Media Relations

November 16, 2017

2018 Economic Forecast Luncheon

National and local speakers unveil what's in store for the year ahead


TEMPE, Ariz., (Nov. 15, 2017) — After reaching record highs, is the U.S. stock market overvalued? How will proposed policy changes impact trade and taxes? What’s driving economic growth in Arizona and what does it mean for jobs, wages, and housing going forward?

Top experts will deliver their predictions for the state and nation at the Valley’s largest and most trusted economic forecasting event on Nov. 29, 2017.

About 1,000 people are expected to attend the 54th annual Economic Forecast Luncheon.


  • John Williams, president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco — his research focuses on monetary policy, business cycles, and innovation.
  • Anthony Chan, Chase’s Chief Economist, is regularly featured on worldwide news broadcasts and JPMorgan Chase client events discussing Global Economic development and Global Financial Markets
  • Lee R. McPheters, research professor of economics and director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center, W. P. Carey School of Business, and editor of the Arizona and Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast publications

Media Note:

Prior to the luncheon, economic forecasters Anthony Chan and Lee McPheters are available for on site on-camera, and phone interviews from 10 to 11 a.m.

President John Williams will participate in a media Q&A following the event at 1:15 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


Phoenix Convention Center — South Ballroom

100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

NE corner of 3rd St. & Jefferson St.

More information on the event can be found at

Reporters and photojournalists are asked to RSVP in advance of the event by emailing Rebecca Ferriter, Communications Manager for the W. P. Carey School of Businesses at

About the W. P. Carey School of Business

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top ranked business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and include more than 50 National Merit Scholars.