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María Martínez
María Martínez
Principal Economist
Spain

Maria Martinez obtained a Master’s in Quantitative Finance at the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (AFI) and a Master´s in Economics and Finance at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She obtained her degree in Economics at Universidad de Oviedo.


She joined BBVA Research in 2009, and she is currently Principal Economist in the Financial Global Markets Unit. Prior to this position she was a Research Assistant in the Financial Stability Department at the Bank of Spain and an analyst and consultant in the Transfer Pricing Department in KPMG.

Latest publications

After eight years in office at the European Central Bank (ECB), it is time for Mario Draghi to pass the baton in eurozone monetary policy. Christine Lagarde will become the first woman to head the ECB.
In a relatively relaxed press conference- Draghi’s last one as ECB President- , he provided a dovish tone, in line with his entire presidency. He did not give any hints about action to be taken in the short term, trying not to tie the hands of his successor, Mrs Lagarde. We expect the ECB to remain on hold.
The UK request for a Brexit extension, which eased the risk of a no-deal-Brexit, and positive prospects of a limited trade deal kept market’s risk appetite alive.