Analytics for Policy Makers and Investors

Marlene Amstad is Professor of Practice in Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen (CUHK-SZ) and Co-Director of the Center for Financial Technology and Social Finance at the Shenzhen Finance Institute (SFI). She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

Marlene’s research interests are Money, Banking and Financial Markets with an emphasis on central banks, asset management, and financial institutions. She publishes in refereed and policy oriented journals and creates economic indicators for policy makers and investors. At the Federal Reserve Bank of New York she developed the “Fed New York staff underlying inflation gauge (UIG)” which is published monthly by the Fed NY and covered by major media outlets. She teaches courses in “Economics of Money and Financial Institutions – from the classic textbook to FinTech”, “Financial Markets in China and the World” and “Financial Institutions and Regulations”. Marlene is the Co-Editor of The Handbook of China’s Financial System (forthcoming 2019).

At BIS in Hong Kong she coordinated the Asian Bond Fund (ABF) initiative for 11 leading central banks. At the Swiss National Bank Marlene acted as Deputy Director and Head of Investment Strategy and Financial Market Analysis, served as member of the SNB’s investment committee and worked in the research department. Previously, she worked at Credit Suisse and  KOF Swiss Economic Institute/ETH Zurich. Marlene lives in Hong Kong, China and Switzerland.

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Central Banks

Central banks differ in their objectives, their tools to implement monetary policy as well as in their practice to manage reserves.

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Asset Management

Investment strategies aiming for diversification ask for a broader approach including a view on Asian markets and global inflation.

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Financial Institutions

Financial institutions and their infrastructure are to economic activity what roads are to traffic: typically taken for granted unless bottlenecks develop.

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Teaching - Speaking

Money, Banking and Financial Markets in West and East: from the classic text book to the new trends in FinTech.

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