Six economists will remain on the course

Guy Wagner

Bank of Luxembourg

Guy Wagner, a graduate of economics at the Free University of Brussels, joined the Banque de Luxembourg in 1986, where he was successively responsible for financial analysis and asset management. Since 2005 he has been the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of BLI – Banque de Luxembourg Investments.

Every month, he and his team publish Highlights magazine, in which they present their forecasts for economic development. In the latter part, he is concerned about the decline in growth potential due to cuts in government spending from high levels a year ago and the general rise in prices, which is exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Yves Nosbush

Yves Nosbush is a member of the BGL BNP Paribas Executive Committee and is responsible for communications, CSR and strategy.  (Photo: Anthony Dehez)

Yves Nosbush is a member of the BGL BNP Paribas Executive Committee and is responsible for communications, CSR and strategy.

(Photo: Anthony Dehez)

BGL BNP Paribas

Yves Nosbush is a member of the BGL BNP Paribas Executive Committee and is responsible for communications, CSR and strategy. He is also the bank’s chief economist.

He has a doctoral dissertation. received a master’s degree in economics from Harvard University, as well as a master’s degree. and bachelor. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.

Prior to joining the BGL BNP Paribas in 2012, he was a full-time member of the Finance School of the London School of Economics. His academic research has focused on public debt, sovereign risk and pension systems. Yves Nosbush is also active on the Place. A former member of the board of the Central Bank of Luxembourg, he was chairman of the National Public Finance Council from 2017 to November 2018, an institution he joined when it was established in 2014.

William Telkes

William Telkes is the chief economist of Spuerkeess.  (Photo: 101Studios)

William Telkes is the chief economist of Spuerkeess.

(Photo: 101Studios)

Spuerkeess

William Telkes began his career in the world of asset management as an economist / strategist. He joined Spuerkeess in 2017, where he was quickly promoted to chief economist. Since 2019, he has also supervised banking activities there. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Nancy 2 and a doctorate in economics from the University of Orleans, and presents himself as a “passionate economist.”

For him, a good chief economist must demonstrate good training and additional work experience. And he must be a good speaker. “Without getting lost in overly technical vocabulary, he must be able to convey key messages in a simple and clear way.”

He notes that the role of economists in the world of finance has grown. “In an economic context characterized by strong uncertainty, the key missions of economists – namely to interpret, predict and forecast – are even more visible. As the world is constantly changing, as is the relationship between economic indicators, the economist must remain an important player in the world of finance.

Vincent Juvins

Vincent Juvins is a global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management.  (Photo: JP Morgan AM)

Vincent Juvins is a global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management.

(Photo: JP Morgan AM)

JP Morgan Asset Management

Vincent Juvins holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the Catholic Institute of Higher Commercial Studies in Brussels and is a Global Market Strategist. It is based in Europe and is responsible for providing economic and market analysis to customers in the Benelux, France and Geneva. The world of economics and finance has always fascinated him. Passion is the word most often mentioned when he talks about his work. Then curiosity.

If you ask him what qualities to become a good strategist, he insists on the need to have experience to become even better. “If theory is needed to get the right structure of reflection that will allow us to evaluate our reasoning in today’s environment, it ultimately serves relatively little as a guide compared to what we face today. We are constantly in the new. An economist who has been through a crisis is a bit like a soldier who could put a band on his shoulders. For him, it is historical and field experience that makes the difference in consulting.

Alexander Gotti

Alexander Gotti is a macroeconomist at Degroof Petercam Luxembourg.  (Photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne / Archives)

Alexander Gotti is a macroeconomist at Degroof Petercam Luxembourg.

(Photo: Romain Gamba / Maison Moderne / Archives)

Degroof Petercam Luxembourg

Alexander Gotti has been a macroeconomist at Degroof Petercam Luxembourg since September 2016. A graduate of the University of Liege, where he received a master’s degree in banking and asset management, he joined the bank in August 2012 as a portfolio manager.

From the university he was captured by financial markets. Click? He attends a presentation by a strategist from a Belgian bank. His professional goal has been found. What qualities should a good chief economist have? “First of all, the economist is faced with questions, the scale of which can be very wide. Therefore, it is important to be aware of economic and financial news. Then the taste for analysis, openness, confrontation of arguments and doubts in their assumptions – all these are important elements in the work. Economics is not an exact science, and the future is uncertain. The spirit of synthesis is important given the amount of information to be processed, as well as the intellectual development that follows from thought. I will add to this the opportunity to explain sometimes complex concepts in a simplified way. “

Etienne de Callatay

Etienne de Callataya is the Chief Economist of Orcadia Asset Management and Chairman of the Board.  (Photo: Orcadia AM)

Etienne de Callataya is the Chief Economist of Orcadia Asset Management and Chairman of the Board.

(Photo: Orcadia AM)

Orcadia Asset Management

Etienne de Callataya is the Chief Economist of Orcadia Asset Management and Chairman of the Board. During his career he worked at the National Bank of Belgium (1987-1992), at the IMF (1992-1996), was Deputy Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Belgium (1996-1999) and Chief of Staff of the Minister of Finance (1999). at Banque Degroof (1999-2015), where he was chief economist and one of the managing directors.

His entry into the bank is the result of chance. He met Alain Sians, then head of Banque Degroof, as part of his volunteer work. His political adventure, which ended in the defeat of Jean-Luc Deen, the then Prime Minister of Belgium, he offered his services to Degruff, who then had no economist. He is wearing this suit. He first took part in meetings organized by a private bank with clients to talk about the “economic climate”, then with journalists. And one leads to another …

For him, a good chief economist must be “extremely inquisitive and open-minded.” Be creative. And be prepared for a clash of cultures between a culture of investment, which is a materialistic, positive and optimistic culture, and a culture of macroeconomists focused on crisis management, awareness of dangers and money laundering.

He willingly compares himself to a journalist: “I am in the transmission of information, I put it in perspective in the desire to decipher. I feel much closer to a journalist than to an expert. “

This article was written for the editorial board of Fr.
Paperjam May 2022
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