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Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so random weekly walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.

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Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so random weekly walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.

    How Money Became A Form Of Social Media

    How Money Became A Form Of Social Media

    There are many similarities between cryptocurrencies and social networks. And the rise of payment apps like Venmo make the link between payments and social media explicit. But this convergence between money and social media goes back a long time. On this episode, we speak with Lana Swartz, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia, about her book, New Money: How Payment Became Social Media.

    • 50 min
    Inigo Fraser-Jenkins and Aaron Brown Debate The Future Of Quant Investing

    Inigo Fraser-Jenkins and Aaron Brown Debate The Future Of Quant Investing

    Traditional quant strategies that try to screen for stocks that are "cheap" have had an extremely rough period. So is this just a temporary setback that will eventually mean revert, or are the existing strategies dead and busted? Earlier this year, Inigo Fraser-Jenkins of Bernstein Research provocatively said he was sticking a fork in the quant world. But not everyone agrees with him that it's a lost cause. So in addition to talking with Fraser-Jenkins, we also brought on Aaron Brown, formerly of AQR Capital Management, for a debate on what works in quant and what the future holds

    • 51 min
    The Episode That Turned Tracy Into A Bitcoin Bull

    The Episode That Turned Tracy Into A Bitcoin Bull

    Bitcoin has been on a tear lately, but it's been a bit unclear as to what's driving it. But whatever's driving it, co-host Tracy Alloway has given up her longtime skepticism on the digital currency and now believes in its value. This episode is why. We spoke with Meltem Demirors, the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, a firm that offers vehicles for investing in digital assets, about this year's move and why people are buying now.

    • 40 min
    This Is How People Really Feel About Paying Taxes

    This Is How People Really Feel About Paying Taxes

    The politics of taxes are always fraught. In theory, everyone wants to pay less of them and bristle at the prospect of paying more. But it turns out that our feelings are more complicated and nuanced. On this episode, we speak with Stefanie Stantcheva, a Harvard economist who has done deep survey work on how people really feel about taxes. What she's discovered could be useful going forward in terms of thinking about how to design the optimal policy.

    • 44 min
    A Political Reporter Argues That Wall Street Doesn't Get DC

    A Political Reporter Argues That Wall Street Doesn't Get DC

    Investors have always had to pay attention to what's going on in Washington DC, but this year it's been on a whole new level. Between virus response policy, fiscal stimulus talks, and, of course, the recent election, there's been a huge demand for understanding of politics. On this episode, we speak with Jake Sherman, a reporter from Politico, who argues that investors are badly confused about how the city really works.

    • 45 min
    This Is The NYSE's Plan To Win More Direct Listings

    This Is The NYSE's Plan To Win More Direct Listings

    This year's stock market boom has coincided with a boom in new listings. There have been plenty of IPOs, numerous SPACs, and an uptick in companies doing direct listings on the exchange. That third category has gotten relatively less attention, but it potentially represents a powerful offering from the NYSE, which unlike many other financial companies, has performed quite well. On this episode, we speak with John Tuttle, Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer at NYSE about how direct listings work, and why the NYSE sees them becoming a much bigger vehicle for going public in the future.

    • 50 min

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Blutbaden ,

Love it!

My favourite economics and markets podcast. Insightful interviews. Interesting guests. Funny and entertaining hosts. Never boring!

Alex.N467 ,

Thought provoking and a lot of fun!

Tracy and Joe have a great variety of guest who cover a array of topics, sometimes topical, other times unique but always a lot of fun.

Agent_Dreama ,

Very informative.

This is a great podcast, lots of information, the episodes don't go too long either, just right for my daily commute.

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