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Dr Alexis Stenfors

Senior Lecturer

Alexis Stenfors


Dr Alexis Stenfors is an economist and author of ‘Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rogue Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History’ (Zed Books, 2017). Before returning to academia in 2009, he spent 15 years as a foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives trader at HSBC, Citi, Crédit Agricole and Merrill Lynch. Alexis is currently Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the University of Portsmouth and has also held academic positions at SOAS University of London, the University of Leeds, Washington University in St. Louis (London programme) and Meiji University in Tokyo. He holds a Civilekonom degree and an MSc in Financial Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics, a CEMS Master, as well as a PhD in Economics from SOAS University of London. Alexis Stenfors is also a public speaker and consults on issues related to financial markets, risk, compliance and ethics. He has served as an expert advisor on legal cases involving financial benchmarks, cash and derivatives markets in both Europe and North America.

Research Interests

Alexis Stenfors started his doctoral research on LIBOR in 2009, almost three before the LIBOR manipulation scandal broke, and completed his thesis ‘Determining the LIBOR: A Study of Power and Deception’ in 2013. Alexis’ recent research includes money market risk premia, anti-competitive behaviour in foreign exchange markets, liquidity issues on electronic trading platforms and unethical trading practices among human and algorithmic traders. He has also been involved in collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects on financialisation, banking and financial markets – such as within Research on Money and Finance (RMF) and the EU FP7 Research Project on Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development (FESSUD).

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