Luis Enrique Mercado, forerunner of economics journalism, dies

Luis Enrique Mercado, founding journalist of the newspaper The Economist and a forerunner of journalism specialized in economics and finance, died this Monday, December 28.

The news was made known by Gustavo de Hoyos Walther, president of Coparmex, via Twitter.

His last tweet was a criticism of the current government

“When this six-year term ends, we will not be the Mexico that we should be in 2024, but the one we were a decade or two ago,” he wrote on the social network on November 9.


He was a journalist, graduated from the Carlos Septién García School of Journalism and founder of the newspaper The Economist, of which he was its CEO until February 2008.

He began his journalistic career at El Universal and has specialized in economics and finance.

In El Universal he worked from 1971 to 1987 he was a reporter, columnist, author of the columns Stock News and Financial world; section editor Financial world and deputy director of Financial information.

In 1987 he left The universal and in 1988 launched The Economist. On television he was a commentator for channel 13 from 1995 to 1998; Channel 2 economic commentator on the program “Hoy” from 1999 to 2000.

He was co-author of the book The Stock Market, a Financing and Investment Option and author of the book Presidential Handicap that he wrote under the pseudonym Alejo Garmendia in weekly installments in The Economist.

Also president of the Board of the newspaper Imagen de Zacatecas.

He was also a deputy of his state for the PAN and columnist for The Broken Chair until 2018.

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