Frances Coppola

Financial Writer and Commentator
Financial Writer and Commentator

Frances Coppola began her banking career in 1986 when she joined Midland Bank’s Overseas Systems Support department as an analyst/programmer, before its merger with HSBC.  She left in 1993 and then worked as an independent consultant and project manager for a number of banks including Nat West, RBS, SBC Warburg (now UBS) and CAF. She spent 17 years working for banks at increasingly senior levels. Frances left banking in 2002 after completing her final project, design and delivery of a consolidated financial reporting system for the enlarged RBS group.  She began writing on financial and industry matters in 2011, and later that year, as the Eurocrisis developed, she started writing about European banks and macroeconomics. She is now a prolific commentator for the BBC and other media on banking, banking systems and economics.

 After a two-year stint as Associate Editor at the online magazine Pieria, Frances is now a freelance writer and speaker. She is a contributor to the Financial Times and Bloomberg Opinion, a former contributor to Forbes and writes for a range of industry publications. She is a senior writer for American Express’s FX and international payments division, and a former Managing Editor at Contently.com. She speaks frequently on on monetary policy, finance and economics, and has moderated panels at numerous conferences including FT Alphaville’s “Camp Alphaville”, SIBOS and Fintech Connect. Her book  “The Case for People’s QE” was published in June 2019, and was Bloomberg’s Book of the Month in September 2019. Frances writes and speaks extensively with knowledge and authority on the future of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, and their place in the future of finance and banking including the possibility of increased regulation and compliance.

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