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

With inflation at multi-decade highs across many countries due to various factors (pressures generated by the post-COVID recovery in spending, fiscal stimulus measures, bottlenecks) and exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, central banks have shifted towards a tighter policy stance.
The ECB has hiked by 200 bps all its three key interest rates so far in this cycle (including today’s 75bps). Today's largely anticipated rate decision was accompanied by other measures to facilitate monetary policy transmission and aid ongoing policy tightening stance
In the face of recent very high inflation out-turns and risks skewed to the upside, the ECB unanimously hiked each of its three key interest rates by 75 bps. Overall, today’s stance confirm’s ECB’s hawkish bias communicated at the end of the summer and everything points to continued rapid rate rises