Financial Crisis: Issues and Options

Think Fast Forum | Financial Crisis: Issues and Options
Thursday, Oct. 23 | 7 p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Listen to the full event (MP3; 86min. 15sec.) | Individual presentations linked below.
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The UNC General Alumni Association sponsored a "Think Fast" forum to address questions and issues about the current economic crisis. The event, free and open to the public, was held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.

"Financial Crisis: Issues and Options" brought together prominent experts in capital markets, insurance, federal regulation of banks, securities and derivatives, and monetary and economic policy to discuss their views on the implications of recent events in the financial world. Janet Babin, Marketplace Innovations desk reporter for American Public Media, served as moderator.

The panel included the following UNC faculty and industry experts:

  • Stanley W. Black, Lurcy Distinguished Professor, Department of Economics
    The effect on the real economy and how to improve the situation Listen (MP3)
  • Lissa Broome, Wachovia Professor of Banking Law, School of Law; Director, Center for Banking and Finance
    The bank perspective, including FDIC insurance coverage Listen (MP3)
  • Jennifer Conrad, Dalton McMichael Distinguished Professor of Finance, Kenan-Flagler Business School
    What precipitated the financial crisis? Listen (MP3)
  • Richard Froyen, Professor, Department of Economics
    Federal Reserve Bank response Listen (MP3)
  • Tom Hazen, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Law, School of Law
    Regulation, or lack thereof, of credit default swaps Listen (MP3)
  • Don Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, School of Law
    Insurance, roles of agencies in regulation Listen (MP3)
  • Christian Lundblad, Edward M. O’Herron Distinguished Scholar, Associate Professor of Finance, Kenan-Flagler Business School.
    Investment strategies during challenging times Listen (MP3)
  • Eugene Flood, President and CEO of Smith Breeden Associates, Inc
    Industry perspective Listen (MP3)

Each panelist gave opening remarks. The forum was opened to the audience to direct the discussion with their questions. The program is part of the "Think Fast" series, which the GAA conducts to provide timely forums on breaking news stories that dominate public discussion.

For more information, please contact Ann-Louise Aguiar: or (919) 962-3574.