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Chief Asia Economist
Freya Beamish produces the China+ service at Pantheon. She has a decade of experience in covering the global economy, with a particular focus on China and Japan. Previously, she worked at Lombard Street Research (now TS Lombard), where she delivered research on Asia and the Global economy, latterly as Macro Group Manager.
Freya’s analysis disects the cyclical trends from the noise. Her experience covering China allows her to sort the data wheat from the chaff, producing her own indicators and building a coherent picture of the economy. Her development of leading indicators—with an emphasis on liquidity trends—and activity measures allow her to pinpoint where the economy is in the cycle, something not readily available from the official presentation of the data. Freya also looks deep into the financial and monetary data to highlight key turning points to investors, decoding PBoC action, and succinctly laying out the implications of complex policy actions for investors. Her structural analysis has allowed her to illuminate the key risks in the Chinese financial system, predict the BoJ’s move to yield curve targeting in 2016 and to highlight key systemic fragilities in the Japanese banking system.
While her focus is on Asia, she takes a global approach to economics, identifying forces outside Asia that have the potential to cause schisms or catalyse trends in the economies she covers, and following through the implications of Asian developments to the rest of the world. This integrated approach has enabled her to call crucial shifts such as the bubble in Asian credit markets in 2013 before the U.S. taper-tantrum shake out.
Freya holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA in Economics and Law from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks Mandarin, has lived in Beijing for over a year and studied the language at Peking university and Beijing Language and Culture University. She was based in Hong Kong from 2011-to-2015.
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