Economic Weekly: Super Thursday

  • Local financial markets are bracing themselves for volatility on ‘Super Thursday’ this week, with a trifecta of events taking place for the US, NZ and Australian interest rate outlooks.
  • The US Federal Reserve kicks off the action on Thursday morning and is widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged this week.
  • This is followed by the release of NZ Q1 GDP on Thursday morning and capped off with a potentially market-moving speech from the Reserve Bank of Australia Governor.

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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.