We are excited again to co-sponsor the 34th Annual Crystal Ball with the University of North Carolina at Asheville. This has been a long-standing tradition that we look forward to every year.
On May 3, economists David W. Berson and James F. Smith will make forecasts on the business and financial outlook for the coming year and will explore the implications of those predictions on a state, national, and international level.
To learn more about the speakers and the presentation, please visit the crystal ball website:
David W. Berson of Nationwide Insurance
James F. Smith of Parsec Financial
Lipinsky Hall Auditorium – UNC Asheville campus
Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:15 PM – Reception with light hors-d’oeuvres & refreshments
7:00 PM – Economic Outlook
7:30 PM – Financial Outlook
8:00 PM – Q&A
Admission is free, however, seating is limited. To register, contact UNC Asheville’s Economics Department at 828.251.6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year we co-sponsor the Annual Economic Crystal Ball with UNC Asheville. This is a great opportunity to hear Parsec’s Chief Economist, Dr. James F. Smith, and Nationwide’s VP and Chief Economist, Dr. David W. Berson, discuss the economic and financial outlook through 2017. To register please email Kimberly Moore at email@example.com or call at 828-251-6550. A copy of the brochure can be found here.
- Location: Lipinsky Hall Auditorium (Next to Ramsey Library) UNC Asheville Campus
- Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
- Reception: 6:15 p.m.
- Economic Outlook: 7:00 p.m.
- Financial Outlook: 7:30 p.m.
- Q & A: 8:00 p.m.
The Economic Outlook will focus on inflation, employment, interest rates, the strength of the dollar and the housing market. The Financial Outlook will explore the implications of Federal Reserve policy for the financial markets. Various investments will be addressed, with an emphasis on interest rates and the bond market.
About our Speakers
David W. Berson, Ph.D Dr. Berson is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Nationwide Insurance, where his responsibilities involve leading a team of economist that act as internal consultants to the company’s business units. His numerous professional experiences include Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae from 1989-2007, past president of the National Association of Business Economists, and senior management position with Wharton Econometrics Forecasting.
James F. Smith, Ph.D. Dr. Smith is the chief economist at Parsec Financial. He has more than 30 years of experience as an economic forecaster. Dr. Smith’s career spans private industry, government and academic institutions, and includes tenures with Wharton Econometrics, Union Carbide, the Federal Reserve and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.