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WHAT:  New York Foreign Press Center On-the-Record Wall Street Briefing Series

TOPIC: BlackRock Investment Institute: Perspectives on the Global Economy and 2019 Outlook

BRIEFER: Elga Bartsch, Head of Economic and Markets Research, BlackRock Investment Institute

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2019; 4:30 PM (Please arrive no later than 4:15 pm to get through security in the lobby.)

WHERE: 52 East 52nd Street

RSVP: Journalists interested in this briefing series must RSVP to NYFPC@state.gov by Wednesday, February 20 at 9:00 AM.

BACKGROUND: This briefing is part of a series organized annually by the New York Foreign Press Center to give the foreign media access to Wall Street experts.

Elga Bartsch, Head of Economic and Markets Research at BlackRock Investment Institute will discuss her analysis and insights on the global economy and 2019 outlook, specifically global central banks’ monetary policies, what economic indicators are impacting financial markets, trade dynamics, inflation pressures and global growth estimates. Bartsch is the co-author of the latest BlackRock Investment Institute’s monthly Macro & Markets Perspectives white paper, “Slowing but still growing.” Following her remarks, there will be a question and answer session.

NOTE: Non-government guests and/or experts invited to address the NYFPC offer their views in a personal capacity, and do not represent the official policy views of the U.S. government.

BRIEFER BIO: Elga Bartsch, PhD, Managing Director, heads up economic and markets research at the Blackrock Investment Institute (BII). BII provides connectivity between BlackRock's portfolio managers, originates economic and market research and publishes insights. Prior to joining BlackRock, Dr. Bartsch was Global Co-Head of Economics and Chief European Economist at Morgan Stanley in London. She started her career as a research associate at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a large German economic think-tank where she worked at the President's office and managed the Advanced Studies in International Economic Policy Research, a post-graduate program in international macroeconomics.

Dr. Bartsch has more than 20 years of macro research experience and is a member of the ECB Shadow Council and a trustee of the IFO Institute for economic research. She also served on and chaired the Economic and Monetary Policy Committee of the German Banking Association. Having studied at the University of Hannover and the London School of Economics, Dr. Bartsch graduated with a Master's degree from Kiel University where she subsequently also completed a PhD.