Todd Buchholz
Economist & Best-Selling Author
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Todd Buchholz “lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit,” says the Associated Press. He recently jousted with James Carville and Ben Stein, and Successful Meetings Magazine named him one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” His editorials in the Wall Street Journal and commentaries on PBS correctly forecast the 2001 slowdown in the U.S., and the 2008 pop in commodity prices. The New York Times has turned to him to decipher terrorist threats and the job market. BusinessWeek raved about his book Market Shock, which warned of the quicksand facing the stock market. Buchholz entertains his audiences and shows them how to thrive in a challenging economy, while gearing up for future prosperity.

A former director of economic policy at the White House, a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund, and an award-winning economics teacher at Harvard, Buchholz targets his entertaining remarks to the cutting edge of economics, finance, and business strategy. He has advised President Bush, and is a frequent commentator on ABC News, PBS, and CBS, and recently hosted his own special on CNBC. Buchholz has debated such luminaries as Lester Thurow and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. He is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Two Oceans Management, LLC and was a fellow at Cambridge University in 2009.

He has authored numerous books that have been translated into a dozen languages and are used in universities worldwide, the likes of which include Harvard, Duke and Princeton. Market Shock: 9 Economic and Social Upheavals that Will Shake Our Financial Future was released to rave reviews and dubbed “outstanding” by the Wall Street Journal. Buchholz is also author of the best-selling New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs, From Here to Economy, and Lasting Lessons from the Corner Office, which were lavishly praised by The New York Times and Financial Times. His newest book Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race has been named by Publishers Weekly as a “top ten” book for 2011.

Buchholz is a contributing editor at Worth magazine, where he writes the “Global Markets” column, and he has penned articles for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Reader’s Digest. He delivered a lecture at the White House entitled “Clarity, Honesty and Modesty in Economics,” and has been a keynote speaker before such groups as Microsoft, IBM, Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Before joining Tiger in 1996, Buchholz was President of the G7 Group, Inc., an international consulting firm, whose clientele included many of the top securities firms, investment banks and money managers in New York, London, and Tokyo. From 1989 to 1992 he served at the White House as a Director for Economic Policy. Buchholz won the Allyn Young Teaching Prize at Harvard and holds advanced degrees in economics and law from Cambridge and Harvard. He also holds several engineering and design patents and is a co-producer of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys.

Buchholz currently lives in San Diego.

Speech Topics

  • The Next President 2016: What's at Stake?
    In this keynote speech, former White House adviser Todd Buchholz takes you inside the hottest debates in Washington and on the campaign trail. Who can bring the Republican Party back into the White House? How quickly can Hillary Clinton wrap up the Democratic nomination? In the meantime, who's left pushing the regulatory buttons in the final years of President Obama? Todd Buchholz will help you figure out whether the Washington sweepstakes makes life easier or tougher for your company’s profits and its share price.
  • The Price of Prosperity: How to Renew Rich Nations
    What’s wrong with America and the modern economy? When rich nations begin to shatter, “everyone has a comfy bed—but fewer people have a reason to get out of it.” Todd Buchholz’s new book The Price of Prosperity is earning rave reviews from leading minds on the Democratic and the Republican side of the aisle, from Larry Summers and Alan Blinder to Larry Kudlow. In this entertaining speech Todd explains the 5 factors that can undermine rich countries, and he puts forth bold solutions to address the eroding work ethic, rising debt loads, and the challenge of patriotism in a multicultural country. Todd takes audiences on a fascinating historical tour, from ancient Sparta to the Habsburg Monarchy to the fall of the Ottomans to identify how rich nations get in trouble, and how they can get out. Here’s what the Wall Street Journal reviewer said about Todd’s approach: “Mr. Buchholz was economic adviser to George H.W. Bush. He has run a hedge fund. He teaches and writes books and is popular with TV talk-show hosts. His book reflects that range of talents in that it has the tone of a provocative and entertaining dinner speech, studded with factoids and witticisms…The result is entertaining and informative…Mr. Buchholz has raised his warning flags in a charming way.” Audiences will come away enlightened, motivated, and uplifted.
  • Prosperity Ahead – Or Not?
    As the presidential election race threatens to reshape policy from taxation to healthcare to foreign affairs, governments and companies must grapple with crucial questions: How can the Fed prod the economy to recover, while Brexit and other worries drag down sentiment? Will the Fed keep its independence or be turned into a tool of the White House? Will the next president look to hike the minimum wage and tighten overtime rules, or give firms more leeway on employee work rules and compensation? Will the U.S. build up bigger and bigger debts without tackling entitlements? What’s at stake for the economy, the financial markets and geopolitics, amid foreign policy crises in Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela and Iran? Todd Buchholz will help you figure out whether the Washington sweepstakes makes life easier or tougher for your company’s profits and its share price. Todd Buchholz has delivered keynotes at the White House, Treasury Department, UK Parliament and the Mexico stock exchange. His just-released book The Price of Prosperity is currently ranked #1 on Amazon for government and received rave reviews from advisors to Hillary Clinton and from advisors to Donald Trump. By “connecting the dots” of the world economy, Todd will inspire you and help develop a timely vision for the economy, the financial markets, and the dramatic impact of the presidential election.
  • How To Compete in A Global Economy
    Never before have businesses felt such excruciating pressure to compete. The go-go days of the 1990s turned into the go-sideways days of the 2000’s. What’s next? While enjoying superlow interest rates and riding a roller coaster stock market, firms have struggled to raise prices, even when their costs go up. China poses a threat but also an opportunity for new sales. Loyal customers seem ready to jump to a competitor. How can your company or industry survive and thrive? Can the Fed keep the economy recovering in the Janet Yellen era? Will Congress try yet another “stimulus?” Todd Buchholz, who led the White House Energy Strategy, will help you figure out whether OPEC and Russia can tighten energy supplies again or whether a revolution in natural gas will reinvigorate U.S. factories. Learn how the “scissors economy” opens up new business and investment opportunities. Today might be the very best—or the very worst—time to finance a loan. By “connecting the dots” of the world economy, Todd teaches how to anticipate the new trends that open up fresh opportunities for manufacturing, service and technology companies.
  • New Ideas from Dead CEOs
  • China: The Threat and the Opportunity
  • The Hope and Danger Behind World Politics
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