The Next Global Financial Crisis: Retirement

International Roundtable

October 18, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The world continues to grapple with the "new normal" in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008-2009. The urgency of stimulating growth at a time of increased austerity -- a troubling combination -- is a phenomenon in the USA, Japan, Europe, and China. Yet, besides an overlay of mammoth debt, countries are challenged by rapidly aging populations. The next crisis on the horizon is a retirement tsunami of epic proportion and every American will feel the strains, as fewer dollars must adjust to a demographic and financial day of reckoning.



Gleacher Center
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:



300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)

$6.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period

Garage: Self Park Facility

Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:

Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.

a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street

b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

Are pension plans the ultimate Ponzi scheme? Is the American dream of a golden retirement for baby boomers quickly dissipating? Ms. MarksJarvis asserts that over the next few years, this is a battle which will play out in our societies, and it will have no winners. The street battles of Athens and Madrid are foreboding signs for the streets of Chicago, Tokyo, and Berlin. Political leaders will navigate a treacherous environment. In a world where just about everyone has to settle for much less than they have, or thought they would have, making cuts and stimulating growth will not be easy and many persons will confront pain.


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Deadline: 10/18/2012


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: drinks at The Midway Club, Fifth Floor

Speaker Profiles

Gail MarksJarvis (Speaker)
Nationally Syndicated Financial Columnist, Chicago Tribune

Gail MarksJarvis is an award-winning, nationally syndicated financial columnist for the Chicago Tribune, a TV commentator and the author of the best-selling book "Saving for Retirement (without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery)." Her columns run in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesdays and Sundays, and they reach millions of readers in leading newspapers throughout the country. Northwestern University's journalism school has named her the "Best Financial Columnist."

Her book has received widespread national media praise -- ranging from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal to Fox Business news. Oprah Winfrey has placed it on her "select" list, and both Kiplinger and MSN Money have highlighted it as one of the "Great Money Books" for young investors. The second edition was just released in September.

MarksJarvis is a regular commentator for PBS's Nightly Business Report and delivers advice regularlly on WGN-TV and radio, and CLTV in Chicago.  She is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio. and has appeared on CNBC, the CBS Early Show, PBS NewsHour, Talk of the Nation and NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates throughout the country.


Formerly a reporter for public radio's Marketplace program and USA Today, she currently serves on the board of directors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, which sets ethical standards for business journalists. In speeches throughout the country, she simplifies the investing process so regular Americans can handle their 401(k)s and IRAs successfully.


Karl L. Buschmann 

847 310 0412

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