Trading Perspectives Podcast

Episode 72 of the Trading Perspectives Podcast

January 13, 2020, by Sara McPherson

The Assassination of Iranian General Soleimani On January 3rd, 2020 President Trump authorized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Many have since made it clear that they are not in support of the US Military’s effort to eliminate the terrorist leader. One week later, stock prices are up and oil prices are down so what are people worried about?  This week, John and Sam talk about the need for a draft, how Iran will...

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Episode 71 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

January 2, 2020, by Sara McPherson

 A Look Back at 2019 After a rough end to 2018, many were worried about a volatile 2019.  Although the bricks in the proverbial wall of worry didn’t change much, 2019 was anything but volatile. What made 2019 so different and what can we expect for 2020?     Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have an iOS device?  We are also available on most major podcast outlets, including but not limited to the ones listed below. Spotify...

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Episode 70 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

December 20, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Unemployment Rate This week John and Sam talk about the unemployment rate and the different ways that it’s measured.  Right now, the unemployment rate is historically low at 3.5%.  Many people are saying the rate is below the natural rate of unemployment.  So how low can it go? What is a good number and how should it be calculated?     Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have an iOS device?  We are also available on most major...

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Episode 69 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

December 16, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Monetary Policy & Income Inequality This week John and Sam talk about the effect of monetary policy on income inequality.    Many people think that monetary policy has led to a spike in inequality when it comes to wealth and income, but there is more to this topic than just whether or not the Fed raises the overnight lending target.  How does monetary policy actually impact the bottom quintile?       Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have...

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Episode 68 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

December 9, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Chinese Trade Wars: What Game are We Playing? This week, John and Sam answer the frequently asked question, when will the trade deal get done? The answer: probably not anytime soon.  Donald Trump and President Xi are not playing the same game.  US politicians generally think in terms of elections, 2- or 4-year increments.  President Xi could technically be president forever so what is the rush for him to come to an agreement with the...

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Episode 67 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

December 2, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Socialism Slows Down Economic Progress How long can politicians hold back the inevitable? When people enjoy the rule of law, private property rights, and the development of human capital economic growth will happen.  If you don’t provide these things or try to stop them, your economy will sputter and eventually come to a halt. While people love to look at the past with rose colored glasses, change almost always brings improvement.       Listen...

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Episode 66 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

November 25, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Why is everyone so angry? Lately it seems the entire world is protesting about something, even in the U.S. But why? Inequality seems to be a hot topic across the board and many feel the “wealthy” are to blame.  According to the recent Census, the average income is much lower than one would think.  Should we shift the focus to the 25% earning less than $25,000/year? Should there be more focus on the development of...

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Episode 65 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

November 18, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Socialism: What is it and why are people for it? Socialism, a term with a historically negative connotation, has become somewhat of a buzzword lately as many democratic politicians consider themselves socialists.  So, what exactly is socialism?  Clearly Bernie Sanders, AOC, and Elizabeth Warren have a different view on socialism than those of the WW2 generation.  How do different generations feel about socialism and what makes it appealing to some people?  Should the US strive...

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Episode 64 of the Trading Perspectives Podcast

November 12, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Longer-Term Interest Rates Longer-term interest rates have been going up, and that is a good thing? John and Sam discuss how lower rates were supposedly the cure for what ails us earlier in the year, and how that has changed in November. Perhaps there is some truth to the argument: “higher long-term interest rates are bad for asset prices except for when they aren’t.” They aren’t, or haven’t been, recently.  But why?      ...

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Episode 62 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

October 28, 2019, by Sara McPherson

High Income and Corporate Taxes This week, John and Sam focus on the importance of taxation in order to boost economic growth and alleviate poverty.  Dr. Abhijit Banerjee, a professor at MIT, was recently featured in a Bloomberg article in which he states that taxing the rich and large corporations is the only way to alleviate poverty.    Although taxation is important to economic growth, high tax rates don’t ensure a strong economy.  So, what is...

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