Todd Buchholz

Acclaimed author, former White House economic policy director and economist Todd Buchholz connects the dots between local and global markets, the politics that define business environments, and the people who drive it all. He puts global politics and financial markets into perspective and offers a positive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing today’s markets. Buchholz “lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit,” says the Associated Press. Read more

Andrew Busch

Author, columnist and television commentator, Andrew Busch has been connecting the dots between events and global financial markets for the last twenty-five years. As the Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for BMO Capital and outside advisor to Congress and the US Treasury, Andrew Busch regularly crafts strategies for dealing with the volatile global markets. With a humorous and humble Midwest approach, Busch shows audiences how to interpret the seismic global and public policy shifts that are taking place for investors and corporations. His timely and energetic presentations show attendees how to live and thrive in the current economic chaos.

A CNBC contributor who is regularly quoted in the press around the world, his blog is number one on CNBC’s website. In addition to his daily newsletter The Busch Update, his columns in Forbes and his monthly columns for SFO (Stock, Futures, and Options) Magazine, Busch has written World Event Trading: How To Analyze and Profit From Today’s Headlines.

Andy has appeared for the last three years on CNBC’s The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo and is a CNBC contributor. Also, he appeared on FOX Business, Canadian BNN’s SqueezePlay, Bloomberg TV, and numerous CNN shows including Lou Dobbs Tonight. He is regularly quoted in the following press: Wall Street Journal, Reuters News Services, Dow Jones News Services, Associate Press, and the Globe and Mail.

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Lucky 13: Can we turn the corner?
Will 2013 prove to be the year where the global economic recovery sustains itself or will it fall into recession? Andrew Busch, editor and publisher of the Busch Update financial and political newsletter, draws on his thirty years of market experience to provide the opportunities and problems that lie ahead this year. As seen weekly on CNBC’s Money in Motion, Busch breaks down the chaos into clear, easily understood analysis with his unique perspective and humor. “After getting run-over by the biggest and baddest financial market players in the world and surviving, I can not only tell you their license plate numbers, but also how to get the economic bugs out of your teeth.” Andrew Busch will help you understand the forces of central banks and public policy makers as they attempt to pump up global economic growth. Europe, China and the United States are covered and connected to show you how they impact your world.

Dis-function in DC: What to expect, watch and avoid
The fiscal cliff, the economic bungee and Taxmageddon are all new terms to the political and economic landscape for 2013. Now more than ever, the intersection of politics and markets is key to understanding how the world works and how it impacts your business. As an outside advisor on financial markets to Bush administration and the McCain campaign, Andrew Busch has for the last thirty years focused on how Washington has impacted the economy, the financial markets and the world. US Treasury Secretaries John Snow, Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner as have sought out Busch’s advice on jobs, taxes and fiscal issues. In 2012, Busch met and advised: Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Dave Camp and Rep. and VP candidate Paul Ryan. As seen weekly on CNBC’s Money in Motion, Busch details the upcoming winners and losers from the current combative and dis-functional US government with humor and insight.

Top Ten Risks for 2013: Positive and negative opportunities
The 2008 financial crisis, the European debt crisis and China’s stock market collapse were all three tailed events that have become the norm and not the exception in today’s market. Low probability, high-risk events generate uncertainty and opportunity for those willing to keep their eyes and options open in 2013. With his thirty years of financial market experience, Andrew Busch will detail what he sees as the top ten risks for 2013 that can create a +/- 10% move in the markets. From an election in Germany to the outlook for the US housing recovery, Busch supplies his unique brand of analysis and ideas. As author and publisher of the Busch Update, Busch has investigated and written on top, market moving events including his book, World Event Trading: how to profit from today’s headlines. (Wiley, 2007) Since March of 2011, Busch has shared his views on CNBC’s Money in Motion show with keen analysis and humor that shows how the global markets are connected and how they impact your world.

