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Steven Cortes  

CNN Political Commentator; Financial Market Expert & Author

Steve Cortes has appeared daily on TV news programs for over a decade. His broadcast career began at CNBC where he commented on financial markets, primarily as part of the “Fast Money” franchise. In recent years he transitioned to politics, serving in 2016 as a primary TV surrogate for the Trump presidential campaign and was named to Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council. Regarding his hundreds of TV hits on behalf of Team Trump, Maria Bartiromo of Fox News said “Steve was a strong communicator who understood very early on what the people wanted in a commander-in-chief.”

Post-election, Cortes is a political commentator for CNN and heads Rise Strategies, a media messaging and public affairs company. He also remains an informal advisor to the President. For two decades, Steve has worked on Wall Street as a trader and strategist, and presently serves as head strategist for BGC Partners, providing risk management strategies to banks and hedge funds.

He graduated from Georgetown University, which nominated him for the Rhodes Scholarship.

He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.


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Hispanic America: Capturing the Promise

Steven Cortes served on Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council and became the foremost Latino face of the Trump campaign over hundreds of national TV news hits and many local TV/radio programs geared to Latino markets in key swing states. The head of the Hispanic 100, Mario Rodriguez, called Steve “the most articulate, ardent, and knowledgeable Hispanic television analysts on air today.”

As the son of a Latin immigrant, Cortes brings audiences a firsthand look into how policies have both helped and hurt Latino communities in America.

Cortes makes the case for a renaissance within Hispanic America through empowerment policies including school choice, enterprise zones, deregulation, and immigration reform. Cortes also specifically outlines the opportunities and potential pitfalls for American businesses regarding the hugely important Hispanic demographic.

What Does 2016 Mean for 2018?: Outlook for the Midterm Elections

As a front-row participant in the presidential election of 2016, Steve Cortes holds unique insight into the lessons of that historic upset. He explains the lasting shift that found its instrument in Donald Trump but will live beyond the Trump presidency, especially the ramifications of economic nationalism, border sovereignty, and the diffusion of power.

Cortes elucidates how these macro movements, while young, are relevant not only for politics but also for crucial business and societal trends in America. Specifically, Cortes will lay out the potential of both promise and peril for the 2018 midterm elections in light of the changes realized in 2016.

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