“Extremely defensive”

The deputy managing editor of Dow Jones Newswires on the global financial crisis and the banks’ communications

The world has been shaken by the global financial crisis. When did you first notice that it was about to start and what were the signs?
I would say that we have been pointing out the risks that were creeping into the benign credit environment from mid-2006 onwards. Dow Jones Newswires’ The Skeptic column (which is now Heard on The Street) has been one of the initial forecasters of the looming crisis. We’ve been watching key metrics like construction numbers, arrears, mortgage applications etc.

Arindam Nag

Arindam Nag is deputy managing editor at Dow Jones Newswires. Prior to that he was a senior columnist with the Heard On The Street column published in the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. Nag has been in financial media for over 17 years in India, Europe and in the United States. Before joining Dow Jones he worked at Reuters and at The Economic Times in India. Nag has an MBA in Finance and Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also has degrees in communicaton and applied economics. His views on banking, corporate finance and financial markets have been aired on several radio and television stations including the BBC, CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.