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Dr. Dan McLaughlin is a native of Co. Donegal  and completed his education in the UK, where he obtained a degree in economics from the University of Manchester. He worked as a teacher before joining the Midland Bank as an economist after completing a M.Sc. at Birkbeck College, University of London. At the Midland he worked on country risk and the oil market before moving on to focus on the G7 economies, while also completing an econometric model of the Irish economy for which he was awarded a Ph.D from Queen Mary College, University of London.

Dan moved back to Ireland in 1989 to take up the role of Chief Economist at the then Riada stockbrokers, which later became ABN Amro Stockbrokers. He produced economic research on all aspects of the Irish economy with particular focus on the bond market and helped to develop a wide client base for the broker, including banks, hedge funds and institutional investors across Europe and the US.

Dan joined the Bank of Ireland as Chief Economist of the Group in 2001, taking charge of the Economic Research Unit which was responsible for producing economic research  and commentary for the Bank, distributed to thousands of customers. He also became the longest serving member of the Executive Management team in the Global Markets division and represented the Bank at the highest level, including interactions with central banks, rating agencies and the IMF. Dan left Bank of Ireland in August 2013. Apart from his consultancy and economic commentary, Dan lectured at Technological University Dublin on a range of Economics  and Finance courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is also on the Advisory Board of Santiago Investment Advisors.

Dan is an award winning economist (including Best Stockbroking Economist, Best Provider of Treasury Research and in 2019 no.1 forecaster on Irish GDP from Focus Economics)) with many years of experience covering all aspects of economics and the financial markets. He has also written extensively on these issues, including columns for 'The Irish Times', 'The Irish Independent'  and has had numerous appearances on televison and radio, both in Ireland and abroad.