Christopher Whalen

Christopher is an investment banker and author who lives in New York City. Over the past three decades, he has worked for financial firms such as Bear, Stearns & Co., Prudential Securities, Tangent Capital Partners and Carrington. Most recently, he was Senior Managing Director and Head of Research at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, where he was responsible for financial institutions, corporate and sovereign ratings. He was a cofounder and principal of Institutional Risk Analytics from 2003 through 2013. Christopher is the author of the December 2010 book, "Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream," now in a second printing from John Wiley & Sons. He is co-author with Frederick Feldkamp of the 2014 book “Financial Stability: Fraud, Confidence & the Wealth of Nations” published by John Wiley & Sons. Christopher is a member of the advisory boards of Weiss Residential Research in Natick, MA. He previously served as a fellow of Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University (2008-2014). Christopher is a member of the Finance Department Advisory Council at the Villanova School of Business and a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Christopher is a member of the National Association of Business Economists. He is a member of Professional Risk Managers International Association ( and was regional director of PRMIA’s Washington DC chapter from 2006 through January 2010. Christopher contributes articles to Zero Hedge, American Banker, Housing Wire and The National Interest. Christopher has testified before Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on a range of financial, economic and political issues. He appears regularly in such media outlets as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News and Business News Network. He is active in social media under the Twitter handle “rcwhalen”. Christopher has a conversational command of Spanish. A partial listing of his speeches, articles and interviews is available online at

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