Economist Robert F. Dieli, Ph.D.

Chief Economist Dr. Robert F. Dieli is president and founder of RDLB, Inc., an economic research and management consulting firm based in Lombard, Illinois and established in 2001. For 23 years, Mr. Dieli provided on-target economic analysis and forecasting for major financial institutions in Chicago. Now he brings this wealth of experience to firms in financial services, management consulting, trucking, and marketing. Mr. Dieli also publishes NoSpinFORECAST, a series of economic reports utilizing the economic model he created known as Mr. Model and its Aggregate Spread charts.

Mr. Dieli received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. He began his professional career in 1978 as an industrial economist in the Economic Research Division of the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, Illinois specializing in short-term forecasting, the analysis of industrial commodities and inflation.

In 1984, he became Manager of the Portfolio Analysis Unit of the Credit Risk Evaluation Department of the Continental where he was charged with developing risk management systems and loan portfolio reporting and tracking procedures for senior management.

In 1987, Mr. Dieli moved to The Northern Trust Company of Chicago as Vice President and Economist in the Economic Research Department where he coordinated the domestic economic forecasting program.  In 1994, Mr. Dieli became Vice President and Portfolio Manager in the Northern Advantage unit of the Cash Management Department of the Northern Trust.  He managed about $3.5 billion in discretionary short-term fixed income accounts for high net worth individuals and corporations.

“Economics, particularly where we are at, and heading, in the economic cycle, affects sound business decisions and investment decisions….Dr. Bob Dieli’s No-SpinForecast is always pointed and right on the money.”

– Stephen Drake
Purchasing Director, The Villages

“Having access to Bob’s breadth of knowledge is like having a walking talking Bloomberg terminal that anticipates your next question. What could be better!”

– Greg Jerzyk
Investment Manager


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