I'm working in the research department of Moody's Analytics where I provide analysis on housing, demographic, and employment trends for several state and metropolitan economies in the United States. I also develop our monthly baseline forecasts and alternative scenarios for Switzerland's economy that clients use for risk management. Forecasting for countries is heavy in macroeconomic theory, and the ITFD program prepared me very well for this role.
One of the most interesting moments in the job was when the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly abandoned its exchange-rate ceiling, which sent the franc soaring in value. From one month to the next, I had to completely change our forecast for Switzerland. The material we studied in classes such as International Finance and Money and Exchange Rates with Professors Ventura and Broner respectively helped so much in my thought process as I went about revamping our Switzerland forecast to reflect this policy change.