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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.

    Viktor Shvets On Why There’s No Going Back To Pre-COVID Capitalism

    Viktor Shvets On Why There’s No Going Back To Pre-COVID Capitalism

    In light of the massive disruption to the economy, there’s a widespread view that things have been permanently altered, that fiscal policy must take a more active role in economic stabilization, and that the job of central banks will inevitably change. While this is a trendy thing to say now, the guest on this episode has been anticipating it for a while. Viktor Shvets is a Managing Director at the investment bank Macquarie Group Limited and the author of the new book, The Great Rupture: Three Empires, Four Turning Points, and the Future of Humanity. He explains how the old model of economic growth, which he argues widened inequality by being dependent on the growth in asset values, must give way, and that an attempt to return to to the pre-crisis model will be a disaster.

    • 50 min
    Why Investors Keep Losing Money Betting Against The Hong Kong Dollar Peg

    Why Investors Keep Losing Money Betting Against The Hong Kong Dollar Peg

    For years, macro hedge fund managers have been stalking the Hong Kong Dollar. Since 1983, the currency has been pegged at around 7.75 per US dollar, and it basically has never budged from that. But that hasn’t stopped investors from taking big bets, with potentially major payoffs, that the Hong Kong Monetary Authority would sever the peg in some way. So why do traders keep making this bet, and is now the moment when it finally pays off? On this episode, we speak with Christopher Wiegand, the Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of Royal Bridge Capital, about the history of the Hong Kong Dollar, and the factors that have made betting against it such a loser over the years.

    • 44 min
    How They’re Really Making Money On Your Free Robinhood Trades

    How They’re Really Making Money On Your Free Robinhood Trades

    With so many people working at home, bored, and with no sports to bet on, there’s been an incredible explosion of retail stock market trading. One service, Robinhood, in particular has gotten a lot of attention due to its free trading, and videogame-like appeal to young users. But how are they really making money on those free trades, and how does the economics of the business work these days? On this episode, we speak with Larry Tabb, the Head of Market Structure Research at Bloomberg Intelligence, who explains how it all works.

    • 45 min
    Introducing: Blood River

    Introducing: Blood River

    The killers of Berta Caceres had every reason to believe they’d get away with murder. More than 100 other environmental activists in Honduras had been killed in the previous five years, yet almost no one had been punished for the crimes. Bloomberg’s Blood River follows a four-year quest to find her killers – a twisting trail that leads into the country’s circles of power.
    Blood River is out now.

    • 4 min
    How A Professional Writer Turned Herself Into A World Class Poker Player

    How A Professional Writer Turned Herself Into A World Class Poker Player

    Switching careers is always difficult. But former New Yorker staff writer Maria Konnikova did it in dramatic fashion. Konnikova decided that the best way to learn about the role of skill and luck in life is through poker, and so she decided to become a great poker player. And she made it happen, winning just over $300,000 in tournament play in a couple of years. On this episode, we speak with her about how she did it, and her new book, "The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned To Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win”.

    • 56 min
    Meet The Mayor Who Printed His Own Currency To Fight The Virus

    Meet The Mayor Who Printed His Own Currency To Fight The Virus

    With the virus crushing economic activity, local governments have had to cut spending and rely on Federal support in order to maintain basic services. But one town in Washington is also trying something else. Tenino, Washington has printed its own wooden currency to stimulate activity, and help out its residents and businesses that have been hit by the crisis. On this episode, we speak with Mayor Wayne Fournier about how he got the idea, how it’s going, and what he plans to do next.

    • 35 min

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Great podcast

I’ve really enjoyed this podcast. They’ve been extremely insightful and timely.

I would like to see more more balanced economic perspectives, such as Austrian economics, versus the heavy focus on Keynes and MMT recently.

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Favorite economic podcast

Fair and balanced. Always interesting guests. Great questions to elicit thoughtful answers. Keynes would be proud!

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The Zack Carter interview was inspiring and terrifying, and spot on. I am choosing to be hopeful.

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