Jim Pressler is a Second Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Mr. Pressler joined the bank in 1993, and since 1995 has been an economist in the Country Risk Unit, assessing country lending and investment risk around the world. With a general focus toward developing economies, Mr. Pressler specializes in China and the roles of the dominant Asian countries, and has spoken extensively on the topic. He received a B.S. degree in Statistics and Operations Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago.