Felix Martin is a macroeconomist and fund manager. He was educated in the UK, Italy, and the US, where he was a Fulbright scholar; and has degrees in classics, international relations, and economics.
Between 1998 and 2008, Felix worked at the World Bank, mostly on the reconstruction of the former Yugoslavia, and helped establish the European Stability Initiative think tank. Since 2008 he has worked in the fund management industry in London, first at Thames River Capital – now part of BMO Global Asset Management – and since 2013 as a partner and fund manager in the Global Credit division of Liontrust Asset Management plc.
Felix is an associate of the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York, and of the Centre for Global Studies in London. His writing has appeared in various publications, including the New York Review of Books, Wired, the Financial Times, and The Guardian; and he writes the Real Money column for the New Statesman.
Felix’s first book – Money: the Unauthorised Biography – was published in the UK by The Bodley Head in 2013 and in the US (as Money: The Unauthorized Biography) by Alfred A. Knopf in 2014. The book argues that the conventional understanding of money is wrong; explains why this is a big problem because it presents a major obstacle to formulating the policies that can extricate us from the global debt crisis; and offers an alternative explanation of what money really is – with radical implications for economics, finance, and the future of capitalism. It has been published in fifteen countries and ten languages, was a Financial Times Economics Book of the Year 2013, a finalist for both the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and the 2014 German Economic Book Prize, and was called “compulsively readable” by the New York Times.