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 at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). Marlene is a former Deputy Director and Head of Investment Strategy and Financial Market Analysis at the Swiss National Bank (SNB). She held senior positions with Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Hong Kong, Fed NY, Credit Suisse and KOF-Swiss Economic Institute.

Marlene’s research interests are Money, Banking and Chinese Financial Markets. She is Co-Editor of “The Handbook of China’s Financial System (forthcoming in Princeton University Press), publishes in academic and policy-oriented journals and creates economic indicators for policy makers and investors. She developed the “Fed New York staff underlying inflation gauge (UIG)”, published monthly by the Fed NY. Marlene served as senior adviser to over ten Asian central banks and coordinated the Asian Bond Fund (ABF) initiative.

Her university courses include “Financial Markets in China and the World”, “Economics of Money and Financial Institutions” and “Financial Institutions and Regulations” at CUHK-SZ, University of Bern, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Marlene lives in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Switzerland.

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