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Will a 2021 Boom Give Way to a 2022 Bust?

Monday, May 17, 2021

11:00 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT


Joseph LaVorgna, Chief Economist Americas, Natixis

Benito Berber, Chief Economist Latin America, Natixis


Introduction by

Helena Radzyminski, Head of Latin America, Natixis


Joseph LaVorgna


Chief Economist Americas

Joseph LaVorgna is a Managing Director and Chief Economist for the Americas at Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking.  He leads the firm’s economic research efforts in the region, managing a team that analyzes trends in the equity, fixed income, foreign exchange, and commodity markets.

Joe served as Special Assistant to the President and Chief Economist of the National Economic Council (NEC). In this role, he was responsible for advising President Trump and NEC Director Larry Kudlow on developments in the financial markets and the broader economy. Joe provided daily economic analysis for senior White House staff and appeared regularly in the media as a spokesman for Administrative economic policy.

Joe has over 25 years of financial services experience. He joined Natixis after 20 years at Deutsche Bank where he was the firm’s Chief US Economist. During that time, he was one of the leading forecasters on Wall Street. He was perennially ranked in the prestigious Institutional Investors’ All-Star Fixed Income Survey finishing #1 on several occasions.

Joe appears regularly in the financial press. He was a CNBC contributor for over a decade and was a contributing opinion writer for The Hill prior to his White House service.

He began his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an economist in the Monetary Analysis & Projections Division. He was Senior US Economist at Lehman Brothers prior to joining Deutsche Bank.

A native New Yorker, Joe holds an economics degree from Vassar College and did graduate work at New York University.


Chief Economist Latin America

Mr. Berber is a senior member of the CIB Americas team of economists, focused on providing analysis and forecasts for countries in Latin America.

He has 18 years of financial services experience and joined Natixis from Nomura Securities, where he was Senior Economist, Latin America.  Earlier in his career, he worked as an economist at RBS, HSBC Securities, Moody’s Investor Service and IDEAglobal.

Mr. Berber holds a B.S. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a M.A. in Economics from Duke University.

Benito Berber
Helena Radzyminski


Managing Director, Head of Latin America
Member of the CIB Americas Executive Committee

Ms. Radzyminski has been with Natixis since July 2013. Prior to joining Natixis she was Head of Loan Syndication and Sales Latin America at Standard Bank. During her nine years there, she was a regional head for underwriting and distribution of loans.

Prior to joining Standard, Ms. Radzyminksi was a Director and Head of Loan Syndication Latin America for Fleet Bank. In this role, she focused on structuring and syndicating bank loans, for emerging market borrowers. Ms. Radzyminski joined Bank Boston in 1991 and spent her first eight years working with the bank’s branch in Argentina, where she was initially responsible for originating debt transactions and later emerging markets sales and distribution. In 1999 she was invited to join the Emerging Markets Loan Syndication group in Boston.  Prior to joining Bank Boston, Ms. Radzyminski spent a year in Citibank Argentina, where she focused on International Trade Finance.

Ms. Radzyminski received an MBA from Instituto de Altos Estudios Empresariales and a BA in Business Administration from Universidad of Buenos Aires.

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About Natixis

Natixis is a French multinational financial services firm specialized in asset & wealth management, corporate & investment banking, insurance and payments. A subsidiary of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France through its two retail banking networks, Banque Populaire and Caisse d'Epargne, Natixis counts over 16,000 employees across 36 countries. Its clients include corporations, financial institutions, sovereign and supranational organizations, as well as the customers of Groupe BPCE's networks. Listed on the Paris stock exchange, Natixis has a solid financial base with a CET1 capital under Basel 3(1) of €12.1 billion, a Basel 3 CET1 Ratio(1) of 11.6% and quality long-term ratings (Standard & Poor's: A+ / Moody's: A1 / Fitch Ratings: A+). 

(1) Based on CRR-CRD4 rules as reported on June 26, 2013, including the Danish compromise - without phase-in

Figures as at 31 December 2020


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