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Economic Outlook Conference will feature
senior economist for Bear Stearns & Co.

Nov. 2, 2006 -- A senior economist for a worldwide investment banking and securities trading and brokerage firm has joined the line-up of speakers for the annual Economic Outlook Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Arkansas State University.

Conrad DeQuadrosConrad DeQuadros is also managing director at Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., where he is responsible for analyzing and forecasting U.S. economic and financial market developments.  He supports sales and trading, capital markets, and research with analysis of economic indicators.

The ASU College of Business is conducting the conference, with sponsorships by Regions Bank and the McAdams-Frierson Chair of Bank Management at ASU. It will be held in the auditorium of the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Dr.

In addition, DeQuadros is a member of Bear Stearns’ fixed income Investment Strategy Committee and a frequent commentator on economics and financial markets on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Before joining Bear Stearns in October 1999, DeQuadros was an economist at Nesbitt Burns in Toronto.

This year’s program also includes Stephen Bone, also a managing director for Bear Stearns, and Jeff Hankins, president and publisher of Arkansas Business Publishing Group in Little Rock.

Bone, an ASU alumnus, and DeQuadros will present the 2007 national forecast. Bone works with financial institutions across the country in the analysis, interpretation, and execution of balance sheet strategies specializing in mortgage backed securities sales, derivative transactions, and funding techniques.  Previously, he was a managing director in the Fixed Income Capital Markets Group with Morgan Keegan.  He earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 1992 and his MBA in 1993 at ASU.

Hankins, one of Arkansas’ most well known business and political commentators, will provide his perspective on what to expect around the state in 2007, both in business and the political arena.

Other speakers are Dr. John Shelnutt, administrator for economic analysis and tax research with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, and Dr. Gary Latanich, professor of economics at ASU.

Certified Public Accountants will receive three hours of credit for continuing professional education.

The conference is scheduled to begin at 8:30 and will conclude with the luncheon. Advanced registration is required; the deadline is Nov. 7. The fee is $50 per person, or $25 for ASU faculty, staff, and students. For more information call 972-3000.

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