About
PRC Macro

PRC Macro Limited was established to develop economic information and forecasting services to fill the large analytical gaps that exist with respect to China’s political economy. This includes the development of new proprietary sources of data, new analytical models, and extensive on the ground research. Our senior team has decades of experience delivering economic insight products to global financial institutions, corporations, as well as tailoring products to client specific needs.

Independent.

We source our own proprietary data, and like our analysis it is free of conflicts of interest and manipulation.

Accessible.

Analysts in Asia and North America allow for round the clock access to our analytical team. This is part of what allows us to provide research and advisory services that deliver what our clients need, when they need it.

Unique.

PRC Macro advisers provide clients with a combination of proprietary data, indexes and analytical tools that enable them to see distributions where others can only reference averages, and thus understand emergent trends at their source. Data constraints pose one of the biggest obstacles to understanding what is happening in China’s economic system. This is especially true when it comes to understanding the income and expenditure patterns, as well as investment preferences of households. What do per capita figures for a population of 1.3 billion people really tell you?

Timely.

Most official statistical data on China’s economic system is released with a lag of several weeks. In the extreme case of detailed household income and expenditure series, the delay is over a year. At PRC Macro our survey-driven data series are updated within days of the end of a given month or quarter, and allow clients to challenge consensus views and modify their own expectations ahead of the release of widely followed indicators.

Our Team

Our team has over 40 years of experience on the ground in China. This provides us with a comprehensive qualitative framework for understanding political, economic and social trends that drive the macro policy agenda.

Joseph Kasputys, PhD

Joe served as President and CEO of Primark Corporation (NYSE listed) from 1987 to 2000, transforming the conglomerate into a leading financial information services and technology company. Following the sale of the company to Thomson Corporation in 2001, he served briefly as Chairman of the newly established Thomson Financial, managing the integration of Primark’s financial information businesses with those of Thomson. In 2001 he founded Global Insight, a company that joined together the world’s premier economic and financial analysis and forecasting firms, consisting of Data Resources International (DRI) and WEFA (formerly Wharton Economic Forecasting Associates). Additional acquisitions later included DAFSA, a European market research company, and GlobalInTech (formerly Primark Poland), a software company specializing in time-series data management. Joe served as Chairman, President and CEO of Global Insight until its sale to IHS in October 2008. He continued to serve as Chairman of the merged company until 2010. Most recently he was a founding partner in and serves as Chairman and CEO of China Monitor Inc (CMI), a platform for China macroeconomic and industry forecasting and analysis drawing on the extensive resources of partner company China Economic Information Network (CEInet).

William Hess, Co-Head of Research

Previously Will served as President of China Monitor Inc (CMI), a platform for China macroeconomic and industry forecasting and analysis drawing on the extensive resources of partner company China Economic Information Network (CEInet). Earlier in his career he served as a Director of Sovereign and International Public Finance ratings with Standard & Poor’s in Hong Kong, and as the General Manager of Global Insight’s Beijing office of Global Insight prior to its acquisition by IHS in 2008. In this capacity he also led the development of the company’s China Regional Economic Service, as well as the China components of a number of the company’s other analytical products.

Gao Song, PhD, Co-Head of Research

Previously Song served as China Country Representative and Principal Analyst for the Observatory Group (Washington, DC). In this capacity he was responsible for all macro, political and policy research. Prior to joining Observatory Group he served as a Senior Economist of China Monitor Inc (CMI), a platform for China macroeconomic and industry forecasting and analysis drawing on the extensive resources of partner company China Economic Information Network (CEInet). Prior to joining CMI he was a professor and researcher at Junniata College in the US.

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