MADISON, Wis. (6/23/09)--Credit union professionals can hear about key factors shaping the U.S. economy from several economic experts at the Credit Union National Association’s Economics and Investments Conference, Aug. 2-5, in San Diego. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), will discuss current trends in the housing market to help attendees determine a strategic plan for the future. Yun, who has previously made USA Today’s list of top 10 economic forecasters in the country, regularly writes columns on real estate market trends, creates NAR forecasts, and participates in economic forecasting panels nationwide. Former Chrysler corporate economist Paul Traub will overview the current state of the U.S. economy and its impact on the auto industry. Traub, who was responsible for tracking the economy and forecasting its impact on North American auto sales for the bulk of his nearly 25-year career with Chrysler, will compare the current economy to past recessions and explain what the future might hold for auto sales after the economy recovers. He also will discuss the drivers behind new vehicle sales that make up the potential long-term sales trends for the U.S. auto industry. Finally, he will answer the question: Will the U.S. ever see its auto industry sales in the 17-million-unit range again? Don Ratajczak, former director of the economic forecasting center at Georgia State University in Atlanta, will provide an overview of the U.S. economy. Ratajczak will discuss the lessons that have been learned from the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression and the implications for the future. He also will review current indicators, statistics, and insights to forecast the economic climate. Also, attendees will discover asset-liability management techniques and gain practical tools for managing the finances of their credit unions. They also will learn competitive investment strategies and discuss current regulatory issues that impact investment options.