North Carolina Economic Forecast

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North Carolina Economic Forecast


Save the Date: Third Quarter North Carolina Economic Forecast scheduled for September 7, 2023.


Recent Session

Second Quarter North Carolina Economic Forecast: May 25, 2023

Sponsored by LPL Financial

News article: Forecast: Possible economic slowdown could be ahead

North Carolina Economic Forecast Second Quarter Report (May 25, 2023)



First Quarter North Carolina Economic Forecast: March 16, 2023

Sponsored by LPL Financial

News article: Bank failure prompts questions on inflation, interest rates

North Carolina Economic Forecast First Quarter Report (March 16, 2023)

Photos from the First Quarter Economic Forecast



North Carolina Economic Forecast Panel 

Dr. John Connaughton

 Dr. John Connaughton, Professor of Financial Economics

Dr. Jeffrey Roach, Chief Economist, LPL Financial

Dr. Jeffrey Roach, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, LPL Financial 

Dr. Jennifer Troyer, Dean, Belk College of Business

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Troyer, Dean, Belk College of Business 

About Jeffrey Roach

Dr. Jeffrey Roach is the Chief Economist for LPL Financial while also serving as a voting member of the Strategic and Tactical Asset Allocation Committee, where his ability to relate economic conditions to financial market outcomes is highly-valued. His broad experiences on an institutional trading floor and in portfolio management, make him an engaging speaker for any audience. Prior to his current role at LPL Financial, Dr. Roach was a Senior Economist with Visa where he focused on macroeconomic forecasting for both internal stakeholders and external global clients. He started his career as a trading floor economist on Bank of America’s corporate trading desk and was also a portfolio manager for a 5-star mutual fund. While on Bank of America’s corporate trading desk, his group was responsible for internal economic research that was closely guarded and periodically sent to FOMC officials.

In order to facilitate cutting edge research, Dr. Roach maintains frequent contact with Federal Reserve economists, Wall Street analysts and other leading money managers from around the world. Dr. Roach is a contributor to the financial press, as well as a sought-after speaker, and has presented economic research as far away as Italy’s Ministry of Finance in Rome and Office of National Statistics in the U.K. Dr. Roach earned both a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from Clemson University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Bob Jones University. He also received a visiting research appointment at Harvard University.

North Carolina Economic Forecast - UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business

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About the Series

UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton will present his quarterly forecast on the North Carolina economy during the North Carolina Economic Forecast. Under the direction of Dr. John Connaughton, the Economic Forecast has provided invaluable economic data for North Carolina since 1981. The Belk College of Business hosts a quarterly Economic Forecast with Dr. John Connaughton.

The virtual event is free and open to the public. You must register in advance to receive the Zoom event information.

Corporate Sponsorships

Sponsors of UNC Charlotte's North Carolina Economic Forecast provide essential funding for our research, publications, and the quarterly event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like to learn more, email For more information on sponsorship levels, view the 2022-23 sponsorship packet

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