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Clemson Economist Expects Flat Growth Through 2017

Mike Switzer
Mike Switzer

  While unemployment is low and the economy is growing both nationally and locally, when you listen to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s recent comments, you realize that the national economy is limping along at a fairly slow pace and that’s why the Fed is keeping interest rates low.  So what does this mean for South Carolina’s outlook?

Mike Switzer interviews Bruce Yandle, Clemson’s StromThurmond Institute Senior Fellow, Clemson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Clemson's College of Business & Behavioral Science.​

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.