Mike Norman, Chief Economist

Mike Norman is an economist and trader whose career spans over 30 years on Wall Street. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1979 then went on to become a member and floor trader on four U.S. futures exchanges (NYFE, NYMEX, COMEX, CME). During the 1980s he built a successful oil brokerage business on the NYMEX. In 1990 he was hired by Credit Suisse to set up a derivatives trading desk for the bank in Geneva, Switzerland, where he lived for ten years. After leaving the bank he established an economic research firm whose clients ultimately included many of the world's major banks and financial institutions. Mr. Norman is a sought after TV commentator and has been seen regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox News. In 2003 he signed with Fox News as an exclusive Contributor and continues to appear on a regular basis on the Fox Business programs. From 2004-2009, he hosted a radio show on the BizRadio Network, where he discussed economics and policy with well-known guests from business, government and the private sector. Mr. Norman is an expert on fiscal and monetary policy and has created a unique indicator called the Fiscal Liquidity Index that looks at government spending and its impact on the financial markets. The Index is published daily and is carried on the Bloomberg system. Mr. Norman has a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters from UCLA. He's a frequent guest speaker at various corporate and investment-related events and had the honor of presenting his economic outlook at the Army War College. He ran for NY City Council in 2001.