Economic Weekly: I am a rock, I am an island

  • Our team has gone through and come up with a first cut of what the economy will look like as it goes through the lockdown and comes out the other side.
  • The broad story is a short but extremely sharp downturn and rebound, followed by a gradual grind higher for an economy that will be smaller coming out the other side.
  • For now, we need to keep our physical distance from those outside of our bubble, but it is important that we continue to stay in touch and be each other’s supportive rocks.

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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.