Jim Haskel

Senior Portfolio Strategist and Editor of the Bridgewater Daily Observations
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Jim joined Bridgewater in 2003, and currently serves as Partner, Senior Portfolio Strategist, and Editor of the Bridgewater Daily Observations. During his entire tenure, Jim has partnered with Bridgewater’s CIOs and senior researchers to communicate all aspects of Bridgewater’s market, economic, and portfolio structuring content to clients and the broader external world. Jim created Bridgewater’s first podcasts, which are now a regular staple of the Bridgewater Daily Observations. Prior to the Global Financial Crisis, Jim published research on the dangers of over leveraging in the global economy and specifically the US housing sector.

Prior to joining Bridgewater, Jim worked at Goldman Sachs from 1996 to 2003 as a fixed-income portfolio manager in the Asset Management Division and later as a Senior Investment Strategist to Goldman’s high net worth clients. From 1991 to 1994, Jim was an Associate Economist at Caxton Associates, a macro hedge fund. He began his career as an economics researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, where he published numerous analytical pieces on international economic and financial topics in leading newspapers around the world. Jim received his MPP from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (1996), and a BA from Franklin and Marshall College (1990). He currently serves as vice-chair of the board at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. He and his wife Annie and their three children reside in Westport, CT.

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More from Jim Haskel
October 6, 2021
In this podcast, New York Times Columnist Thomas L. Friedman sits down with Kerry Reilly and Andrew Foote from our commodities team, and Bridgewater’s Co-CIO for Sustainability Karen Karniol-Tambour, for a wide-ranging discussion on the current energy supply shortage — what’s driving the rise in energy prices and what it means for the Iran deal, Russia’s leverage over Europe, and the future of climate politics.
July 8, 2021
Jeff Gardner, Jim Haskel
Most investors are used to equities and bonds being negatively correlated and highly diversifying, but that relationship is unstable and may reverse, especially if easy fiscal and monetary policy flows through to higher-than-expected inflation. In this discussion, Bridgewater Daily Observations Editor Jim Haskel and Senior Portfolio Strategist Jeff Gardner explore the cause-and-effect dynamics at play.
April 8, 2021
In a conversation with The Scoop Podcast, Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel unpacks pandemic-driven market trends including how some investors are viewing Bitcoin as a potential storehold of wealth and inflation hedge.
March 2021
In this series, we explore the role of commodities in portfolios, including how to build a commodity allocation that is designed to meet investors' sustainability goals.
January 28, 2021
Ray Dalio, Rebecca Patterson
With bond yields near zero and pressure on policy makers to diminish the value of fiat currencies, investors are increasingly looking for alternative storeholds of wealth. Bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, has received a lot of attention as a potential candidate especially with its recent ascent to new historic highs. Our research team explores this topic.
January 2021
Bob Prince, Ray Dalio, Greg Jensen
We invite you to explore excerpts from our 2021 Global Outlook, in which we lay out the key dynamics in markets and economies that we think will be particularly important in the coming years. We explore how the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the transition into a new paradigm of zero interest rates, coordinated monetary and fiscal policy, and heightened internal and external conflict — and what this means for economies, markets, and investors.
December 17, 2020
Take a look inside our weekly research meeting where Bridgewater’s co-CIOs and senior investors discuss some of the major questions we’re wrestling with. You will hear a brief discussion between Co-CIO Greg Jensen, senior investors Larry Cofsky and Jason Rotenberg, and Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel, on the different paths for Federal Reserve policy in 2021 given the economic recovery and the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. They also debate the future shape of the yield curve and implications for inflation-hedge assets such as gold.
November 2020
Ray Dalio, Kevin Rudd, David McCormick, Jim Haskel
The US-China relationship will undoubtedly be the most important bilateral relationship impacting the world over the next decade. In this three-part series, Bridgewater Founder and Co-CIO Ray Dalio, former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, and Bridgewater CEO David McCormick put the US-China relationship in context. They explain how it has developed, what the major points of competition are, and how the evolution of this relationship may impact investors.
August 6, 2020
Greg Jensen, Jason Rotenberg, Jim Haskel
In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we have built out our framework for understanding economic policy going forward: what we call Monetary Policy 3. In short, with interest rates around the world at zero and traditional methods of monetary stimulus now ineffective, policy makers have been forced to turn to coordinated monetary and fiscal policy in order to engineer any hope for a sustained recovery. Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel sits down with Co-CIO Greg Jensen and senior investor Jason Rotenberg to discuss how we’re tracking MP3 implementation around the world, the divergences we’re seeing between countries, and the challenges policy makers are facing.
July 2020
Bob Prince, Greg Jensen, Melissa Saphier, Jim Haskel
We believe the most important topic facing all investors today is how to manage money in a zero interest rate environment. Recently, Bridgewater’s research team published a three-part paper that outlined the challenges and potential solutions, exploring some of the commonly asked questions that investors continue to wrestle with, such as: how to get diversification in a world of zero bond yields, the increased importance of geographic diversification, and how to think about managing the risk of deflation. Read the paper by Co-CIOs Bob Prince and Greg Jensen and Investment Associate Melissa Saphier, or listen to the podcast, where Bob and Greg discuss these themes with Bridgewater’s Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel.
June 8, 2020
Greg Jensen, Jim Haskel
As policy makers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with coordinated monetary and fiscal measures of unprecedented size and scope, they are faced with two risks: deflation as a result of too little action, and stagflation as a result of doing too much. Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel and Co-CIO Greg Jensen discuss our global outlook, the challenges policy makers face in this environment, and prospects for either deflation or inflation.
June 19, 2020
Ray Dalio, Jim Haskel
The coronavirus has accelerated a new paradigm of coordinated monetary and fiscal policy where central banks are printing money to finance large budget deficits and spark spending. Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel and Co-CIO Ray Dalio explore why the by-product — zero or near-zero interest rates across the developed world — is a critical issue for investors to understand and how similar moments in history can provide valuable lessons to navigate volatility.
April 23, 2020
Bob Prince, Jim Haskel
Recorded April 23, 2020: In conversation with Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel, Co-CIO Bob Prince examines the forces COVID-19 unleashed on the economy, the measures that will be required to restart the flywheel between income and spending, and the range of ways the shock is impacting different countries, sectors, and companies.
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