Earlier today we discussed how looks discrimination is rampant in certain professions. But Wall Street economists definitely don’t suffer from that particular pathology. No matter how good the analysis might be from David Rosenberg or Jan Hatzuis, no one is paying attention to them for their comeliness.
That’s why our heads were turned today by Michelle Meyer. She came blazing onto CNBC today discussing the US housing sector. She was smart and knew her stuff. But, in a reversal of our usual stance, it wasn’t her intelligence we found “weird.” Economists are supposed to be smart. What was weird was that she is so easy on the eyes. That’s practically a black swan event for economists. And she might be the best looking economist on Wall Street.
So we did some digging into this Meyer woman. It turns out that she’s been with Barclays since it took over Lehman Brothers, and was with Lehman for about five years before that. She is now a vice-president, although one insider said we should describe her as “a vice-president and rising.” She has a master’s degree in economics. Her responsibilities span the range of US macro economics, but lately she’s been writing about housing, autos and the state of the consumer.
Anyway, here’s a clip of her most recent appearance on CNBC. And a plea to CNBC to have Meyer on more often.
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