Frances Coppola

Financial economist, author and blogger


Frances Coppola spent 17 years working for banks, where much of her work was concerned with settlement, accounting and risk management systems. She left banking in 2002 to concentrate on her singing career, but after the financial crisis returned to write about the banks that had so nearly blown up the world. For over a decade now she has been writing about banking, finance and economics for a wide range of media and industry publications, including Forbes, the Financial Times, American Express, The Independent, Open Democracy, CapX, MarketWatch and CoinDesk.


Frances is a frequent commentator on financial and economic matters for the BBC and is in demand as a speaker and moderator at economics and finance conferences. She was recently a panelist at the launch of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s paper on cryptocurrencies, entitled “A solution in search of a problem.” Her blog, Coppola Comment, is widely read in the finance and economics community.

Frances’s book “The Case for People’s QE” was published by Polity Books in June 2019. It was Bloomberg’s Book of the Month in September 2019 and was listed on Martin Wolf’s summer reading list at the Financial Times. The Korean edition was released in February 2020.

In December 2021, her academic paper “The political economy of inflation” was published in the European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies. Her forthcoming book, “The Absolute Essentials of Banking,” will be published by Routledge in 2022.

In addition to her writing and speaking commitments, Frances continues to sing and teach professionally, pandemic permitting.


Frances attended Royal College of Music, City University and Cass Business School. She has a Bachelor of Music (B.Mus), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

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