Profile: Matt Cairns was a well-known economic research and forecasting firm in the US, which, after expansion into new markets including the UK and Australia, was acquired by Moody's two years ago. "Prior to the acquisition of there was a small economics team at Moody's but the agency wanted to bring in an economic research house, applying knowledge of the macro environment to the credit world," says Matt Cairns.

So was born. It is the research arm of Moody's Analytics, the

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