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

What is happening to US inflation?

US inflation continues to surprise economists as it falters on the road back to 2% per annum. “Amazon Inflation” is part of the story, but not all of it – we look at what is happening and the implications

Opinion

Introducing the Amazon Inflation Index

The efficient digital economy will exert increasing downward pressure on inflation and employment demand globally, as illustrated by Amazon’s automated warehouse distribution fueling lower costs. Low cost Chinese goods via eCommerce platforms like Amazon and eBay began the revolution in a relatively fringe portion of western economies. But in the past 2-3 years we’ve reached a tipping point

Opinion

Hybrid investors versus the EU

The latest Italian banking sector saga will test the EU’s resolve as Basel III regulations are put to the test. At the heart of the issue are Italian hybrid investors, who like Australian investors are almost exclusively “mama and papas”, – should they lose their savings or should senior bond holders be bailed in and foot the bill?

Opinion

Inflation to fall as tobacco butts out

Inflation is already depressed and mostly propped up by taxes on tobacco and beer. Likewise, wage pressure is low and falling as employment demand remains sluggish. The RBA has said they expect inflation to return to their 2-3% target range, but not until 2019 – now they face yet another headwind in hitting this target

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