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Amanda Augustine

Joined BBVA Research in 2015. Prior to this position, she was a member of BBVA Compass’s training program for recent graduates and completed rotations in risk and economics. She obtained an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and a B.S. in Business Administration and Spanish from American University in Washington DC. Her previous work experience is in international trade consulting for foreign governments. 

 


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U.S. | Weekly podcast: 100th episode and GDP

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Weekly economic update focusing on the major economic indicators to be released the week of March 27, 2017. Special topic: 100th episode!

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: auto and housing industries

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Weekly economic update focusing on the major economic indicators to be released the week of March 20, 2017. Special topic: the U.S. auto industry

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U.S. | Auto industry chartbook (March 2017)

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Solid employment growth, stable gasoline prices and low interest rates contributed to robust vehicle sales through the end of 2016. Demand continues to be biased towards light-trucks and away from cars. Auto lending remains healthy, but this could be impacted by future interest rate hikes.

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U.S. | The trade deficit: Don’t fear the beast

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Public perception towards the trade deficit has shifted from being fact-based to sentiment-based. Economic pattern of the deficit strongly correlates with the structural shift in the U.S. economy. U.S. has a higher per capita deficit with Ireland and Germany than it does with China or Mexico

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: jobs, jobs, jobs

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Weekly economic update focusing on the major economic indicators to be released the week of March 6, 2017. Special topic: the labor market

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: oil price outlook and home sales

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Weekly economic update focusing on the major economic indicators to be released the week of February 20, 2017. Special topic: oil price outlook

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U.S. | Oil Price Outlook (February 2017)

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OPEC output deal may have a limited impact on prices. Going forward, inventory correction and the lagged effect of CAPEX cuts should lead to higher prices. The recovery of U.S. shale production is expected to prevent a steep upturn in prices. Little to no upside from demand. Slow recovery and convergence to $60/bbl.

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: consumer credit, job openings and consumer sentiment

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Weekly economic update focusing on the major economic indicators to be released the week of February 6, 2017. Special topic: Consumer credit trends

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U.S. | State Monthly Activity Indexes. December 2016

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In December, activity increased in 44 states, with strongest gains in the West. Activity decelerated in the Sunbelt, despite pickups in the manufacturing, mining, and retail trade sectors. Despite a strong dollar and weak exports, manufacturing activity to benefit from improved domestic demand.

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: 4Q16 GDP and consumer sentiment

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Weekly economic update focusing on the major economic indicators to be released the week of January 23, 2017.

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: Income disparity and retail sales

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Weekly economic update focusing on the data to be released the week of January 9, 2017. Special topic: income disparity, technology and globalization.

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: Population growth and consumer confidence

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Weekly economic update focusing on the data to be released the week of December 26, 2016. Special topic: 2015-16 U.S. population growth and state-to-state migration flows

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: Retail sales, inflation and industrial production

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Weekly economic update focusing on the data to be released the week of December 12, 2016.

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U.S. | First & Goal for Houston’s Super Bowl

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The net economic impact of Super Bowl LI for Houston will be $69 million. The largest benefit could come from a boost to the city’s brand and image

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U.S. | Income disparity, technology and globalization

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What are the forces behind the rise in wage inequality throughout the last three decades? Which policies can reverse/correct this path?

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U.S. | OPEC and the art of the deal

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OPEC has agreed to cut production to 32.5 million b/d. The agreement includes an additional 600,000 barrels of cuts from non-OPEC countries. Implementation and monitoring could be hampered by geopolitical factors. The deal should be seen as an effort to stabilize the market rather than as a measure to trigger a rapid and sustained increase in prices.

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: Sustainable food, GDP and employment

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Weekly economic update focusing on the data to be released the week of November 28, 2016. Special topic: The growing appetite for sustainable foods

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U.S. | Auto Industry Chartbook

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Vehicle sales remain robust due to solid employment growth, low gasoline prices and low interest rates. Leasing continues to be an increasingly preferred form of financing, especially for luxury vehicles. Potential of tax cuts under new administration should help boost auto sales, but this could be offset by the impact of higher interest rates.

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U.S. | Weekly podcast: International trade, jobs and consumers

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Weekly economic update focusing on the data to be released the week of November 7, 2016. Special topic: the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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U.S. | Income disparity, technology and globalization

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Labor-replacing technologies and globalization are often-cited drivers of inequality. Factors also include social intelligence premium and pay disparity between workplaces. Review and reforms of public policies can promote equality in opportunities and access.

Available in Spanish, English