Award-Winning Economists Explore Financial Outlook at
UNCA's 18th Annual Crystal Ball Seminar May 2
Award-winning economist James F. Smith will be joined by noted
economist David W. Berson at the 18th annual Crystal Ball Seminar on May 2
at UNC Asheville's Owen Conference Center. The economists will explore the
business and financial outlook through 2003, including state, national and
The seminar, sponsored by the UNCA Economics Department and RBC Centura,
begins with a 6:15 p.m. reception, followed by the speakers at 7 p.m. and
a question-and-answer period at 8 p.m.
The economic outlook portion will focus on inflation, employment,
interest rates and the strength of the dollar, as well as the North
Carolina budget. The financial outlook portion will explore the
implications of Federal Reserve policy for financial markets and address
various investments, with an emphasis on interest rates and the bond
Smith, professor of finance at UNC Chapel Hillís Kenan-Flagler
Business School, has more than 25 years of experience as an economics
forecaster. His career spans private industry, government and academic
institutions and includes tenures with Wharton Econometrics, Union Carbide
and UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. He has twice been
named the best economic forecaster by the Wall Street Journal.
Berson, a vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, is
responsible for forecasting interest rates and the housing market. He is a
past president of National Association of Business Economists, and has
been chief financial economist at Wharton Econometrics Forecasting
Associates and a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. To register, call UNCA's Economics
Department at 828/251-6550.
- Dr. Joseph Sulock, UNCA Economics Professor, 828/251-6568
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526