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A young Market Analyst gives a seasoned Chief Economist a fresh perspective on the driving factors that influence our economy. Trading Perspectives is brought to you by Oakworth Capital Bank.https://www.oakworthcapital.com/tradingperspectives@oakworthcapital.com

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A young Market Analyst gives a seasoned Chief Economist a fresh perspective on the driving factors that influence our economy. Trading Perspectives is brought to you by Oakworth Capital Bank.https://www.oakworthcapital.com/tradingperspectives@oakworthcapital.com

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Awesome show!

By John Norris Fan - Aug 23 2018
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Very informative and the hosts are highly educated in economics. I definitely enjoy listening!

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By Oakworth Fan - Aug 20 2018
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Topical and conversational

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
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1
0
3

Awesome show!

By John Norris Fan - Aug 23 2018
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Very informative and the hosts are highly educated in economics. I definitely enjoy listening!

Fan

By Oakworth Fan - Aug 20 2018
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Topical and conversational
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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

Latest release on Jan 13, 2020

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A young Market Analyst gives a seasoned Chief Economist a fresh perspective on the driving factors that influence our economy. Trading Perspectives is brought to you by Oakworth Capital Bank.https://www.oakworthcapital.com/tradingperspectives@oakworthcapital.com

Rank #1: Universal Basic Income

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In episode 29 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about Universal Basic Income.  Universal = everyone. Basic = base or floor amount. Income = money from the government. As the name implies, UBI is a predetermined amount of money the government gives to each individual regardless of their ability or even willingness to work.  Who wouldn’t like that?

Mar 11 2019

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Rank #2: Longer Term Interest Rates

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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?

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #3: Climate Change

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This week John and Sam talk about the sacrifices they are willing to make when it comes to climate change.  With meat free items emerging in the fast food industry, investors responded well to the IPO from Beyond Meat, the plant-based meat provider, earlier this month.  Setting stock price aside, would you be willing to trade that Big Mac for the meatless alternative to support climate change?  What about air travel? If a high-speed rail was readily available, would you use it for recreational or business travel?  Nobody wants to see rivers on fire or trash piling up in the Pacific, but can we assume consumers will change their patterns voluntarily?

May 13 2019

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Rank #4: Pot Stocks

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As legalization becomes more and more accepted in some states, many people are becoming interested in pot stocks.  In this week’s episode John and Sam discuss the likelihood of our nation’s overall acceptance of Marijuana.  Are pot stocks a good investment?  What is the difference between decriminalization and legalization?  Which one would have a larger effect on the economy?

Feb 19 2019

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Rank #5: The Future of Social Media

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With the exit of Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger, many companies are left wondering what role social media is going to have moving forward. In Episode 8 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the different aspects of social media that are causing concern and how relevant social media platforms are going to be given the amount of control Mark Zuckerberg has over Facebook.  Will a social media marketing strategy be worth the investment for growing companies in the future?

Oct 01 2018

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Rank #6: Socialism: What is it and why are people for it?

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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 to emulate Europe?

Nov 18 2019

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Rank #7: Corporate Social Responsibilites: A Benefit to Society or a Strategic Marketing Campaign?

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Today's workforce generally puts a lot of value on social and environmental efforts of their employer. In episode 6 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about the social responsibility of companies like Nike and Starbucks and whether or not companies have a responsibility to put benefits to society over those of the company. On the flip side, are corporate social efforts driven by a strategic marketing plan to increase sales and revenue?

Sep 17 2018

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Rank #8: Brexit: The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

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In episode 7, John and Sam talk about the upcoming Brexit, short for British Exit. Just what will happen IF the European Union and the British can't see eye to eye on their impending, um, divorce? Will it be the end of the global economy as we know it? Will it be Britain against the Continent, again? Will the US even feel it?

Sep 24 2018

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Rank #9: The US Labor Market

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Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the US economy created 128,000 new payroll jobs.  So far, the participation rate is the highest it’s been since 2013. However, people are still talking about a recession.  Should we be worried about a recession in 2020?  If so, what can we expect compared to 2008? What are the differences in the economy in 2008 and now?

Nov 04 2019

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Rank #10: Bar-B-Que & Big Gulps

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Episode 4 of Trading Perspectives is the 2nd of our 2 part discussion on sin taxes.   John and Sam dive deeper into the sugary products discussed in episode 3 and just how much money they actually cost on annual basis. Sam provides statistics surrounding the amount of money the government spends on healthcare in relation to the sugary foods we consume daily.  Should we, as consumers, be dependent on the government to tell us when enough is enough?

