Renowned American Economist, Former Barron’s
Economics Editor and Former Chief Economist for
the New York Stock Exchange
Gene Epstein worked as Barron’s Economics Editor 1993 to 2017, writing the column, “Economic Beat.” A frequent speaker on the conference circuit, Epstein has appeared on National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, BBC TV, and FOX.
His book, ECONOSPINNING: How to Read Between the Lines When the Media Manipulate the Numbers, was published in August, 2006 by John Whiley. In the book, Epstein attempts to cut through the veil of economic misinformation commonly reported in today’s media. Each chapter of ECONOSPINNING is structured around fairly simple propositions about the economy or about specific economic data; from tracking employment numbers to measuring corporate profitability, that are often contrasted with the distortions of today’s media coverage. Epstein has won much appraisal on Wall Street for his straightforward approach to dissecting the truth from everyday media publications and broadcasts.
Respected Expert and Presenter
A strong speaker, Epstein captures his audiences with his honest and eye-opening approach to the stories that are spun by everyday media. A former senior economist at the New York Stock Exchange, Epstein graduated with a BA from Brandeis and went on to continue at the New School where he earned his MA in Economics. Epstein has also taught economics at St. John’s University and the City University of New York.
The Subpar Expansion: Reasons and Remedies
A review of the major explanations put forward for the slow expansion since mid-2009. One overlooked explanation: the decline in the Economic Freedom Index.
The Great Recession: A Failure of Crony Capitalism
A presentation on the crucial role played by government policy--via Fannie, Freddie, & the Fed--in causing the housing bubble that sparked the Great Recession of our generation.
Case Closed: Stocks Work
Based on the 142-year track record of the U.S. stock market, there has never been a 20-year period in which stocks did not beat inflation. Five- and ten-year periods of negative or below-par returns generally lead to periods of above-average returns.
America's Long-Term Fiscal Crisis
The next 10 years will be the relative calm before the coming storm, as the aging baby boomers reach critical mass. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects a major crisis unless something is done.