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The Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast brings you revealing stories about the world of business, finance, technology, and beyond. Each of our episodes tackles an intriguing question (why do so many pro athletes go broke?) or a persistent problem in the business world (can gender diversity carry a bottom-line value?) and introduces us to people working in sometimes surprising corners in the realm of capital. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, members SIPC.

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The Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast brings you revealing stories about the world of business, finance, technology, and beyond. Each of our episodes tackles an intriguing question (why do so many pro athletes go broke?) or a persistent problem in the business world (can gender diversity carry a bottom-line value?) and introduces us to people working in sometimes surprising corners in the realm of capital. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, members SIPC.

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By E.hong - Jan 03 2018
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Easily digestable. Short format. Great ideas/concepts broken down.

This podcast is a reminder to pay attention.

By Zamsky - Jul 11 2017
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Money will not buy happiness, but if you pay attention to your money, you will be happier.

iTunes Ratings

78 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
1
10
1
5

Worth the listen

By E.hong - Jan 03 2018
Read more
Easily digestable. Short format. Great ideas/concepts broken down.

This podcast is a reminder to pay attention.

By Zamsky - Jul 11 2017
Read more
Money will not buy happiness, but if you pay attention to your money, you will be happier.
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Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast

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The Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast brings you revealing stories about the world of business, finance, technology, and beyond. Each of our episodes tackles an intriguing question (why do so many pro athletes go broke?) or a persistent problem in the business world (can gender diversity carry a bottom-line value?) and introduces us to people working in sometimes surprising corners in the realm of capital. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, members SIPC.

Rank #1: How Can You Avoid Thinking Like the Herd?

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Smart decision-making takes more than intelligent people and good data. The theories of behavioral economics inform how businesses, and the rest of us, can try to avoid the irrational responses that may work against our best interests.

Jul 21 2017

16mins

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Rank #2: What Does It Mean to Retire Now?

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After long careers and years of saving, many of today’s retirees have decided not to set sail on an exotic cruise or spend their days on the golf course. They’re changing what it means to retire by re-entering the workforce—and creating an entirely new market in the process.

In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we look at the tech startups, nonprofits, and even the baby boomers themselves who are shaping the newly retired market. Steve Records, the Vice President of Field Operations at SCORE, explains how connecting young entrepreneurs with retired mentees has shown him that 70 is the new 40. Dan Hunt, Managing Director and Senior Investment Strategist at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, explains how shifts in financial planning are changing the way we see retirement. And Sam Gerstenzang, the co-founder of Umbrella, a company that hires recent-retirees to help older seniors with odd jobs, introduces us to two of his clients: Cathy and Yariv, who embody why this market has the power to bring both younger and older generations unprecedented joy.

We’ll be taking a break for next week’s holiday, but we’ll be back soon with our season finale of the Morgan Stanley Ideas Podcast.

DISCLAIMER

The host Ashley Milne-Tyte is a contractor of Pineapple Street Media. The guest speakers are neither employees nor affiliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. (“Morgan Stanley”). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. The information and figures contained herein has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is not responsible for the information or data contained in this podcast.

This podcast does not provide individually tailored investment advice and is not a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any security or other financial instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it.

Morgan Stanley and its affiliates do not currently offer the services provided by Umbrella or Score, which are not affiliates of the Firm. Morgan Stanley has not conducted a review or diligence of these companies. This should not be considered to be a solicitation or endorsement by the Firm of Umbrella or Score or their services.

© 2018 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Members SIPC.

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Jun 29 2018

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Rank #3: When Software Drives the Car, Who Pays the Insurance?

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This week we're focusing on what may be a blind spot in all the excitement over autonomous vehicles: the future of car insurance. How will it work if there are no actual drivers to insure? We get a glimpse of the not-too-distant future by traveling to Mcity, a leading self-driving car test site at the University of Michigan and we hear from Jon Hocking, who covers the auto insurance industry for Morgan Stanley Research, as well as Hilary Rowen, a legal insurance expert who keeps close track of emerging technologies in Silicon Valley.

Jul 06 2017

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Rank #4: You Can Play Video Games for a Living?

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The word “sports” may conjure images of athletes barreling down a football field or burying a three-pointer, but the latest stadium-rousing athletes rarely if ever have to leave their chairs. Welcome to the world of professional video-gaming, or eSports. Around the world, eSports is looking more and more like any big-league sport, complete with sponsorships, merchandising, and arenas full of fans. And now, eSports is on track to become a multibillion-dollar industry.

In this episode of the Ideas Podcast, we explore how a hobby that may not seem like a “real sport” became a very real market. Jacob Wolf, an ESPN journalist, helps us understand why eSports playoffs are topping the attendance to MLB and NHL games. Then, Brian Nowak, a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, explains how that popularity launched an entire market that may one day include dedicated eSports arenas, fantasy eSports leagues, and team jerseys made of pixels. And along the way, some eSports superfans invite us to a watch-party to feel the rush of a brand new sports experience.


The host Ashley Milne-Tyte is an employee of Pineapple Street Media. The guest speakers are neither employees nor affiliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. (“Morgan Stanley”). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley.

This podcast does not provide individually tailored investment advice and is not a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any security or other financial instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this podcast may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives.

This podcast may contain forward-looking statements and there can be no guarantee that they will come to pass. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

© 2018 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Members SIPC.

