Searcher
Alfonso Ugarte
Alfonso Ugarte
Principal Economist
Spain

Alfonso Ugarte is a Principal Economist in the Global Scenarios Unit of BBVA Research. He has previously worked in the Cross-Country Emerging Markets, Global Trends and Financial System Units in the same department.


His current responsibilities include the development, calibration and updating of several econometric models that are used as inputs by the other departments of BBVA, with a special focus on Country-Risk issues and on cross-country, panel-data analysis. He also provides support in the analysis of financial systems and financial markets in emerging and developing markets.


He has previously held an Adjunct-Professor position in Pompeu Fabra University, where he has taught Econometrics and Corporate Finance, and several other courses as a Teaching Assistant.


He holds a PhD in Economics and Management (Summa Cum Laude) from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a Master of Science from the same University. He obtained his bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.

Latest publications

The dynamics of Global Investment Funds flows in 1Q19 can be characterized by a widening bond-equity divergence, and a visible moderation in inflows to EMs. Looking ahead, we expect EM outflows to continue at a moderate pace until global volatility eases. In a risk scenario, EMs to face more intense and persistent outflows.
Global Risk Aversion experienced high volatility during the quarter, which was reflected mainly in equity markets, but not in sovereign CDS or emerging currencies markets. The improvement seen since the beginning of the year was favoured by the Fed's announcement of a more patient stance in its interest rate policy.
Global Investment Funds (GIF) flows have been on a roller coaster ride since the start of Q418. Sharp pullback in portfolio flows in late 2018, focus on DMs, but since the start of this year, GIFs inflows recovered particularly to EMs. Looking ahead, EMs would continue to outperform DMs over the short term although hinged on Fed and progress on US-China trade dispute.