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The Readback

The Readback explores why only a few of our most hyped companies and ideas end up meeting their promise. The lessons learned hold value not just for investors, but for everyone trying to find the next big thing.

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The Lesson of MoviePass

For years, Hollywood resisted real change and that's left it particularly vulnerable in 2020.

19mins

23 Dec 2020

Rank #1

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29: CVS Wants to Transform Health Care

Avi Salzman is joined by Barron's senior writer Jack Hough to talk about how CVS is reshaping itself to become a central hub in the U.S. health care system. The Readback is a weekly, financial podcast from Barron's.

12mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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21: Let's Talk Pot Stocks

Host Alex Eule is joined by Barron's senior writer Bill Alpert to talk about the hottest topic in stock investing: pot.The Readback is a weekly, financial podcast from Barron's. Hosted by Alex Eule and produced by Mette Lützhøft.

14mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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20: Blaming Buybacks

Corporate stock buybacks have always received attention from investors but suddenly they're a part of the mainstream conversation. Politicians on the left and right-from Bernie Sanders to Marco Rubio -have targeted stock buybacks as they think about ways to address wealth inequality and tax reform. But how much are buybacks really to blame for society's ills?In this episode of The Readback, Alex Eule is joined by Barron's associate editor Andrew Bary to discuss the suddenly hot topic of stock buybacks and whether politicians from both sides of the aisle are right to target buybacks as they seek to close the wealth gap.The Readback is a weekly, financial podcast from Barron's. Hosted by Alex Eule and produced by Mette Lützhøft.

11mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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28: 5G Is So Close, Yet so Far Away

Host Alex Eule is joined by Barron's Jon Swartz who just got an exclusive demo of a 5G network in Dallas. The test got Jon thinking more about 5G's big potential and the long road that's still ahead.

12mins

10 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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53: TV's Streaming Moment

You're going to be hearing an awful lot about television streaming in the coming weeks. Years after Netflix began the streaming revolution, the company is finally getting real competition. In the latest episode of The Readback, Jack Hough joins host Alex Eule to talk streaming-and which companies are likely to win (and lose) in the months ahead. Produced by Mette Lützhøft.

19mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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63: Get Ready to Pay Up, Consumers

2019 was a banner year for stocks, but it's possible that it was an even better time for consumers. It was, of course, the year for food delivery, one-day shipping, ride-sharing, and streaming -- great services at bargain-basement prices. Tech reporter Tae Kim joins Alex Eule to discuss whether these new offerings are all too good to be true -- and how long they will last. Producer: Mette Lützhøft.

15mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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54: Bears on The Rise

Nicholas Jasinski joins host Alex Eule to talk about Barron's latest Big Money Poll-and why institutional investors are as cautious about stocks-and politics-as they've been in 20 years. Produced by Mette Lützhøft. Published on Oct. 30, 2019.

12mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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11: The Subscription Revolution

In this episode of The Readback, Avi Salzman talks with Alex Eule about the revolution of subscriptions. The Readback is a weekly, financial podcast from Barron's.

10mins

12 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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52: Why Interest Rates Are Going Negative (Rebroadcast)

The Readback team is taking a quick break. We'll be back with a new episode next week. In the meantime, we've selected one of our favorite episodes to re-release:Anyone with a savings account is familiar with the impact of low interest rates. The most generous savings accounts in the U.S. barely pay 2%. Bonds aren't a whole lot better. But in Europe and much of the world, interest rates are not just low -- they're actually negative. Matt Klein joins host Alex Eule to explain. First published on October 16, 2019.

14mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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14: Barron's Goes to Disneyland

Host Alex Eule is joined by senior writer Jack Hough, who recently sat down for a long interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger and got an exclusive tour of Disney's new Star Wars land. The Readback is a weekly podcast from Barron's.

11mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Special Episode: The Myth of the Tulip Bubble

In a pilot episode for a new Barron's podcast, host Sarah Green Carmichael gets the scoop on the Dutch tulip bubble-not the myth, but the real story (which is just as fascinating). Guest: Anne Goldgar, professor at University College London. Please email MetteLutzhoft.Jensen@barrons.com with comments or suggestions.

