New Money Review podcast
The money wires
When looking at financial markets, we should pay more attention to the physical stuff—the cables, boxes, chips and code—without which those markets wouldn’t exist.
In the words of John Handel, our interviewee on the latest New Money Review podcast, “technical details are never just technical details”.
Handel, a financial historian, works at the University of California in Berkeley.
Handel’s specialist area of research is the physical infrastructure of nineteenth century financial markets—the actual wires, telegraph poles, roofs and buildings involved in relaying information—and its impact on financial power.