Kate Dunbar joined Bridgewater in 2017 as an Investment Associate and quickly rose to lead the Macro Research Team. In this role, Kate and her team are responsible for Bridgewater’s estimates of growth, inflation, and their impact on global monetary policy. She participates on the Investment Committee, led by co-CIOs Greg Jensen and Bob Prince, and is a regular author of the firm’s Daily Observations.
Over the last year, Kate has spearheaded research on managing money through periods of high and volatile inflation, working to position Bridgewater’s portfolio to deliver returns for clients in a period where inflation is increasingly the dominant force driving asset returns. During the pandemic, Kate drove research examining the COVID crisis and subsequent economic shock, deepening our understanding of how the post-pandemic recovery would impact economies and markets. Today, Kate is leading research on how the unfolding natural gas crisis in Europe is likely to impact monetary policy. Kate has also been tapped to teach the firm’s premiere internship program, partnering on the education, assessment, and hiring of dozens of new associates.
Co-CIO Greg Jensen says of Kate: “Much of Kate’s success stems from her tenacity and the way that she has engaged in the idea meritocracy — her unique ability to bring ideas to the table with open-mindedness, listen and absorb feedback, and evolve rapidly made her an asset as an analyst and is even more powerful as she leads her team. These skills, paired with her innate intelligence, drive, curiosity, and integrity, have made Kate a powerhouse whose insights have been integral to Bridgewater’s success.”