12mins

8 May 2019

Rank #12

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62: Tesla vs. the Minivan

Everyone loves to talk about electric cars. And, based on the success of Tesla, it seems like everyone wants to drive one. The strange thing is no one really wants to buy them. Less than 2% of the cars sold in the U.S. this year were electric. This week, Alex Eule talks to Barron's Jack Hough about whether - after years of false starts - we might finally be on the cusp of the electric car revolution. Produced by Mette Lützhøft.

15mins

24 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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15: Apple's Next Act

Host Alex Eule is joined by Barron's tech reporter Tae Kim to talk about how Apple lost its way and where it goes from here.The Readback is a weekly financial podcast from Barron's.

15mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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19: 'Tis the Earnings Season

You might have noticed some big swings for some well-known stocks in recent weeks. Apple jumped 7% one day, Facebook surged 11%, Amazon fell 5%. You can thank a wave of corporate results for the big moves. After all, it's earnings season, and that means corporate America is revealing its secrets to investors and everyone else paying attention.In this episode of The Readback, Alex Eule is joined by Barron's associate editor Jack Hough to talk about the latest round of earnings and whether three months from now corporate profit growth might actually turn negative.The Readback is a weekly, financial podcast from Barron's. Hosted by Alex Eule and produced by Mette Lützhøft.

13mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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23: Finding Value in Stamps

You might have heard that Bill Gross recently retired from his portfolio manager role at Janus Capital Group. There are few names in the investment world, more recognizable than Bill Gross. The so-called bond king reinvented the way investors think about debt. For years, he's been a staple in the pages of Barron's, and he sat on Barron's annual roundtable of top investors.Barron's senior writer Mary Childs has covered Bill Gross' career for several years and is working on a book about him. The Readback team thought this was a good time to re-release one of our favorite episodes of the podcast in which Mary talks about a more obscure side of the bond king: His love of stamps.The Readback is a weekly, financial podcast from Barron's. Hosted by Alex Eule and produced by Mette Lützhøft.

11mins

6 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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57: Big Tech vs Banks. Finally a Fair Fight

For a supposedly obsolete idea, the checkbook still holds a lot of power. It remains the gateway to Americans' money. Big tech companies want in on the party, but traditional banks have proven surprisingly resilient when it comes to these customer relationships. This week on The Readback, Alex Eule is joined by Ben Walsh to discuss how much longer Wall Street can hold off Silicon Valley. Producer: Mette Lützhøft.

15mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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*Special Edition* The Barron's Roundtable

For at least four decades now, Barron's has assembled some of the top names in investing every year for what we proudly call the Barron's Roundtable. Every January, the conversation fills many pages of our magazine, spread across two issues.There's always plenty to talk about but this year's Roundtable felt particularly momentous. The group of 10 prominent investors convened just days after the worst December for stocks since 1931. There was worry about things like debt, trade, tech disruption, and politics. In this special edition episode of the Readback, Alex Eule takes you inside the room for Barron's annual investor Roundtable.The Readback is a financial podcast from Barron's. Hosted by Alex Eule and produced by Mette Lützhøft. Lauren R. Rublin is managing editor, Roundtables and Special Projects, at Barron's.

8mins

19 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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34: How Credit Cards Beat Big Tech

Host Alex Eule is joined by Barron's tech reporter Tae Kim to discuss his cover story on how payment companies Visa and Mastercard have staged a rare victory against big tech. Produced by Mette Lützhøft Jensen.

12mins

29 May 2019

Rank #19

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22: The Cold War in Tech

This week opened with some good news in the long-running trade battle between the U.S. and China, when Donald Trump agreed to delay the big hike in tariff rates originally scheduled for March 1. U.S and Chinese investors cheered the move. But the issues are not close to being resolved.In the latest episode of The Readback, Alex Eule is joined by Barron's senior writer Reshma Kapadia to talk about why progress in U.S.-China trade talks won't solve the bigger issue-a growing battle over tech supremacy.The Readback is a weekly, financial podcast from Barron's. Hosted by Alex Eule and produced by Mette Lützhøft.

10mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #20