NatWest Global Financial Markets in New York has hired Timothy F. Kearney to be vice president and senior economist, a newly created post.

Mr. Kearney, 41, is to cover Latin America from NatWest's New York office and report to Ram Bhagavatula, chief economist for NatWest Global Financial Markets, a division of NatWest Group in London.

He was a portfolio manager at Prudential Investments responsible for emerging markets debt portfolios. Earlier he worked four years at Fidelity Investments as a sovereign analyst. Still earlier he was an international economist at Alliance Capital.

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