Searcher
Alvaro Ortiz
Alvaro Ortiz
Chief Economist
Turkey

Álvaro Ortiz is Chief Economist for China,Turkey and Big Data at BBVA Research. He manages the unit  which inplement  the Big Data analysis on Economic, Social and Geopolitical Issues.  He previously worked as Chief Economist Europe, Asia and Middle East at Cemex, Deputy Director of Economic Analysis at Repsol YPF and Head of Latin America at the Economic Research department of Banco Santander.


Mr Ortiz holds a PhD in Economics (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) and Advanced Diploma in International Economics and Policy Research by The Kiel Institute for World Economics (Germany).


He has published in several academic journals as Economia, the Journal of Lacea, Opec Energy Review, The Service Studies Journal, Bank of Spain working Papers and Moneda y Credito. He usually collaborates in newspapers as El País, El Espectador, El Economista…


He has participated in several conferences at international Think Tanks as Brueguel, Wilton Park, Salzburg Global Seminar, ME Days, IIF.

Latest publications

The Central Bank of Turkey (CBRT) decreased the policy rate by 200 bps to 12% from 14%, slightly higher than market expectation of 150 bps. Global Central Banks Dovishness remain supportive but we think that complacency should be ruled out and the CBRT should be ready to act in any direction if the situation change.
The protests in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran against government policies triggered questions about the regional stability. Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates gained huge victory in local elections. Social unrest in Latin America intensified in some countries and they should be closely monitored.
Consumer prices increased by 0.38% mom in November, way lower than market consensus and ours (0.75%, Bloomberg vs 0.77%, BBVA). Annual inflation increased to 10.56% from 8.55% in October due to the unfavorable base effect. We expect that annual inflation will increase close to 11.8% at the end of 2019 with downside risk.