Economic Advisor Nick Perna

Webster Economic Advisor Nick Perna is an MIT-trained economist with the common touch. Perna analyzes complex economic trends and explains them in everyday language in our bi-monthly newsletter Economic Review, available here for free by download.

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Webster's Economic Advisor: Nick Perna

Economic Advisor Nick PernaNick Perna is one of the nation’s most frequently quoted economists and sought-after lecturer noted for his fun, plain-spoken insights on the economic scene. He graduated from Boston College and has a PhD in economics from MIT. In 1999, he founded Perna Associates, a consulting firm specializing in economic analysis, forecasting and strategy. Before that, Perna was chief economist for Fleet Financial Group, Shawmut Bank and Connecticut National Bank. He was also an economist with General Electric, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in Washington. Perna has taught at Williams College, NYU’s Stern School of Business and the Haas School of Business at the University of California. He currently teaches a seminar on the U.S. banking system at Yale University.


Within the past several years, Perna has appeared numerous times on the Jim Lehrer Newshour and other local and national news broadcasts. The Wall Street Journal and Business Week have both cited him as one of the top economic forecasters in the United States.