Economic Weekly: In our hearts

  • NZ has faced another gut-wrenching tragedy, and the people of Christchurch will remain uppermost in the hearts and minds of everyone.
  • ASB has set up a Christchurch support fund bank account (12-3149-0137463-00) for those wanting to make donations to help the affected families.
  • Meanwhile, in terms of data releases, Tuesday night has the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction and Thursday morning has NZ’s Q4 GDP release preceded by the US Federal Reserve’s latest interest rate decision.  

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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.