The British American Business Council is pleased to partner with Verus Investments for our 2017 Spring Economic Luncheon, taking place Tuesday, March 21 from 11:30am to 2:00pm at the World Trade Center in Seattle.
Come engage in an interactive discussion and learn from our dynamic panel of experts as they share their projections on how local and global economic patterns will affect, and are currently affecting, business in 2017.
Speakers will review economic forecasts from around the world and their likely impact on the U.S. economy. They will also take a deep dive into the probable outcomes of the currently booming conditions in the US and the Northwest region, including predictions on the real estate markets, stock, equity and bond market forecasts, and the environment surrounding IPS and M&A exits.
Bringing it all back to our own backyard, experts will share insights on Washington’s economy and endeavor to best identify the opportunities and risks that Pacific Northwest businesses might anticipate in 2017.
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Ivan Oscar Asensio Ph.D., Senior VP, FX Risk Advisory
Ivan Oscar Asensio, Ph.D.
Dr. Ivan Oscar Asensio overseas a unit dedicated to working with corporate and institutional investors on solving problems related to currency risk, delivering quant solutions, and structuring macro and trade portfolios. He has held similar roles at Merrill Lynch & Co. and Bank of America.
Ivan received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also holds an M.S. in Statistics from UCLA and dual-undergraduate degrees in Finance and Mathematics from USC.
Stephen Lerch Ph.D., Chief Director & Chief Economist
Stephen Lerch, Ph.D.
Stephen Lerch is the executive director of the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.
Previously, he has worked as an economist and researcher on public finance and health care issues in government (U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Taxation; Washington State Department of Revenue) and the private sector (HCIA-Sachs/Solucient). He has also previously served as an interim director for the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.
Steve most recently, he held the position of Research Director at the Washington State Investment Board. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Ian Toner, Strategic Research Director
Ian Toner is the Managing Director of Strategic Research for Verus Investments. He is responsible for ensuring that the research resources at Verus are focused on solving the real problems faced by the firm's clients, and on maintaining an appropriate balance between academic rigor and practical real-world client solutions.
Ian has responsibility over all research, including manager research, capital markets research, topics of interest, and is a key contributor to the investment committee. He is particularly engaged in finding ways to ensure that new insights created at the firm are used across the whole range of clients of the firm, whether those clients are large or small, and whether the services those clients consume are discretionary or non-discretionary.
In addition to Verus, Ian’s experience includes work with Russell Investments, UBS Investment Bank in London, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney, and InterSec Research Corp. He also worked on the sell-side of institutional markets in London, focused on European equity markets.
Ian holds a law degree from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a regular author and speaker on a range of investment topics. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Seattle, and a board member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where he also sits on the finance & audit committee. Additionally, he is a member of the advisory board of the Washington Council on International Trade.
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor
Richard Waters is the West Coast Editor for the Financial Times. His beat covers the technology industry. Before moving to the West Coast, Richard was based in the Financial Times' New York office for nine years. His roles there included Wall Street reporter, New York bureau chief, and the Financial Times' first informatioon industries editor, overseeing global coverage of technology, telecommunications and media.
He previously worked at the Financial Times in London where he held a number of positions, including editor of international capital markets, securities industry correspondent, and accountancy and taxation correspondent.
Before working for the Financial Times, Richard worked as a reporter and editor for several financial magazines. He also worked for two years at Lloyd's Bank International and lived in Chile, also working as a teacher. In 2004, he was awarded Corporate Finance Reporter of the Year for his coverage of Google's IPO. He was shortlisted for the Business & Finance Reporter of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2003 and won the award in 1992 as part of a team covering the BCCI scandal. In 1988, he was named Accountancy Journalist of the Year. He appears regularly on the BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNNfn and NPR.
Richard received his Bachelor's degree from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University.