Join us over breakfast to hear from Kelly Eckhold, Westpac NZ Chief Economist and Imre Speizer, Westpac NZ Market Strategist, who will provide an update on how the economy has been faring and what we might see over the coming year. They will discuss conditions in the housing and labour markets, as well as the outlooks for inflation and interest rates.
Kelly Eckhold | Westpac NZ Chief Economist
Kelly joined Westpac as Chief Economist in March 2023. Prior to this Kelly worked for 11 and a half years with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC covering macroeconomic, financial stability and monetary policy issues in a variety of emerging and developed markets. Most recently Kelly was involved in the 5 yearly Financial Sector Assessment Programs in the United States and United Kingdom and has done work assessing the United States Federal Reserve’s monetary policy implementation and quantitative easing and tightening approach. Prior to working with the IMF Kelly worked at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in the Economics and Financial Stability departments.
Imre Speizer | Westpac NZ Market Strategist
Imre joined Westpac in 2008, and specialises in researching New Zealand’s currency and interest rate markets. Working closely with Westpac’s economists and traders, as well as strategy colleagues globally, he delivers regular market analysis and forecasts. Prior to joining Westpac, Imre traded the currencies, interest rates, and credit products of the emerging markets of Asia and Europe, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and London for investment banks Swiss Bank/UBS and Bank of America.
8.00am - Breakfast (provided)
8.30am - 9.30am - Economic Overview
Level 4, 81 Cashel Street
Christchurch CAN 8011
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