My name is Ben Bakkum, and I’m the author of Macro Chronicles. I live in New York and do investment research and portfolio management at a robo-advisor. All views expressed here are my own.
Previously, I worked on the data team at GiveDirectly, a nonprofit that operates cash transfer and basic income programs across seven countries in Africa and has provided disaster relief in the US, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. Prior to GiveDirectly, I worked on the Private Bank Chief Investment Officer’s team at J.P. Morgan, where I contributed to macroeconomic and global financial market research and analysis. I’ve passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst Exams.
I hold a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the University of Virginia, graduating with highest distinction in a second major in History. My thesis on antebellum American history received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award and the Bernard Peyton Chamberlain Memorial Prize in History.