Kathy Bostjancic is the Director for Macroeconomic Analysis at The Conference Board. Previously, Kathy worked as a financial market economist on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch, Union Bank of Switzerland, and Citibank. Kathy’s research covers a wide variety of global macroeconomic and financial market topics. She consistently produces high-quality in-depth and timely research reports for both financial market participants and Fortune 500 business leaders and professionals.
At The Conference Board, Kathy authors the highly-read monthly Economics Watch U.S. View that provides the latest outlook for the U.S. economy and features in-depth special topics. The topics have focused on diverse global economic analysis including: the U.S. housing market, U.S. consumer balance sheet, consumer deleveraging, U.S. and global monetary and fiscal policy outlook, global inflation, global labor market conditions, global sovereign debt problems and outlook, emerging market economic outlook, China’s growing local government debt burden and a paper examining how companies could improve their internal business forecasting.
At Merrill Lynch as a Senior Director, Senior Economist she also authored in-depth research pieces on a wide range of timely topics. Highlights included: prescient analysis predicting the widening of the credit crisis beyond the subprime market; the implosion of the U.S. residential and nonresidential markets; the large negative impact of the credit turmoil on the economy, the banking system, Federal Reserve monetary policy, and the financial markets; and timely analysis of the Federal Reserve’s unconventional monetary policy actions and fiscal policy initiatives taken during the financial crisis.
As the Director for Macroeconomic Analysis at The Conference Board, Kathy is responsible for generating the U.S. economic forecast and is a member of the team that produces the global economic outlook. She oversees and is a regular participant in The Conference Board Economics Watch monthly global/U.S. webcasts. Kathy briefs member firms and larger audiences on the global economic outlook and the impact it could have on businesses.
Kathy Bostjancic is a top media spokesperson appearing in print, television, and radio. Kathy is a regular guest on Bloomberg Radio and TV. In addition to Bloomberg, her television appearances include time on CNBC, CNN, Reuters TV, and China Central Television (CCTV). She has been quoted frequently by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Dow Jones News, Reuters, Market News International financial newswires, etc. Kathy holds a MA in economics from New York University and a BA in economics from Rutgers College.