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Peering Over The Fiscal Cliff: Likely Outcomes and Economic Impact


Rescheduled: Monday, November 5
1:00pm ET


Emily Kolinski Morris, Senior Economist, Ford Motor Company, moderator

Joseph Brusuelas, Senior Economist, Bloomberg LP

Chris Varvares, President and Co-Founder, Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC

The expiration of the Bush tax cuts, the budget sequester, and diminishing fiscal stimulus programs all contribute to the so-called “fiscal cliff” which will occur in 2013 if Congress fails to act. Of course, inaction will jeopardize the fragile economic recovery while an overly accommodative action could further inflate the fiscal imbalances, boosting U.S. Treasury yields and interest rates paid by Americans. Panelists will explore the hazards on both sides of the fiscal cliff and discuss how various national election outcomes will impact the response from the White House and Congress to this looming crisis.


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Corporate Planning Roundtable Teleconference


Catastrophe Risk Reduction Measures: Planning on the Likelihood and Consequences of Low-Probability, High-Consequence Events—both Natural and Man-Made


Thursday, August 5
11:00 AM (EDT)



Candice Flor Hynek, Senior Research Analyst, Milken Institute, moderator
Howard Kunreuther, Co-Director, Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center slides PDF
Ardavan Mobasheri, Head of AIG Global Economics, AIG slides PDF


In today’s environment of increasing uncertainty has put risk management in the forefront of corporate planning. The Iceland volcano eruption cost the airlines, tourism, trade, and other industries billions of dollars in revenue, as well as productivity losses. The total economic impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is yet to be determined, but it certainly will have a lasting impact on a wide range of industries and on the livelihood of the region’s population. Insurance premiums and insurability for some businesses in certain locations are becoming a problem. What are the trends in the business and property insurance markets? The expert panelists will discuss strategies on how to predict, better plan, and implement policies to minimize business disruptions and financial shock.

Click here to download the podcast.




"The Fiscal Crisis in Greece and Implications for the Eurozone"
Tuesday, April 6
11:00 AM (EDT)



Sara Johnson, Managing Director, Global Macroeconomics, IHS Global Insight, moderator
Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, Research Fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

Rising fiscal deficits and debt levels are threatening financial stability in Greece and other European countries. In an unprecedented move, the Eurozone has agreed to provide financial support to Greece with the involvement of the International Monetary Fund. The crisis has exposed numerous fault lines within the Eurozone—unsustainable public finances, long-term divergences in trade competitiveness, limited policy options in the currency union, and tensions among key players in dealing with these problems. Our expert panelists will discuss the situation in Greece, the support plan and its chances for success, scenarios for the Eurozone, currency and debt market implications, and prospects for the region's vulnerable economies.

This teleconference is available for purchase as a podcast by NABE members. Later, it will be available for free download by NABE members.



"The Small Business Lending Conditions in 2009 and Beyond "
Thursday, December 17, 2009
2:00 PM EST


Dan Bean, FDIC


William Dunkelberg, Chief Economist, National Federation of Independent Business Slides

Stuart Hoffman, SVP & Chief Economist, PNC Financial Services Group

Summary: In the current economy, many small business owners find themselves in need of additional funds to help grow their businesses. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees hold more than half of the nation’s private sector jobs, according to the Small Business Administration. America’s small businesses are viewed as an engine of job growth as they have generated about 70 percent of new jobs annually over the past decade. Many small businesses struggled during the recession as credit became unavailable. Credit is definitely essential for small businesses needing to replenish inventories, buy new equipment and expand payrolls. Some of the questions the teleconference will address:

A podcast of this teleconference can be downloaded by NABE members.




"How the Recession is Affecting Small Business"
May 14, 2009
11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, EST


Daniel Bean, FDIC, Corporate Planning Roundtable Chairman


William Dunkelberg, Chief Economist, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Slides


How are U.S. entrepreneurs adjusting to the current economic environment? Is the economic impact on small businesses greater than that on larger businesses? Do any opportunities exist for small businesses in the current economic environment? Will existing small businesses be the force to bring this economy out of the recession? These and other questions on the recession and small business will be addressed.

Click here for the slide presentation.

