Chief Economist and Strategist
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After a Master II in Finance, I wrote a thesis in Financial Economics at Paris-Dauphine University (France). Although I enjoyed my time in the academic sphere, the overly theoretical framework and the lack of daily risk-taking led me to pursue a career as a market economist. Being also ... more

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US Existing Home Sales Dropped To A 7-Month Low
US existing home sales surprised downward in March, hitting a 7-month low. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), they decreased by 3.7% MoM, reaching 6.11M (down from 6.24M prior).
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US Existing Home Sales For March Will Decline More Than Expected
Housing affordability has been under pressure since January. On one hand, mortgage rates started rebounding with the 30-year recently hitting the highest level since June 2020 in late March.
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US Retail Sales For March Rose Far More Than Expected
US retail sales rebounded sharply in March and beat the Bloomberg consensus (+5.3%e MoM).
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Preview: US Retail Sales For March Will Beat Expectations
On Thursday, the Census will release the Advance US Retail Sales report for March.
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US Job Growth Surpassed Expectations In March; April Should Be Robust
US jobs growth is likely to remain robust in April.
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US New Vehicle Sales For March Smashed Expectations
US new vehicle sales rebounded sharply in March. What is more surprising is that they rose 13.3% MoM, reaching 17.75 million SAAR (highest since December 2017) and largely exceeding expectations of 16.40 million SAAR.
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Chief Economist, Strategist
Market Securities (Kyte Group)
July 2011 - Present (10 years)

-Top forecaster of the U.S. [2012-2019], Euro-Area [2015-2019] and Chinese Economy [2017-2019] according to Bloomberg.
- Management of a team (four persons) and external communication through conferences, writing of articles and a presence on social networks
- Development, coordination and production of daily, weekly and quarterly economic reviews
- Supplies a follow-up of the U.S., Eurozone and Chinese economic dynamics

 

Economist, Strategist Assistant
Dexia Securities
June 2009 - June 2011 (2 years 1 month)

- Creation of weekly advanced indicators of the economic and financial situation (among others, real estate index, investor confidence index, risk aversion indicator, economic weekly leading indicator)
- Creation and writing of a monthly review (« Cap Immobilier ») discussing the current issues and prospects in the US real estate market (residential and commercial)
- Analysis of the economic and budgetary situation of the Eurozone’s members
 

Education

Université Paris-Dauphine
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
2009 / 2012
Economics Activities and Societies: Chargé de TD - Microéconomie Industrielle - 3ème année - Microéconomie - 1ère année Thesis in French The informational efficiency of the sports betting market: a parallel with the financial markets -Showing how the sports betting market forms a simplified framework for observations, close enough to stock markets to test the informational efficiency theory
Université Paris-Dauphine
Master of Science (MSc)
2008 / 2009
Finance, General Arbitrage theory and Derivatives Pricing, Financial time-series models, Portfolio Management and Strategies involving options, Macroeconomic Fundamentals for Asset Management, Financial Markets Microstructure, Visual Basic.

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