Eric Lonergan joined M&G in 2006 as a member of Dave Fishwick's multi asset team. Eric is manager or deputy manager of a number of M&G's multi asset funds. Prior to joining M&G, Eric was managing director and head of macro research at JP Morgan Cazenove. He has a BA in politics, philosophy and economics from Pembroke College, Oxford, and an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics.
This latest ‘flash crash’ is a notable event. There have been only three phases in last 25 years when the S&P500 has moved this rapidly in this short a period of time, a fact drawn to my attention by my perceptive colleague, Marc Beckenstrater (see figure 1). Similar moves in… Read the article
Despite the fact that interest rates determine all asset valuations, there is nothing close to a general theory of interest rate determination. In 2016, I wrote about the flaws of a belief in an equilibrium rate of interest (typically known as R* in the academic literature) and the overemphasis… Read the article
Last month, Tristan Hanson and I made a proposal for a sovereign wealth fund (‘SWF’). It triggered a substantial debate. How would it operate in practice? Are we trying to fund investment or earn an equity risk premium? How do we address problems associated with state-ownership? How… Read the article
As if the stellar returns of bitcoin this year weren’t enough, the cryptocurrency gained more attention last night as JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon called it a ‘fraud’ that will eventually blow up. In this post, which originally featured on Eric Lonergan’s Philosophy of… Read the article
Political developments have dominated market commentary for much of the last two years. However, such commentary is often overly focused on short term considerations: trying to forecast short term price moves around elections, or considering which areas of the market will be the winners and losers from particular polices. In… Watch the video
The defining characteristic of US economic data since the financial crisis is not stagnation, but stability. We all look back on the Great Moderation with incredulity at the hubris of economists. But has reality morphed into the Greatest Moderation?
There was always a kernel of truth in the… Read the article
The recent shifts in political ideology around the world have been fought against a background of increased tensions over wage levels and a fear of job insecurity in the wake of both globalisation, and more recently, technological advances. These issues underpin much of the political discussion… Read the article
Eras of political and economic consensus define the risk characteristics of assets; what is risky and what is safe depends on the regime we are living in. As an example, the Cold War era produced very different return profiles and correlations to the ‘neo-liberal’ phase that has characterised… Watch the video
Earlier this year, Matthew Klein at FT’s Alphaville, made a typically punchy and well-argued case for abandoning a cornerstone of the current macro policy framework – the NAIRU.
This inelegant acronym (“Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment”) refers to the rate of unemployment which is consistent with stable inflation.… Read the article
Why is the Bank of Japan (BoJ) trying to raise the rate of inflation? Taking account of its demographic profile, Japan’s economic performance has been impressive by developed world standards, as Anne Richards at Bond Vigilantes recently points out, and the economy appears to be at close to… Read the article