Central Banks

Central banks differ in their objectives, the tools they use 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 Infrastructure

Financial infrastructure are to economic activity what roads are to traffic: necessary but typically taken for granted unless they cause an accident or bottlenecks develop.

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Teaching - Speaking

The financial crisis put central banks, the low yield environment and financial infrastructure in the spotlight of academia and a broader audience.

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Applied research and insights on central banks, asset management, and financial infrastructure. Published in applied and peer reviewed journals, newspapers and books.

Analytics for Policy Makers and Investors

Marlene Amstad specialized in the development of economic indicators for policy makers and investors. As Professor of Practice in Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen she conducts research on inflation, credit and business cycles. A native Swiss, she serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Bern, Switzerland. She is currently a research fellow at the Bank of Japan.

Previously, Marlene worked with 11 leading Asian central banks at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Hong Kong and acted as Deputy Director and Head of Investment Strategy and Financial Market Analysis at the Swiss National Bank (SNB) in Zuerich. At the Federal Reserve Bank of New York she developed the “Fed New York staff underlying inflation gauge (UIG)”. Later, she introduced a similar gauge for China in joint work with People’s Bank of China. She built quantitative credit risk models at Credit Suisse and developed business cycle indicators at KOF-Swiss Economic Institute.

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