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Andrew Busch

Economist, Futurist, 1st Chief Market Intelligence Officer for U.S. Government

Andy’s unconventional path to finance, politics, and the economy has taught him that the big picture is filled in with small details and requires unconventional thinking to see them. He was number six out of seven kids that taught him to scrap, shout, and fight for the last piece of food at dinner. He brought this determination to his career and to his insights into the world. Before he went into finance, he painted street curbs, he mowed lawns, he worked construction, and he ran his own painting company. In finance, he traded currencies and wrote research on the markets during the 1985 Plaza Accord, the 1998 Russian default, and to the 2008 global financial crisis. He’s advised major mutual funds, hedge funds, US Treasury Secretaries and the White House. In 2017, he became the nation’s first Chief Market Intelligence Officer at the CFTC, advising the SEC, the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve of New York and the White House.

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The world is going to see more economic change in the next 5 years than we have seen in the last 100 years. Just as the US was getting over the worst of COVID, Russia invaded and China shutdown ports due to COVID. Inflation exploded and markets have crashed. The war in the Ukraine is a great example of the speed of change and the disruption that can happen to the global economy. As well, foundational AI, blockchain and co-bots are just a few of the extraordinary tools being leveraged right now to help businesses overcome, adapt and thrive. Are you aligning yourself for what will occur? Andy literally wrote the book on large, catastrophic events and how they impact our markets, economy and world. As a futurist and economist, Andy dives deep into exploring how innovation, policy changes and societal shifts (war) drive opportunities for clients. He provides context by doing a “where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going” for the economy. He takes the trends super charged by COVID & war, then applies them to your industry via a case study to show where money is flowing. Are you thinking about how to adapt to the disruptions to run your business better or how you can grow it faster?  How are you challenging yourself with new ideas, new concepts, new technology? Can you understand the economic and inflationary forces driving change to lead you in transforming your business and adapting your strategy to take control of the future? Andy says, “Let’s explore the economic future by getting you the tools you need to be successful.”

Audience Takeaways:

  • Update on the war, supply chains and the economy (inflation)
  •    Key trends supercharged by the virus and war
  •    Case study on your industry’s opportunities for growth

If the world feels like it’s speeding up, that’s because it is. Technological changes via cloud computing, computer speed and algorithmic modeling are advancing more rapidly than anyone could’ve guessed five years ago. The tumult they will create for the economy and jobs is part of the chaos we can expect going forward. But what are the growth opportunities for those entering the workforce today? How will the reshaping of our economy drive change and demand for new skills? Which jobs will be phased out and which ones will survive? As an economic futurist, Andrew Busch speaks with CEOs and top managers for every business sector as he creates research on the future economy for his clients. From financial services to plastics, Andy gets the inside scoop on what the top business minds consider challenges and future growth opportunities.

Audience takeaways:

  • What is “foundational AI” and how is it already changing the job market?
  • What jobs will likely survive and what jobs will likely fade away?
  • How will this impact the economy, and will policy changes make a difference?
  • How to prepare today for the rapid shift coming to employment?

Midterm elections will likely bring big changes for US legislation, regulations and economy. There are razor thin Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate. Since 1938, there have only been 2 times a sitting president added seats in a mid-term election. Gridlock is likely, but don’t be fooled by the name as there will be plenty of action in Congress. Did the January 6th committee make an impact? How will a split Congress impact regulation? Inflation? Fiscal spending? Trade? Supreme Court? Federal Reserve Policy? What will be the Biden legislative strategy for the remaining 2 years of his presidency? How will all this impact the 2024 US Presidential election? Most importantly, how will the elections impact your business? As an economic futurist, Andrew Busch has been in the US government when a power shift occurred and provides his insights into answering all these questions. Most importantly, he gives you an outlook for the growth opportunities coming from these changes for your industry and members.

Audience takeaways:

  • Outlook for outcome of US House and Senate midterm elections
  • Key policy changes on legislation, trade and regulations impacting your industry
  • Growth opportunities created by the changes and key trends driving the economic future

Environmental, Social and Governance or ESG is considered one of the hottest topics today for clients, investors and businesses. It has also come under criticism from the SEC and activist shareholders. Andy explains why both are occurring including how the Ukraine war is going to supercharge interest in reducing carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. He’ll provide context for any audience to understand where we’ve been, where we are and where we are going on climate change. Want to understand how the Ukraine war is driving both an increase in GHG and carbon reduction? He covers it. Want to know how the recent climate events in Germany, Tennessee and California are creating momentum for faster changes? He covers that. Want to know how rising sea levels and more humidity are impacting supply chains? He covers that. Want to know about the UN climate conference in 2021 is making an impact now on the economy? He covers that. And just what is “greenwashing?” Or what is the current state of carbon credits? As a former regulator and CMIO of the CFTC, Andy Busch explains how ESG came about, what the risks are and how ESG trends will impact your industry. Most importantly, what are the opportunities from these changes? After working for the agency that approved bitcoin, Andy brings a unique perspective to this new and rapidly expanding ESG world.

Audience takeaways:



  • What is ESG, its history and future
  • What are key risks for ESG investors and regulatory risk for business

How is the Ukraine war driving more carbon creation and a higher demand for solutions?

Biography

Andrew Busch is the former 1st Chief Market Intelligence Officer for the US government and economic futurist at AndrewBusch.com. For the CFTC, he was charged with improving and enhancing the government’s understanding of the markets and the economy. His job was to take all the news, information and data on the economy and markets; and filter it into condensed, easily understood research; then communicate it to the government and public.

Andy provided economic and market briefings to White House, US House, US Senate, the SEC, the Federal Reserve Board and the US Treasury staff on a wide range of issues including interest rates, inflation, China’s influence on trade, and the impact of technology on the economy.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Busch was CEO and founder of a boutique financial markets and policy research firm, Bering Productions, Inc (BPI). Before BPI, he was the Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for Bank of Montreal (BMO) in Chicago. He is author of the book “World Event Trading” covering large crises, like infectious disease outbreaks and war, and their impact on the economy and markets.

Today, he’s a consultant and keynote speaker with a wide range of clients including chemicals, financial services, energy, real estate, manufacturing, construction and agriculture.

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“He delivered a high energy and engaging session to our large virtual audience. Our clients were actively engaged, and we ran out of time for all the questions they wanted to ask. His message of 'prepare now for the opportunities ahead' was the message of optimism we needed for our attendees.” –WWSG Customer

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