CEO to CEO: The US and global economy under Trump

David Livingstone in conversation with Simon Jackman

Part of the series



6 September 2018


Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW


Public forum


Please join us for networking drinks following the forum.


$20 General Admission / $15 Concession

Often overlooked in the torrent of news from Washington is that the US economy is growing at over 4 per cent per annum and unemployment has fallen to 3.9 per cent, close to a 50-year low, driven in no small measure by Trump’s tax cuts. On the other hand, the Trump administration’s unilateral imposition of tariffs is widely seen as unsettling and driver of economic uncertainty around the globe. With deficit spending rising in the United States and inflation creeping upwards, US monetary policy is tightening, adding to downward pressure on the Australian dollar.   

These developments remind us that the American and Australian economies — and financial sectors — remain closely linked. How will Australian business and households be impacted by these economic developments in the United States? What are some of the implications for policy in Australia, around interest rates, tax, energy policy and banking and regulation?

Citi Australia country chief David Livingstone returned to Australia from Europe in 2016 to head up one of the largest foreign bank subsidiaries in Australia and one of the first foreign banks to enter the Australian market following deregulation in 1985. He joined the CEO of United States Studies Centre Professor Simon Jackman for a public discussion around these questions, part of the Centre’s CEO-to-CEO series.


  • David Livingstone
    David Livingstone
    Chief Country Officer, Citi Australia

    David Livingstone is responsible for Citi's business in Australia, including developing and implementing the business strategy, fostering successful client relationships at all levels of the organisation, managing risk and controls, and protecting and enhancing Citi's reputation in Australia.

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman

    Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.


Part of the series

CEO to CEO: Doing business in Trump’s America

The United States Studies Centre's CEO-to-CEO series provides a platform for C-suite leaders to share firsthand insights on a variety of topics, including geo-economics, regulation, tax, trade, investment, education, training and social entrepreneurship.

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