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A personal finance and investing podcast on money, how it works, how to invest it and how to live without worrying about it. J. David Stein is a former Chief Investment Strategist and money manager. For close to two decades, he has been teaching individuals and institutions how to invest and handle their finances in ways that are simple to understand. More info at moneyfortherestofus.com
 
Actor/Filmmaker/Comedian Jake Lloyd Bacon knows nothing about economics. His best friend Brian is an entrepreneur and economics enthusiast who has set out to fill Jake's brain with as much of his economics knowledge as he can cram into it. In each edition of What The Heckonomics Brian dives into a different topic and the two discuss, in simple terms that Jake can understand, the ins, outs, and all arounds. A casual economics podcast for the lay man filled with facts, bad metaphors, and every ...
 
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What is Web 3.0 and how will it transform the world? How you can invest your time and money in decentralized autonomous organizations and other Web3 projects. Topics covered include: What are Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0 and how do they differ What are decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) How DAOs operate and what are some examples How to…
 
How different asset classes and investment strategies have performed during periods of unexpectedly high inflation. While trend and momentum strategies have performed the best, what are some of the challenges with implementing those strategies. Topics covered include: What has led to today's high inflation environment and why it is unique How curre…
 
With oil, natural gas, coal, and gasoline at the highest prices in eight years, we consider if there is an energy crisis due to an over-reliance on renewable energy sources. Topics covered include: How high have prices risen for oil, gasoline, natural gas, and coal Why rising energy prices is a multifaceted problem as illustrated by coal How the gl…
 
What conditions need to be in place for an asset bubble to continue and how that applies to stocks, cryptocurrency, and houses. Topics covered include: How to determine if there is an asset bubble What are microbubbles and anti-bubbles How the cannabis stock bubble burst What is required to sustain an asset bubble How the current runup in home pric…
 
How to decide whether it is worth it to hedge currency exposure when investing outside of your home country. Topics covered include: How currency exchange rates impact investment returns What factors impact currency exchange rates What are carry trades and how do they influence exchange rates How currency forward contracts work How ETFs and funds h…
 
How New York City and other metropolises will overcome the pandemic economic shock. Why do some cities thrive while others devolve into chaos? How we can develop the resiliency of thriving cities. Topics covered include: How New York and other cities have dealt with the pandemic economic shock Why the city of Port au Prince in Haiti is struggling W…
 
Why the new U.S.-based Bitcoin ETFs are a bad idea and will underperform Bitcoin. Topics covered include: What fund and ETF options are available for investing in Bitcoin Why the U.S. has only authorized Bitcoin ETFs that invest in Bitcoin futures even though there are closed-end funds that hold Bitcoin directly What is there a regulatory battle su…
 
How the economics of timeshare vacation rentals work, and why they can be a great fit for some individuals. Topics covered include: When were the first timeshares introduced What are the different timeshare ownership models Why timeshares don't appreciate but fall in price after purchase What are maintenance fees and why do they keep increasing Who…
 
Why the U.S. is closing in on both a debt default and a government shutdown. Topics covered include: How a government shutdown differs from a debt ceiling crisis Why hasn't Congress passed legislation to fund the government and raise the debt limit How refusing to increase the debt ceiling could impact Social Security How big is the national debt a…
 
What is causing the shortage of goods and workers? What should we do about it? Topics covered include: How a tree pandemic killed billions of American Chestnut trees How a massive increase in demand has crippled the global supply, leading to an eight-fold increase in shipping costs Why there are so many job openings and people quitting their jobs W…
 
A regulatory crackdown and ideological campaign by the Chinese government has upended the Chinese stock market, which comprises close to 40% of emerging market indices. We evaluate what is going on and what investors should do. Topics covered include: How has the Chinese stock market performed in 2021 Why has Cathie Wood and Ark Invest dramatically…
 
What are the demand and supply drivers of home prices? What is the current status of those drivers and do they suggest a housing price crash is imminent, particularly given mortgage forbearance programs are ending? Topics covered include: How much have home prices appreciated in the past year compared to historical rates What has driven the demand …
 
Why bother rebalancing your investment portfolio and what is the best method for doing so. Topics covered include: How a target asset allocation can get out of line if a portfolio is not rebalanced What is positive skewness and why it matters to portfolio investing What is volatility drag and how it can lead to lower end of period wealth What are t…
 
We compare the U.S. dollar with Bitcoin on their key attributes to determine which is better for transactions and preserving wealth, which is most absurd and which has serious flaws. Topics covered include: How are new U.S. Dollars and Bitcoin created How much has the supply of each currency grown How both the dollar and Bitcoin have had rule chang…
 
