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Animal spirits is a show about markets, life, and investing. Join Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson as they talk about what they're reading, writing, listening to and watching.

Look for new episodes every Wednesday morning.

Animal Spirits Podcast Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson

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Animal spirits is a show about markets, life, and investing. Join Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson as they talk about what they're reading, writing, listening to and watching.

Look for new episodes every Wednesday morning.

    The Short Squeeze (EP.122)

    The Short Squeeze (EP.122)

    On this week's show we discuss Tesla's wild ride, fixing the US retirement system, why financial literacy doesn't always work, why the Fed isn't to blame for everything in the markets, long-term market return expectations, where are all the start-ups and much more.
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    Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense
    Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor
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    • 45 min
    The 10 Best Jobs in America (EP.121)

    The 10 Best Jobs in America (EP.121)

    On this week's episode we discuss Vanguard vs Mark Zuckerberg, do people value work over family, chances of a recession in 2020, Apple AirPods as a business, why are there so many mattress stores, Sapphire Reserve is raising rates, the plant-based meat market and much more.
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    Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense
    Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor
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    And feel free to shoot us an email at animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.

    • 48 min
    Millennials on Communism (EP.120)

    Millennials on Communism (EP.120)

    On this week's episode, we discuss Ben's new book Don't Fall For It: A Short History of Financial Scams, the future of the publishing world, how markets respond to geopolitical uncertainty, why this bull market lacks euphoria, risks & opportunities from an aging population, how many people actually have a budget, 401k hacks and much more.
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    Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense
    Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor
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    And feel free to shoot us an email at animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.

    • 52 min
    Everybody's Busy (EP.119)

    Everybody's Busy (EP.119)

    On this week's show we discuss working nights and weekends, why people are "busy" all the time, why we don't enjoy innovation as much as we should, tech bros vs finance bros, low stakes conspiracy theories, energy stocks and much more.
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    Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense
    Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor
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    • 30 min
    The Best Decade in Human History (EP.118)

    The Best Decade in Human History (EP.118)

    On this week's show we talk about the one year anniversary of the bear market, the Christmas Eve miracle bottom, the new Peter Lynch interview, why it never pays to be a pessimist, the illiquidity premium, recessionary vs non-recessionary bear markets and much more.
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    Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense
    Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor
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    And feel free to shoot us an email at animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.

    • 41 min
    A Random Watch Down Wall Street: Trading Places

    A Random Watch Down Wall Street: Trading Places

    We re-watched the 1980s finance classic Trading Places with Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis to discuss how markets have changed since then, the most iconic scenes, and how well this movie aged.
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    Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense
    Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor
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    And feel free to shoot us an email at animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.

    • 23 min

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