Sep 03 2018

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Rank #11: The Future of Banking

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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 so, how will that impact the future of banking?

Jun 24 2019

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Rank #12: The Aging Workforce in America

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The average age of US citizens is rising.  In episode 5 of Trading Perspectives, Baby Boomer John Norris and co-host Sam Clement, Gen Z, discuss generational changes in the American workforce. In 1950 the economy had at it's disposal 8.1 people of working age for each person of retirement age. By 2030 that ratio is expected to have shrunk to just over 5.0.   In 1950 the average age of the American worker was 29.  Today it has risen to over 38.  The personal savings rate is half of what it was in the 60s and 70s. Even if the average retiree had ample savings to sustain him or herself, which is hardly the case, those trends could leave the economy struggling to find enough workers to support the population's demands for good and services by the time Millennials and Generation Z hit retirement age. 

Sep 10 2018

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Rank #13: The Green New Deal

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On February 7, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others in the democratic party introduced the Green New Deal. Aimed to increase economic equality and climate change, the GND will require drastic changes. This week John and Sam argue the reality of the deal and whether it is economically sound. How will it affect real estate?  How will it affect individuals? Who will pay for it?  Generally speaking, the goal of the GND sounds great, but will it be effective?

Feb 11 2019

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Rank #14: High Deficits: Do They Matter?

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In episode 40 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam talk about the ballooning budget deficits and the ability to pay back the debt. With the United States still being the dominant economy, and its debt still desirable, the question remains how long can that last and should we be worried?

May 28 2019

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Rank #15: The shift in Consumer Values

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There is no doubt that consumer buying patterns are evolving, but after driving by 2 fine jewelers that are going out of business, John and Sam notice that people are shifting away from luxurious goods.  From fine china and silver platters, watches, and even beer, people are interested in more practical goods.  People are finding value in the product itself not in the marketing fluff.  Are these changes in consumer values due to societal differences, generational differences or are mindsets shifting altogether?

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #16: Bourbon & Business

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Episode 35 of Trading Perspectives features another special guest, Lincoln Lee Hammons from Mobile, Alabama. In addition to his role as Managing Director for Oakworth Capital Bank, Lee is a bourbon connoisseur.  In this week’s episode, John and Sam get the 411 on all things bourbon.  How did it get to be so popular at business events? In the past we’ve seen huge spikes in popularity with wine and scotch.  Why Bourbon?  Why now? 

Apr 22 2019

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Rank #17: Pour Some Sugar On Me?

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In episode 3 of Trading Perspectives, John Norris and co-host Sam Clement discuss the taxes on unhealthy goods and services.  How much is too much and should the government be able to dictate the food we eat?  This episode dives deep into the sugary products that sin taxes are placed on (in addition to alcohol and tobacco) and just how beneficial these optional taxes are to the economy and the consumer. 

Aug 27 2018

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Rank #18: Why is everyone so angry?

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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 human capital instead of the small percentage in the top tier? Also, does social media play a role in fueling the anger?

Nov 25 2019

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Rank #19: The Global Dissatisfaction with Political Leadership

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In episode 19 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam discuss the overall dissatisfaction with G7 political leaders. Although this issue doesn’t receive much media coverage, America is not alone in feeling a lack of confidence toward our leaders. How much of this dissatisfaction is driven by technology? Is our ability to easily share opinions through social media playing a role in the global discontent for political leadership?

Dec 17 2018

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Rank #20: The Crystal Ball

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In episode 21 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam make specific predictions about everything from the government shut down to sports. This past year we heard a lot about GDP, federal rate hikes, Brexit, etc. What can we expect in 2019? What factors will have the greatest impact on our economy? And how long will the shut down last?

Jan 14 2019

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The Assassination of Iranian General Soleimani

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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 respond and the technology behind the attack.  With the technology today, will the United States ever need a draft again?

Jan 13 2020

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A Look Back at 2019

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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?

Jan 06 2020

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Unemployment Rate

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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?

Dec 23 2019

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Monetary Policy & Income Inequality

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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? 

Dec 17 2019

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Chinese Trade Wars: What Game are We Playing?

