The Penta Podcast Channel is home to all of Penta's podcasts, including the Macrocast and What's At Stake: A Penta Podcast. The Macrocast, produced by Penta and Markets Policy Partners, features weekly insight and analysis on the latest macroeconomic trends. What's at Stake: a Penta Podcast features in-house experts and often special guests for analysis on the biggest issues shaping business and public policy.
Macrocast: Shutdown, signals, and shifting stances - Bracing for the bumpy road ahead
On this week's episode of the Macrocast, Ylan, Brendan, and John discuss the looming government shutdown and much more, including the Fed's competing signals on interest rates, and the international economic outlook. The trio unpacks the looming debt ceiling fight and the effects of far-right influences on Speaker McCarthy's negotiation power. The group also analyzes the Federal Reserve's recent decision against rate hikes, and speculates whether the decision will stick. Finally, our hosts discuss the Bank of England's unexpected pause on rate hikes and what's next for the Japanese Central Bank.
Climate Week conversations: A global perspective
Amidst the excitement of Climate Week in New York, join Penta Partner Andy Whitehouse, along with Penta Managing Directors Cecilia Thorn and Alex Bluestone, as they discuss the latest in climate policy and the corporate race to meet ESG standards in the U.S. and in Europe. They share insights into how businesses are preparing for decarbonization and navigating the European Commission's ESG standards, set to take effect in 2024. The group also examines the evolving public attitudes toward renewable energy and the federal government's role in promoting it. They explain that data indicates a strong push for renewable energy development among American adults, but sentiment toward Climate Week and ESG overall is mixed.
You'll also get to hear about the upcoming European sustainability and due diligence directive, and the role venture capital plays in shaping the global conversation on climate change. Tune in for an informative conversation on the challenges and opportunities in communicating climate action!
For more on ESG from Penta, tune in to our upcoming webinar, "New ESG developments and standards - risks and opportunities for companies and investors" on Thursday, October 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM ET, moderated by Cecilia Thorn, Managing Director in our Brussels office. Register here and view the event on LinkedIn here!
Macrocast: The ripple effects of rising consumer confidence
This week on the Macrocast, Ylan Mui, Brendan Walsh, John Fagan, and Robert Dewey are joined by John Dick, CEO and founder of Civic Science, to dive into the latest economic sentiment index (ESI). The group offers their insights on the subtle shifts in the labor market, the dilemma of return-to-office mandates, and the decline in job changes since the peak of the "Great Resignation." And after an active summer for labor, our experts grapple with the potential economic ripple effects of the United Auto Workers strike. You won't want to miss it!
Read the latest ESI analysis here.
From crypto winter to courtroom victory with Jennifer Rosenthal of Grayscale
Imagine stepping into the world of crypto investments, grappling with the complexities of a new technology and pioneering the charge towards a revolutionary financial product. Our guest, Jennifer Rosenthal, head of communications at Grayscale Investments, has done just that. On today's episode of What's at Stake, Jennifer gives us a captivating recount of her journey, including how she built Grayscale's communications team and led the company to an impressive victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals.
From the nuances of message crafting to the intricacies of litigation preparedness, Jennifer shares insights on how Grayscale navigated communications challenges while converting their flagship product into an Exchange-Traded Fund. Bryan and Jennifer also discuss how Grayscale is educating people about the importance of a Bitcoin ETF, and why their recent court win is so notable. Join us for this fascinating conversation, offering an inside look into the world of crypto and communications.
Macrocast: The power of the Congressional spouses
What happens when the government hits pause and the financial markets hold their breath? On the latest episode of the Macrocast, Ed Mills, Washington Policy Analyst at Raymond James, joins Ylan Mui and Brendan Walsh to discuss the potential effects of a government shutdown on markets. The group explores the possible twist of a temporary funding extension and the seismic shift this could cause in consumer sentiment.
Later, our experts turn to the 2024 elections and the heavyweights that could influence voters' decisions—including economic and social issues, healthcare woes, and legal battles. The episode also examines the U.S.-China relationship, particularly in light of Secretary Raimondo's recent trip to China. You won't want to miss it!
The future is here: How AI is reshaping business
On this week's episode of What's at Stake, Bryan DeAngelis, Head of Penta's D.C. office, is joined by Alberto Lopez Valenzuela and Andrea Christianson, co-leads of Penta's AI Task Force. Ahead of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's AI Insight Forum with tech leaders next week, the group takes a look at key considerations around AI governance, including the impact industry can have on responsible adoption and regulation.
As leaders in the field, Valenzuela and Christianson share insights on the practical applications of AI in providing strategic guidance to businesses. Tune in for a glimpse behind the scenes of how Penta is integrating AI into our products and strategic recommendations.
This is a nice way to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening around the world at the intersection of markets and policy. I listen as I walk home from work. Well done MPP!
Expert commentary with a global perspective
Everything one needs to know about the markets and the economy, from inverted yield curves to Brexit and trade wars, in just a half hour.