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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.

    Pierre Andurand on What Europe Needs to Do This Winter

    Pierre Andurand on What Europe Needs to Do This Winter

    Europe is facing an energy crisis and there are some dire predictions about how it will deal with the upcoming winter, when demand for electricity and heating oil are expected to surge. But commodities trader Pierre Andurand sees a path for Europe to survive without Russia's fuel. He suggests that LNG imports can make up a significant amount of lost Russian oil and gas, while simple actions like turning down the thermostat and turning off the lights, can make a big difference to the region's overall supply and demand imbalance. He also talks about the "broken" oil market — where prices may move by $10 on seemingly little news — and how that's impacted his own trading. 
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    • 50 min
    Former CFTC Chair on How to Regulate Stablecoins Without Passing Any New Laws

    Former CFTC Chair on How to Regulate Stablecoins Without Passing Any New Laws

    Stablecoin regulation has become a hot topic, and for very good reason. For one thing, it's an extremely fast growing space. Stablecoins are also a primary way that the crypto interacts with the banking system. And beyond that, as we know, crises often originate from assets that promise to be safe (remember money market mutual funds that broke the buck during the 2008 financial crisis. But are regulators equipped to deal with stablecoins under existing law? On this episode, we speak with Timothy Massad, the former chair of the CFTC and a current research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He explains why he believes regulatory progress can be made right now with the laws that currently exist, and what a new arrangement for issuers would look like.
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    • 42 min
    The Ethereum Network Just Experienced a Monumental Development

    The Ethereum Network Just Experienced a Monumental Development

    For years, it's been on the Ethereum roadmap to transition its blockchain from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake. Well, it's finally happened. This means that there are no more "miners" validating blocks on the Ethereum network. Instead, they've been replaced with "stakers" or "validators" who manage the network's rules by posting coins as a type of bond or security deposit. Why is that such a big deal for the industry? And what does it say about the future of crypto? On this episode, we speak with Christine Kim, a research associate at Galaxy Digital, who walks us through the significance of "the merge," how validation works and what's next for Ethereum.
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    Senator Pat Toomey on the Bad State of Crypto Regulation

    Senator Pat Toomey on the Bad State of Crypto Regulation

    Cryptocurrencies often don't fit neatly into traditional asset buckets. They're not exactly currencies. They're not exactly commodities. And while many share commonalities with stocks, there are differences there as well. As such, US regulators haven't come up with clear rules on their trading and issuance, leaving entrepreneurs and investors in limbo. On this episode, we're joined by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who has been harshly critical of the SEC's approach, particularly under current Chairman Gary Gensler. The Senator also talks about his own legislative proposals to start providing more clarity. 
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    • 36 min
    Zoltan Pozsar and Perry Mehrling Debate Bretton Woods 3.0

    Zoltan Pozsar and Perry Mehrling Debate Bretton Woods 3.0

    Credit Suisse strategist Zoltan Pozsar has found a new level of fame over the last year, arguing that we're witnessing the birth of a new currency regime that he calls "Bretton Woods 3.0". In this new era, the centrality of the dollar will fade, in favor of commodities or commodity-backed currencies. But not everyone is convinced. And in fact one skeptic is Pozsar's own close collaborator Perry Mehrling, who is now a professor at Boston University. In a special live episode of the podcast, recorded in front of an audience, we were joined by Pozsar and Mehrling, who debated Pozsar's thesis and the future of the dollar more broadly.
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    Ezra Klein on the Future of Supply-Side Liberalism

    Ezra Klein on the Future of Supply-Side Liberalism

    To the surprise of many people, the Biden administration has notched some significant economic policy wins this year. The CHIPS Act represents a major piece of industrial policy aimed at bolstering the US semiconductor sector and making the supply chain more resilient. Meanwhile, the Inflation Reduction Act puts a lot of money towards a range of energy options, with a particular focus on advancing renewables. Ezra Klein, the New York Times Opinion columnist and host of "The Ezra Klein Show," has been a major proponent of "supply-side liberalism," or the idea that Democratic policy aims should focus more on building out supply-side capacity, as opposed to simply redistributing demand. On this episode, we talk about the politics and economics of this endeavor.
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
882 Ratings

882 Ratings

pwolfen42 ,

Audio is spotty, content is decent

This is the third episode in a row where I found the discussion interesting, but had a hard time listening due to audio leveling issues. I tend to listen in noisy situations, but That is not a problem for most of my listening.

PNW_Matt ,

Former Fan

I used to be a fan of this podcast, but their uncritical infatuation with crypto has been an increasing issue over the last couple years. Their latest episode at the time of wiring this review, giving Pat Toomey a platform to spout his pro-cypto nonsense, was last straw for me. Avoid this podcasts; there are far better alternatives.

DKinnyc ,

good podcast

good podcast but too much fluff. basically the first 10 minutes is easy to skip. and maybe 30-40% of the podcast contains information vs random chatting.

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