Hetal Mehta

Senior European Economist

Over the years, Hetal has completed her fair share of interviews and presentations on her latest economic views. However, in order to be seen, she’s racked up quite a collection of heels – there were apparently a few occasions when she was even asked to stand on a box... Given the excitement of keeping tabs on [insert latest European country]-xit, Hetal likes to catch up on sleep and escape to the continent for some European sun.

Posts by Hetal Mehta

Economics

A postcard from Greece

For a small economy, Greece has kept European economists like me very busy, particularly at times of economic and political stress. Here are my key takeaways from a recent trip meeting policymakers, investors and analysts.

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Economics

Don't shock me now

I'm not sure exactly why Queen's "Don't stop me now" has been stuck in my head...something to do with football and wishing not to get knocked out maybe...we were having such a good time! Anyway, as I say in this Sky News interview on the Ian King Show, only a big shock would stop the Bank of England from hiking in August. I also discuss the merits of the new monthly GDP data.

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Economics

The ECB’s Italian Job

“We trust that the government will take all the appropriate actions” – Jean-Claude Trichet. Mario Draghi. That was the sign-off for the now infamous ECB letter sent to Silvio Berlusconi’s government during the height of the European sovereign debt crisis. Nearly seven years on, Italy has once again experienced financial market turmoil and the ECB this week will no doubt be asked many questions about the situation.

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Economics

Is Carney getting cold feet about hiking?

Earlier this year, the UK economy appeared to be warming up nicely, and a May rate hike was on the cards. But has March’s cold snap changed all this?

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Economics

Trading places: how to boost post-Brexit Britain

Following the EU referendum, financial markets initially expected the worst, with the weakness of the pound the clearest indication of deteriorating sentiment. And yet, many saw the depreciation as an opportunity for the economy to rebalance away from consumer spending and towards more trade. With this in mind, how successful has the UK been?

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Economics

Carney’s contracting conundrum

In November, the Bank of England decided not to go beyond reversing the 'insurance' rate cut it made following the EU referendum. Since then, however, the UK labour market has improved and inflation has remained stubbornly high. This presents the governor with a conundrum. Should he raise rates again soon or remain cautious and wait for the fog of uncertainty regarding the final Brexit deal to lift?

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Macrobites

The year of politics is not quite over…

Last week, in one of our daily morning team meetings (when all the economists, strategists and fund managers gather round to exchange market-relevant news and views), each and every one of the contributions was about politics; including Brexit, Germany, Italy, Catalonia, the Netherlands, the US and Japan.

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