Economic Weekly: A ratbag-free Year of the Rat

  • Hopefully, 2020 will bring some degree of calmness after a very discordant 2019.
  • Nevertheless, 2020 will have other uncertainties that people will need to put to one side and keep up the focus on what really matters.
  • Key NZ data should start on an encouraging note, with the Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion on Tuesday likely to reflect improved perceptions of the economic environment, as has the ANZ survey in its last two reads.

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Mark Smith

Senior Economist

Mark joined ASB in 2017, with over 20 years of public and private sector experience working as an economist in New Zealand and the UK.

His resume includes lengthy stints at ANZ and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and he has also worked at the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mark's areas of specialisation include interest rate strategy, macro-economic analysis and urban economics.

Born and bred in the Waikato, Mark studied at Waikato University where he graduated with a Master of Social Sciences, majoring in Economics.

Mark's key strengths are the ability to use his extensive experience, inquisitive nature, analytical ability, creativity and pragmatism to dig a little deeper and to deliver common sense solutions to tackle complex problems.

When not at work Mark likes to travel, keep fit and spend time with his friends and family.