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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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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.

    This Is the Evergrande Endgame as China’s Property Problems Spread

    This Is the Evergrande Endgame as China’s Property Problems Spread

    Late last year, the big Chinese property developer Evergrande started running into severe financial distress, as its bonds tumbled and frustrated customers faced delays in getting their homes. Since then, it's gotten worse. Evergrande is still troubled, as are other property developers who have also run into stress. So what does it mean, and what are China's goals here? On this episode, we speak with Travis Lundy, an independent analyst on the Smartkarma platform, who has studied these companies in depth. He explains why things have gotten worse, and what China's goals are with a property sector that historically has been so crucial to its economic model.
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    • 51 min
    The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is On, and It’s Going to Change Everything

    The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is On, and It’s Going to Change Everything

    The EV revolution is official on. Sales are soaring around the world as the internal combustion engine era starts to fade. But if you're just thinking about what's inside the car, you're missing some big stories. All kinds of industries and patterns of behavior are going to change because of the switch. On this episode, we speak with Nat Bullard, the Chief Content Officer at BloombergNEF, who walks us through all the various ramifications both inside and outside of the existing auto industry.
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    • 59 min
    Inventory Vanishing and Bidding Wars Exploding in Crazy U.S. Housing Market

    Inventory Vanishing and Bidding Wars Exploding in Crazy U.S. Housing Market

    If you wanted to buy a home in 2021, you probably found it a frustrating experience, rife with a shortage of options, and intense bidding wars. Well? Bad news: So far, things are even hotter in 2022. So what's going on? Where are all the homes disappearing to? Why is there nothing for sale? Why are people happy to place higher and higher bids? On this episode we speak with Mike Simonsen, the CEO and founder of the real estate data provider Altos Research, to explain the acute and long-term trends driving the market.
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    • 54 min
    Paul Mcnamara on the Problem With Turkey, and the Attempt To Save the Lira

    Paul Mcnamara on the Problem With Turkey, and the Attempt To Save the Lira

    Near the end of 2021, Turkey's government undertook a bold measure to stabilize the lira after the currency got clobbered throughout much of the year. The basic idea is that the government would pay savers to lock up their currency in lira, and compensate them if it fell too far against the dollar. But can it work? Does it address the core problem of the Turkish economy? To understand more, and to get the perspective of outside investors, we speak with Paul McNamara, a fund manager at GAM and a veteran EM watcher, to get a handle on the government's new measure, the challenges with it, and why Turkey is prone to so much volatility.
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    • 44 min
    Afghanistan’s Former Central Bank Chief on the Dire State of the Country’s Economy

    Afghanistan’s Former Central Bank Chief on the Dire State of the Country’s Economy

    The Afghanistan economy was already in bad shape, with heavy reliance on foreign dollars, prior to the collapse of the government and the takeover by the Taliban. Since the fall, things have gotten even worse, with inflation accelerating and GDP plunging. There are multiple factors at work, though the main one is the cutting off of outside sources of dollars. On this episode we speak with Ajmal Ahmady, the former head of Afghanistan's central bank, on the difficult situation, and how the economy might operate going forward.
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    • 47 min
    A Top Antitrust Lawyer on How Increased Competition Could Fight Inflation

    A Top Antitrust Lawyer on How Increased Competition Could Fight Inflation

    When people think about tools to fight inflation, usually things like taxes or monetary policy come to mind. But lately there’s been more discussion about corporate power (particularly concentrated corporate power) as a source of higher prices. So what can the government actually do? On this episode, we speak with Craig Seebald, a partner at Vinson & Elkins, and leader of the firm’s antitrust group, to understand how the law in this space gets applied.
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Customer Reviews

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751 Ratings

Didgdu ,

Great personalities & super interesting

Tracy and Joe are both charming and really seem to *get* how to make these very deep dives interesting. They're often asking follow ups of the guest that I didn't even think of which ends up giving a deeper insight in to the subject. Absolutely love this show.

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Econ & Markets: Brainy topics and questions

Great podcast with excellent guests. The hosts dig deep into questions and topics you wished you’d thought of and make you say, oh ya! Hooking you into the next episode and drawing you back for more.

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Masters of corruption

How to bring nations to their knees. Insightful yet not particularly original. Case study for years to come.

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