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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 US? How could the on-going trade war effect the US economy?

Dec 09 2019

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Socialism Slows Down Economic Progress

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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.

Dec 02 2019

21mins

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Why is everyone so angry?

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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 human capital instead of the small percentage in the top tier? Also, does social media play a role in fueling the anger?

Nov 25 2019

19mins

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Socialism: What is it and why are people for it?

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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 to emulate Europe?

Nov 18 2019

20mins

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Longer Term Interest Rates

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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?

Nov 12 2019

16mins

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The US Labor Market

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Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the US economy created 128,000 new payroll jobs.  So far, the participation rate is the highest it’s been since 2013. However, people are still talking about a recession.  Should we be worried about a recession in 2020?  If so, what can we expect compared to 2008? What are the differences in the economy in 2008 and now?

Nov 04 2019

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High Income and Corporate Taxes

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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 a good way to alleviate poverty?  What are the 3 keys to economic success? 

Oct 28 2019

16mins

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The shift in Consumer Values

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There is no doubt that consumer buying patterns are evolving, but after driving by 2 fine jewelers that are going out of business, John and Sam notice that people are shifting away from luxurious goods.  From fine china and silver platters, watches, and even beer, people are interested in more practical goods.  People are finding value in the product itself not in the marketing fluff.  Are these changes in consumer values due to societal differences, generational differences or are mindsets shifting altogether?

Oct 21 2019

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Repo Market Stress

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With the rarely mentioned Repo market showing signs of stress, and the Federal Reserve being forced to pump more cash into the market, is the Fed losing control of monetary policy? Is the national debt maybe a bigger issue than we previously thought?

Oct 15 2019

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Fair Pay to Play Act

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Last week, California signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law, a bill permitting college athletes in the state to hire agents and be paid for endorsements.  The law is scheduled to take effect in 2023.  If passed, how could it effect smaller programs? Will this law draw all the most talented athletes to California state schools, in turn forcing other athletic programs to pass similar laws to stay competitive?

Oct 07 2019

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The Socially Conscious Investor

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With Juul gaining more notoriety as of late, John and Sam discuss what it would take for companies to change their core businesses.  Will investors be willing to carve companies like Altria, one of Juul's major investors, out of their portfolios?  If the S&P would return 8% with those types of companies in it, or only 7% without it, would a majority of people be willing to sacrifice their returns?

Sep 30 2019

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Drone Attacks on Saudi Arabian Oil Fields

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Last week 8 drones attacked the Aramco oil fields in Saudi Arabia, ultimately causing increased tensions in the middle east.   The attacks took out 50% of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and 5% of the worlds global output.  Crude oil, which is used for more than just gasoline, remains a controversial topic in the US as many American’s want to stop oil production in the US altogether.  What do these drone strikes mean for America? What is potential for disruption in crude oil prices? And did these attacks impact last week’s federal rate cut?

Sep 23 2019

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Climate Change

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There has been something strange about recent weather patterns. Temperatures have been unusually high, even for those of us accustomed to them. It’s not surprising when you consider 7.7 billion people, requiring food to eat, water to drink, clothes and shoes to wear, and a cool, dry place to live will consume a lot of natural resources around the globe, putting some level of stress on the environment. What impact is mankind having on the climate and what can we really do about climate change?

Sep 16 2019

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Negative Interest Rates in the United States

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Last week, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, said that it’s only a matter of time before negative interest rates spread to the United States.  In this episode of Trading Perspectives John and Sam talk about why much of Europe has negative interest rates and what would need to change for that to happen here. If American risk tolerance were to change, could the US sustain negative interest rates?

Sep 09 2019

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The American Empire

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Throughout history, empires have come and gone, but they have all had some common characteristics. The American empire is a little different. This week John and Sam discuss economic growth of countries and how the US empire works on a financial and economic basis. How does the US fit into Global GDP historically? What role has the United States played in this new period of accelerated growth and are we the cause or just a beneficiary?

Sep 03 2019

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Gross Domestic Product

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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 happiness?  What role does happiness play in a country’s productivity?

Aug 26 2019

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iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
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3

Awesome show!

By John Norris Fan - Aug 23 2018
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Very informative and the hosts are highly educated in economics. I definitely enjoy listening!

Fan

By Oakworth Fan - Aug 20 2018
Read more
Topical and conversational