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Turbulent Markets: What’s Ahead for the U.S. and Global Economy?

Feb 19, 2016 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

Breakfast Briefing

turbulentWilliam Adams, Vice President and Senior International Economist
PNC Financial Services Group

Guhan Venkatu, Vice President & Senior Regional Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Pittsburgh Branch

The U.S. stock market saw the worst start to the year in 2016 since at least 1897. The headlines provide ample fodder for anxiety: faltering Chinese growth, plunging oil prices, and the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate hike in a decade. Are the market’s fears warranted?

Join the World Affairs Council for a breakfast briefing with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Vice President & Senior Regional Officer Guhan Venkatu and PNC’s Senior International Economist Bill Adams as they share perspectives on the turbulent kickoff to the year, the outlook for the U.S. and global economy, and how our region fits into the big picture.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

World Affairs Council Member: $15
Non-Member: $25

Bill Adams photo_blastWilliam (Bill) Adams is Vice President and Senior International Economist for The PNC Financial Services Group. His responsibilities include forecasting economic conditions and exchange rates, covering emerging Asia, the Eurozone, Canada and Latin America. Adams serves as the principal spokesperson on global economic issues for PNC, and frequently presents to clients on the international economic outlook. Prior to joining PNC, he served as resident economist for The Conference Board China Center, where he was the spokesman on the Chinese business cycle and was a designer of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for China®. Adams is the co-author of In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade. He holds a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a graduate of Harvard College.

Guhan Venkatu photo_blastGuhan Venkatu is Vice President and Senior Regional Officer at the Pittsburgh Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Venkatu has 15 years of Reserve Bank experience and is responsible for maintaining a strong presence for the Bank throughout western Pennsylvania, southeastern Ohio, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. As the senior official of the Pittsburgh Branch, he manages relationships with key stakeholders, and is responsible for monitoring the region’s economic environment. For the past several years, his economic research has focused on inflation and inflation expectations, housing and household finance, and factors related to regional economic growth. Venkatu previously served as a member of the Ohio Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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