Samuel E. Rines is Senior Economist and Portfolio Strategist at Avalon Advisors. Prior to joining Avalon, Samuel was an Economist and Analyst at Chilton Capital Management.
His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, on CNBC and has been covered by Bloomberg and Reuters along with other media outlets.
He was a Student Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research where he received the Roy Anderson Faulke Award. While working on his degree, Samuel spent two trimesters at Oxford University studying Development Economics. During his time at Oxford, he joined the Regent’s Park College Crew Team. Samuel is a member of The Houston Economics Club and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
The Western economic malaise of the past decade has given way to a sudden rise of populism. Free trade, once touted as the fix for increased global competitiveness and economic stability, is now the national enemy.
The next few years are likely to test the ability of the Federal Reserve to jump a number of hurdles. With more and more political pressure of all kinds, it is difficult to see an outcome where the Fed comes through unscathed. And the way in which the Fed navigates these obstacles will determine its future.