Barings/UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast

Under the direction of Dr. John Connaughton, the Economic Forecast has provided invaluable economic data for North Carolina since 1981. Barings joined the Economic Forecast as a sponsor in 2010. The Belk College of Business hosts a quarterly luncheon and press conference for the business community and the media.

Dr. Connaughton is considered one of the top economists in North Carolina. He joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1978 and has served as director of the quarterly Barings/UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast since 1981. Dr. Connaughton also covers national and international economic issues including employment, energy, trade and government spending.

September 2017 Economic Forecast

Register for the Barings/UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast on September 7, 2017


June 2017 Economic Report

The Belk College of Business, Barings and the Charlotte Business Journal organized the Mid-Year Economic Update featuring UNC Charlotte economist Dr. John Connaughton at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. The program included a luncheon and keynote presentation by UNC Charlotte economist Dr. John Connaughton, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Steven Ott, Dean of the Belk College. The panel included Dr. ConnaughtonMatt Martin, senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Charlotte regional executive, and John Silvia, managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo.

Access the June 2017 Forecast report (PDF) and news release.


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