Economist’s Insights

Keep up with how global markets respond to key economic, financial, and political developments each week.


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About the Economists

Craig Dismuke

Craig joined Vining Sparks in August 2007 in the Investment Strategies Department. In 2009, he took over the responsibility of projecting Vining Sparks’ economic and interest rate outlooks. Craig speaks often at industry conferences on the health of the U.S. economy, expectations for interest rates, and fixed income strategies. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV as well as being quoted often in the financial news. Prior to joining Vining Sparks, Craig was a Managing Director in Institutional Fixed Income at Bear Stearns and Company. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Union University and his Master’s Degree from the University of Memphis. He is a member of the Economic Club of Memphis and is a guest lecturer at Rhodes College. Craig is also actively involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dudley Carter

Dudley Carter is an Economist for Vining Sparks, a fixed income broker/dealer serving institutional investors. Dudley writes daily commentary covering the U.S. and global financial markets, as well as foreign economic developments. He also assists with the projection and publication of Vining Sparks’ economic and interest rate forecasts and contributes to research articles for Vining Sparks. Dudley is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Tennessee and member of the Tennessee Society for Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining Vining Sparks, Dudley was an audit manager at KPMG LLP, with a focus on the financial services sector. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Master’s degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics. Dudley lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife, Martha, and two children.