Gold, Oil and Ag: The volatile mix of commodities and quantitative easing
The US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan are all on quest to promote economic growth using the most dangerous monetary tool available: quantitative easing. What will this mean for the value of gold, energy and agriculture products in 2013? Editor and publisher of the Busch Update, Andrew Busch will share his thirty years of expertise in the financial markets and detail not only which central bank succeed or fail, but also how their actions impact the commodity markets. As he does on CNBC’s Money in Motion, Busch breaks down the global central bank actions for your audience to show how they generate big moves in the value of gold, energy and agriculture products. Busch has enlightened and entertained farmers, bankers and politicians on the pitfalls and pratfalls that happen when Bernanke, Carney and Shirakawa, print unlimited amounts of money.

Full Biography

Andrew B. Busch is the Editor-in-chief for the global market and public policy newsletter, “The Busch Update.” He is regular panelist on CNBC’s new show, “Money in Motion” that appears every Friday. His views can be found on www.andrewbusch.com as well as CNBC.com.

For 22 years, he was with BMO Capital Markets and has written the Busch Update for the last 13 years. He was named BMO’s Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist in 2007. Based in Chicago, he is a recognized expert on the world financial markets and how these markets are impacted by political events.

He provides clients with analysis on public policy issues for China, Europe and the United States. Public policy is of growing importance as the role of government has become more intertwined with the markets and the private sector.

On a regular basis, Andy consults with staff from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Congress on economic, financial market and tax issues. In 2011, Andy was asked to testify in front of Congress on the effectiveness of the 2009 Stimulus package. From 2004 to 2008, he was an outside advisor to the US Treasury Department and White House on the economy and financial markets. Andy had a similar role for the 2008 McCain campaign. He has met and advised the last three US Secretary of the Treasury including John Snow, Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner.

In addition to his CNBC show, Andy is widely followed by clients and media for his daily commentaries and his frequent appearances on major financial news outlets, including: the WSJ, The Hill, Politico and USA Today. In 2007, he published his book entitled, “World Event Trading: How to profit from today’s headlines” by Wiley.

David Rivkin

David Rivkin

Attorney David B. Rivkin, Jr. has studied the U.S. Constitution and related historical documents with scholarly rigor, and has authored incisive commentary on the critical constitutional issues of our day. Now in private practice, Rivkin’s lengthy career has been distinguished by service in the White House during two presidential terms, in both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a well-known writer and media commentator on matters of constitutional and international law, as well as on foreign and defense policy. Read more

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin

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Emotional,   inspiring,   intense,   motivating, and hope-giving are just a few words to describe Jeremy’s story of overcoming Obsessive  Compulsive  Disorder.    At  the age of twelve, Jeremy developed a severe case of OCD–Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Anxiety came first, followed by a stream of methodical actions he felt he had to perform in order to calm his many panic attacks: repetitive praying at bedtime; endless reorganizing of clothes, furniture, and other household objects; walking in patterned movements; obsessive counting; and constant tapping, just to name a few. On most days these rituals occupied up to four hours of his day. His quality of life rapidly declined. He lost over thirty pounds in just over two weeks, his grades in school dropped to the point where he was always in danger of failing, and he became depressed and lost interest in all the boyhood activities he previously loved.  He lived with this crippling illness for almost seven years before his life began to turn around.

Jeremy Bennett is a man on a mission. He takes his audience into a dark corner of the human mind, then draws them back out again with the hope that OCD can be managed. And it can. He is living proof.  In his motivational presentations and in his book, The Power of the Mind: How I Beat OCD (Release date Summer, 2010) he tells his journey and gives hope to those who have lost it.

Jeremy has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Francis Xavier University, is an international motivational speaker, a professional Psychological Illusionist, and is currently starring in Vision TV’s ‘Supernatural Investigator: Chaos Magick’ and is in production of a 13 episode television series called ‘Occam’s Razor’ where he travels the world investigating different supernatural subjects.  He is also the Co-Chair of the Canadian Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine Congress and star of ‘Believe’, a made for television special that was broadcasted internationally.

Jeremy believes all success starts with a thought.  It’s how we treat and nurture that thought that will determine what we attract into our lives.

 

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Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of nineteen books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. His books have been translated into more than thirty five languages and are used in hundreds of universities, corporations and government agencies around the world. His most recent books include:

The Third Industrial Revolution
The Empathic Civilization
The Hydrogen Economy
The European Dream
The End of Work
The Age of Access
The Biotech Century

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the European Union for the past decade. Mr. Rifkin advised the government of Spain during its presidency of the European Union (January 1st – June 30, 2010). Mr. Rifkin also served as an adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Jose Socrates of Portugal, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Prime Minister Janez Janša of Slovenia, during their respective European Council Presidencies, on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security. He currently advises the European Commission, the European Parliament, and several EU heads of state.

