Interview with Stephen King: Senior Economic Adviser, HSBC

Stephen King is a leading economist and best-selling author, who offers valuable insights into inflation, the global labour shortage and some big mistakes central banks have made. 
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Stephen King‘s upcoming book, We Need to Talk About Inflation, explores 14 urgent lessons from the last 2,000 years. During this interview he shares some standout findings, providing a “myth-busting explanation of inflation”.

By analysing history, Stephen King shares how policymakers have failed as well as what to learn from these mistakes.

His last book, When the Money Runs Out, was selected as a ‘book of the year’ by the Financial Times, the Economist and the Times.

Stephen is a frequent public speaker and has presented at conferences all over the world. As part of a portfolio of interests and following 17 years as HSBC’s Chief Global Economist, Stephen was appointed HSBC’s Senior Economic Adviser in 2015.


Video Timeline

  • 00:16 – Who are you and what do you do?
  • 00:53 – Your upcoming book, “We Need to Talk About Inflation”, explores 14 Urgent Lessons from the Last 2,000 Years. What were some standout findings for you?
  • 02:36 – Your book has been described as a “myth-busting explanation of inflation”. What in particular is this referring to?
  • 03:40 – What are some major lessons the history of inflation can teach us? And why do policymakers fail to learn from the past?
  • 05:20 – What about China’s come back after Covid?
  • 06:36 – How does the global labour shortage affect inflation?
  • 07:55 – During these uncertain times, what message do you have for corporations and leaders?
  • 09:16 – What is next for you?


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