BGOV roundtable

This week on BGOV’s Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • This week it’s a Bloomberg Government round table discussion with three analysts from the Bloomberg Empire. On the panel are Melissa Avstreih from Bloomberg Industries, Senior Economic Analyst Dr. Nela Richardson, and Senior Economist Dr. Christopher Payne.

    The big story of the week is the announcement of a budget deal, finally. Of course not all parties are happy with the outcome, they never are, but it may actually pass. The concessions were large but who gave more, republicans or democrats?

    The round table also addresses the likely passage of the Volker Rule before this congress heads home for the winter break. The rule would ban all proprietary trading by federally insured financial institutions, ending the banking practice of using client funds to make speculative bets on asset prices.

    And finally what is Bitcoin and is it here to stay or are we looking at another bubble that is likely to burst??


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Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.
Melissa Avstreih is a transportation analyst at Bloomberg Government. She had been a partner at the Ferguson Group, a consulting firm where she chaired the Transportation Practice Group. Avstreih worked as a staffer for a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She holds a political science degree from West Chester University and a master’s of international commerce and policy from George Mason University.
Nela Richardson is an economic analyst with Bloomberg Government. She was a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission before joining Bloomberg. Richardson was also a senior economist at Freddie Mac, a researcher at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and an adjunct professor of finance at Johns Hopkins. Richardson has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Indiana University.
Christopher Payne is an economic analyst with Bloomberg Government. Payne worked as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a vice president at JPMorgan Securities covering Asian emerging markets. Before joining Bloomberg, he worked as a research fellow at Duke University. Payne earned his master’s and Ph.D. at the London School of Economics, and has a B.A. from Cambridge University.