Economic Weekly: Take two of these and call me in six months

  • We are in an environment where NZ’s policy makers are having to rush out cures well in advance of knowing the full extent of our economic ills
  • Still, it’s been hard to argue with the treatment plan to date.
  • No new policy measures are expected from this week’s RBNZ Financial Stability Report, but the Bank will seek to reassure markets that it has plenty more medicine to keep the recovery in the economic and financial markets going.

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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.