NABE Webinars - Upcoming



China, Panic, the Fed and the Real Economy:
Examining Post-Correction Fundamentals

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
3:00pm ET


Michael McDonough, Global Director of Economic Research and Chief Economist, Bloomberg Intelligence
Joel Prakken, Senior Managing Director, Co-Founder, Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC
Diane Swonk, Chief Economist, Mesirow Financial

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Stuart Mackintosh, Executive Director, Group of Thirty 



Against a backdrop of tumbling global financial markets, the panel will discuss evolving macroeconomic fundamentals and the outlook for consumers, businesses and markets. What role will China play in global growth in 2015 and beyond? How has the correction shifted the near-term outlook, including the timing of the Fed’s liftoff? What is the impact of recent movement on oil prices, as well as U.S. home prices and the resulting wealth effects?


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Past Events:


Potential Economic Implications of the Russian-Ukrainian Crisis

August 21, 2014
2:00pm ET 


Constance Hunter, Chief Economist, Alternative Investments, KPMG, moderator
John Ballentine, Jr., Director MSF program (Master of Science in Finance) and Senior Lecturer, Brandeis University
Jay Bryson, Managing Director, Global Economist, Wells Fargo 





The Russian-Ukrainian crisis has been festering for six months. So far, the economic and financial market effects appear to be rather limited. However, the West has imposed a few rounds of sanctions on Russia, and Russia has recently responded with its own sanctions on western economies. What potential economic fallout could ensue if the crisis were to escalate further?


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New Quarterly Industry GDP Statistics from BEA: Where to Find, How to Use

Thursday, May 22 2:00-3:00pm ET


Dave Wasshausen, Economist, Bureau of Economic Analysis


Jack Kleinhenz, Chief Economist, National Retail Federation; NABE President, 2013-14

Dave Wasshausen will provide participants with the major takeaways from a new set of quarterly industry statistics first released on April 25. BEA's new Quarterly GDP by Industry provides information on the impact on the U.S. economy of 22 individual industries including manufacturing, construction, retail, finance, educational services, health care, even the arts and transportation, and finance. These new data will provide more timely insights into the performance on these industries and the extent to which they are helping or hindering overall economic growth. The next Quarterly GDP by Industry report will include a time series from 2005 forward.

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Registration for both BEA webinars is FREE for NABE members and the public.

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New and Forthcoming Regional Statistics from BEA

Tuesday, May 20
2:00-3:00pm ET 


Ian Mead, Economist, Bureau of Economic Analysis


Jack Kleinhenz, Chief Economist, National Retail Federation; NABE President, 2013-14

Ian Mead will provide participants with the major takeaways from a new set of regional statistics first released on April 24 - Real Personal Income for States and Metro Areas. Tune in to learn how to access all of the new data (BEA's interactive tables) and how to incorporate it in your own analyses. For example, find out how to find and use BEA's state-by-state price parities. 

Also, attendees will get an advance look at two forthcoming regional economic products to be first published in August: Personal Consumption Expenditures by State and Quarterly GDP by State. Both reports will be prototypes, meaning refinement in methodology may be made before they become regularly produced BEA products. 

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Registration for both BEA webinars is FREE for NABE members and the public.


The Certified Business Economist (CBE) Program

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1:00pm ET


Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company
Tara Munroe, Associate Director of Education and Professional Development, National Association for Business Economics
Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director, American Chemistry Council 

This webinar will provide a detailed overview of NABE's recently-launched Certified Business Economist (CBE) program.  Already a trusted source for high-quality continuing education in the field of economics with an emphasis on practice over theory, NABE expands and formalizes its educational content through the new CBE program. 

Among the questions to be addressed: What is the CBE? Why is the CBE important to employers? Why is the CBE valuable to candidates? What is required in order to earn the CBE?

Speakers include Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company, and Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director, American Chemistry Council, who will offer their perspectives on the CBE program as industry leaders and employers. Candidates and others interested in learning more about the CBE program are encouraged to participate.

Registration is FREE for NABE members and the public. A podcast recording of the event will be available. 

