB Update and State of Play stories, Johanna offers in-depth analysis of the latest developments and what they might mean for ECB policy going forward. Before joining MNI in Frankfurt, Johanna worked as a legal and financial journalist in London and Zurich. Before turning to financial news-wires in 2006 as a Senior Correspondent for Thomson Financial, she worked for a series of leading British and German publications.
Darren Walker is part of the FX Bullet Points team in London and provides commentary on the Yen and Aussie spot market. In addition, Darren also contributes emerging market commentary, specialising in Eastern Europe. Prior to joining MNI, Darren joined MNI in 2011 and previously worked at Betfair running the Premium Brokerage Service desk, looking after their highest network clients and working orders into the system. Before that Darren worked for MW Marshalls in London as an FXMoney Broker where he was headhunted from Tullet & Tokyo.
John Webb joined MNI in January 2000 and is now Senior FX Analyst in London, contributing to FX and FI Bullet Points as well as the Main Wire. Mr. Webb has been in the markets since 1973, when he joined money broker Harlow, Meyer. Mr. Webb was an FX money broker, working and leading desks in London, New York, Toronto and Johannesburg until 1996, when he joined IFR Thomson on their FX currency analysis team before joining MNI in 2000.
David Wilder is the Beijing Bureau Chief for MNI. He has over six years experience covering the Asian and Chinese capital markets. Prior to his work with MNI, Mr. Wilder reported on China's economy for AFX-Asia and on Hong Kong and regional equities markets for the South China Morning Post. He is a graduate of King's College London and the London School of Economics.
William Wilkes is a UK Reporter for MNI and previously worked at the Camden New Journal in London and the Yorkshire Post in Leeds before joining Need to Know News in the summer of 2009. William worked at NTKN's Frankfurt and London bureaus before joining MNI's UK Main Wire team. Mr Wilkes reports on UK politics and economics, traveling across the UK and beyond to cover data releases and speeches by high-ranking British politicians and Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee members. He also writes the UK Reality Check columns. In addition to covering the UK, William has reported on speeches by leading US and eurozone politicians and central bankers. Fluent in German and Italian, William read modern foreign languages at UCL where he received a University of London Laurel for his work as News Editor at London Student newspaper, Europe's largest student newspaper.