MIB: How Torsten Sløk Makes Boring Economics Interesting

How can you make different and more interesting charts than is typical of ordinary Wall Street economists?

That was the challenge confronting Torsten Sløk, Chief International Economist at Deutsche Bank Securities.

The solution came to Mr. Slok via his worked at the OECD in Paris and at the IMF in Washington. Working with data analysts and graphic designers on the other side of the world, Sløk sends his team spreadsheets and ideas just before he goes to bed. By the time he wakes up, his programmers in India have created interesting visual components that powerful and compelling charts that traditional Wall Street economists seem to overlook (see this, this or this). This unique approach has led Sløk’s economics team to be top-ranked by Institutional Investor in fixed income and equities for the past five years.

Sløk has published numerous articles on economics and policy analysis, including in the Journal of International Economics, the Journal of International Money and Finance, and the Econometric Journal.

His favorite books are referenced here; our conversation transcript is published here.

You can stream/download the full conversation, including the podcast extras on iTunesBloombergOvercast, and Stitcher. Our earlier podcasts can all be found on iTunesStitcherOvercast, and Bloomberg.

Next week, we speak with Lee Cooperman of Omega Advisors.

 

 

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