Economics & Country Risk Blog

IHS Markit acquires Macroeconomic Advisers

We are excited to announce that we have acquired Macroeconomic Advisers, an independent research firm based in St. Louis, Missouri. Macroeconomic Advisers, widely recognized as one of the most respected forecasters of the US economy, specializes in monitoring, analyzing and forecasting developments in the US economy. They leverage this foundation to quantify various policy options considered by the new US administration, as well as perform scenario analysis to enable financial institutions to comply with an array of regulatory requirements. The combination of Macroeconomic Advisers with our own award-winning US macro, Industry, and US regional teams will allow us to provide unparalleled coverage to our clients with a special focus on policy and financial markets. 

In photo: Maria Bertram, Sara Johnson, Chris Christopher, Nariman Behravish, Kathleen Navin, Joel Prakken, Chris Vavares, Maureen Maguire, Meridith Skodnik

Macroeconomic Advisers founders, Chris Varvares and Joel Prakken, will each assume the role of vice president at IHS Markit and will co-lead our combined team, with Joel taking on the role of Chief US Economist. We are very excited about the opportunities for expanded coverage, services, and events for our clients. If you are a current IHS Markit client, please reach out to your account manager to learn more about this exciting acquisition and get a link to register for the Global Economics & Country Risk Outlook Conference taking place in Washington D.C. in October.

Our teams are working together diligently to align capabilities and will have more information to share soon.


About The Author

Executive Director of US Macro, Global Economics, and Consumer Markets

Dr. Chris G. Christopher, Jr. is Executive Director in the US Macro, Global Economics, and Consumer Economics for IHS Markit. He brings over 25 years of experience as an economist, academic, forecaster, and  demographer. Prior to joining IHS, Christopher worked for FedEx Services in the forecasting department and as the Chief Econometrician for OIT. In addition, he worked as a research economist at Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI); the New York State Legislative Tax Study Commission; and as an associate professor, administrator, and university lecturer in econometrics, economics, and business. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science, Master of Arts in economics, Master of Arts in mathematics, Doctorate of Philosophy in economics from the University at Albany. Dr. Christopher has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at various business schools and economics departments.

Dr. Christopher writes a quarterly column for CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, has several academic publications, and writes perspective pieces for the mass media. He is a member of the Econometric Society, American Economic Association, and National Association of Business Economists (NABE). Chris is on the board of economic advisors for the New York State Assembly, and a member of the NABE Travel & Transportation Roundtable. In addition, Chris is a NABE Certified Business Economist (CBE), and Consensus Economics 2013 forecast accuracy award winner (US GDP & CPI).