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Andrew Busch

From Chaos to Confidence


  • Andrew Busch
  • Chicago Based

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.  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.

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.  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.

Keynote Presentations

From Chaos to Confidence!

Here are three reasons why Andy is a trusted expert for the US government, corporate executives and speaker bureaus:

  1. He makes it all about the audience by researching, interviewing and discovering the unique aspects of your conference, firm and industry.
  2. He delivers a customized keynote experience, giving context to why the world is changing and how it’ll impact your space.
  3. He brings energy to lift any audience at any time of day, no standing behind a podium, no notes, and no downtime in his keynotes!

Andy helps clients break down the chaos and complexity of the world to comprehend its impact on their business. He does this by delivering keynotes and original research that move participants from the current chaos to confidence in the future. Andy has over 35 years of experience in the financial markets and communicating how they work to top firms in financial services, energy, agriculture, technology and the US government.

“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.”

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Economic Stars: big themes pulling business, economics and politics

Format: ​30-45 minute keynote with Q&A

This program is perfect for:

  • ​Senior management struggling with economic and political uncertainty
  • Business leaders looking for future growth and opportunity
  • Managers seeking to connect their work to the economy, D.C. and technology.

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Outlook for US economy, world economy (Brexit!) and Federal Reserve Policy
  • Outlook for understanding 2020 election, trade and social policies
  • Outlook for technology like blockchain, AI and cyber

The business and economic worlds are complex:  wouldn’t it be great if you had a simple structure to frame and understand both?  Keeping things in perspective requires an ability to know what’s important and when for the US economy, US politics and technology.  Andy gives you what you need: a way to look at these and understand their influence and pull. Using the Sun (Fed), the Earth (US domestic policy) and the Moon (tech), Andy gives your audience the universe impacting business, economics and politics in a way everyone can understand.

Good News: Hope for 2019!

Format: 45-60 minute keynote with Q&A

This program is perfect for:

  • Senior management struggling with economic uncertainty
  • Business leaders looking for future growth and economic opportunities
  • Managers trying to connect their work to bigger picture of the global economy, economy and technology. 

The audience will leave with:

  • Outlook for US economy, world economy (Brexit!) and Federal Reserve Policy
  • Outlook for US domestic policy like trade and tax
  • Outlook for disruptive technology like blockchain, AI and crypto currencies

In this time of economic, political and market turbulence, there is good news underneath the chaos. As the former CMIO for the US government, Andy sees potential for good economic outcomes and solutions coming from the turmoil. By using a combination of humor, anecdotes and stories, he helps audiences understand the political economy and what changes will mean for businesses, jobs and lifestyles. As a journalist, an author and researcher, Andy does a deep dive on research to bring you an objective view into this world.

Lessons Learned Working in the Trump Administration

Format: ​30-minute keynote with Q&A


This program is perfect for:

  • ​Senior management trying to understand Trump administration
  • Business leaders searching for information on how govt. works
  • Managers seeking simple explanation of how DC functions 

The audience will leave with:

  • ​Understanding of how senior leaders are chosen in US government
  • Understanding of how US government works internally
  • Understanding challenges of managing staff with restrained incentives

Why would anyone take a job in the Trump administration?

Simple, I wanted to learn how US government operated at the highest level and how the financial institutions interacted, cooperated and communicated.

Since 1980s, I’ve analyzed it, traded on it, criticized it, but I didn’t fully understand it until I worked on the inside of the US government.  In this keynote, I share my top three lessons learned from working at the highest financial level of the US government and the Trump administration.


Andy’s Portfolio Features A Range Of Projects And Services

On this page, you’ll see the breadth of how Andy communicates with his audience.  For keynotes, we have a short video compilation from his recent speeches.  For TV, we have his latest appearances.

For political analysis, we have video of Andy covering the US midterm elections.  For podcasts, we have the latest, “Engage with Andy Busch” show.

For CEO/LOB interviews, we have examples from interview with a transportation company CEO and LOB head from a financial services company.

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Andrew Busch

Former CMIO at the CFTC
thought provoking.