Kurt E. Karl is a Senior Vice President and head of Swiss Re’s Economic Research and Consulting, North America. Dr. Karl has responsibility for the North American segment of Swiss Re’s “sigma” insurance industry research. In addition, he supports Swiss Re’s strategic planning and provides internal consulting on products and economic risks. He also supplies insights and forecasts on the U.S. and global economies to Swiss Re Asset Management for use in a variety of corporate decisions, including asset management.
He is an expert on the U.S. and global economies with extensive experience and knowledge of foreign markets and has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Karl is a contributor to many forecasting surveys, including those of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Blue Chips, Bloomberg and Reuters. He is widely quoted in the financial press.
Prior to joining Swiss Re, Dr. Karl was chief international economist at WEFA, Inc., an economic forecasting firm located near Philadelphia. He has a B.A. from the University of Oregon, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.