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George Magnus

George Magnus - Economist + Author

George Magnus is an independent economist and commentator, an Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and an adviser to some asset management companies.

From 2012-2016, Mr. Magnus was an externally contracted senior economic adviser to UBS Investment Bank, where he had previously been employed in this capacity between 2006-2012, and prior this, as Chief Economist from 1995-2006. During this time, he served for a few years as the Chair of the Investment Committee of the Trustee Board of UBS (UK) pension and life assurance fund.

Before joining UBS, Mr Magnus had been the Chief Economist at S.G. Warburg (1987-1995), Chief International Economist at Chase Securities (1985-1987) and Head of Economics for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Bank of America (1977-1985). Mr Magnus received an MSc. Econ from the School of Oriental and African Studies, did postgraduate research at the University of Illinois, and taught economics at the University of Westminster and at Illinois.

Over many years, Mr Magnus has been researching and writing about the global economy, receiving plaudits in particular for having predicted a ‘Minsky Moment’ in 2007 as the financial crisis was starting to erupt. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Prospect Magazine and other written media, and appears regularly on BBC TV and radio, Bloomberg TV and other outlets. His opinion pieces, and other written work and activities can be found on this website.

Mr Magnus is the author of  The Age of Aging – a study of how demographic change is influencing the world, its consequences for richer and poorer countries, and how we can develop coping mechanisms to address the principal challenges. He is also the author of Uprising: will emerging markets shape or shake the world economy? which examines the rise of China and other major emerging markets, and considers controversially whether China really is destined to rule the world.

He is married, has 4 children, and lives in north London.

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"George Magnus does not look like a prophet. Yet this is the man widely acknowledged to have predicted that the US sub-prime mortgage crisis would trigger a global recession." Josephine Moulds, The Daily Telegraph