“Economy, Elections & Expectations”
October 28. 2008
Moderator: Dr. Christopher Malone
Maria Fiorini Ramirez '72 President and CEO of Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc.
Maria Fiorini Ramirez is President and Chief Executive Officer of Maria Fiorini Ramirez, Inc. (MFR), an independent global economic and financial consulting firm founded in August 1992. Ramirez and her colleagues are widely respected for their unbiased analysis of economic trends and other issues that affect markets and investment decisions. Known for her assessment of the interaction between economic policy and political trends and their effect on investment returns, she has been recognized as the “Top Inflation Forecaster” (2001-2004) and one of the “Top Three Economists” (2000) by the Wall Street Journal. Ramirez has repeatedly been cited as providing one of the most accurate economic forecasts by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Markets.
The Lubin School of Business honored her as its distinguished award recipient in 2001, and Ramirez has been a Trustee of The University since 2002. She received a Metro International Fulbright Award for Contributing to International Understanding, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2004.
She was appointed Director of Mona Vie, Salt Lake City, Utah in January 2007, and Director of Sovereign Bancorp, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June 2006.
Ramirez is co-founder and member of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation, has been a member of the Economic Club of NY since 1983, and was President of the Money Marketers Club of New York. She also actively supports and serves on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including MENTOR, a national mentoring organization.
Charles W. Gasparino '85 CNBC On-air Editor
Charles Gasparino appears as a daily member of CNBC’s ensemble. Gasparino, in his role as on-air Editor, provides reports based on his reporting throughout the day and has broken some of the biggest stories affecting the financial markets in recent months. Before joining CNBC, he was a Senior Writer at Newsweek, where he broke major stories involving politics, Wall Street and Corporate America. A former writer covering Wall Street, pension funds, mutual funds and regulatory issues and breaking news on some of the biggest financial scandals of recent times for The Wall Street Journal, Gasparino was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting in 2002 and won the New York Press Club award for best continuing coverage of the Wall Street research scandals. In 2003, he was nominated as part of a team of reporters for the paper’s coverage of the New York Stock Exchange, and the resignation of its former chairman, Richard Grasso.
A graduate of Pace University, he earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After internships at Newsweek and The Dallas Morning News, Mr. Gasparino began his career at The Tampa Tribune. He later moved to The Bond Buyer, covering municipal finance with an emphasis on stories involving New York City and State, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a Reporter for two years at Bond World, he focused on the U.S. Treasury and corporate bond markets. Mr. Gasparino has won numerous business journalism awards, and is the author of two widely-read books on the stock market. Blood on the Street: The Sensational Inside Story of How Wall Street Analysts Duped a Generation of Investors (Simon & Schuster, 2005), a BusinessWeek best seller, has been called a masterpiece of investigative journalism, while King of the Club: Richard Grasso and the Survival of the New York Stock Exchange (HarperCollins, 2007) was named by the Library Journal as one of the best books of 2007. He is also a columnist for Trader Monthly Magazine, and a freelance writer for New York Magazine, Forbes and other publications.