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  • David Barker PhD – To Speak at 2012 International Pawn Symposium & Conference

    Ladies and Gentlemen in Pawnland!

    It is with great honor that I get to introduce Dr. David Barker who will be speaking at this years annual event down in the Cayman Islands.

    In our endeavor to continuously offer up world class services and educational formats, we have added but yet another do not want to miss opportunity to hear from one of the most informed individuals in their respective fields today.

    David currently holds a PhD in Economics and Finance from the University of Chicago along with a M.A degree from the same university along with a B.A. in Economics with honors from University of California Berkeley.

    David was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Economics for the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago from 1997 – 2006, also a lecturer for the Department of Economics – Univsersity of Chicago 2003 – 2006 and was also an Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1991 -1994.

    During his tenure with the Bank, he developed econometric models to forecast problems at banks and to detect racial discrimination in mortgage lending for the Federal Reserve System. He conducted and supervised research on a variety of topics and received the President’s award for Excellence.

    David has published many books and articles and here is a  list of some of his professional activities:

    Referee, Journal of Urban Economics, Real Estate Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Urban Studies.

    Presenter, American Economics Association, annual meetings; American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, annual meetings, international meetings, mid-year meetings;

    Big Ten Real Estate Forum; Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, conferences; National Multi-Housing Council, research forums, econometrics workshop;

    RealShare, Multi-Family Investment and Finance Conference; Social Science History Association, annual meeting;

    University of California Irvine, Real Estate Research Symposium; University of Chicago, Alumni Association,

    Chicago Booth Management Conference, Economic History Workshop, Economic Policy and Public Finance Workshop;

    University of Iowa, Department of Economics seminar, Department of Finance seminar; Tippie Real Estate Club, Triangle Club, Real Estate Career Day; University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler School ofBusiness

    Executive Leadership Conference; University of Notre Dame, Department of Finance seminar, Conference on Ethical Dimensions in Business.

    Advisory Board of Directors, Special Service Area #6, Moline Illinois.

    Board of Directors, Chicago Economic Observatory.

    Member, American Economics Association, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, National Multi Housing Council.

    Media Coverage: Magazines, The Economist, Time Magazine, The Daily, Real Estate Mid-America; Newspapers,

    New York Times, The Daily, The Cypress Times, Chicago Tribune, Anchorage Daily News, Quad City Times,

    Iowa City Press Citizen, Cedar Rapids Gazette; Radio, “Marketplace” on National Public Radio, “As it Happens”on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

    Alaska Public Radio, Yukon Public Radio, “The Santita Jackson Show” on WVON,

    “The Jerry Doyle Show”; numerous local radio programs; Television and video, “Stossel” on the Fox Business Network,

    “The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC, “Capital Insider” on NewsChannel8, Washington D.C., NewsMax.TV, Yahoo! Finance, “Daily Brief” on the Sun News Network, Canada.

    David comes to the 2012 International Pawn Symposium & Conference

    This year we have invited David to provide some perspectives on his views on the current Euro crisis which could permanently damage faith in FIAT currencies. His belief is that even if the world economy recovers and booms, doubts about the soundness of FIAT currency will linger in the minds of many people, boosting the value of alternatives. This will be a lasting change in his view, just as the German hyperinflation of the 1920’s still affects German economic thinking today.

    A partial loss of faith in FIAT currencies will raise demand for alternatives, such as gold and electronic money like bitcoin. Traditional financial businesses such as banks are likely to suffer if there is a shift towards these alternatives according to David. Rapid changes could occur if there is a major financial panic, but it is also possible that shifts will occur slowly and gradually.

    It is hard to predict the extent of these changes, but some of the practical implications for the pawn industry are the following:

    *Gold is good collateral

    *Businesses that do not keep up with new financial products might be left behind

    *The decline of traditional banks could create additional opportunities for the Pawn Industry

    Folks, do not miss this world class opportunity to come and witness Dr. Barker’s views on the global economy and more, this years Pawn Symsposium & Conference promises to be a top shelf, world class production once again!

    Registrations are running brisk and we will have this event “Sold OUT” very soon just like our event last year.

    Contact us directly to get on the list and check out our web site info at:


    Much more coming soon!

    Jerry Whitehead

    Pawn Shop Consulting Group, Inc.954-540-3697






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