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The Junto is a monthly meeting which focuses on libertarianism, objectivism and investing. The NYC Junto was founded in 1985 by Victor Niederhoffer, who hosts each meeting. The Junto is inspired by the Junto hosted by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia from 1727 to 1757. Like Franklin, we bring together intelligent people to discuss intellectual issues in a respectful manner.

Our meetings are usually held in Manhattan on the first Thursday of each month, and we usually have a guest speaker who can bring new insights and ideas to us. Debate and questions are encouraged, admission is free and no donation is requested. There is no connection with any political or religious organization or group.

Francis X. Diebold is W. P. Carey Professor of Economics, and Professor of Finance and Statistics, at the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School, and Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass. Diebold works in econometrics, forecasting, finance and macroeconomics. He has published extensively and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Econometrica and Review of Economics and Statistics. He is an elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Statistical Association, and the recipient of Sloan, Guggenheim, and Humboldt awards. A prize-winning teacher and popular lecturer, Diebold has also held visiting appointments in Economics and Finance at Princeton University, the University of Chicago, Cambridge University, Johns Hopkins University, and New York University. From 1986-1989 he served as an economist under Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC. He received his B.S. from the Wharton School in 1981 and his Ph.D. in 1986, also from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married with three children and lives in Wayne, PA.

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