About The Buttonwood Gathering
Three years ago, with Lehman Brothers’ collapse and the precipitous deepening of the 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 2007 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 like China and Brazil continue to surge forward. The result is a fundamental shift in the balance of economic power from the West to the “rest”, as well as large trade imbalances that have raised the spectre of a trade war and called into question the future of free capital flows and free trade.
Is the ascendance of emerging economies inevitable? What are its implications? Do global trade imbalances matter? What are the consequences of the rich world’s addiction to debt? Who wins and who loses if imbalances are left unaddressed?
The third annual Buttonwood 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. The event will reach above typical industry events by seeking to bridge fundamental financial issues with macroeconomic and geopolitical issues.
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*Registration price affiliated with The 3rd Buttonwood Gathering pertains to event production expenses and does not reflect admission fees for The National Museum of the American Indian, which is complimentary at all times.
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