Economic Weekly: Hanging in

  • We are in the midst of the largest economic shock in generations; a shock caused, not by the COVID-19 virus itself, but by the proactive measures NZ is taking to limit the spread of the virus.
  • We’re in the process of updating our numbers to take into account the events of recent days.
  • We’d encourage all of our readers to avail themselves of all the information and support packages available that we’ve detailed in this report, including ASB’s support package for our customers. 

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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.