Annual Conference: 18 November 2016 9.00am - 2.00pm

The UK and global economic outlook: More risk, less opportunity?

Venue: 15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ

Almost a decade has passed since the start of the global financial crisis and yet the world economy still struggles with the repercussions of the crisis. Growth remains sluggish in aggregate and uneven across countries. Inflation remains unusually low, despite a multi-year period of exceptionally easy monetary policy. Public and private sector debt levels have risen in many economies, most notably in China. And political risks have grown, reflecting a waning in support for ‘mainstream’ politicians and policies.

Set against these negatives, there have also been positive aspects of the global economic performance: Despite the sluggishness of growth, unemployment continues to fall, reaching record lows in a number of economies. Financial markets have broadly performed well, with many equity indices close to record highs. And, in a potential signal of post-crisis ‘normalisation’, the US Fed has made the first tentative steps towards exiting zero interest rate policy, without major repercussions for the global economy and markets (at least so far).

For the UK, the prospects for the economy have been thrown into confusion by the surprise vote to leave the EU. Is the shock of the Brexit vote likely to drive the UK back into recession? What can policy do to offset that shock? And is that shock specific to the UK or does it have wider business and especially political implications for the Europe and the world?

To discuss the UK and global outlook and the risks around that outlook, we have an exceptional line-up of speakers at this year’s SBE Annual Conference. Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England, will talk about the prospects for the UK economy and monetary policy. Sir Charles Bean, Professor of Economics at LSE and Former Deputy Governor at the Bank of England, will analyse secular stagnation and the decline in global interest rates. Jan Hatzius, Global Chief Economist for Goldman Sachs, will discuss the US and global economic outlook. Jonathan Anderson, President, Emerging Advisors Group, will talk about China’s economic outlook. And Dame DeAnne Julius, Chair of Council, University College London and former Chairperson of Chatham House, will discuss the use of scenario analysis to explore geo-political risks.

The conference will be chaired by BBC presenter Evan Davis.

The conference will be held on Friday 18 November 2016, 9am-1pm (followed by a networking lunch), at 15 Hatfields Conference Centre, 15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ. Apart from informative discussions from expert speakers, the Conference also provides a great opportunity for members and non-members alike to network over lunch with other industry professionals.

Share among your network

Non members are very welcome to attend the conference and we would be delighted if you could share details of this event with your colleague and professional network. A flyer is available for you to download and put on your company notice board.

How to Register

It costs only £100 + VAT for members and  £200 + VAT  for non members to attend if booked before 18 October 2016. Click on the link below to book online or use the download brochure application form if you prefer.

Non members may consider joining the society either as a Member of an Affiliate to gain the specially reduced rate and receive membership benefits for the rest of the year. Click on the membership page link below for more details.