Rank #1: Get smart on Trump and trade
POLITICO trade journalists Megan Cassella, Adam Behsudi and Doug Palmer explain exactly what's going on with the Trump White House and international trade. Will the U.S. ultimately decide to get back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership or seek individual deals with Japan and other TPP members? Can the White House meet a looming deadline to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and get a new deal through Congress?
Apr 25 2018
Rank #2: Baby Bust: How the boomers broke America
On this episode of Baby Bust, Ben White talks to Bruce Gibney, the author of ‘A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America’ about the large economic problems future generations will face, and possible solutions. Plus, why Gibney thinks sociopath is the right word to describe the boomer’s generation, and what he thinks made them that way.
Oct 26 2019
Rank #3: Economic expansions don’t just die. They get murdered.
When is the next recession coming? Economist Betsey Stevenson, who served on The Council of Economic Advisers under President Barak Obama and who is now a professor at the University of Michigan, joins POLITICO's Ben White to talk about what indicators she's watching to predict when the next recession might hit.
Jan 16 2019
Rank #4: Do we have amnesia, or is it time to tweak Dodd-Frank?
Ten years after the financial crisis, Congress is talking about relaxing some aspects of Dodd-Frank. But one person's "tweak" is another person's "Are you nuts?"
Jul 18 2018
Rank #5: What Hollywood can teach Uber drivers about the gig economy
POLITICO's Andrew Hanna says long before Uber and Airbnb, Hollywood conquered the gig economy-- with an assist from Ronald Reagan. Hear how Dracula and Groucho Marx set in motion a decades-long struggle for worker benefits that's especially relevant in the age of the side hustle.
Jul 25 2018
Rank #6: The strange case of Donald Trump vs. Jay Powell
President Trump wants a booming economy, but he also wants low interest rates. Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell may keep interest rates more or less where they are, but would likely only do that if the economy cools off.
POLITICO Pro financial services reporter Victoria Guida (@vtg2) joins Ben White to explain the contours of the Trump-Powell relationship -- and shed some light on whether traders are misunderstanding Powell when he talks about the economy.
Reporting referenced in this episode: Trump may get his wish on pause in Fed rate hikes
Dec 12 2018
Rank #7: Austan Goolsbee: Trump's Fed tweet raises alarm bells
Former top Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee joins POLITICO Money to discuss President Trump potentially putting political pressure on the Federal Reserve. Goolsbee also reflects back on his own experiences in the Obama administration, especially leaving the White House on the day in 2011 when Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. debt for the first time ever in the midst of a bitter debt limit crisis.
Apr 18 2018
Rank #8: Bull market still bucking mean and dirty
Investment adviser Richard Bernstein joins Ben to talk bulls, bears, and the tax cut leakage effect. He also explains why watching inflation is like watching paint dry, and why Wall Street's bull market is still bucking mean and dirty, despite trade disputes.
Jul 11 2018
Rank #9: Mark Meadows on frustrations of being a deficit hawk on the Hill
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows joins POLITICO Money to discuss being a fiscally conservative stronghold in the midst of exploding deficits and rising debt. Meadows also speaks out against the White House's handling of the Rob Porter scandal and explains why the House should take the lead of immigration. Meadows is undoubtedly frustrated. But he won't overthrow the House leadership ... not yet, at least.
Feb 15 2018
Rank #10: Baby Bust: Don't blame the boomers for everything (just most things)
On this episode of Baby Bust, Ben White talks to an authority on generational trends: Neil Howe. Howe is a historian, economist, and demographer. He's written over a dozen books, and he and co-author William Strauss coined the term "millennial generation" in the late 80's. Howe is part of the baby boomer generation, and makes an argument for boomer's positive contributions. Plus, Ben calls his friend and fellow X-er Amy Walter for some self reflection on Gen-X. Walter is a political analyst, the national editor of The Cook Political Report, hosts politics with Amy Walter on WNYC, and she’s the Friday host of The Takeaway.
Nov 02 2019
Rank #11: Sallie Krawcheck on why Wall Street hasn't had its "Me Too" moment
Former top executive at Citigroup and current CEO of Ellevest Sallie Krawcheck has some ideas for why the testosterone-fueled world of Wall Street has not yet had a 'Me Too' moment. Sallie also discusses combating "mansplaining" and how financial independence impacts women's politics.
Feb 21 2018
Rank #12: What's up with Trump and Canada?
As talks between the U.S. and Canada over a new North American Free Trade Agreement head into crunch time in Washington this week, the latest POLITICO Money podcast takes you inside the room for the high-stakes talks.
Sep 12 2018
Rank #13: The trade war is already over
The Chinese and U.S. economies are likely to slow in 2019, giving President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping no choice but to declare a truce in their ferocious trade battle, according to a top Wall Street strategist.
Jan 02 2019
Rank #14: A reality check on watering down Dodd-Frank
This week Ben White explores the Crapo bill, the legislation that reforms the Dodd-Frank Act by scaling back regulations on regional banks. The banking bill is supported by some moderate Democrats, but is getting criticized by the far left. Is there teeth to the argument or are we wading into partisan politics?
Mar 14 2018
Rank #15: Reading inbetween the lines of the 4.1% unemployment rate
Former BLS Commissioner Erica Groshen joins POLITICO Money to discuss how the very low unemployment number masks some persistent weaknesses in our economy. Plus, Brenda Dryer, the director of workforce solutions in Ames, Iowa, explains the conditions in the city with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at just 1.4 percent.
Apr 11 2018
Rank #16: A user's guide to Larry Kudlow
Host Ben White is joined by POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook to talk about the interview they had with Larry Kudlow, the Director of the United States National Economic Council. They discuss how Kudlow is an optimist in a White House that is known for backbiting, and how it is possible for Kudlow to work well with President Trump despite their conflicting opinions on hot button issues like trade.
May 16 2018
Rank #17: What the Trump team was doing during the financial crisis
Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist at the New York Times and author of “Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves,” talks with POLITICO’s Ben White about how close the financial system came to collapse, and how it felt to have a front-row seat. POLITICO's Victoria Guida explains how as the financial crisis shook the nation, Trump's team saw a payoff.
Sep 19 2018
Rank #18: Baby Bust: That time boomers tried to do a Grand Bargain for the future and it all went bust.
President Barack Obama — technically a late-era boomer but more Gen X by personal temperament — attempted to strike a “grand bargain” with tea party-led Republicans and then-House Speaker John Boehner to address long-term entitlement sustainability and spending issues along with significant tax hikes. POLITICO's editor Carrie Budoff Brown expains how and why it all fell apart.
Nov 09 2019
Rank #19: Could tariffs trigger a trade war with China?
This week, Ben delves into Donald Trump’s plan to slap as much as $60 billion in tariffs on imported Chinese goods. Does the president misunderstand the nature of the U.S. trade relationship with China? Or is it imperative that tariffs be used to protect American workers?
Mar 21 2018
Rank #20: These steel workers are the losers in the trade war
While some firms see a boost from the president’s aggressive trade tactics, others find patience running thin.
Aug 22 2018