Download the podcast



“Planning Emerging Transportation Technologies” 
February 12, 2008
11:00 am – 12:00 noon, EST

Teleconference participants:
Mark A. Alexander, Vehicle Systems Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute (Slides
Austan S. Librach, Director, Emerging Transportation Technologies, Austin Energy (Slides
Daniel Bean, Financial Analyst, FDIC, moderator

podcast of this teleconference is available.


The economic benefit of cleaner operating vehicles could prove to be enormous. The United States could maintain a strong economy plus boost American jobs and competitiveness by increasing the nation’s energy supply from all sources – oil, gas, coal, nuclear, and alternative fuels and technologies. Specifically, the nation’s power delivery systems could be expanded to accommodate electric vehicles. A benefit from this might be the improvement in the environment through greater efficiency, technology-based solutions to address greenhouse gas emissions and a reduction in air pollution.

Key questions:

Mark A. Alexander is manager of vehicle systems analysis in the electric transportation program area of the power delivery and utilization sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His current research activities focus on the development of hybrid electric vehicle simulations, control strategies, and software for plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.

Alexander earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in electrical engineering, both from the University of California at Davis. While at Davis, he spent nearly eight years at the Hybrid Electric Vehicle research Center working on the development of prototype plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and conducting research on hybrid powertrain design, embedded control systems, vehicle simulation, and high-voltage systems.

Austan S. Librach is the director of emerging transportation technologies at Austin Energy, a department in the City of Austin (COA) municipal government. Librach works specifically on the Plug-In partners (PIP) national campaign that is designed to convince auto makers that there is a market for plug-in hybrid vehicles. He has worked with PIP at Austin energy for the last year. He is responsible for helping to enlist partners from a broad geographic mix of the largest municipalities and utilities in the country.

Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Librach graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s degree in water resources engineering. He earned a Master’s Degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered engineer and a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.





“The Outlook for Energy:  A View to 2030”
Thursday, December 13, 2007
11:00 AM EST

Dean Foreman, ExxonMobil
Sydney Smith Hicks, NABE Corporate Planning Roundtable Chair, will moderate



Previous Teleconferences

“Global Trends in the E-Readiness of National Economies”
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
11:00 AM EDT

James W. Cortada
, IBM Institute for Business Values 
Sydney Smith Hicks, NABE Corporate Planning Roundtable Chair will moderate

Slideshow (PDF)

This teleconference is available as a podcast.

“How Information Technology is Transforming Industries: Lessons from the Past"

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Co-sponsored by the Technology Roundtable

Speaker: James W. Cortada, IBM Institute for Business Values 
Sydney Smith Hicks, NABE Corporate Planning Roundtable Chair will moderate


This teleconference is available as a podcast.

"Strategic Applications of Game Theory"

Wednesday, May 31
2 PM Eastern

Michael Phillips and Dr. Niall Fraser, Open Options Corporation, will discuss how a game theoretic approach can be an effective strategic approach for addressing many complex business issues.  He will introduce the concept of game theory and present some case studies.  Participants will take away an understanding of the types of problems game theory has helped solve, the results it has achieved and the situations in it is most applicable.

The podcast of this teleconference is free and can be downloaded from the Podcasts page.

Slide Show (PDF, 4.8 MB)

“Climate Change: an Economic View”

Teleconference sponsored by the NABE Corporate Planning, Manufacturing, and Regional Utility Roundtables

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Bob Shackleton, Congressional Budget Office
Lloyd Nace, Chair, Manufacturing Roundtable will moderate.

Learn about the basic climate science and the historical and projected climate change along with the uncertainties with respect to that change. Hear about the economics of climate change: stock externalities, discounting, distribution of costs, and mitigation (quantity, price, and technology).

Bob Shackleton has served as a senior analyst in the Macroeconomic Analysis
Division at the Congressional Budget Office since 1999, working on climate
change, global demographics, retirement preparation, and international
remittances. From 1991 to 1999 he worked on climate issues at the
Environmental Protection Agency. He received his B.A. in Economics and
Political Science from Yale College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from
the University of Maryland at College Park.

The podcast of this teleconference can be purchased online.