Mr. Rifkin is the principle architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. The Third Industrial Revolution was formally endorsed by the European Parliament in 2007 and is now being implemented by various agencies within the European Commission as well as in the 27 member-states.

Mr. Rifkin is also the founder and chairperson of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable, comprised of 100 of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, construction companies, architectural firms, real estate companies, IT companies, power and utility companies, and transport and logistics companies. Mr. Rifkin’s global economic development team is the largest of its kind in the world and is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop master plans to transition their economies into post-carbon Third Industrial Revolution infrastructures.

Since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania — the world’s #1 ranked business school— where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable Third Industrial Revolution economies.

Mr. Rifkin’s monthly column on global issues appears in many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times in the United States, The Guardian in the U.K., Die Süddeutsche Zeitung and Handelsblatt in Germany, Le Soir and Knack in Belgium, L’Espresso in Italy, El Mundo and El País in Spain, Kathimerini in Greece, Informatíon in Denmark, De Volkskrant in the Netherlands, Hospodárské Noviny in the Czech Republic, Wort in Luxembourg, Eesti Päevaleht in Estonia, Trud in Bulgaria, Clarín in Argentina, and Al-Ittihad in the U.A.E.

Rifkin has been influential in shaping public policy in the United States and around the world. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has had consistent success in litigation to ensure responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology related issues.

He has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs, including Face the Nation, The Lehrer News Hour, 20/20, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America. The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy.

Mr. Rifkin holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rifkin speaks frequently before government, business, labor and civic forums. He has lectured at hundreds of the world’s leading corporations as well as more than 200 universities in some 30 countries in the past 30 years.

Mr. Rifkin is the founder and president of The Foundation on Economic Trends (www.foet.org) in Bethesda, MD. The Foundation examines the economic, environmental, social and cultural impacts of new technologies introduced into the global economy.

Grant Woods

Grant Woods

Grant Woods served as Arizona’s esteemed Attorney General from 1991 – 1999. He led the ballot among all candidates in the 1990 and 1994 elections. Mr. Woods was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court.

Grant was President of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and chaired the Civil Rights and Supreme Court committees for the National Association of Attorneys General. He was selected by his peers as the nation’s top attorney general in 1995. He successfully argued Lewis v. Casey before the United States Supreme Court. Read more

Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley has spent more than two decades as one of Florida’s leading political writers covering local, state and national politics. A former Political Editor, Metro Editor, Editorial Writer and Tallahassee Bureau Chief for The Palm Beach Post, Crowley has reported on every major statewide political race since 1980. He has made numerous appearances on CNN, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, NPR as well as radio and local television throughout Florida and across the nation. Crowley also has given radio and television interviews to media outlets throughout the world, including Read more

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell serves as the host of MSNBC’s daily news program Andrea Mitchell Reports in addition to her role as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, a position she has held since 1994. Mitchell has covered the biggest international stories of our time including the global War on Terror, nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan and North Korea, the conflict in the Middle East and other global issues that influence your audience. Before covering foreign affairs, Mitchell covered national affairs as both a White House correspondent and congressional correspondent, providing viewers with the top political stories of the day.

Rising above media hype and cutting through partisan spin, Mitchell always remains impartial and true to her audiences – on screen and on stage. Her reports provide an experienced global perspective on both domestic and international headlines and are featured on every NBC News outlet, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and other MSNBC programming. She is the author of Talking Back…To Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels. With a Washington insider’s perspective, Andrea Mitchell deftly examines global conflicts, foreign policy and international leaders, adding insight into political issues that resonate globally.

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The View from Washington
Andrea Mitchell shares with audiences a wealth of experience and her observations on recent events, politics and life in the power hub known as Washington, D.C. Her insights are more than informative – they are perspective-altering. Depending on the news of the day her remarks can include reports on evolving issues such as the economy; the war in Iraq; the fight against terrorism; nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan, and North Korea; the conflict in the Middle East and the five presidential administrations she has covered.

