Macroeconomic Update: Investing in Troubled Times

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
6:15pm— 7:30pm
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Coutts & Co
440 The Strand
London, United Kingdom WC2R 0QS
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Tim Hall

The Wharton Club of the U.K. is sponsoring in-person event on Tuesday, 20 September focused on the outlook for the global economy in these uncertain times.

With inflation raging in the US, the UK and the Eurozone, and the global economy facing numerous imbalances and challenges in the quarters ahead, this is sure to be an interesting and timely discussion.

The event, to be held at the office of Coutts & Co, will feature a moderated discussion involving three prominent panelists.


Matteo Cominetta
Economics Director, Barings Investment Institute, a leading global asset management firm

Matteo Cominetta is Economics Director for the Barings Investment Institute, responsible for covering EU economic and political developments as well as publishing relevant research for internal and external clients. Matteo has worked in the industry as well as in European institutions since 2010. Prior to joining the firm in 2020, he was Senior Economist at the European Central Bank. He previously held various Economist positions at UBS, HSBC, the European Stability Mechanism and the European Commission. Matteo holds a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Sussex University.

Matthew Farrell

Investment Director, London & Capital, a leading U.K. wealth management firm

Matt is a member of London & Capital’s centralised investment team, responsible for asset allocation and currency strategy. In his role, Matt works closely with some the company’s largest clients. He has over 15 years of experience in financial markets. Prior to London & Capital he was a portfolio manager and currency strategist, working at ABN AMRO Asset Management, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Aviva Investors. Matthew has a BA in Politics with Economics from Loughborough University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Alan Higgins

Chief Investment Officer, Coutts & Co U.K., the prestigious private bank

Alan has held a variety of roles in his time at Coutts including Head of Investment Strategy, Chief Investment Officer (UK) and Head of Multi Asset Investing. Alan has over 30 years of experience in portfolio management. Prior to Coutts, he worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where he specialised in asset allocation, fixed income and alternative investments. His previous experience includes senior roles in institutional fixed income portfolio management and working for a multi-strategy hedge fund. Alan advises several charities on manager selection and underlying investmnets and is an external adviser to multi family office eighteen48 partners. He was also previously a non-executive director of Nestlé’s UK and Swiss pension fund management companies. Alan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bristol University and is a CFA charter holder.


Tim Hall

Tim Hall, WG ’87, is a former institutional investor and banker who worked in the industry in the US and UK for nearly 30 years.  During his banking career, Tim focused mainly on debt capital markets and leveraged finance.  He has also served or is serving on several boards – including Tungsten Bank, Aspen Mountain Residences and the Wharton Club UK – and is a private investor.  Tim is currently a writer, covering macroeconomics and financial markets in his blog,  Tim also writes for, an alternative debt financing firm based in the US.  He is a CFA Charterholder, received an MBA from The Wharton School and a BBA from Roanoke College, where he double-majored in economics and business administration.

The format will involve a series of questions to the panellists, followed by a Q&A involving the audience.  Following the Q&A, there will be a brief reception to provide attendees with an opportunity to re-engage post-pandemic with one another, as well as with the panellists and members of their companies.

Please check-in at Coutts & Co reception, and you will be directed to the appropriate room where the event will be held. The event will be followed by a reception.


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