Markus Koch has covered Wall Street and the stock market for well over twenty years, and is credited for becoming one the first reporters to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He was nominated for the German Television Award, the Business Journalism Award of the German Derivates Association, and recently received the prestigious Friedrich Vogel-Award for outstanding business journalism for one of his many behavioural finance based web-productions.
Markus’ career started at the age of 21 when he decided to travel to the USA with the aim of becoming a broker. In New York, he spent 6 months looking for a job. After initially working for Heiko Thieme’s American Heritage Funds for free, he found work at Bear Stearns, brokerage house. He soon recognised a gap in the market in the sparse German-language coverage of Wall Street, and in 1994 he founded the press agency IRM Services. At the beginning of 1995 Markus quit his job at Bear Stearns. He changed the name of his company to Wall Street Correspondents in 1999. A short time later, the publishing group Handelsblatt acquired a 25-percent stake in the company.
Since then, Markus has been known in the media as the face of Wall Street. The business and finance expert is a sought after speaker and a welcome guest on talk shows. In 2008 he presented the n-tv series “70 Days Around the World” and in 2009 he produced and moderated the series “Mal Zwischendurch”. His illustrated book “Backstage Wall Street” earned him the nomination for the German Photo Book Award 2009.
His range of topics cover much more than just Wall Street and the stock market. He also includes the overarching topics of international business and politics in his contributions. This comprehensive view as well as his personal charm and wit make his reporting so unique.
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