Roger Bootle – Leading Economist. Author, Broadcaster and Keynote Business Speaker.
Roger Bootle is one of the City of London’s best-known economists. He runs a consultancy, which specialises in macroeconomics and the economics of the property market. He is also Economic Adviser to Deloitte & Touche, a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and a Visiting Professor at Manchester Business School.
Roger Bootle was formerly Group Chief Economist of the HSBC Group and, before the change of government, he was a member of the former Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called “Wise Men”.
Roger Bootle studied at Oxford University and then became a Lecturer in Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Most of his subsequent career has been spent in the City of London.
Roger Bootle has written many articles on monetary economics and is joint author of the book, Theory of Money, author of Index-Linked Gilts and of the best-seller The Death of Inflation, which was published in April 1996 and has subsequently been translated into nine languages.
His book, Money for Nothing – Real Wealth, Financial Fantasies and the Economy of the Future, has been widely acclaimed and has appeared in Japanese, German, Italian and Korean translations.
Roger’s book The Trouble with Markets focuses on the deep origins of the current financial crisis and the consequences for economies, markets and politics, both domestic and international.
He is a regular columnist for The Telegraph and a well-known broadcaster on both radio and television.
Larry Elliott, economics editor of The Guardian, wrote: “It seems strange that no place has yet been found on the MPC for Roger Bootle, one of the country’s leading monetary economists.”
Roger Bootle has a long and distinguished record of successful forecasting of major events and market movements, often in contrast to the prevailing orthodoxy of the time, including:
- Forecasting the collapse of the dotcom boom.
- Seeing that the UK would be forced out of the ERM in 1992 and, in contrast to the official Treasury line and the views of most forecasters, predicting that inflation and interest rates would fall.
- Forecasting that rising inflation would prompt UK interest rates to be raised to 15% in 1989.
- Realising that during the “hard monetarist” phase in 1979-81, inflation was going to fall sharply despite the fact the broad money supply was growing rapidly.
- And most famously, predicting as early as October 1990, that the financial climate in Europe and North America would be transformed by sustained low inflation – and maintaining this view even though many people in the market dismissed “The Death of Inflation” as a joke.
Roger Bootle is a renowned speaker at conferences and business gatherings around the world. He is equally effective at making a formal presentation to an audience of thousands as he is giving an after dinner talk to a few senior executives. His talks are distinguished by their unusual combination of insight, wit, and directness.