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Gerard Lyons is the former Chief Economist at Standard Chartered Bank. He’s advised Boris Johnson as Mayor of London on economic issues both local, national and international and been a leading pro-Brexit economic voice. With an insight into policy as well as economics and markets, Gerard delivers entertaining and enlightening analyses of the global and UK prospects, the positives and the negatives, the developing economies and why the Chinese economy is like Cinderella, Goldilocks and Superman.
Gerard Lyons is the former Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered Bank. He also advised on local, national and international economic issues for Boris Johnson whilst he was Mayor of London
Previous to his appointment at Standard Chartered, Gerard served as Chief Economist and Executive Director at DKB International, as Chief UK Economist at the Swiss Bank Corporation and Chief Economist at UK stockbroker Savory Milln.
Gerard now marries his extensive knowledge of the economy and markets with a first-hand insight into policy making and a view of how the UK can not just recover, but thrive. He speaks about all aspects of the domestic and global economy - where we are, where we’re going, where we might go - with an engaging, original style. Using catchy summaries such as 32, 62, 72 (the amount in trillions that the global cash economy was worth at the turn of the century, when Lehman’s crashed, and today) to look at global trends, and analogies including fairytales, superheros and Gangnam style to understand Asian economic development.
Whilst broadly optimistic about the outlook Gerard believes in a balance between austerity and promoting growth though capital investment in infrastructure. He says it is essential to improve consumer confidence, not just market confidence. Furthermore government must make concerted efforts to encourage businesses to lend and invest, and to improve relations with both the developing economies. He is also critical of the ‘weak’ pound strategy pursued to encourage exports when most UK exports are of quality, high-end goods and services.
Gerard now serves as an economist at wealth management company Netwealth, as Economic Advisor at the Policy Exchange think-tank and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, and as a Director at the Bank of China. He regularly appears in the media, often writing in the Telegraph and The Times, and was a leading pro-Brexit economic voice. He has testified before the House of Lords Select Committee on the Bank of England and was a member of the Commission that examined the economic consequences if Britain retained the pound. As well as speaking at conferences around the world, Gerard also brings his take on banks, politicians and finance to after dinner.
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