Merryn Talks Money
Merryn Talks Money
About Merryn Talks Money
Merryn Talks Money with Bloomberg senior columnist Merryn Somerset Webb is your key to understanding how markets work – and how you can make them work for you. Every episode features a relaxed but in-depth conversation with a fund manager, a strategist, a Bloomberg expert or just someone Merryn finds particularly interesting in any given week. Listen in for the kind of insights and explanations everyone can use to help them make better saving and investing choices. Every Friday starting December 9th. From Bloomberg Podcasts.
Investment and macroeconomic analyst Lyn Alden joins to explore the history and future of money. Discussing her book Broken Money: Why Our Financial System is Failing Us and How We Can Make it Better, Alden argues that our present monetary system has fallen behind technological developments. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you’re lucky enough to get a bonus this season (sorry, Barclays bankers), it’s time to give some thought on how to successfully save or spend that money. Reporter Claire Ballentine joins to share the advice she sought out from several financial advisors. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jim Reid, Deutsche Bank’s global head of economics and thematic research, joins to explain why he thinks a US downturn may still be on the way. He also thinks the US stock market is nearly the most concentrated it’s ever been, and that's not good. The top five stocks in the market make up almost a quarter of the market cap of the S&P 500, and combined with the next two, the “Magnificent 7” stocks are bigger than the Chinese market and four times the size of the UK market. Plus, Bloomberg Opinion columnist John Authers joins to debrief on Jim's comments and tell us why he thinks Japan has reached a point of no return. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Kathryn Porter, an energy consultant at Watt-Logic, contends the increase in mining needed to obtain critical minerals necessary for the energy transition “starts to actually look morally questionable” once the harms are factored in. She joins this week’s episode to discuss the matter and what she sees as a better approach to the green transition. Plus, Bloomberg energy reporter Rachel Morison joins to explain what the UK's current energy picture looks like, and what it could like in the future. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Automobiles are often the second-most expensive item people buy, and yet many go into the process unprepared. Ashley Winston, creator of Palmdale Car Finders joins this week’s bonus episode of Merryn Talks Money to offer advice on how to buy a used car successfully. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There could be a “gold rush” in space, says Tim Marshall, author of The Future of Geography and a former diplomatic and foreign affairs editor at Sky News. Just as miners in the 19th century ventured into the lawless frontiers of North America, the presence of rare materials on the moon and elsewhere might fuel a race to harness the opportunities of outer space. “This might be one of the most profitable things in the 21st century.” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer explains that the Tory prime minister has been “liberated” to tackle the UK’s tax burden. But will he in the next budget? Kwarteng joins this week's episode to talk taxes, the "mini-budget" and what he thinks the Tory party should do before the next election. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Making parallels between the Spanish flu pandemic and Covid-19, the Wall Street veteran says a growth boom could be coming. He also discusses what he considers the arbitrary nature of central banks’ 2% inflation target, and why he sees Bitcoin as digital gold. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Just like gold, Bitcoin is `only worth what people will pay for it,’ says Oaktree Capital Management co-founder Howard Marks. He discusses crypto, explains why he believes the investment environment has undergone a “sea change,” and that we won’t be returning to the world of 0% interest rates in the foreseeable future. So instead of Bitcoin or gold, investors should be in a high-yield bond fund. Find all of Howard's memos here: https://www.oaktreecapital.com/insights/memos See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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All too many commentators on the UK economy are “default decliners,” according to Simon French, chief economist and head of research at UK investment bank Panmure Gordon: there’s nothing they can’t put a lousy spin on. French and Janus Henderson portfolio manager Laura Foll join this week’s Merryn Talks Money to share their UK economic outlook for 2024. The data on the British economy isn’t looking bad at all, French says—certainly not as bad as the numbers coming out of Germany. They also discuss their expectations for house prices and what sectors look promising right now. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Saxo Bank has published the latest in its annual series of “outrageous predictions,” and among the bigger calls is that American capitalism is ending. As US debt spirals ever upwards, the federal government will have to make government bonds tax-free, according to Chief Investment Officer Steen Jakobsen, who joins this week’s Merryn Talks Money to discuss the list. “The hand of government is just getting heavier and heavier,” he says. Other predictions include a global Champions League owned by Saudi Arabia, a health crisis triggered by obesity drugs and a two percent European Union wealth tax. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Professor and filmmaker Peter Byck says lessons from ancient bison herds can make cattle farming less of a climate disaster and more profitable. Merryn speaks to him about his latest 4-part documentary series "Roots So Deep (you can see the devil down there)" and the future of farming. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As the US and China vie for supremacy, Pippa Malmgren, economist, author and former adviser to US President George W. Bush, says the threat of conflict is growing. But there may be a silver lining. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Recessions aren’t like they used to be, says Kokou Agbo-Bloua, The Societe Generale global head of economics, cross-asset and quant research contends fixed rate-debt and hefty cash piles have help companies develop short-term immunity to rising interest rates. So has the “kinetic velocity” of the vast fiscal stimulus of the last few years, he says. Agbo-Bloua argues on this week’s Merryn Talks Money that while all of that’s nice for now, it can’t last. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Financial historian Edward Chancellor tells Merryn how low rates resulted in capital being misallocated, and why that’s bad news for any soft landings. Plus, John Stepek tells investors how to get exposure to cheap UK equities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Merryn and senior reporter John Stepek discuss the conversation with Argonaut’s Barry Norris. Links of research/stories referenced in the show and aftershow: https://www.argonautcapital.co.uk/stockumentaries/2023/10/26/britains-a-goner-with-the-wind/ https://www.these-islands.co.uk/publications/i390/an_inconvenient_fact.aspx https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boost-for-offshore-wind-as-government-raises-maximum-prices-in-renewable-energy-auction https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-11-14/siemens-energy-secures-15-billion-deal-to-shore-up-finances https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-10-27/faulty-wind-turbines-become-germany-s-16-billion-problem Link to Money Distilled newsletter: https://www.bloomberg.com/account/newsletters/uk-wealth See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.