Economic Weekly: Football, football, football... and Q1 GDP

We expect markets to remain jittery this week on risks of a full-blown trade war unfolding between the US and China.

Q1 GDP, due Thursday, is the local highlight while overseas, we expect the Bank of England to leave its interest rate and asset purchases unchanged at 0.50% and £435bn, respectively.

Otherwise, it’s wall-to-wall football, but watch for trade and geopolitical risks.


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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.

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