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FT Alphachat

Alphachat is the conversational podcast about business and economics produced by the Financial Times in New York. Each week, FT hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with more wonkiness, humour and irreverence than you'll find anywhere else See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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China's debt and the Trump media paradox

Peking University professor Michael Pettis visits the FT to discuss the role that debt plays in the rebalancing of the Chinese economy. Then, Trump's bombastic stump speeches and interviews have been a ratings boon for US media. Global media editor Matt Garrahan joins hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia to explain how the 'Trump Effect' has impacted conservative talk radio and television shows. Go to FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Yeyey and Minden. Clips courtesy of The Laura Ingraham Show and The Rush Limbaugh Show. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

5 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Alphachatterbox: Gavyn Davies and Tyler Cowen on the productivity puzzle

FT Alphaville's Izabella Kaminska leads Gavyn Davies, chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management and an FT blogger, and Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University, in a discussion on the forces causing productivity stagnation. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. This conversation was recorded at the FT Festival of Finance on July 1, 2016 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

29 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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Credit and crises, and the economic shocks of 2016 thus far

During normal economic cycles, increasing credit hides an economy's deeper problems, but when a financial crisis hits, all of that credit flips from shock absorber to shock multiplier. Professor of economics Alan Taylor explains his research. Then, FT journalists discuss some of the biggest shocks of 2016, including the change in perception at the Fed over what type of monetary policy would benefit the US economy. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

24 Jun 2016

Rank #3

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A trip through Trumpland

Sociologist Arlie Hochschild spent five years in the Louisiana bayou as part of her study of the American right. Hochschild tells host Cardiff Garcia how Donald Trump's nomination has appealed to the Louisiana residents who feel their story has increasingly been ignored. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

6 Sep 2016

Rank #4

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The Trump economy

The US Alphaville team breaks down the potential macroeconomic and financial-market effects of a Trump presidency, with special guest Aswath Damodaran, professor of finance at New York University. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

11 Nov 2016

Rank #5

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Stephen Kotkin on Stalin's economics

Historian Stephen Kotkin joins Alphaville's Matt Klein to discuss how Joseph Stalin's violent commitment to Marxist-Leninism shaped Soviet society in the 1930s. It's the subject of Kotkin's latest book, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 18mins

27 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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How short-termism is misunderstood, millennials won't leave home and a battle of two Wall St bankers

Corporate short-termism, or a company's tendency to reduce internal investment and focus on share price and dividend payments, is widely criticised by economists and politicians for its effect on the stock market. Michael Mauboussin, head of global financial strategies at Credit Suisse, explains his skepticism about this consensus. Then, a recent Goldman Sachs report suggests more millennials lived in their parents' homes in 2015 than the year before, despite a strengthening jobs market. The FT's Anna Nicolaou joins Cardiff and Shannon to discuss what's holding millennials back despite the fact that they are not unemployed. Finally, Lex writer Sujeet Indap shares a tale of two Wall St bankers. Music by Podington Bear and Broke For Free. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 1min

29 Jan 2016

Rank #7

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Michael Pettis on the mechanics and politics of trade

Economist Michael Pettis joins the FT’s Cardiff Garcia and Matt Klein to discuss the macroeconomic framework he introduced in his book The Great Rebalancing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

28 Jul 2017

Rank #8

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Keynes vs Hayek: NOW who's winning?

Cardiff Garcia sits down with Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics, to discuss which economist's ideas are ascendant in the post-crisis cycle, and why both will matter during the Trump administration. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

2 Dec 2016

Rank #9

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An MF Global catchup

In this episode of Alphachat, Alphaville reporters Izabella Kaminska and David Keohane chat to repo market specialist Scott Skyrm about the fall of MF Global. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

25 Jul 2013

Rank #10

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Should Amazon be broken up?

