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Nomi Prins

Distinguished Political-Financial Expert, Journalist & Author
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Biography

Nomi Prins is an independent journalist, Senior Fellow at the non-partisan public policy think tank Demos and an engaging speaker. Prins is widely sought-after for her unique perspective on politics, finance and the economy. She is author of the recent All the Presidents’ Bankers, about the relationships between presidents and key bankers during the past century and the impact on domestic and foreign policy. Her other acclaimed books include: It Takes a Pillage; Other People’s Money, which predicted the current financial crisis and was chosen as a Best Book of 2004 by The Economist, Barron's and The Library Journal; Jacked; and Black Tuesday, a historical novel about the 1929 crash.

Prins’ insights come from having worked as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, a Senior Managing Director and head of the international analytics group at Bear Stearns in London, a Senior Strategist at Lehman Brothers and an analyst at the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPM Chase), which she joined at age 19. She examines the political-economy based on a career encompassed by high levels of product analysis and management at major Wall Street firms in order to better inform those inside and outside of the financial world. Prins has been featured alongside prominent thought leaders and Nobel Prize winners in numerous documentaries, including Heist, Plunder and most recently, The Big Fix, which garnered standing ovations at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

She has appeared as a commentator on economic, financial and political issues for BBC World, RTTV, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, Democracy Now, Fox and PBS. In addition, Prins has been featured on hundreds of radio shows globally including CNN Radio, Marketplace, NPR, BBC and Canadian Programming. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsday, Mother Jones, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Nation, Alternet, Slate, LaVanguardia and other publications.

Prins is a member of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) Federal Reserve Reform Advisory Council and listed as one of America's TopWonks. She received her BS in Mathematics from SUNY Purchase and MS in Statistics from New York University, where she completed all of the required coursework for a PhD in Statistics.

Nomi Prins’ keynotes and presidential choice speeches are thoughtfully tailored for audiences at all levels and various backgrounds. Audiences have the chance to attend informed speeches from a thought leader who has not only been in the trenches, but who also has a deep analytical understanding of the most intricate securities and their documentation, as well as the political-financial environment on a domestic and international basis. Ultimately, Prins will help arm your organization with a clearer vision of today's realities and a better strategy for the future.

Topics

The Artisanal Money Era & Shifting Super Power Realignments

The post-crisis, zero-interest rate world is just about the cost of speculative capital - it has catalyzed seismic shifts in the nature of super powers and national alignments that will have major ramifications for decades. In the space provided by Federal Reserve and ECB monetary policy, for instance, the BRICS, lead by CHINA, have been coordinating foreign direct investment, financial market activities, and long-term projects in unprecedented ways. Nomi has been traveling the world researching this shift from the ground up. Forget what you read in international papers, Nomi will address your organization through her unique lens of first-hand, not sugar-coated experience and contacts to discuss how this New World impacts your investments, business decisions, and strategies.

The New Power Elite of Energy Wars

We know about currency wars, driving exchange rates down to enable countries to compete with each other on a global scale and maintain their power on that basis. But the new Power Elite is a select group of billionaires who are combining technology with New Power, or sustainable energy - not necessarily because they believe in climate change, but because green (and clean) is the new black. Beyond science, sustainable energy is a means to financial and political power. These new billionaires as well as the most powerful new Super Power, know that. Nomi will talk about why and how Elan Musk, Tim Cook, and Jeff Bezos have supplanted the likes of the Rockefeller’s, Morgan’s, and Mellon’s from a historical and futuristic power and influence perspective. The new elite of Green energy are individually and collectively shunning old Power sources, like oil, for solar and wind to stay off the old grid and BE the new one. Likewise, on an international scale, China has plans, and is already executing them, to lead the world in Green energy, because it’s an area in which they can compete more effectively for global power. Wall Street has committed billions to this shift, China hundreds of billions. The future of Power is New Power. Find out why and how it effects your money and business, with up to the minute developments.

System Failure: Remaining Minefields in the Post 2008 Crisis Era

In this speech, Nomi Prins will focus her considerable experience and analysis on the complex issues underlying inherent global and national volatility and instability that neither the main stream media, federal agencies nor governments want you to know -- or even understand themselves. What dangers are still lurking in the post Dodd-Frank arena for your portfolios, firms or customers? And what should you do for protection? This talk is critical for all professionals charged with monitoring accounting practices, compliance, legality and risk.

Breaking Down the Noise: How the Political-Financial Complex Drives Policy & Markets

Economists focus on the economy, politicians their next election and bureaucrats their next appointment. However, what drives markets lies in the intersection of finance and government. Nomi Prins delves into the history of complicated collaborations between major banks and politicians to inform her views on the future of global trade, investment and potential destruction. She stresses the way in which yesterday's decisions and interplay between top government and banking leaders will impact tomorrow's markets. This talk will open the eyes of traders, investment advisors and capital markets professionals.

Keeping Your [Customers/Edge] from [Going to/Against] the Big Boys

Even before the 2008 Crisis, big banks have been getting bigger in more ways than one through decades of mergers and the expansion of allowable financial service. Since the 2008 Crisis, that trend has accelerated. Not only have the biggest banks grown bigger, but in the process, they have taken more customers, deposits and financial investments along the way. How do you keep your edge? How can you remain a player instead of getting played? What can you provide your customer – from dedication to funding and less risky performance standards – to make you a better choice than your larger competition? Nomi Prins will address these critical issues for today's small businesses, local or state bank associations, pension fund managers and other investment advisors.

All the Presidents’ Bankers

Power is about more than wealth, capitalism vs. socialism or communism. Rather, it's about the bonds, strategic alliances and partnerships that transcend the worlds of Wall Street and the White House. Some of these alliances have been positive to the stability of the greater population as well as to the financial community. However, some have had more dire negative implications – to both. Fresh from original and exhaustive research into the family ties, mentorships and other connections between US presidents and major US bankers since the establishment of the Federal Reserve, Nomi Prins tells a fascinating story of the evolution of American power and genealogy. She also explains how this led to establish policy and influence. Some of these connections will surprise you and give you food for thought about their nature and how they impact the world today.

Ethics & Power in Corporate America

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