Everyone has noticed what the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently confirmed: inflation has reared its head in the United States, up by 6.2 percent in October compared to the same month last year. You have likely seen the effects everywhere from the gas station to the grocery store. The Federal Reserve and others have claimed this surge in inflation was predictable and will be temporary — but what is that claim based on, and what are the counterarguments? Did the Federal Reserve itself fuel the conditions that caused this situation? How did the pandemic contribute to it? Could our national debt be linked to the rising prices of assets and goods? What actions can we take to correct this issue — or to prepare ourselves for its consequences?

Join fellow UW alumni and friends online for a livestream and Q & A with a panel of experts who will discuss current inflation trends and predictions. The talk will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

Brad Tank MBA’82 is an expert on macroeconomics and monetary policy. He is the chief investment officer and managing director of Neuberger Berman, as well as the global head of the Fixed Income Multi-Sector Group. He is a member of the firm’s Operating, Investment Risk, and Asset Allocation Committees and the Investment Strategy Committee for the Fixed Income Multi-Sector Group. He brings 38 years of industry experience in a variety of executive leadership positions and mutual fund management.


Noah Williams, PhD, is the Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics at UW–Madison and the founding director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE). His research focuses on macroeconomics — particularly monetary policy, social insurance programs, and financial markets. He has co-authored several papers with Nobel Prize recipients Lars Peter Hansen and Thomas Sargent. A consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, he is also a member of the Economic Advisors Roundtable. His research on state economies, which underlies the work of CROWE, has been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


A recording of this livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.