2015 Economic Outlook

Last February, Robert Aliber, Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance, foresaw the decline in gold and oil. Previously, Prof. Aliber predicted the housing crisis. Ask him about emerging excess speculation and other economic phenomena.

From the root cause of the Great Recession of 2009 to the shortcomings of the Federal Reserve to emerging bubbles in Asia, Prof. Aliber pulled no punches and called it like he saw it at our 2014 Economic Outlook.  The landscape of 2015 continues to present uncertainty at every turn.  Hear Prof. Aliber unplugged and uncensored comment on emerging speculative bubbles, the future of commodities like oil or gold and personal finance decisions.


Prof. Robert Z. Aliber, Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Bob Aliber received the Ph.D degree from Yale University in 1962 and Bachelors Degrees from Williams College and Cambridge University. He joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in 1965 and retired in 2004 as Professor of International Economics and Finance. Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty, Aliber was Senior Economic Advisor, Agency for International Development, Department of State.

Bob was the National Westminster Professor of International Finance at the London Business School in 1978, the Bundesbank Professor at the Free University of Berlin in 1997, and a visiting Professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the early 1980s and again in 2004; he was also a visiting professor at Brandeis University and at Williams College. Bob was the Houblon-Norman fellow at the Bank of England in 1996. He was the JPMorgan Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2003 and a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington in 2004. Aliber has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and a consultant to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and a various think tanks in Washington and London.

Aliber has written extensively about international financial issues, including changes in cross-border capital flows and changes in currency values; and the efficiency of the currency market. His publications include The New International Money Game; the seventh edition published in 2010. The Multinational Paradigm, was published in 1995. He brought out fifth edition of Manias, Panics, and Crashes in 2005; the previous editions were authored by Charles P. Kindleberger—the sixth edition released in 2010. In the early 1980s he wrote a book on personal finance, Your Money and Your Life; a much more comprehensive book on personal finance with the same title published by Stanford University Press in November 2010. He is the co-editor of a collection of papers and reports that were published prior to the Iceland's financial crisis.

Bob founded Dorchester Capital Management in 1991, which provides asset management and financial planning service.


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