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Bloomberg's Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway analyze the weird patterns, the complex issues and the newest market crazes. Join the conversation every Monday and Thursday for interviews with the most interesting minds in finance, economics and markets.

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    • 4.6 • 49 Ratings

Bloomberg's Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway analyze the weird patterns, the complex issues and the newest market crazes. Join the conversation every Monday and Thursday for interviews with the most interesting minds in finance, economics and markets.

    Why Job Openings Are Surging, Even With So Many People Out of Work

    Why Job Openings Are Surging, Even With So Many People Out of Work

    Normally, economists expect a somewhat stable relationship between job openings and the unemployment rate. More job openings = more people are employed. Lately, however, the shape of this relationship has changed. Job openings are absolutely soaring. And yet total employment in the economy is well below pre-pandemic levels. On this episode, we speak with Thomas Lubik, a senior advisor in the Research Department at the Richmond Fed, who has been researching and writing about this unusual state of the labor market.
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    • 51 min
    The White House’s Envoy on What They’re Doing To Fix the Ports

    The White House’s Envoy on What They’re Doing To Fix the Ports

    Most of the big retailers have assured their customers that shelves will be stocked for the holidays this year. Nonetheless, there has been a lot of anxiety about shortages and supply chain disruptions all year. On this episode of Odd Lots, we speak with John Porcari, Port Envoy to the White House Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force. He's been coordinating the efforts to get the containers moving again. He explains what's been accomplished so far, and what more needs to be done.
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    • 37 min
    Jason Furman on Red-Hot Inflation and What To Do About It

    Jason Furman on Red-Hot Inflation and What To Do About It

    Inflation is hot. You can debate why that is, or how long it will last, or who is to blame, or whether elevated inflation is a worthwhile price to pay for a fast recovery. But, regardless, it exists. So what now? Should the Fed pivot into inflation fighting mode? On this Odd Lots, we speak with Jason Furman, an economics professor at Harvard, and the former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama. He thinks inflation will come in hotter than expected next year, and that it's time for the Fed to ease off the gas pedal somewhat. We talk about the issue, its causes, and his preferred policy path going forward.
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    • 53 min
    Here's Why It's So Hard to Fix the Corporate Bond Market

    Here's Why It's So Hard to Fix the Corporate Bond Market

    The corporate bond market is huge and important, allowing U.S. companies to tap investors for much needed borrowing. But even as sales of bonds have been booming in recent years thanks to low interest rates, the overall structure of the credit market and the way such debt is traded has been criticized for years. While stocks trade electronically on exchanges that provide instant and competitive quotes, a majority of corporate bond trades are still done over the phone or on platforms that tend to favor certain participants over others. Despite many efforts to improve ease of trading and price transparency in this vital market, progress has been slow.
    On this episode, we speak with Larry Harris of the USC Marshall School of Business and a former Chief Economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he helped push through major stock market reform known as Reg NMS, about why the corporate bond market has been so resistant to substantial change. Harris was also part of the SEC's most recent effort to improve corporate bond trading -- the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC) created in 2018. He explains why it hasn't had much success in changing the market.
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    • 59 min
    ASML, the Obscure Powerhouse at the Cutting Edge of Chip Technology

    ASML, the Obscure Powerhouse at the Cutting Edge of Chip Technology

    This year has brought fresh awareness to the complexity of the semiconductor supply chain. Taiwan Semiconductor, the big manufacturer, has become a household name. But there's another giant that hardly anyone outside of the chip industry has heard of. ASML is a Dutch company that's at the cutting edge of Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography — the most advanced technology for reliably printing transistors onto a chip. If you want to produce the most advanced chips, you must buy equipment from ASML. But what do they do and how did they come to occupy this position? On this episode we speak with Chris Miller, an Assistant Professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the author of a forthcoming book about the semiconductor industry, about the company, where it came from, and the unique spot it occupies on the world stage.
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    • 54 min
    This Is the Perfect Storm That Caused Grain Prices To Soar

    This Is the Perfect Storm That Caused Grain Prices To Soar

    Inflation is running at its fastest pace in over 30 years. And one upward contributor to it is higher food prices. There are all kinds of things going on within food, but over the last year we've seen strong price increases in wheat, corn, and soy, which feed into higher prices for meat and dairy. There is a lot going on here. There is high demand globally. There are unusual weather conditions all around the world. There's surging fertilizer costs, and much more. On this episode, we speak with Angie Setzer, a consultant at ConsusROI (which advises farmers and investors in the agriculture space), who explains the perfect storm causing this persistent surge.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Svenjaminson ,

Love the podcast, hate the adverts

The voice of the person doing the PGIM advert is like having a drill through my precious skull. It is a testament to the quality of the podcast that I endure the repeated trauma in order to hear Tracy, Joe and their guests.

Do great things. ,

Quality guests plus quality interviewers

Tracy and Joe, are a very good team, they work well together to ask insightful questions from high quality guest. The guest appreciate that they are having a very engaged conversation with a team of people that know how to draw out the subject matter. Recommend this podcast if you are curious and appreciate when you are having an aha moment in expanding your views and how you think about certain subject.

Vivekdownunder ,

Exceptional interview with Rob Kaplan

I remember Kaplan turbines from my hydraulics class and this interview was a big knowledge turbine. Excellent questions and even better explanation and answers by Rob. Very articulate , clear thinking, great reasoning.

Thanks for the interview

Vivek from Brisbane

Another great interview with Gene Seroka on LA port and shipping industry. I got great insight into port activities and in general supply chain

Thanks

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