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Where is the U.S. economy headed?

Last updated October 6, 2014

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2014 Fall High Noon Schedule

Dr. Tom Smythe

Dr. Tom Smythe

By most accounts, the U.S. economy is doing better and is well on the way to recovery from the 2008 financial crisis.  But many financial experts also agree that things could be better.

Furman business professor Tom Smythe will look at the current economic situation in America and what the future might hold when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

His lecture—“If the Financial Markets Could Speak, What Would They Be Saying?”—begins at noon.

Smythe says the U.S. economy still faces four significant impediments—the unsolved national debt, the looming financial demise of Social Security, the overwhelming evidence indicating U.S. companies are disinvesting, and the likely disintermediation by banks resulting from the 2010 Dodd Frank Act.  If the markets could talk, he’ll reveal what they might be saying.

Smythe’s talk is the third of eight consecutive lectures presented by Furman professors during the fall.  All lectures are free and begin at noon on Wednesdays.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.

A complete schedule of lectures is available on Furman’s website.

For more information, contact Furman’s Marketing and Public Relations office at 864-294-2185 or e-mail Marie Newman-Rogers at

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