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.
Climate Change: Growth Opportunities
Format: 30-45-minute keynote with Q&A
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?
Future Work: Growth Opportunities
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?
The Future Economy: Growth Opportunities
The world is going to see more economic change in the next 5 years than we have seen in the last 100 years. Just when we were getting over the worst of COVID, Russia invaded. 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 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
• Key trends supercharged by the virus and war
• Case study on your industry’s opportunities for growth
2024 US Presidential Election: Growth Opportunities
The race for 2024 starts in 2023. These midterm elections will likely bring big changes for US legislation, regulations and economy. 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 and who are the top candidates from both sides of the aisle? 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 from 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