Craig Swanger

Craig Swanger

Senior Economist

Craig joined FIIG in August 2013 as Head of Markets with more than 19 years’ experience across financial and consulting industries. In November 2014 he moved to the role of ‘thought leadership’ with a mandate to broaden the discussion and understanding of the fixed income asset class in Australia.

Prior to joining FIIG Craig had a 15 year career at Macquarie Bank where his roles included Head of Macquarie Global Investments, CEO of Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management and most recently Chief Investment Officer and Head of Innovation. Craig also spent time at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and KPMG.

Opinion

Risks for the EU rising

Germany’s far right nationalism party, the AfD, has become the first far right political party to enter parliament since WWII. While the AfD only won 12.6% of the vote and are a far cry from the extreme Nazi Party of 1920-1945, the anti immigration and anti EU positions of the AfD will have implications for German government and financial markets

Opinion

Rates up or down? Economists divided, again

The Australian economy is shifting and opinions are divided. After years of “surprising” economic results, the divide between the “lower-for-longer” and the “return to normal” interest rate camps is widening. In this article we look at who is in each camp and what the key arguments are so that readers can form their own view Importantly, I consider yields on long term bonds an opportunity

Opinion

China’s debt deadline is looming large

China’s debt to GDP ratios are rapidly passing those of more mature western economies with an increasing number of regulators and economists sounding the alarm of a looming crisis. In previous seminars and articles, we have labelled this as the greatest risk for Australian investors. We upgrade the probability of a hard landing

Opinion

Global inflation at lowest level since 2009

G20 inflation has reached its lowest point since the 2009 June quarter. Economists are “puzzled” by this and it is causing many central banks to delay plans to remove post crisis stimulus measures. Readers of The Wire won’t be puzzled though as we continue our notes on the Amazon Inflation Index

Opinion

AUD hits 80c - what's next?

In a volatile few weeks, the AUD/USD rate broke through 80 cents for the first time since December 2014. The reasons for this are a fall in the USD against most currencies and rising expectations around the Australian economy’s outlook. Here we give our currency outlook given these perceptions

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