Andrew Busch was the first chief market intelligence officer for the U.S. government at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), charged with improving and enhancing the government's understanding of the markets. He provided briefings to White House and congressional staff on a wide range of issues including extreme market volatility, China's influence on the global commodity markets, and the impact of financial technology and virtual currencies on market dynamics.
Busch's job was to provide objective research on the financial markets to the CFTC and other agencies, and he created and directed a new research group, Market Intelligence Branch. Among its areas of research were energy, agriculture, interest rates, and technology (Bitcoin, blockchain, artificial intelligence). Each week, he led the agency on a market and economic roundtable discussion with staff from the White House, U.S. Treasury Department, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Federal Reserve Board.
Prior to joining the CFTC, Busch was CEO and founder of a boutique financial markets and policy research firm, Bering Productions, Inc. Before that, he was the global currency and public policy strategist for Bank of Montreal in Chicago. He is author of the book "World Event Trading," covering large crises like infectious disease outbreaks and their impact on the markets. Today, he's a consultant and keynote speaker with a wide range of clients including financial services, energy, manufacturing, and construction.