What are the advantages and disadvantages individual investors have relative to professional investors. How individual investors can capitalize on their advantages without being overwhelmed by too many choices. Topics covered include: How much have fees and commissions dropped for individual investors in the past two decades How the overall objecti…
 
How permanent life insurance can be an effective tool for retirement planning. Topics covered include: What is the difference between term and whole life insurance How many people let their life insurance policies lapse each year What are strengths that insurance companies have that are beneficial to individual investors What are the benefits of wh…
 
How owning fewer, more permanent things can lead to greater freedom and continued economic growth. Topics covered include: How a railroad company issued a bond that matured in 999 years Why land and gold are the most permanent investments What is the oldest currency in use Why fiat and cryptocurrencies are potentially worthless Why permanence is fr…
 
How the carbon emissions allowances and carbon offset markets are structured and how to invest in them. Topics covered include: How much greater are the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and how much have average temperatures increased Why industries and companies are seeking to cut their greenhouse gas emissions How cap and trade emission…
 
The risks and opportunities of investing in startups on equity crowdfunding platforms. Topics covered include: Why do individual investors now have more access to startup investments What has been the historical performance of venture capital funds How most startups fail, leaving only a few startups to offset portfolio losses What factors to consid…
 
How to decide when to take out a home mortgage and whether to pay it off early. How reverse mortgages can be a helpful retirement tool. Topics covered include: Why it is more difficult to get a mortgage today How federal government mortgage guarantees lead to lower mortgage rates How to analyze whether to pay off your mortgage early The differences…
 
We answer over a dozen questions from listeners on investing, housing, retirement, business, podcast production, and more. Topics discussed include: The Endowment Model Teaching children about investing 4 influential investing books The difference between being an entrepreneur and investing The balance between too much and too little efficiency and…
 
What are the risks and opportunities of investing in frontier equity markets? Topics covered include: What are the criteria used to determine whether a country's stock market is considered a frontier, emerging, or developed market Why some countries aren't included in any MSCI stock index How large are frontier markets in terms of population, econo…
 
What are the pros and cons of owning an electric vehicle (EV) compared with an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. Are electric vehicles worth it? Topics covered include: What is the total energy consumption for EVs versus ICE vehicles including energy expended to produce the vehicles and energy used to produce the electricity and refine the …
 
What are ways to invest in water and is it an attractive investment? Topics covered include: How water rights work and how they have been overallocated in the Colorado River basin. Why agriculture uses the vast majority of water in the southwestern U.S. while contributing only a few percentage points to the region's gross domestic product. Why hedg…
 
Half of the global financial system is made up of shadow banks. You have probably already used one. What are shadow banks and what to be wary of when using them. Topics covered include: What are the roles of shadow banks What are examples of shadow banks How two shadow banks, Greensill Capital and Archegos Capital Management, contributed to billion…
 
Why productivity growth is key to creating wealth. Why U.S. productivity growth is slowing, and what we can do to increase business and personal productivity. Topics covered include: How productivity is measured and how it relates to GDP, inflation, and living standards How productivity growth has led to more food, better health, better housing, an…
 
How today's inflationary environment is similar and different from the great inflation of the 1970s. What are the best assets to protect your portfolio if the next great inflation is here. Topics covered include: How is inflation measured and why the pandemic made calculating inflation difficult What causes inflation Why is inflation increasing cur…
 
Seven ways to manage fear in order to improve your investing. How fear can be beneficial. Topics covered include: Why fear can be both helpful and harmful Why expected investment returns are lower from a year ago What are the drivers of asset class returns What is a bucket approach to investing and why it can be helpful What are ways to automate in…
 
How businesses, households, governments, asset managers, and investors interact in unpredictable ways to address the risks and opportunities related to climate change and other global trends. Why ESG investing goes beyond just buying an ESG fund or ETF. Topics covered include: What are incentives, constraints, opportunities, and risks faced by busi…
 
What is decentralized finance and how it is seeking to solve the shortcomings of centralized finance. How BlockFi and MakerDAO, early entrants in the DeFi space work. How to earn up to a 9% yield with cryptocurrency lending. Topics covered include: How centralized finance differs from decentralized finance (DeFi) What are the shortcomings of centra…
 
With a ballooning U.S. federal budget deficit, a growing national debt, and double digit increases in the money supply, is it time to bet against the dollar? Topics covered include: What is driving the double digit increases in U.S. home prices Why hasn't inflation spiked in line with rising home prices What is the velocity of money and why is it f…
 
With interest rates rising does it still make sense to own bonds? Yes. This episode explores the role of bonds including why they are more effective at hedging stock losses than protective put options. Topics covered include: David's business and investment philosophy How bond funds have performed in 2021 Three disparate views on the direction of i…
 
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