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.
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
Markets remain obsessed with relatively minor changes in US official interest rates expectations. The FOMC revealed that at least three interest rate increases next year look reasonable, slightly higher than prior forecasts of two. No one should be surprised. Given the starting point levels of interest rates, the relative insensitivity… Read the article
It seems apposite that Matteo Renzi’s term as Italian Prime minister should end in this way. For investors, this referendum was a surreal distraction. The population were voting on the nuance of domestic decision making, but Eurozone membership means that there is limited scope for those decisions to impact the… Read the article
It’s Brexit all over again. The surge in anti-establishment sentiment is definitively global. Brexit can no longer be dismissed as a freak event. It is a trend. Donald Trump looks almost certain to win, by defying his party, the media, and conventional politics. Populism is coming to power. The critical… Read the article
Recent shifts in policy direction by global central banks may prove to be profound. Since the financial crisis, most major Central Banks have responded to weak growth with ever lower rates or further bond buying. Today, a consensus may be emerging that these are the policies of the past. Not… Read the article
Like many economists, I have been trapped into thinking that there is an equilibrium real rate of interest – a level of the policy rate consistent with stable inflation, a closed output gap, or full employment. The trick for policy makers is to find the magic… Read the article
This is an edited version of a post that appeared on Eric’s own Sample of One blog.
David Hume is the first great thinker to identify language, law and money as ‘spontaneous’ institutions of social organisation. They are spontaneous in that they can emerge organically and become widely… Read the article
At M&G’s Annual Investment Forum last week, Eric Lonergan of the Episode team discussed what he sees as the two big questions affecting investment today. Namely, ‘Why do equity markets appear to offer such high compensation for risk?’ and ‘Are we about to enter recession?’ Here is a video… Read the article
At the start of May, Tony Finding and Eric Lonergan made their annual ‘pilgrimage’ to Omaha in the US to attend the annual shareholder meeting for Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company run by Warren Buffet. In the second of two blog posts, Eric discusses his key takeaways from the experience.… Read the article
Economists have always assumed that lower interest rates boost consumption and reduce the propensity to save. The same logic is encouraging policy makers to pursue negative interest rates and raise inflation targets to push real rates even lower.
But the effects of lower interest rates on saving behaviour may change… Read the article