Deutsche Bank's top economist in Asia has just joined Singapore's central bank

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Taimur Baig, a Deutsche Bank managing director and its chief economist for Asia, has moved to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

He joined MAS, Singapore’s central bank and financial regulator, earlier this month as principal economist within the economic policy group. Baig’s areas of expertise include international finance, monetary policy, FX forecasting, macro surveillance, and macro-financial linkages, according to his online profile.

He had been at Deutsche since 2007, starting with a five-year stint as chief economist for India, Indonesia and the Philippines, focused on “macroeconomic forecasting and analysis” of those markets.

After a brief tenure covering India and ASEAN, Baig became Deutsche’s head economist for the whole of Asia in September 2013.

The MAS role is not the only time he’s worked outside of a commercial bank.

Baig interned at the World Bank in 1997 and then worked for the International Monetary Fund for more than eight years, latterly as a senior economist.

At MAS, Baig’s economic policy group is responsible for the surveillance and forecasting of domestic and foreign economies, monetary policy formulation, and economic research, according to the organisation’s website.

The group is made up of two departments: economic analysis, and economic surveillance and forecasting. The former analyses trends in the international economy and maintains a suite of macroeconomic models for Singapore, while the latter supports monetary policy decisions by providing forecasts of the domestic economy, prices and wages.

MAS declined to comment on Baig’s appointment.

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