The Economist's Buttonwood Gathering will Stream Live and On-Demand at, Starting October 26-27, 2011

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Conference features global thought leaders in the international finance community and will tackle the tough challenges of how to put the global economic order on a more balanced footing., the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events, announced that starting October 26, 2011, it will live stream sessions from the third annual Buttonwood Gathering, The Economist’s flagship finance and economics event. The Gathering will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26 and 27, at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Tickets for live stream and on-demand viewing of the Buttonwood Gathering can be purchased at The event will begin streaming on Wednesday, October 27, at 1:45pm ET.

The Buttonwood Gathering is renowned for bringing together leading executives, prominent academics and top regulators to tackle the biggest issues facing global finance. This year’s Gathering will bring together global thought leaders, practitioners and provocateurs in the international finance community to tackle the tough challenge of how to put the global economic order on a more balanced footing.

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the outlook for the global economy was dire. Today, the worst seems to have passed. And yet—the huge global imbalances that were the backdrop to the financial crisis in 2008 are arguably worse than ever.

Countries from America to Japan sag under the weight of enormous debts, which, since the crisis, have only grown bigger. In Europe, tension between highly indebted “peripheral” countries and the big European economies that are expected to rescue them threaten the future of the euro itself.

Meanwhile, emerging economies from China to Brazil, which have surged in recent years, are battling the growing pains that come with their fast-growing economies—from inflation to widening inequality. The result is a complex shift in the balance of economic power—not simply from the West to the “rest”, but from countries lacking in natural resources to those rich in them, from those deeply indebted to those with savings to spare.

Conference participants will consider the implications of such issues as the ascendance of emerging economies; the need for rebalancing; the consequences of the rich world’s addiction to debt; the winners and losers in a world of scarce natural resources.

Among the confirmed featured speakers at the 2011 Buttonwood Gathering are:

  •     Sheila Bair, Former Chairperson, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  •     Alan Greenspan, President, Greenspan Associates
  •     Lawrence Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University
  •     Austen Goolsbee, Former Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisors; Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  •     Gene Sperling, Director, National Economic Council
  •     Axel Weber, Visiting Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  •     David Bonderman, Founding Partner, TPG
  •     Hu Shuli, Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media

RBC Capital Markets is the Founding Sponsor of this event, Allianz Global Investors is a Supporting Sponsor and Kurt Salmon is a Corporate Sponsor.

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