Darren Williams

Darren Williams

Director—Global Economic Research

16 Years at AB
32 Years of experience

Darren Williams oversees the Global Economic Research Group for Fixed Income. He is also responsible for economic analysis, interest-rate forecasting and bond market strategy for Western Europe. Williams has covered the major economies of Western Europe for almost 30 years, and has written extensively on the European Economic and Monetary Union and the monetary policy decision-making process of Europe’s central banks. This experience proved invaluable when it came to guiding AB and its clients through the European sovereign-debt crisis in 2010. Williams joined the firm in 2003 from Citigroup, where his main focus was on providing thematic research to equity investors. Prior to that, he helped establish global economics coverage at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Earlier in his career, Williams held senior positions at UBS, where he was responsible for pan-European coverage and coordinating a team of economists based in Europe, and Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for economic analysis and bond market strategy for France, Italy and Spain. He holds a BSc in banking and finance from Loughborough University (UK). Location: London

Brexit Extension: It’s Progress, but Not as We Know It
Brexit: Is the Show that Never Ends About to Enter Another Act?

Brexit: Is the Show that Never Ends About to Enter Another Act?

by Darren Williams
Nearly three years after the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU), the deadline for Brexit is less than two weeks away and the British government is asking for more time. While it’s easy to be distracted by the ongoing chaos in Parliament, it’s important to maintain a steady focus on the underlying parameters of the debate and the range of possible outcomes. These have shifted less than might be imagined.

Brexit, Economics


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Five Reasons Europe Should Avoid Recession in 2019
Less Favorable Growth-Inflation Mix in 2019

Less Favorable Growth-Inflation Mix in 2019

by Darren Williams
As we get ready to move into 2019, the macro backdrop points to a less favorable mix of growth and inflation at a time when central bank balance sheets are starting to shrink. Even if growth is simply returning to trend, the year ahead is likely to be more challenging—with populism and China looming as key downside risks.

Inflation


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Populism: Get Used to It
Is the New Brexit Deal Already Dead?
Markets Unfazed by Rising Risk of Populism in Italy…for Now
Will Geopolitics Fuel Global Volatility?
ECB Treads Cautiously in Tapering Plans
Will ECB Tapering Trigger Market Tantrum?
Ten Years On: Is the World Economy Getting Back to “Normal”?
How the Populist Wave Could Reshape Policy
UK Election Result Compounds Brexit Uncertainty

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