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Explanation and Analysis of the New Producer Price Index FD-ID Aggregation System

Tuesday, January 28
2:00pm ET

Moderator: Mike Horrigan, Associate Commissioner for Prices and Living Conditions, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Presenter: Jonathan Weinhagen, Economist, Producer Price Index, Section of Index Methods, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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With the release of data for January 2014, PPI will transition from the Stage of Processing (SOP) aggregation system to the new Final Demand-Intermediate Demand (FD-ID) aggregation system.   The transition to the FD-ID system is the culmination of a long-standing PPI objective to improve the current SOP aggregation system (which is composed of only PPIs for goods sold as personal consumption, capital investment, and business inputs) by incorporating PPIs for goods, services, and construction sold as personal consumption, capital investment, government purchases, exports, and business inputs. In comparison to the SOP system, the FD-ID system more than doubles current PPI coverage of the United States economy in its primary aggregate price indexes to over 75 percent of in-scope domestic production.  This webinar will explain the new FD-ID system, examine data from the system, and compare indexes from the new system to other government statistics, including the Consumer Price Index and the Bureau of Economic Analysis GDP price index.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

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The German Elections and the Outlook for the European Union and the Euro

Friday, October 11
1:30 - 2:30pm (EDT)


David Marsh, Chairman and Co-Founder, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum Nicolas Véron, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics


Stuart P. M. Mackintosh, Executive Director, The Group of Thirty

This webinar will address the results of the German federal elections and the possible implications for the European Union and the Eurozone.  As the European Union emerges fitfully from recession it confronts many challenges which will require leadership from Germany, France and other member states. What should U.S. observers read from the election results?  EU policymakers need to construct the banking union and cement the fiscal union. 'More Europe' may be what is required and is what has been agreed in principle by Europe's leaders. But considerable difficulties lie ahead and tensions remain between creditors and debtors, north and south, those inside the Eurozone and those outside looking in. Join this webinar to better understand the dynamics of this complex multi-level-level political and economic process.

Mr. Marsh is an astute observer, historian and writer on the Euro and the Eurozone. He will address the results of the German elections and the shape of possible government coalitions. What do the elections results augur for the management of the Eurozone and Euro? Marsh has written five books including: 'Europe's Deadlock: How the Crisis Could Be Solved - And Why It Won't Happen' (2013); 'The Euro – The Politics of the New Global Currency' (2009 – re-released in 2011 as 'The Battle for the New Global Currency').

Mr. Véron, visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is a scholar of global financial reform. Mr, Véron has authored or co-authored numerous policy papers issues that include banking supervision and crisis management, financial reporting, the Eurozone policy framework, and economic nationalism. He will discuss the challenges ahead as the European Union moves toward a banking and fiscal union among the Eurozone member states; major steps are underway, but what are the prospects of this deepening succeeding and what are the possible pitfalls?

Registration is free for NABE members and the public.




Decoding BEA’s Comprehensive Revisions to GDP 

Thursday, August 1, 2013
2:00pm ET 


Brent Moulton, Bureau of Economic Analysis


Jack Kleinhenz, Chief Economist, National Retail Federation; NABE Vice President, 2012-2013

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Brent Moulton, head of BEA’s national economic accounts, will speak about the recent changes in how the United States measures economic activity. Those changes were included in BEA’s once-every-five years “comprehensive” revisions to GDP statistics stretching back to 1929. Those revised GDP figures were released on July 31. Moulton will discuss the economic impact of all the changes and help you understand them.

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Will the Eurozone Survive? Perspectives from NABE's Visit to the Epicenter Webinar
Tuesday, October 9
1:00pm ET



Lynn Reaser, Chief Economist Point Loma Nazarene University, moderator
Brian Friedman, President GHP Investment Advisors, Inc.
George Kahn, Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist and Managing Director, Mesirow Financial
Clare Zempel, Principal, Zempel Strategic

The financial crisis exposed many shortcomings of the original architecture of the Eurozone. In the wake of the Greek bailout and now with Spain and Italy teetering on the precipice, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi recently asserted that the Euro is “irreversible” and that the ECB would do “whatever it takes” to save the common currency.  “Euro 2.0” may include centralized banking regulation and deposit insurance, a tighter political union, and more rigorous fiscal controls – all of these concepts are currently under discussion. 

