Welcome to the Wall Street Democrat 

My goal is to give you a different “take” on politics and the markets in the U.S. and other countries. I want to provide you with a moderate, centrist Democratic perspective.  I’m quite ready to criticize politicians on both sides of the aisle. 


A life-long Democrat, I spent my career on Wall Street, as a lawyer, banker, and investment analyst.  I focused on banks and other financial institutions, both in the U.S and in other countries. My background has given me an unusual perspective on the interplay between politics, economic trends and the markets. 

I worked for several investment banks. During the financial crisis, I had a ringside seat, covering banks for a large institution and hoping that the firm would survive. I don’t recommend that as a life experience. Still, that harrowing episode confirmed my view that our society has to rein in business people and bankers from time to time, to protect our capitalist system and our democracy.  

Ryan O'Connell
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