Chief European Economist, IHS MarkitKen Wattret is the Chief European Economist at IHS Markit.
A well-known commentator on economic and financial issues, he is frequently quoted in the financial media and appears on various TV and radio channels. He is a frequent participant at seminars and panel events, including central bank monetary policy forums. Mr. Wattret has worked as an economist in the financial markets since the early 1990s, initially for HSBC Global Markets. From 2000 onwards, he was the chief market economist for the euro area at BNP Paribas, subsequently co-leading the coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa from 2012. Prior to joining IHS Markit in 2018, he was a Managing Director of Global Macro at TS Lombard, an independent research provider. A specialist in European economic and policy issues, his 'out of consensus' calls include predicting as early as 2012 that euro area deflation risk would force the European Central Bank to embark on a program of large-scale sovereign debt purchases despite strong opposition within many member states. He has taken a lead role in the presentation of key forecasts and themes to a broad spectrum of clients across Europe, the Americas and Asia, including corporates, banks and institutional and hedge fund-based portfolio managers. He received his honors degree in economics from the University of Sheffield, UK, and post-graduate qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
- Financial/Asset Management
- Local/State Government
- National Government
- Investment Economics