 

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Andrea Mitchell, the veteran NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, is also the host of MSNBC’S Andrea Mitchell Reports, an hour of political news and interviews with top newsmakers that airs each day at 1pm ET on MSNBC. Mitchell covered the entire 2008 presidential campaign, from the kickoff in February 2007, broadcasting live from every major primary and caucus state and all the candidate debates for NBC News and MSNBC programs, including Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Hardball, Morning Joe and Meet the Press. She also covered Barack Obama’s trip to Iraq, the Middle East and Europe during the presidential campaign. Mitchell currently covers foreign policy, intelligence and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News properties.

As a featured political correspondent in 2004, Mitchell was a regular panelist on MSNBC’s Hardball and was the first reporter to break the story that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry had chosen Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate. In September 2005, Mitchell authored Talking Back, a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, congress and foreign policy. That year, Mitchell also received the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2004, the Radio-Television News Directors

Association (RTNDA) honored Mitchell with the Leonard Zeidenberg Award for her contributio n to the protection of

First Amendment Freedoms.

Mitchell’s extensive and varied reports include a series of exclusive interviews over the years with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Her unprecedented access resulted in a one-hour documentary on Cuba in December 2003. Throughout 2002 and 2003, Mitchell covered the United Nations debate leading up to the Iraq war and provided detailed reports on the questions surrounding pre-war intelligence and weapons of mass destruction. As a longtime analyst of the intelligence community, Mitchell’s past assignments for NBC have included exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Haiti.

During the 2000 campaign, Mitchell hosted MSNBC’s The Mitchell Report, NBC News’ election year broadcast of record. In addition, she was the lead NBC News correspondent covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s race for the Senate in 2000.

Among her many past assignments, Mitchell was NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent, a position s he assumed after covering Bill Clinton from the New Hampshire primary through the entire 1992 presidential campaign.

From 1988-1992, Mitchell served as Chief Congressional Correspondent. During that time, she played a major role in reporting on the budget, the savings and loan bailout, the Clarence Thomas hearings and other legislative issues. She also served as a regular political analyst on Today and was a panelist in the second Bush-Dukakis presidential debate. Mitchell first covered the White House for NBC News during both of Ronald Reagan’s terms as President. She reported on a variety of noteworthy stories, including arms control, the budget, tax reform and the Iran -contra scandal, and traveled extensively with President Reagan to summits with Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders.

Over the years, Mitchell has appeared on Meet the Press as a panelist and substitute host. An acclaimed political reporter, during the 1988 Republican National Convention, she beat both the competition and presidential candidate George Bush with the announcement that Bush had chosen Dan Quayle to be his running mate. She was also a panelist in the final Bush-Dukakis presidential debate.

Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 as a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she was named NBC’s Energy correspondent. In that capacity, she reported on the energy crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident. Before joining NBC, she was a correspondent for WDVM-TV (then WTOP), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. From 1967-1976, she was a broadcast journalist for KYW Radio and KYW -TV in Philadelphia.

A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she currently serves as a Trustee, a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Annenberg School Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and is a member of the Gridiron Club. Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, D.C.

Andrea Mitchell serves as the host of MSNBC’s daily news program Andrea Mitchell Reports in addition to her role as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, a position she has held since 1994. Mitchell has covered the biggest international stories of our time including the global War on Terror, nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan and North Korea, the conflict in the Middle East and other global issues that influence your audience. Before covering foreign affairs, Mitchell covered national affairs as both a White House correspondent and congressional correspondent, providing viewers with the top political stories of the day.

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer

One of the most influential political observers in the country, Charles Krauthammer challenges
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Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz

More media outlets have turned to Dr. Frank Luntz for focus groups & consulting than to any other political pollster,

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Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum has advised nearly every major Democratic candidate from Edmund Muskie and Ted Kennedy to Al Gore and John Kerry, because he understands how political campaigns are fought and won.

 

A complete list of Shrum’s clients would be a “Who’s Who” of American politics. As chairman of Shrum, Devine & Donilon, a political media consulting firm, he has created and produced advertising that resulted in winning campaigns for over 20 U.S. Senators, six Governors, mayors of many major cities and several Congressmen. Read more