John Authers

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John Authers
Amersham Buckinghamshire
Alma mater
  • Financial journalist
  • Finance author
Known forLex Column
SpouseSara Silver[2]

John Authers (born 1966), is a British financial journalist and finance author, who spent almost three decades reporting at the Financial Times (including becoming Chief Markets Commentator and global head of the Lex Column), before moving to Bloomberg in 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Authers grew up in Lewes in East Sussex in England, attended Priory School,[3] and spent a year in 1985 at the Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts on an exchange scholarship.[4] From 1985 to 1989, he completed a philosophy, politics and economics degree at the University College, Oxford. While at Oxford, Authers was captain of his college 1987 University Challenge team that earned the record for the highest score in any round of the competition (520), although they lost the season final.[5][6]

In 2000, Authers earned a fellowship from the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program,[7] and completed his MS in Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School (2000), and his MBA at Columbia Business School (2001); he is on the Alumni Board of Advisors for the program.[8]


Authers joined the Financial Times in 1990, where he would stay for over twenty-nine years, holding various positions such as US markets editor, Mexico City bureau chief, US banking correspondent, personal finance correspondent, education and local government correspondent, and ‘On Wall Street’ columnist.[9][10] In 2010, he was made global head of the Lex Column in the FT,[11] and by 2018, he was Chief Markets Commentator.[12] In 2018, Authers left the FT and joined Bloomberg News as Senior Markets Editor.[13]

Authers has been interviewed on financial events by other national media outlets including NPR,[14] BBC News,[15] and the New York Times.[16]


In 2003, he co-authored with Richard Wolffe The Victim's Fortune: Inside the Epic Battle Over the Debts of the Holocaust, which American diplomat Philip Gordon writing in Foreign Affairs described as a book that "... turned an important, depressing, and intensely technical subject – the negotiations over how to repay Holocaust-era debts – into a gripping tale replete with deserving victims, grandstanding politicians, greedy class-action lawyers, and tightfisted European bankers".[17] The book won the Knight-Bagehot award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[18]

In 2010, Authers published The Fearful Rise of Markets: A Short View of Global Bubbles and Synchronised Meltdowns, which explained why increasing central bank control over financial markets – to generate economic growth via asset price inflation, and protect asset via the Greenspan put – had led to artificially high levels of price correlation.[19] It made the FT's list of business books of the year for 2010.[20]


Published works[edit]

  • Authers, John (November 2012). Europe's Financial Crisis. FT Press. ISBN 978-0133133714.
  • Authers, John (April 2010). The Fearful Rise of Markets. FT Press. ISBN 978-0137072996.
  • Authers, John; Wolffe, Richard (July 2003). The Victim's Fortune: Inside the Epic Battle Over the Debts of the Holocaust. Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0137072996.


Authers is married to financial journalist, Sara Silver, with whom he has three children; they live in New York.[2] Authers and Silver have collaborated on pieces together.[22]

Authers is also a classical singer and has performed in Carnegie Hall, and in choirs for singers such as Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Europe's financial crisis : short guide to how the euro fell into crisis, and the consequences for the world / John Authers". National Library Board of Singapore. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "About the Author: John Authers". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  3. ^ "LinkedIn".
  4. ^ "Belmont Hill School Year Book 1985". issuu. p. 65. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  5. ^ Peck, Tom (23 October 2011). "Your starter for 10...Where is the student who taught politicians how to handle Paxman?". The Independent. Retrieved 9 February 2021. John Authers (1987): Captain of the University College, Oxford team that racked up the highest score achieved in any round of the show's history (520), but went on to lose in the final. Now a Financial Times columnist.
  6. ^ Wark, Penny (25 February 2009). "Is there life after quiz shows?". The Times. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Star-Tribune Writer Wins Columbia's Best of Knight-Bagehot Award for Business Journalism". Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. November 1999. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Knight-Bagehot Board of Advisors". Columbia Journalism School. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "Financial Times Appoints John Authers Editor of Lex". Financial Times. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Featured Speaker: John Authers". World Bank. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  11. ^ Sweeney, Mark (26 March 2010). "FT puts John Authers in charge of Lex". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  12. ^ "John Authers". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  13. ^ Roche, Chris (24 September 2018). "Bloomberg has hired FT's Authers". BizNews. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  14. ^ Smith, Stacey Vanick (14 September 2014). "Interview with John Authers: Handle With Care". NPR. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  15. ^ Butler, Ed (20 October 2017). "How Long Until the Next Crash? Interview with the FT's John Authers". BBC News. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  16. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross (29 October 2020). "For Stock Markets, 'an Unwelcome Déjà Vu Feeling'". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  17. ^ Gordon, Philip (September 2002). "Capsule Review: The Victim's Fortune: Inside the Epic Battle Over the Debts of the Holocaust". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Heading for another crash?". The Globe and Mail. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2021. His 2002 book, The Victim's Fortune, co-authored with Richard Wolffe, earned the prestigious Best of Knight-Bagehot Award.
  19. ^ Reinhart, Carmen M. (5 June 2010). "The Fearful Rise of Markets". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  20. ^ Ritholtz, Barry (28 November 2010). " Books of the Year". The Big Read. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  21. ^ "Meet the panel: John Authers". Financial Times. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2021. He was named senior financial journalist of the year in 2009 by the Wincott Foundation, the premier award in UK financial journalism.
  22. ^ Authers, John; Silver, Sara (30 December 2004). "Love and life as art in Mexico". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  23. ^ "John Authers". HarperCollins. Retrieved 9 February 2021.

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