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Sarah Quinlan

Sarah Quinlan

Sarah Quinlan
Group Head, Market Insights

Sarah Quinlan is a Group Head and Senior Vice President at MasterCard Advisors, responsible for Market Insights. Her team develops products that utilize the aggregated, anonymous data of MasterCard to delineate actionable trends.

Prior to joining MasterCard Advisors, she was the Founder and CIO of Katen Capital, a global macro hedge fund manager.

Previously, she was the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Alternatives for Saad Financial Services, S.A. Prior to joining Saad, she was a portfolio manager at UBS, and at Lloyds TSB focusing on alternative investments. She was co-founder and portfolio manager of TwentyFirst Century Advisors, a small and mid cap long/short hedge fund which was ranked in the Top 10 of Mar Hedge.

Ms. Quinlan began her career at Salomon Brothers Inc. in mortgage sales and trading.

Ms. Quinlan also was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of ClienTec, a thin client computer company which was sold in 2000.

She received her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric and Law with Special Honors and in Finance and Accounting, respectively.

Recent Posts

Hong Kong SpendingPulse June 2014: The slowing of the train

The Market Insights team at MasterCard Advisors has just put together the results of the Spending Pulse report for Hong Kong detailing June spending, and the story is a crucial one for anyone watching this space. This month’s results are knitting together a few key themes that have been underway for a while. The economic
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It’s a Luxury Item, It’s an Investment—Wait, It’s Both!

The U.S. Commerce Department yesterday announced October retail sales numbers, and they mirror what MasterCard Advisors released to its SpendingPulse™ subscribers Nov. 6. The U.S. consumer took their savings from cheaper gasoline prices and put it back into the economy, particularly by dining out. Jewelry was their second preference, as the trend towards small investments
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Don’t Take That Holly Jolly Christmas to the Bank

It wasn’t exactly euphoria, yet there were words like “strong” and “better than expected” published around last week’s jobs and GDP numbers. But their predicative power in re the coming holiday season is so far at least ambiguous. First, employment, which according to the Establishment Survey (corporations), had 60,000 jobs added to the September and
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FOX Business Interview: Retail Spending on the Decline

With the government shutdown postponing the release of U.S. consumer spending data, MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse™ remains one of the only outlets providing insight into the state of the U.S. consumer. This morning, in an interview with FOX Business, I explain how dampened consumer confidence and “need versus want spending” may be driving the decline in
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Weak Consumer Spending Continues in September but Many Still Find Deals Online

While the government shutdown may delay the publication of many important monthly economic indicators such as the Commerce Department’s spending report and the monthly unemployment statistics, there’s no need to play guessing games about the state of consumer spending. The latest SpendingPulse™ report released today by MasterCard Advisors showed total U.S. Retail Sales continued to
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From Jewelry to Children’s Shoes, U.S. eCommerce Spending Continues to Grow

Online shopping is providing increasing benefits to value-oriented consumers and luxury shoppers—very important segments, as neither is completely dependent on price. The disparity between the growth of ecommerce, and the growth rates clocked by the rest of retail have been well-covered—in this space, among others. But new data show that the growth in ecommerce says
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The Dark Side of a “Staycation”?

Everybody knows that the new hot trend is the “staycation”—remaining tethered to the homestead or nearby during time off, going for day trips and foregoing airline travel and its hassles for family fun. MasterCard Advisors’ shopping tracker SpendingPulse™ indicates that U.S. consumers took advantage of easing gas prices leading into the Fourth of July holiday,
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