These events and discussions provided a remarkable backdrop for NABE’s September “Mission to Europe” in which 14 NABE members met with central bankers, government officials, and private sector economists in Madrid, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Brussels.  Tune in to this webinar to hear the insights gleaned by the NABE delegates about the future of the Euro and the economic prospects for the Eurozone.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

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Speaker Bios


Lynn Reaser is Chief Economist for the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University. The Institute engages in economic analysis, modeling, and forecasting with practical and actionable recommendations for corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Dr. Reaser has deep experience in the financial services sector, including ten years as Chief Economist of the Investment Strategies Group at Bank of America and currently serves as Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisors for California State Controller John Chiang.


Brian Friedman is the President and Chief Investment Officer for GHP Investment Advisors, Inc. (  GHPIA manages approximately $575 million in client assets and operates in two divisions: Personal Wealth Management and GHP Global Markets. The Personal Wealth Management Division provides an integrated package of investment management, financial planning and tax related services in partnership with GHP Horwath, P.C. ( The Global Markets Division manages the GHP International Reform & Development Fund, L.P. and the Israel Investment Fund, L.P. Prior to GHPIA Brian was an Equity Portfolio Manager at Owen Joseph Asset Management in San Diego, CA and served as an Emerging Markets Equity Analyst with The Founders Funds, a mutual fund company based in Denver.  Brian also formerly worked in Washington, D.C. as an Economic Analyst at Applied Business Economics and a Research Assistant at The Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank. Brian holds a BA in Economics from the George Washington University, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is a former Lecturer in Economics at the University of Colorado - Denver. 


George Kahn is a Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.   In this capacity, he serves as an advisor to the Bank’s president and board of directors on monetary policy issues and conducts basic and applied research on issues of relevance to the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Kahn joined the Bank as an economist in 1982 and was promoted to the official staff in 1993. He received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978 and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Northwestern University in 1983.  Mr. Kahn has taught economics at the University of British Columbia and has published articles on inflation and unemployment, potential economic growth, and monetary policy.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Business Economics and is a member of the American Economic Association.

ADOLFO LAURENTI, Mesirow Financial

Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director, develops ongoing economic research and commentary critical to supporting clients and contacts of Mesirow Financial. Adolfo authors Themes on the Global Markets, a periodic newsletter providing insight into trends, issues and the forecast for the global economy. As an expert on the European economies, Adolfo is a new face in demand by the financial press and among local media. He also lectures at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Prior to joining Mesirow Financial in July 2007, Adolfo served as associate economist at LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO. There, he was responsible for tracking economic trends in the banking sector. Adolfo was selected as an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for 2011. He was an Earhart Foundation Fellow in 2002. He received a Washington Society of Investments Analysts Scholarship and a Graduate Scholarship for Excellence in Academia from the Economic Club of Washington D.C. Adolfo is a graduate of Bocconi University Business School in Milan, Italy. He specialized in industrial organization as a visiting scholar at the Center for Industrial Economics in Copenhagen, Denmark, and concentrated in financial economics at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Adolfo earned his master of arts degree in economics from George Mason University, where he also pursued doctoral studies. Adolfo serves on the board of the National Association for Business Economics and is a member of both the American Economic Association and the Chicago Association for Business Economics. He is also a board member for the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.


Clare Zempel is a leading business economist and top investment strategist. He honed his smart, nimble approach to making sense of complex economic and financial issues over more than 30 years as an economist for major national firms. Through Zempel Strategic, Clare brings seasoned common sense to bear on these issues for corporate business clients and major investors. He specializes in customizing applied economics and financial market analysis to meet each client's unique needs. The Zempel practice involves preparing precise presentations and written reports that are relevant and clear. Clients use Clare's recommendations to plan and formulate policies. Client-centered services include project evaluation, budget input, risk assessment, and training sessions for employees, vendors and customers. Clare also speaks on broad economic and investment issues to wider audiences. Prior to founding Zempel Strategic, Clare served as director of investment policy, chief investment strategist and chief economist for Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, and as chief economist for the First Wisconsin Corporation, now U.S. Bank. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago’s College and Graduate School of Business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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