Trading Perspectives Podcast

Episode 53 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

August 26, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Gross Domestic Product How strong is America’s economy? That really depends on who you ask.  Since the Roosevelt administration, the most widely used measure of economic strength is in terms of GDP.  Gross Domestic Product.  This week, John and Sam compare GDP to lesser known measure called Gross National Happiness.  Is GDP still the most accurate way to measure the health of our economy and growth of society?  What is the best way to measure...

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Episode 52 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

August 19, 2019, by Sara McPherson

The American Dream In this week’s episode of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about an article written by Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith titled “It’s Gotten Too Hard to Strike it Rich In America”.  The article suggests that big companies, institutional investors, tight lending standards and degree requirements make it tougher for the average American to achieve the American Dream.  Is the American Dream dying?  Is it getting harder to create new businesses? Read the...

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Episode 51 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

August 12, 2019, by Sara McPherson

The Effect of Major Events on the Economy In this episode John and Sam talk about the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and the effect the tragic events will have on an already unsettled market.  Do major events effect the market? How have local and global markets responded in the past?  Lastly, how much pressure will the GOP have to implement meaningful gun reform?       Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have an iOS device? ...

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Episode 50 of Trading Perspectives

August 5, 2019, by Sara McPherson

FOMC Rate Cuts For the first time in over a decade the Federal Open Market Committee, the monetary policy making arm of the Federal Reserve, cut the overnight lending target by 0.25% to an effective range of 2.00-2.25%. This week John and Sam breakdown the statement from the FOMC. Why now and is it even necessary? Should we expect to see another rate cut in the near future?       Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have...

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Episode 49 of Trading Perspectives

July 29, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Negative Interest Rates Last week, the European Central Bank decided to keep interest rates below zero and president Mario Draghi hinted at cutting the rate even more.  This week, John and Sam explain negative interest rates. How do they work and who would buy a security that is guaranteed to lose money?  How will it affect the U.S?       Listen here:  http://tradingperspectives.libsyn.com/ Don’t have an iOS device?  We are also available on most major...

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Episode 48 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

July 22, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Netflix & Consumer Streaming Patterns Last week, Netflix announced its most recent quarterly earnings and needless to say, the markets aren’t happy. Earnings per share was down, user growth was less than expected and the number of US subscribers decreased by over 100,000 users.  In this week’s episode of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about how the nature of television is changing yet again.  With streaming so easily accessible, how can Netflix stay ahead...

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Episode 47 of Trading Perspectives Podcast

July 15, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Bitcoin & Other forms of Cryptocurrency This week, John and Sam talk about the recent rise in the price of Bitcoin.  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are back in the spotlight since Facebook announced the launch of the Libra, it’s own form of cryptocurrency.  Why are cryptocurrencies back on the rise after what happened in 2018?  Where is the value in Bitcoin coming from? Currently cryptocurrencies are seen as volatile replacement for precious metals.  As cryptocurrencies...

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Episode 46 of Trading Perspectives

July 8, 2019, by Sara McPherson

The Gold Standard Last week, President Trump named Judy Shelton, a long-time advocate of the gold standard, as his latest pick for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board.  The US abandoned the gold standard in 1971 under the Nixon administration and many feel bringing it back would be devastating to the US economy.  On the flip side, some believe it would make the US dollar less susceptible to inflation.  With the US dollar being...

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Episode 45 of Trading Perspectives

July 1, 2019, by Sara McPherson

Student Loan Forgiveness Student loan forgiveness could very well become a major part of the democratic platform in 2020. This week, John and Sam explain the scope of the problem behind student loan debt and how it came about.  Before we make a decision to eliminate student loan debt, we need to understand where we started and who is at fault for the student loan debt crisis. How are student loans effecting college tuition?  If...

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Episode 44 of Trading Perspectives

June 24, 2019, by Sara McPherson

The Future of Banking Episode 44 of Trading Perspectives features special guest Scott Reed, Senior Managing Director of Oakworth Capital Bank.  As Bernie Sanders and many left leaning politicians are making a push to break up big banks, John and Scott discuss how the role of banks has changed over recent decades.  How has technology impacted the way people bank?  Will the evolution of technology in the banking industry raise question marks in Washington?  If...

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