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Business faculty to discuss financial crisis

  • This is a fine mess
    This is a fine mess  Panelists from the department of economics, Mason School of Business and William & Mary Law School discuss the origins of the economic crisis that racked the U.S. in the Fall of 2008. (l to r) Til Schreiber, John Boschen, moderator Dick Ash, John Merrick and Eric Kades.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
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(Williamsburg, Va.) – William & Mary School of Business will host a follow-up to the fall 2008 Financial Crisis Forum on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The forum is free and open to the public. 

Understanding the Financial Crisis – Part 2 will feature discussion about the global financial climate, the stimulus package proposed by President Obama and thoughts for the future.

“This is another in a continuing series of discussions between the Mason School and the community,” said Dick Ash, moderator of the event. “At this point and time, there are still so many questions that people have regarding the future of the market, their businesses and real estate values, and how we will pay for everything we're seeing in the stimulus package.”

The forum’s format will include remarks from each panelist followed by a question and answer session with the audience, live and via email. This event will also be available in real time on the William & Mary website

Members of the panel will include:

  • Dick Ash, Clinical Professor Entrepreneurship and Private Equity Entrepreneurship - will provide an investment overview as well as moderate and direct questions from the floor and e-mail to the panelists.
  • Deborah Hewitt, Clinical Associate Professor Economics & Finance – will explain how the U.S. financial meltdown spread around the globe and why some countries are doing better than others.
  •  John Merrick, Richard S. Reynolds Associate Professor of Business Economics & Finance - will follow up on changes in Treasury and Fed Policy initiatives -including TARP, TALF - and Citi and AIG aid.
  • John Boschen, Brinkley-Mason Professor Economics & Finance - will discuss the housing market and bank balance sheets, as well as the stimulus plan.
  •  Larry Ring, Chancellor Professor of Business Administration and Executive MBA Alumni Professor - will focus on the impact of the crisis on retailing and retailers.John Strong, CSX Professor of Business Administration Economics & Finance - will cover how companies are dealing with the economic and financial situation.

To submit your question for the panelists, email, by Wednesday, March 25th.  Please include your name and your hometown.   
The first Financial Forum (Fall 2008) may be viewed online here.