Alex Lielacher Education: Bayes Business School, City University London Expertise: Bitcoin , Blockchain , Cryptocurrency , Capital Markets Alex is a banker-turned-bitcoiner who ditched the bond trading desk for working remotely from all corners of the world, creating engaging and educational content for Bitcoin startups and crypto media publications. After working as a Corporate Bond Trader at Royal Bank of Scotland and a Fixed Income Salesperson at Australia & New Zealand Bank, Alex has been able to bring his deep knowledge of the capital markets into the brave new world of crypto finance. Experience Alex started his career in London on the European High Yield Trading Desk at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he traded sub-investment grade corporate bonds and credit default swaps (CDS). He later moved to the Fixed Income Sales Desk at Australia & New Zealand Bank’s London office to boost the bank’s sales efforts in the German-speaking markets, dealing primarily with private banks, commercial banks, and mutual funds. After over half a decade in banking, Alex swapped his seat on the trading desk for a spot in co-working spaces across the globe - with stops in Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Ethiopia, and Kenya - where he began a career in freelance writing and content marketing. In the last five years, Alex has contributed to a wide range of blockchain media publications and has helped numerous crypto startups grow by providing engaging and educational content that drives leads. Alex has written for The Balance since June 2022. Education Alex earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Investment & Financial Risk Management from Bayes Business School, City University London. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.