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George Magnus

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 to 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 researched and written about the global economy. He received plaudits for having predicted a “Minsky Moment” in 2007 as the world’s financial crisis was starting to erupt. In the long shadows of that crisis, and through the Euro crisis, a decade of expansion that has felt disappointing, the eruption of western populism and the evolution of a more authoritarian and assertive China, he has posed trenchant questions and offered thoughtful insights.

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

Articles by George Magnus

BRICS Dumping U.S. Dollar?

Geopolitics is only part of the U.S. dollar’s status.

August 23, 2023

Trump’s Trade War Is Getting More Serious

In the tit-for-tat retaliation gaming with the United States over imposing tariffs, China is at a disadvantage.

July 30, 2018

All Quiet Now, But Can Greece Really Thrive Inside the Euro?

Despite a deal being provisionally cut with Greece, a new chapter of European instability is only just starting.

February 25, 2015

China’s Real Urbanization Hurdle

Why is local government reform in China key to the national economy?

November 8, 2013

China: Hitting a BRIC Wall

After exhausting its basic growth model, how can China nurture productivity, innovation and modernity?

May 3, 2013

Is Asia’s Economic Miracle Over?

After the excitement of rapid growth in the 1990s and 2000s, what do Asia's prospects look like now?

May 2, 2013

China and the End of the Magic of Extrapolation

How can China avoid a hard landing in the next few years?

May 1, 2013

The Rebalancing of China

Why has China's growth largely been one-sided — and what can be done to change the situation?

February 22, 2011

The End of the Renminbi Regime

What should China do to maintain its rapid economic growth in this decade?

February 21, 2011

Will China Eat Our Technological Lunch?

How does China need to change its educational institutions and patent policies to help foster innovation?

February 7, 2011

Malthus, Marx and the Globalization Debate

Does Malthus or Marx have the best solution for global population growth?

February 28, 2009

The “Boomerangst” Generation — Take II

What toll will an aging population take on the family structure?

February 4, 2009

The “Boomerangst” Generation

How are world realities changing for boomers' children?

February 3, 2009

The Pyrrhic Victory of Secular Capitalism

What effect have the rise of "secular capitalism" and globalization had on people's religious beliefs?

December 1, 2008

China’s Relations With Saudi Arabia and Iran

What is the extent of the cooperation between China and the Middle East?

May 20, 2008

Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Rise of the "Global South"

What insights does a truly global — not just Western — perspective into these new investment vehicles yield?

August 31, 2007

The New Silk Road

How has the tradition of the ancient Silk Road been revived by capital flow?

November 30, 2006