María Martínez
María Martínez
Principal Economist

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

The main central banks have brought forward the withdrawal of their monetary stimulus measures (rolled out during the COVID-19 crisis) to anchor inflationary expectations, and are now inclined toward raising interest rates earlier, and possibly even faster, than expected.
Overall, the relatively modest downward revision in growth projections and the delinking of the tapering from the rate rise scenarios allows the ECB to convey a hawkish message while freeing itself to make the decision on rates more data dependent
The ECB left all its key monetary policy settings unchanged today, in turn confirming the decisions taken at the previous meeting, but clearly sounded more concerned about rising upside risks to the inflation outlook. Mrs. Lagarde postponed any eventual reaction to these risks to be addressed during the March meeting