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Will Baker

Will Baker

Vice President, MSCI Research

Will Baker is a member of the MSCI research team that specializes in modeling macroeconomic-market interactions. Will holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Emory University and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Research and Insights

Articles by Will Baker

    Macro Scenarios: Soft, Hard or No Landing This Year?

    7 mins read Blog | May 5, 2023 | Thomas Verbraken , Will Baker

    In the wake of the recent banking turmoil, a soft landing for the U.S. economy now seems less likely than at the beginning of the year. We considered four scenarios and performed a stress test on a hypothetical portfolio of global stocks and U.S. bonds.

    Four Scenarios for 2023: Navigating Uncertainty

    6 mins read Blog | Feb 2, 2023 | Thomas Verbraken , Will Baker

    The macroeconomic landscape for 2023 is shrouded in uncertainty following a tumultuous 2022. We consider four scenarios for growth, rates and inflation and gauge their potential impact on a portfolio of global equities and U.S. bonds.

    Will a Rail Strike Stop the US Economy in Its Tracks?

    2 mins read Quick Take | Nov 30, 2022 | Will Baker , Thomas Verbraken

    While a U.S. railroad strike was averted in September, and the U.S. Congress is currently working on legislation to prevent the planned December strike, there is a chance it might not be avoided this time. What’s the potential impact on portfolios?

    Fed Policy and the Threat of Stagflation

    7 mins read Blog | Apr 4, 2022 | Daniel Szabo , Will Baker , Thomas Verbraken

    Investors are increasingly focused on inflation and the Fed’s tightening of monetary policy. With the Russia-Ukraine war and resulting sanctions, they may also worry about slowing economic growth. We model three economic scenarios’ potential impact on markets.