Edward Chancellor

Edward Chancellor

Formal First Name
John (Edward)
1962 - present

Edward Chancellor is an award-winning financial historian, author, journalist, and investment strategist. He is the author of Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the specialist report Crunch-Time for Credit?, a prescient analysis of the credit boom in the US and UK. Previously, he was a senior member of the asset allocation team and the capital markets research team at GMO, and was a deputy U.S. editor at in New York and Lazard Brothers. He also contributed to many other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, MoneyWeek, New York Review of Books, and Financial Times. Today, Edward is a columnist for Reuters Breakingviews.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • He has provided opinion pieces and articles for the Reuters financial commentary Breakingviews and the Institutional Investor.

  • He was the first-ever writer for Institutional Investor to win a George Polk Award.


  • The Price of Time: The Real Story of Interest (2022)

  • Crunch Time for Credit? (2005)

  • Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation (2000)


  • 2007 George Polk Award

  • In 2016, the Financial Analysts Journal called him "one of the great financial writers of our era."

  • In 2022, Fortune called him "one of the greatest financial historians alive."