Ajay Kapur

Ajay Kapur

Formal First Name

Ajay Kapur is Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific & Global Emerging Markets Strategy Research at Bank of America. His team's key products include The Asia Inquirer and The GEMs Inquirer. Ajay is one of the best-known and most respected names in the industry, having worked in equity research and strategy on both the buy and sell-sides since 1989. He has one of the most highly regarded franchises in equity strategy and has been consistently top-three rated in a range of major global and Asian external surveys over the years. Prior to joining BofA Merrill Lynch, Ajay served as Head of Asia strategy at Deustsche Bank and held senior equity strategy roles at Mirae Asset and Citigroup. At Citigroup, Ajay wrote extensively on economies with significant income and wealth inequalities under the expression Plutonomy, a term referring to a society where the wealth is controlled by a select few and where economic growth becomes dependent on that same wealthy minority.

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Academic History


  • The term was popularized by Ajay Kapur and his research team in 2005 to describe the incredible growth of the U.S. economy.

  • 15 years later, he suggested that the U.S. finally appears to be addressing vast inequality.

  • The now widely-used term became the subject of a cover story in Barron's magazine and has been referenced by filmmaker Michael Moore.