From UNC Asheville, shared April 4:

UNC Asheville’s 27th annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 21, at UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Noted economists David W. Berson and James F. Smith will make forecasts on the 2011 business and financial outlook. The seminar, sponsored by the UNC Asheville Economics Department and Parsec Financial, begins with a 6:15 p.m. reception, followed by the speakers at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer period at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The economic outlook portion of the program will focus on inflation, employment, interest rates and the strength of the dollar and housing market. The financial outlook presentation will explore the implications of Federal Reserve policy for financial markets. Various investments will be addressed, with an emphasis on interest rates and the bond market.

Berson, chief economist and strategist for The PMI Group, is responsible for domestic and global market research and risk management. He has served as vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, president of the National Association of Business Economics, and held a senior management position with Wharton Economics Forecasting.

Smith currently serves as the chief economist at Parsec Financial. In his more than 30 years as an economic forecaster, Smith’s career has spanned private industry, government and academic institutions, and has included tenures with Wharton Economics, Union Carbide, the Federal Reserve and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. To register, contact UNC Asheville’s Economics Department at (828) 251-6550 or email

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