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Engage with Andy Busch

Engage with Andy Busch

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May 08th 2015:Engage: US politics, economy, and China's housing market

This week on Engage, we hit three main topics: U.S. politics, U.S. economy, and the Chinese economy. Helping us make sense of the world, we are joined by four expert guests. Greg Valliere of Potomac Research joins in segment 1 to discuss the latest batch of 2016 presidential bids. In segment two, High Frequency Econ’s Jim O’Sullivan gives us his take on U.S. GDP numbers, jobs, and last week’s Fed meeting. For segment three, The Hill reporter Kevin Cirilli walks us through 2016 presidential bids and the congressional Ex-Im Bank fight. In segment four, Peterson Institute’s Kent Troutman gives u

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Greg Valliere

With over 30 years of experience in covering Washington for institutional investors, Greg Valliere coordinates political and economic research. He focuses on how Congress and the White House shape fiscal policies and monitors the Federal Reserve Board’s interest rate policies. Prior to joining Potomac Research, Mr. Valliere served as Chief Policy Strategist for Soleil Securities Corporation. He previously held key strategy roles at Charles Schwab’s Washington Research Group and The Washington Forum. Mr. Valliere co-founded The Washington Forum in 1974, serving as Chief Political Analyst and editor of the group’s publications, and ultimately as Research Director. He began his career in
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Jim O'Sullivan

Jim O'Sullivan is the Chief U.S. Economist at High Frequency Economics. He is valued by traders and investors for successfully combining broad macro analysis with expertise in the data and events that set the tone for financial markets from week to week. According to MarketWatch, he is the "most accurate forecaster in America over the past 10 years." He was MarketWatch Forecaster of the Year for 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, seven of the 11 years since the award was created. Ranking is based on accuracy in projecting U.S. economic indicators, with virtually all Wall Street economists tracked. He has been MarketWatch Forecaster of the Month twelve times, most recently in Janu
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Kevin Cirilli

Kevin Cirilli is a political reporter for The Hill newspaper out of Washington. He covers political topics anywhere from Congress to financial regulation to election candidates. Kevin represents The Hill's non-partisan, fast-paced, fresh brand on national television outlets, including MSNBC in a weekly appearance. Prior to The Hill, Kevin reported for news outlets such as Politico, Men’s Health Magazine, and The Daily Beast. Mr. Cirilli received his B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University.
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Kent Troutman

Kent Troutman has been research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since August 2013. He works with PIIE President Adam S. Posen on issues related to international monetary policy. Prior to joining the Institute, he spent two years as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York. After graduating from Drexel University in 2010, he spent one year as a Fulbright Research Scholar in China, focusing on the political and economic relationship between China and North Korea. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and conversant in German.
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