Richard Christopher Whalen is an investment banker and author who lives in New York. He is Chairman of Whalen Global Advisors LLC and focuses on the banking, mortgage finance and fintech sectors. Christopher is a contributing editor at National Mortgage News. He is a member of FINRA and Senior Advisor at J.V.B. Financial Group.
From 2014 through 2017, Christopher was Senior Managing Director and Head of Research at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, where he was responsible for ratings by the Financial Institutions and Corporate Ratings Groups. He was a principal of Institutional Risk Analytics from 2003 through 2013.
Over the past three decades, Chris worked as an author, financial professional and journalist in Washington, New York and London. He has held positions in the House Republican Conference Committee, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Bear, Stearns & Co., Prudential Securities, Tangent Capital, and Carrington Mortgage Holdings. In 1993, Chris was the first to report on the then-secret FOMC minutes concealed by Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Christopher holds a B.A. in History from Villanova University. He is the author of three books, including his most recent work “Ford Men: From Inspiration to Enterprise” (2017), a study of Ford Motor Co and the Ford family published by Laissez Faire Books. He is the author of "Inflated: How Money and Debt Built the American Dream" (2010) published by John Wiley & Sons; and co-author of “Financial Stability: Fraud, Confidence & the Wealth of Nations,” also published by John Wiley & Sons.
Christopher has served on the Economic Advisory Committee of FINRA for over a decade. He served as an advisor on Season 5 of the SHOWTIME series “Billions.” Chris is a member of The Lotos Club of New York. He previously served as a fellow at Indiana State University (2008-2014), a member of the Finance Department Advisory Council at Villanova School of Business (2013-2016) and board member of the Global Interdependence Center (2017-2019).
Christopher edits The Institutional Risk Analyst newsletter and contributes to other publications and forums. He has testified before Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Chris appears regularly in such media outlets as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News and Business News Network. Christopher is active in social media under the Twitter handle “rcwhalen”.