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Daniel Altman

Global Economist & Bestselling Author
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Biography

Daniel Altman, one of the most perceptive economic thinkers of his generation, simplifies complex data and terminology for a wide variety of audiences, making cutting-edge economics intriguing and relevant to the corporate professional as much as the experienced financier.

A noted commentator whose writing has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Foreign Policy, among others, he is also the internationally bestselling author of several books. He teaches economic forecasting and analytics at New York University's Stern School of Business and created Foreign Policy's annual Baseline Profitability Index, which ranks markets for foreign investment and is consulted by companies, governments and fellow economists.

As a forecaster he is adept at both assessing the economy today and predicting its long-term future. Combining sharp intuition with insightful data analysis, he identifies the trends that make our global economy tick — enhancing our companies' effectiveness, strengthening our communities and helping us make better decisions in our everyday lives.

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US Economic Outlook

Daniel Altman has been one of the most reliable forecasters of epochal changes in the American economy. His predictions for economic growth, the nation’s fiscal situation, and the evolution of the financial markets have consistently been on target. Today his presentations are an indispensable tool in cutting through the uncertainty and confusion surrounding the future of the economy. With a point of view based on both data and logic, he examines the likely outcomes of the current economic cycle and also gauges the nation’s capacity to grow in the long term. From current trends to the fundamental forces driving the economy forward, he covers everything from policy frameworks and trading relationships to demographics and natural resources. He provides a clear roadmap for companies and individuals charting their own economic futures.

Customized Global Economic Briefing

The global economy has never been more integrated or more changeable. Seizing opportunities and avoiding risks requires an awareness of new developments from around the world. Daniel identifies the forces underlying the most important trends and offers forecasts for the future. He gives in-depth analyses of the United States, Europe, and China, as well as growing regions around the world. Altman tailors his briefings for investors, executives, and other groups to ensure that he supplies the most relevant insights for each audience.

The Power of Analytics in 21st Century Business

There’s plenty of buzz about Big Data in business, but all that information is useless without the right analytics. Daniel’s skill in developing and explaining data analytics has made him an in-demand consultant, and he offers companies myriad ways to become more efficient and successful through the use of data. He makes the numbers come alive in his dazzling presentations, showing how companies can protect themselves against volatility, identify new sources of demand, deploy human resources, and evaluate investment decisions. His message is an inclusive and accessible one, namely that even basic tools can offer a pathway to powerful results. He eschews technical language and instead uses real-world examples to show how companies can use data the right way.

What Are the True Returns in Emerging Markets?

Big economies like Brazil, China, and India attract plenty of attention from the markets, but investors don't always see the returns they expect. With the help of his Baseline Profitability Index, Daniel examines factors beyond headline growth numbers that affect the profits ultimately returned to investors’ pockets. He also describes how combinations of less heralded markets can be a more sensible bet for exporters, multinationals, and portfolio investors. Looking forward, Altman identifies the countries and regions that show the most promising signs for growth in returns.

Is China Still the Next Big Thing?

According to today’s pundits, China may be on the verge of a new boom or a catastrophic crisis. Is either outcome truly likely? A sought-after expert on the economies of China and its neighbors, Daniel Altman has a unique perspective on the phenomenal growth of America’s biggest competitor. His analysis of the deep factors driving China’s rising incomes shows how much of the growth is real and how much is just froth. In addition to assessing the current state of China’s industries and financial markets, he describes how China’s multiyear reform program could change the country’s economic prospects. Going a step further, Altman also demonstrates how changes in China’s fortunes will affect other economies in its region and around the world.

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