Lina Khan, a writer and fellow at New America, joins FT Alphaville's Alex Scaggs to discuss how the tech company's unique organisational structure and business strategy raise possible antitrust issues that current law isn't particularly well designed to address. It's the subject of Khan's paper, "Amazon's antitrust paradox", recently published in the Yale Law Journal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

31 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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Forecasting the next-generation political economy

Forecasts about geopolitics and economics are often distorted by flawed institutional incentives and a range of cognitive biases. Dan Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, tells Cardiff Garcia and Mary Childs how forecasters typically go wrong, and he outlines what he calls the five "known unknowns" that will frame the political economy of the next generation. The three also discuss the foreign policy views of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

14 Sep 2016

Rank #12

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Noah Smith on the Japanese economy

FT Alphaville's frankly frequent podcast continues with another look at Abenomics. This episode features Alphaville's Cardiff Garcia and Izabella Kaminska alongside guest Noah Smith. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

25 Jun 2013

Rank #13

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What's going on in hedge fund land?

Many investors are questioning the benefit of allocating chunks of their money to hedge funds after recent bouts of financial market turbulence and poor performance. The FT's US financial correspondent Mary Childs joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the big players and their idiosyncratic personalities, contentious issues like fees and benchmarking metrics, and the institutional lack of diversity among top fund managers. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

3 Jun 2016

Rank #14

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Adam Tooze on Davos, econ 101 and the unexpected importance of China in the global economy

Adam Tooze, economic historian and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, joins the FT’s Brendan Greeley and Brown University’s Mark Blyth to discuss how our politics got us to where we are today, why our ideas about how the economy works may not be fit for purpose, and the key role that China played during the Great Recession and continues to play today. They also discuss the central importance of global capital flows for understanding our world and why global liquidity may be much more fragile than we like to think. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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Tackling the housing 'trilemma', and the business of MMA

What are the economic and social tradeoffs of deciding where to live and how can one measure these? An economist at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis joins Cardiff Garcia and Kara Scannell to discuss a system he developed for this exact purpose. Then, how did a failing business promoting mixed martial arts grow to become a global brand valued at $4bn? Cardiff talks the economics of the sport with John S. Nash, a writer for the UFC and MMA industry website Bloodyelbow.com. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

22 Jul 2016

Rank #16

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Abenomics edition

In which Alphaville's David Keohane and Kate Mackenzie chat about Abenomics -- its progress, goals and endgame -- with Citi's G10 chief FX strategist Steven Englander. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

22 May 2013

Rank #17

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The psychology behind what we do with our money

Researchers Colin Camerer and Cary Frydman recently uncovered new facts about the psychological and neuroscientific processes that influence our financial decision making habits. They join host Cardiff Garcia to discuss further. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

28 Oct 2016

Rank #18

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The quant episode

In an episode dedicated to investing and quantitative analysis, hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia are joined by US markets editor Robin Wigglesworth to discuss quirky new alternative data that money managers use to make investment decisions. Robin also offers some insight into what first quarter earnings indicate for corporate performance in 2016. Then, the FT's John Authers talks to Meb Faber of Cambria Investment Management about cloning the strategies of the world's most famous and aggressive active investors, the subject of Faber's recent book Invest with the House. Visit FT.com/alphachat for show notes and links. Music by Minden. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

15 Apr 2016

Rank #19

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Why Davos is more than one big party, privacy in an age of security and convenient tech and the economics of ageing

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos next week, replete with captains of industry and world leaders. The FT's US managing editor Gillian Tett and Fusion's senior editor Felix Salmon join host Cardiff Garcia to debate the merits of the gathering of the rich and powerful in the Swiss Alps. They also discuss the theme of privacy in an age of enhanced security measures and new technology. Finally, with the workforces of several developed countries expected to shrink in the near future, Alphaville's Matt Klein dissects the economics of ageing populations. Go to ft.com/alphachat for show notes. Music by Podington Bear and Kevin MacLeod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

15 Jan 2016

Rank #20