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Financial expert to discuss economic affairs in Evansville

November 15, 2010

A nationally known financial expert associated with Indiana State University will discuss economic affairs during an upcoming event in Evansville.

R. Christopher Whalen, a research fellow with Networks Financial Institute (NFI) at ISU, will speak on "A New Deal for the American Economy" on Nov. 30. Whalen's presentation is an outreach on behalf of NFI and the Scott College of Business at Indiana State; Whalen spoke at ISU in October and in Northwest Indiana on Nov. 8. In his Evansville presentation, Whalen is expected to discuss topics from his upcoming book due out in December, and describe some changes to monetary, fiscal and trade policy that he believes would help restore balance to the world economy.

Whalen has been regularly quoted by the media, and is an important source for financial news, said John Tatom, director of research for NFI.

Whalen has written several research papers for NFI, which are available on the institution's website. He also has discussed his research at previous presentations at ISU, Tatom said. In addition to his October visit, Whalen previously visited Indiana State in 2008 and 2009.

"As part of our research program at NFI, we arrange one or two seminars on campus for students, faculty and the community each semester," Tatom said, "and Chris has been very popular at those."

Whalen's Nov. 30 speech will be at The Centre - SMG Evansville, 715 Locust St. Breakfast is scheduled from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Central time, with the presentation set to begin at 8 a.m.

The events are free, but pre-registration is required. Pre-registration is available until Wednesday, Nov. 24 by contacting Corrie Scaringe, event manager for NFI, at 800-607-7113, ext. 702, or

Whalen is the co-founder and managing director of Institutional Risk Analytics, and he has worked as an investment banker, research analyst and journalist for more than 20 years.

Research from Whalen and other NFI fellows can be searched at the following website:

NFI is an institute within ISU's Scott College of Business. Founded in 2003 through a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., NFI strives to facilitate broad, collaborative thinking, dialogue and progress in the evolving financial services marketplace, focusing on the areas of education, outreach and research.

Photo: (ISU/Tony Campbell)
R. Christopher Whalen speaking at Indiana State University on Oct. 13.

Contact: Elaine McVay, marketing and communications manager, Networks Financial Institute, Indiana State University, 812-237-4178 or

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or