Distinguished Speaker Series

The Peter T. Paul Financial Policy Center hosts visits by prominent academic and industrial speakers to discuss timely topics in financial policy to faculty and students. The Center sponsors a Distinguished Speaker Series.

The series features:

• Distinguished Professors

• Distinguished Executives

• Distinguished Alumni

As our first speaker in the Distinguished Professor Series, Dr. Erik Lie, a high-profile professor from Iowa whose pioneering research on option backdating prompted a large-scale investigations by the SEC into the potentially illegal practice, came to the Peter T. Paul College in the spring of 2014 to speak to faculty and students. Erik Lie was listed among the ‘Time 100’ (the 100 most influential people in the world) in Time Magazine, the ‘Power 30’ (the 30 most influential people on Wall Street) in SmartMoney Magazine and the ‘Influencers 2007’ in Business Finance Magazine. His research work has a profound impact in not only the academic world but also real businesses.

The second Distinguished Speaker was David Greenlaw. Mr. Greenlaw, Whittemore School 1980 graduate, is a Managing Director and Chief U.S. Fixed Income Economist with Morgan Stanley. His primary duties involve analysis of the U.S. economy and credit markets, including Federal Reserve and Treasury activity. He is also responsible for the projections of key economic indicators. Mr. Greenlaw is a highly acclaimed financial economist known for superior performance in the projections of key economic indicators and also a bond market expert. He was named “Best Fed Forecaster” in a Bloomberg Markets magazine survey. He was also the first back-to-back winner of the Dow Jones MarketWatch “Forecaster of the Month” award. Along with his colleague Richard Berner, David received the “2009 Outlook Award” for accuracy in economic forecasting presented by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and was top-ranked in the Wall Street Journal’s latest annual forecast survey of 52 leading economists. In 2012, they also won the prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for economic-forecasting accuracy.

The topic of Mr. Greenlaw’s speech at Paul College in Fall 2015 was “When Will the Fed Head toward the Exit Ramp?” In the 90-minute presentation, he introduced his background, addressed the most recent Federal Reserve open market policy concerns, and provided his personal projection of the timing of interest rate increase. The talk was followed by a Q&A session full of insightful questions, and it had profound impact among the Paul College community on the academic and policy implications of central bank decisions, financial market regulatory moves and reactions, and the spillover effect of key fixed income factor changes on equity market. Business major students, alumni and faculty conducting financial markets research all had a chance to communicate with a great mind.