After two unprecedented years of shocks and surprises, the fog has yet to clear as we look ahead to 2022 and beyond. From COVID variants to central banks and Congress to Common Prosperity, the risks to the global economic outlook are evolving but not yet in the rearview while the opportunities are abundant but not necessarily for the faint of heart. Please join Frances Donald and Eric Lascelles as they help us to make sense of where the economy has been and provide insights on where it may be going.
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Frances Donald forecasts global macroeconomic and financial trends, analyzes the economy and capital markets for potential opportunities and risks, and serves as a thought leader both within the firm and externally. As a senior member of the firm’s multi-asset solutions team, she coordinates global macro research, assists in the team’s return forecasting process, and contributes to portfolio positioning views.
Prior to joining Manulife, Frances worked as a financial economist for Scotiabank in Toronto, and before that as a global macro analyst for Pavilion Global Markets in Montreal. Earlier in her career, she held various positions at Deloitte, Roubini Global Economics, and Bank of Canada. Frances is a frequent public speaker and regularly appears in international media.
Eric is the Chief Economist for RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM). He maintains the firm’s global economic forecast and advises its portfolio managers on key themes and risks. Eric is also a member of the RBC Investment Strategy Committee (RISC), which is responsible for the firm’s global asset mix recommendations.
Eric makes regular presentations both within and outside of RBC GAM. He is also a frequent media commentator on global economic and financial trends, appearing regularly on CNBC, BNN and other networks. Eric’s written editorials have appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
In his two decades as an economist, Eric has also worked as a bank economist for another large financial institution, as a trading floor economist and as a fixed income strategist. He began his career at Statistics Canada. Externally, he serves on the C.D. Howe Institute’s Business Cycle Council, the group that dates recessions and other economic turning points in Canada. He is also on the board of the Toronto Association for Business and Economics.
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