Fighter jets for sale, MERS and the economy

This week on BGOV’s Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • As U.S. contract spending on fighter aircraft declines, companies can partially compensate for decreasing domestic revenue by focusing on international markets. Who are they targeting? What types of aircraft are being shopped overseas? BGOV Quantitative Analyst Duncan Amos explains his analysis: Overseas Markets for Fighter Jet Sales Identified.
  • Two new viruses have the potential to disrupt economic activity and spur significant government action on a scale not seen since the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS) and the avian flu, which had ripple effects stretching from agriculture to airline traffic. BGOV Quantitative Analyst Nicholas RisCassi dispenses the news in his analysis: New Pandemic Threats Pose Risks and Opportunities.
  • The latest jobs numbers have been released and they were on the upwswing. Unfortunately that news was eclipsed by an announcement made by the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernake. Just what was the announcement and where does our economy stand today? Senior Economic Analyst Dr. Nela Richardson will explain on this weeks Capital Impact.


Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.
Duncan Amos is a Quantitative Analyst with Bloomberg Government. Previously, he was a quantitative research assistant at the RAND Corporation, where he focused on defense, mobility, finance and international development research. He has a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Duke University.
Nicholas RisCassi is a Quantitative Analyst with Bloomberg Government. Previously, he researched environmental regulations at the Center for International Environmental Law. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and Spanish from Georgetown University.
Nela Richardson is an economic analyst with Bloomberg Government. She was a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission before joining Bloomberg. Richardson was also a senior economist at Freddie Mac, a researcher at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and an adjunct professor of finance at Johns Hopkins. Richardson has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Indiana University.