The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Paul Bloxham named HSBC's regional chief economist

Paul Bloxham is a very talented guy. From Dow Jones today:

"HSBC today confirmed the appointment of the Reserve Bank's Paul Bloxham as chief economist for Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian reported on July 28 that HSBC had tapped Mr Bloxham for the job. Mr Bloxham is thought to be the most senior economist to have been tempted out of the RBA for many years.

In a central bank career spanning 12 years, Mr Bloxham worked within the RBA's economic analysis department and headed up the overseas economies and financial conditions sections.

At Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corp, Mr Bloxham replaces John Edwards, who has joined the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

Mr Bloxham will report to Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian Economic Research."