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OC – Economic Update

January 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm PT

The world that has emerged post-pandemic is not only more complex but beset by numerous challenges: a multi-decade spike in inflation, rapid rate hikes, higher energy costs, and unprecedented labor shortages. The Federal Reserve is embarking in the most aggressive rate-hiking cycle since the late 70s. The economy is sending contradictory signals: real GDP was negative in the first half of the year, but the labor market continues to remain strong; the stock market has entered bear territory, but volatility remains subdued; consumer sentiment has cratered, yet spending is holding up. The fundamentals of the economy seem strong — low consumer debt, low business delinquencies, strong profits, healthy labor markets — but fears are sky-high that the economy will plunge into a recession soon. Financial markets are jittery, the world is on edge.

There is no question that the path of this expansion has become much narrower now compared to a year ago. The hope is that the Fed will be able to engineer a “soft-landing,” cooling off inflation without throttling growth. Will it succeed? Will the economy manage to avoid a hard landing? Will growth continue? Will inflation recede? This presentation will address these issues and more, such as:
•             Hard-landing or Soft-landing?
•             Will inflation be brought to heel without too much cost?
•             Could we head for a stagflation?
•             Will the market nosedive further?
•             Will labor shortages and supply disruptions persist?
•             Is the housing market heading for a significant correction?
•             Is winter coming for Europe?
•             What is the local outlook? Will OC fare better than the nation?


Mira Farka, Ph.D.

Mira Farka, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Economics and Co-Director for the Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting at CSUF. She has published in leading academic journals in the fields of monetary policy and financial economics and is a nationally recognized economist in business and economic forecasting. Dr. Farka is the recipient of multiple awards for her academic research, teaching and the accuracy of her forecasts. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Faculty for the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF Faculty Recognition Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, and the CSUF Service Award.

Dr. Farka is a sough-after keynote speaker and is frequently invited to discuss economic and financial issues by various business, government, and educational organizations. She is routinely interviewed by various media sources including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Orange County Business Journal, OC Metro, Valley News, and California Commerce.

Dr. Farka holds a B.A. in Economics from California State University, Fresno and an M.A and Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, she worked in Wall Street, as a senior economist for Deutsche Bank, New York.


12:00-12:30PM – networking/lunch
12:30-12:45PM – announcements/introductions
12:45-1:30PM – presentation
1:30-1:45PM – Q/A
1:45-2:00PM – closing 


Early bird pricing until 12/15/2022
Member – $39
After 12/15/2022
Member – $59

Early bird pricing until 12/15/2022
Non-Member – $59
After 12/15/2022
Non-Member – $79

$39.00 – $79.00 based on membership status and date of registration (early bird pricing)

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails

2607 Main St.
Irvine, California 92614 United States
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