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Leading Indicator

Leading indicator

Ray Dalio, founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, spoke with Matthew Bishop, US business editor and New York bureau chief for The Economist, during the ‘Leading indicator’ session at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering on October 26th-27th 2011 in New York City. 

Scarcer and scarcer: competition for commodities

John Burbank, founder of Passport Capital, and Tom Kaplan, chairman of Electrum Group of Companies, spoke during the ‘Scarcer and scarcer’ session at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering on October 26th-27th 2011 in New York City. The discussion was moderated by Matthew Bishop, US business editor and New York bureau chief for The Economist.


How exorbitant incomes in finance stifle innovation

Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison professor of economics at Harvard University, argues that high salaries in the finance industry have kept young people from entering innovative professions. He spoke during ‘The jobless era’ session, including James Owens, former chairman and chief executive of Caterpillar, and Steven Rattner, former counselor to the US Treasury secretary, at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering, October 26-27, in New York City. The session was moderated by Matthew Bishop, US business editor and New York bureau chief for The Economist.

The problem of short-term thinking in America

Tom Kaplan, chairman of the Electrum Group of Companies, argues that the US needs better long-term planning. He spoke during the ‘Scarcer and scarcer’ session, including John Burbank, founder of Passport Capital, at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering, October 26-27, in New York City. The session was moderated by Matthew Bishop, US business editor and New York bureau chief for The Economist.

How to save the euro

David Bonderman, founding partner of TPG Capital, explains how Europe will save the euro. He spoke during the ‘Global economic outlook’ session, including Adam Posen, Monetary Policy Committee member for the Bank of England, and Min Zhu, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering, October 26-27, in New York City. The session was moderated by Zanny Minton-Beddoes, economics editor for The Economist.

Why Occupy Wall Street matters

Jeff Madrick, senior fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, discusses how the Occupy Wall Street protesters are influencing the debate on US economic policy. He spoke during the “The backlash: Zuccotti Park and beyond” session, including Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, and Terra Lawson-Renner, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and assistant professor of International Affairs at The New School, at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering, October 26-27, in New York City. The session was moderated by Tom Easton, US finance editor for The Economist.

Do Brazil and Russia deserve the same status as India and China?

Stephen Roach, non-executive chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and senior lecturer at the Yale School of Management, considers whether Brazil and Russia should be counted among the major emerging economies. He spoke during the ‘Emerging giants’ session, including Heidi Miller, president of JP Morgan, International, at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering, October 26-27, in New York City. The session was moderated by Philip Coggan, capital markets editor and Buttonwood columnist for The Economist.

The Economist at Zuccotti Park

The Economist’s Gideon Lichfield headed to Zuccotti Park last week to interview a number of Occupy Wall St Protestors, ahead of The Buttonwood Gathering. Gideon asked them to share their stories, as well as what they would like to say to a room full of top financial leaders and policymakers. This video footage was played live at The Buttonwood Gathering, ahead of a panel discussion on this issue led by The Economist’s Tom Easton.