Financial and Credit Crisis: Wall Street in a Tailspin

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Don Straszheim, Ph.D.
Managing Principal, Straszheim Global Advisors
James Barth, Ph.D.
Senior Finance Fellow, Milken Institute
Event Chair: James Altenbach, CFA
With financial markets in a recent tailspin, and banking failures and bailouts taking place, please join us for a lively presentation on the current financial crisis by two eminent experts, one a Wall Street economist, and the other an economist with an expertise in the financial services industry. They will discuss the Real Estate and Credit meltdown, how it happened, and what we should expect. What are possible solutions?
Speaker Biographies:
Donald H. Straszheim, Ph.D is Managing Principal of Straszheim Global Advisors, an economics, financial markets and business consultancy founded in 2001 serving the financialservices and corporate community. In addition to his work as a macro economist and strategist, for the last decade Straszheim has spent much of his time focused on helping investors understand China’s economic evolution and her pivotal role in the US and global economy and markets.
He is perhaps best known as Global Chief Economist for Merrill Lynch and Co. from 1985 to 1997, headquartered in New York and serving the firm’s investment banking, institutional sales and trading, M & A and private wealth management businesses worldwide. For 10 consecutive years he was voted to Institutional Investor’s All-Star team.
From 1997 to 2001, he was President of the Milken Institute in Los Angeles, a not-forprofit economic think-tank. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice Chairman of Roth Capital Partners, a boutique broker-dealer. Earlier in his career Straszheim was Chief Economist at Wharton Econometrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Straszheim is a Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, serves on various private and public boards, and is a regular TV and radio guest. He writes regularly and is a frequent speaker on economic and financial topics. He earned a BS, MS and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
James R. Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University and a Senior Finance Fellow at the Milken Institute. His research has focused on financial institutions and capital markets, both domestic and global, with special emphasis on regulatory issues. Most recently, he served as leader of an international team advising the People's Bank of China on banking reform. Barth was an appointee of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as chief economist of the Office of Thrift Supervision until November 1989 and has previously served as the chief economist of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. He has also held the positions of professor of economics at George Washington University, associate director of the economics program at the National Science Foundation and Shaw Foundation Professor of Banking and Finance at Nanyang Technological University. He has been a visiting scholar at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the World Bank. He is a member of the Advisory Council of George Washington University's Financial Services Research Program. Barth's expertise in financial institution and capital market issues has led him to testify before the U.S. House and Senate banking committees on several occasions. He has authored more than 200 articles in professional journals and has written and edited several books, including The Great Savings and Loan Debacle and The Reform of Federal Deposit Insurance. His most recent books are Rethinking Bank Regulation: Till Angels Govern, with Jerry Caprio and Ross Levine, Cambridge University Press, 2006, and Financial Restructuring and Reform in Post-WTO China, with Zhongfei Zhou, Douglas Arner, Berry Hsu and Wei Wang, Kluwer Law International, 2007. He is the overseas associate editor of The Chinese Banker and has been quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Time and Newsweek. In addition, he has appeared on broadcast programs including "The McNeil/Lehrer Newshour," "Good Morning America," "Moneyline" and National Public Radio.
Barth serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Financial Services Research, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, Journal of Economics and Finance and Financial Services Review. He is also included in Who's Who in Economics: A Biographical Dictionary of Major Economists, 1700 to 1995.
Barth received a Ph.D. in economics from Ohio State University.
Members: $20.00
Non-Members: $50.00
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

 2 California Plaza / ETC Room  
                   350 S. Grand Avenue
                   Los Angeles CA 90071
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