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

Unwinding of QE – dispelling the myths

The long talked about unwinding of QE – known as QT - is finally here, at least for the US. Markets took the announcement in their stride without the “taper temper” volatility seen over the past few years on policy changes, thanks to the Fed drip feeding the news over the past year. But what does it actually mean for interest rates, the USD and the global economy?

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

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