Tom Hoenig

Tom Hoenig

Formal First Name
Thomas (Tom)
Nick Name
Anti-Inflation Hawk
9/6/1946 - present

Dr. Thomas Hoenig is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He has more than 40 years of experience in economics, central banking, commercial bank supervision, and executive leadership. He is a life-long advocate of market-based methods to allocating scarce resources and assuring strong and consistent economic growth. With years of demonstrated experience in economic leadership, monetary and economic policy, and more, Hoenig speaks deeply to audiences in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

  • Hoenig's research focuses on the long-term impact of the politicization of financial services, the effects of government-granted privileges, and market performance.
  • He developed the Global Capital Index, a frequently cited comparison of the measurement of core Capital levels of the largest banking firm’s banks worldwide.
  • He was presented with the Independent Bankers of America’s Main Street Champion award in 2011.
  • Hoenig began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1973 as an economist.
    • He was responsible for bank supervision and structure division.
    • Hailed the President In 1991, he directed the oversight of more than one thousand banks and bank holding companies.
    • He organized and hosted the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Jackson Hole economic symposium for global central Bankers.
    • During his tenure, he chaired several key committees, including:
  • At FDIC, he oversaw operations and policy related to deposit insurance pricing, bank supervision, and financial stability, and bank resolution.
  • He was in the minority and did not agree with QE1-QE3 because they took place during a recovering economy.

    • He was concerned that doing so would create the next excess—too much leverage and misallocation of resources.
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.