Sarah Quinlan

Sarah Quinlan

Group Head, Market Insights

Telephone: 914-249-2069


Sarah Quinlan is the Senior Vice President and Group Head of Market Insights for MasterCard Advisors, the analytics and insights consulting unit of MasterCard. Since joining MasterCard in January 2013, Sarah has advised executives in a range of industries, including retail, banking, capital markets, and government agencies, providing macro-to-micro economic trends related to consumer spending and retail sales. She and her team analyze and predict spending patterns, based on the billions of anonymous purchases MasterCard processes every year, to create solutions that help clients make better business decisions.

Sarah is widely recognized as an expert in her field and appears regularly in the media including CNBC, the Associated Press, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, and Women's Wear Daily (WWD). She is also a frequent speaker at prominent industry conferences such as the Financo CEO Forum, Milken Institute summit, WWD CEO Summit and 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

Prior to joining MasterCard Advisors, Sarah 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. Before her role with Saad, Sarah 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. She was also the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of ClienTec, a thin client computer company which was sold in 2000. She began her career at Salomon Brothers Inc. in mortgage sales and trading. Sarah 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.

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Sarah Quinlan discusses the trends in travel and London being the top travel destination in Europe on Bloomberg TV.

Article: You'll Never Guess What Category Will Lead Holiday Shopping This Year, 12/23/14
Video: What is Driving the Upswing in Jewelry Spending? Bloomberg TV, 12/23/14
Article: Retailers' holiday hopes up after busy weekend USA Today, 12/22/14
Podcast: Listen to Sarah Quinlan's podcast on Online Spend during the Summer,, 8/01/14
Article: Lou Gerstner Was Right: Consumer Spending Matters, Not Stock Price The Robin Report, 11/11/14
Article: What Drove Consumer Spending in May? The Centurion, 06/24/14
Article: Reading Consumer Behavior in a Tentative Time By Sarah Quinlan, 06/18/14
Article: Sarah Quinlan's interview with Fair Weather Consumer Spending?,, 05/09/14
Article: Powering up the retail sector – we need an injection of consumer confidence, Retail Gazette, 04/01/14
Video: Is weather to blame for slowing retail sales?, CNBC, 03/14/14
Video: Quinlan: U.K. Consumer Confidence Is Coming Back, Businessweek, 02/10/14
Video: How U.K. Shoppers Are Spending Their Money, Bloomberg TV, 01/07/14
Video: Was it a Merry Christmas for retailers?, Fox Business, 12/27/13
Video: Jewelry Was `Winner' in Holiday Sales, Quinlan Says, Bloomberg TV, 12/26/13
Video: U.S. Holiday Sales Rise 3.5% on Discounts, Bloomberg TV, 12/26/13
Video: Consumer not Dead, They're Spending, CNBC, 12/26/13
Video: The 2 strongest days for jewelry will be "Super Saturday," reports CNBC's Mary Thompson, 11/19/13
Video: Mastercard Advisors SVP Sarah Quinlan breaks down retail spending data., 10/15/13
Video: Sarah Quinlan, James Paulsen Roundtable on Markets, Bloomberg TV, 9/30/13
Article: From Jewelry to Children's Shoes, U.S. eCommerce Spending Continues to Grow, Global Insights, 8/29/13
Article: SpendingPulse: Retailers Shouldn't Bank On Back To School Sales, 8/16/13
Article: The Dark Side of a "Staycation"?, Global Insights, 8/08/13
Article: The U.S. June 2013 Jobs Numbers: Tread Softly, 7/11/13
Video: Sarah Quinlan discusses consumer confidence growth across sectors in the U.S. and Europe on "The Pulse", 7/11/13
Video: Sarah Quinlan discuss investment strategy with Carol Massar on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock.", 06/11/13
Video: MasterCard's Morning Brew, 04/02/13

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