Economic Weekly: Double trouble

  • Financial markets took up defensive positions amid growing concerns around the spread of the coronavirus beyond China last week.
  • On Page 2, we discuss what to look for in terms of data releases and financial market reaction over coming months as the outbreak develops and then runs its course.
  • The added complication for NZ is that drought is hitting agricultural production and markets at the same time as the outbreak.

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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.