Andrew Busch
Andrew Busch's Speaking Fee Under $25,000

Andrew Busch

My purpose is to simplify complexity and chaos to inspire confidence in the future. Times are challenging today, I break it down and give you hope for tomorrow.
Political Economist, Author, and Journalist

Expertise In:

  • Financial Markets
  • Global Economy and Trade
  • U.S. Fiscal Policy
  • Communication
  • Government Regulation

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
  • Corporations
  • The Finance Industry
  • The Technology Industry

Andrew Busch was the first Chief Market Intelligence Officer (CMIO) for the U.S. government at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). As CMIO, he was charged with improving and enhancing the government’s understanding of the markets. Andy provided briefings to White House, US House and US Senate staffers on a wide range of issues including: extreme market volatility, China’s influence on the global commodity markets and the impact of Fintech & virtual currencies on market dynamics.

Mr. Busch created and directed a new research group, Market Intelligence Branch (MIB), for the agency. As CMIO, his job was to provide objective research on the financial markets to the CFTC, SEC, US Treasury and Federal Reserve. Energy, agriculture, interest rates and technology (Bitcoin, blockchain, AI) were some of the areas of research covered by the team.

In his role as CMIO, he was CFTC Chairman’s liaison to the private sector and met with a wide range of market participants including proprietary trading groups, futures and swaps exchanges and Fintech startups/investors.

Mr. Busch led the formation and execution of new channels to attain market research and knowledge as well as distribute this information directly to educate the public and agency. Andy created the first podcast for the agency, “CFTC Talks”, to gain access to a wide range of market participants, top researchers and members from the US and UK governments. Guests included: Nobel economics prize winner Robert Shiller, Dallas Federal Reserve President Rob Kaplan and UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Nick Cook. The program was the most successful in the history of the U.S. government with over 75k downloads in over 90 countries.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Busch was CEO and founder of a boutique financial markets and policy research firm, Bering Productions, Inc (BPI). Before BPI, he was the Global Currency and Public Policy Strategist for Bank of Montreal (BMO) in Chicago.

Featured Videos

Andrew Busch's Speech Topics

ESG: Fad or Fact?

Environmental, Social and Governance or ESG is considered one of the hottest investment themes today for clients and investment professionals.  A record amount of money has flowed into sustainable focused ETFs and open-end mutual funds in 2019. But what actually is it and how do you define how to invest in companies that say they are doing it? As a former regulator and CMIO of the CFTC, Busch explains how ESG came about, what the risks are and how ESG is trickier for investing than it looks. How does it fit into a bigger picture of the economy? After working for the agency that approved bitcoin, Busch brings a unique perspective to explaining why the SEC is not likely to approve ESG and regulate it. And why that will matter to all investment professionals and investors.  

2020 US Presidential Election: Impact on Business, Jobs, and Lives

With over twenty Democratic candidates running, the 2020 U.S. Presidential election is in full swing. The outcome of this election could have one of the biggest policy swings in U.S. history. In this keynote, Andy Busch breaks down the wide range of Democratic economic, social, and tax plans. He’ll tell you which plans help or hurt the economy the most. He’ll give you the winners and losers in each sector of the economy, and explain what to expect from President Trump as he attempts to gain a second term. Trade, health care, and energy will all be impacted and discussed. Busch objectively takes your audience out of the current chaos to provide confidence in the future. He connects the dots to show how this election will impact their business, their jobs, and their lives.

This program is perfect for: 

  • ​Senior management dealing with political uncertainty;
  • Business leaders assessing future growth and economic opportunities; or
  • Managers connecting their work to government policy, economy, and technology.

The audience will leave with an objective view of:

  • ​Democratic candidate's economic, social, and tax plans;
  • President Trump's economic, social, and tax plans; and
  • Trade, healthcare, and energy plans from both sides.

Good News: Hope for the Economy!

In this time of economic, political, and market turbulence, there is good news underneath the chaos. As the first former Chief Market Intelligence Officer for the U.S. government, Busch sees potential for good economic outcomes and solutions coming from the turmoil.  He gives your audience a simple, powerful structure to understand a complex world. U.S. trade policy, Federal Reserve interest rate policy, and technology are all discussed thoroughly and connected back to your business. 

What would it look like if your clients could understand the chaos occurring today so they can be comfortable with the future? Could they ignore the headlines and focus on their long-term goals? Imagine the impact this would have on your business and future growth.  Busch objectively takes your audience out of the current chaos to provide confidence in the economic future. 

This program is perfect for:

  • Senior management dealing with economic and trade uncertainty;
  • Business leaders assessing future growth and economic opportunities; or
  • Managers connecting their work to government policy, economy, and technology.

The audience will leave with:

  • A simple but powerful structure to frame big events impacting U.S. economy including Federal Reserve interest rate changes and Brexit;
  • A clear outlook for U.S. domestic policy like trade and tax; and
  • A clear understanding and outlook for disruptive technology like blockchain, AI, and crypto currencies.

    Understanding Government and Regulation: Lessons from the Inside

    Who has ever said to themselves: “This U.S. government policy makes no sense.”,  “Why are they doing this, don’t they know the problems this will create?”,  or maybe, “I really need to figure out what this government is doing, why they are trying to put this new rule or that new regulation in place.” If your audience has asked these questions, then this is the keynote for you.  

    In 2017, Andy Busch took a job with the Trump administration and worked at the highest level of finance within the U.S. government at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). As the first ever Chief Market Intelligence Officer, he advised the CFTC’s Chairman, directed a team of 30 market researchers, and maintained dialogues with the SEC, the U.S. Treasury, Congress, the Federal Reserve, and the White House.  In this keynote, he provides answers to the questions raised above: how and why does the government function the way it does? How does it work at the highest levels? Busch pulls back the curtain to explain what drives policy, what a Chairman can and can’t do, and what it’s like to work with staff.

    This program is perfect for:

    • Lawyers dealing with federal government regulators;
    • Compliance managers structuring new regulatory procedures; or
    • Business leaders taking new products to the government for approval.

    The audience will leave with an understanding of:

    • How regulatory policy is created and driven by political appointees;
    • Why new financial products struggle to get approved and how to work around it; and
    • A strategy to facilitate interactions with regulators to achieve desired results.

        Works by Andrew Busch