Alexander Webb is a finance PhD student and published author whose work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Investopedia, Business Insider, WIRED, and more. His academic research has been published in The Journal of Futures Markets, Financial Innovation, and Applied Finance Letters. His graduate work looks at trust and financial innovation.

While completing his PhD he has been consulting for a venture capital firm. He was thrice shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize. His undergraduate degree was completed at the University of Hong Kong and he speaks Mandarin at a conversational level.

Selected Publications:


Shock Markets: Trading Lessons for Volatile Times – The Financial Times Press (co-author)

The Civil War: A Traveler’s Guide – National Geographic (co-author)

The Zika Prevention Handbook – Skyhorse (author)

Selected Articles:

You Could Die Today. Here’s How to Reduce That RiskThe New York Times 

The Difference Between Copyrights, Trademarks, and PatentsThe New York Times

How to Promote Your Music OnlineWired Magazine 

3 Steps to Start Building Your Own Retirement PlanBusiness Insider 

Alexander was also the sole-author of an entire special issue of National Geographic.

Academic Research:

“Arbitrage, contract design, and market structure in Bitcoin futures markets” (with Riccardo DeBlasis), published in The Journal of Futures Markets in 2022.

Intelligent design: stablecoins (in)stability and collateral during market turbulence (with Riccardo De Blasis, Luca Galati, and Robert I. Webb) Published in Financial Innovation in 2023.

“Liquidity of Futures Markets Over the Last Quarter of a Century: Technology & Market Structure Versus Economic Influences” (With Alex Frino and Luca Galati) and published in Applied Finance Letters in 2022.


Alex was shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2020.

Alex has also founded Take Risks Be Happy, The Studies Show, Come Write With Us, and Poetry Culture.

get in touch: alex (at) alxndrwbb.com