Jul 13 2018

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Rank #5: What Do You Need for a Team to Succeed?

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You might assume that building great teams only requires hiring smart people who get along and can work toward a common goal, but that isn’t necessarily what the data tells us. Carnegie Mellon professor Anita Williams-Woolley shares her research on how to maximize collective intelligence, or the type of intelligence that emerges from effective collaboration. We learn about the importance of having cognitive diversity on a team, and the critical step of creating the right environment for such teams to flourish.

Aug 18 2017

12mins

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Rank #6: Are You Ready for Your Digital Afterlife?

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We know to make sure our heirs can access our online bank accounts, but what about the rest of our digital selves? As more and more meaningful parts of our lives enter the virtual world, how do we value the assets we leave behind online? What are they worth and to whom?

In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we wonder: What’s a good way to pass on 10,000 photos from all those family vacations? Does a viral social media account have real-world value after you die? Could our endless streams of online consciousness become the stuff of meaningful memorials? These are questions for the digital age we all inhabit, whether we’re 8 or 88. And they’re questions for the usually old-school world of estate planning, which Beth Smith, of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Strategy and Advisory Solutions, knows well.

For further information, visit Morgan Stanley Wealth Management







The host Ashley Milne-Tyte is a contractor of Pineapple Street Media. The guest speakers are neither employees nor affiliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. (“Morgan Stanley”). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. The information and figures contained herein has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is not responsible for the information or data contained in this podcast.

This podcast does not provide individually tailored investment advice and is not a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any security or other financial instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this podcast may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives.

This podcast may contain forward-looking statements and there can be no guarantee that they will come to pass. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”), its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors and Private Wealth Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. Clients should consult their tax advisor for matters involving taxation and tax planning and their attorney for matters involving trust and estate planning, charitable giving, philanthropic planning and other legal matters.

© 2017 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Members SIPC.

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Nov 13 2017

18mins

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Rank #7: No Cash On Hand

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Rummaging through your pockets in search of change and crumpled bills to pay for your morning coffee may still feel routine, but in some parts of the world, this familiar scene is just a memory. The cashless economy is already starting to take shape, and as we continue to create innovative ways to exchange money without pulling out our wallets, cash might become a thing of the past. And while some countries struggle with questions of fairness and inclusivity as governments and businesses forgo cash, others have already stepped into a cashless future where digital transactions are the only way to pay.


In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we travel to Sweden, a country where cash makes up just one percent of the entire economy. First, we hear from Charlie Warzel, a senior technology reporter at Buzzfeed News, who literally puts skin in the cashless game while on a trip to Stockholm and receives an RFID chip implant that allows him to pay for anything with his hand. We also follow Swedish journalist, Asa Secher, as she navigates her daily routine in a society that has already embraced a nearly-cashless economy. Next, we go to Lisa Servon, the chair of the City and Regional Planning Department at the University of Pennsylvania, to understand the potential impacts of going cashless here in the U.S.: who wins, who loses, and who gets left behind. And James Faucette, leader of Morgan Stanley’s Payments and US Comm Systems research efforts, explains what it takes for a country to go cashless, and how such a dramatic shift will affect more than just our bank accounts.




The host Ashley Milne-Tyte is a contractor of Pineapple Street Media. Certain guest speakers may be neither employees nor affiliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC or its affiliates (“Morgan Stanley”). The views and opinions expressed herein by non-affiliated speakers do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. The information and figures contained herein may have been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is not responsible for the information or data contained in this podcast. The content of this podcast is solely for informational purposes and based on information available when created. This podcast does not provide individually tailored investment advice and is not a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any security or other financial instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it.

© 2019 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Members SIPC.

Mar 18 2019

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Rank #8: When Baseball’s Free Agents Struck Out

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For the past 40 years, Major League Baseball’s off-season has been dominated by a frenzied bidding war to sign available free agents. But this year, everything changed—the free-agent market froze. For months, almost none of the 200 free agents were signed. So what happened? And what does the market shift mean for the future of America’s pastime?

This season on the Ideas Podcast, we’ve been exploring unexpected markets. In this episode, we’ll look at what happens when a seemingly healthy market unexpectedly collapses. We talk to Ben Reiter, a journalist at Sports Illustrated who made a crazy prediction in 2014—that the Houston Astros, the then-worst team in baseball, would win the 2017 World Series. That Ben’s call came true wasn’t just a fluke—but reflected how teams now approach hiring players, particularly free agents. Then, J.C. Bradbury, a professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, takes us deep into the economics of baseball to explain why it suddenly has become good business to field a losing team. And Lou Pirenc, the Global Head of Research Data at Morgan Stanley, tells us about how baseball’s longstanding obsession with player statistics, and more recent expansion of data analysis into every aspect of the game as a business, has enthusiastic adherents and practitioners in every corner of the global market. 

For more, visit: https://morganstanley.com/podcast


The host Ashley Milne-Tyte is an employee of Pineapple Street Media. The guest speakers are neither employees nor affiliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. (“Morgan Stanley”). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley.

This podcast does not provide individually tailored investment advice and is not a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any security or other financial instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this podcast may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives.

This podcast may contain forward-looking statements and there can be no guarantee that they will come to pass. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

© 2018 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Members SIPC.

Jun 22 2018

18mins

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Rank #9: Are Two Bottom Lines Better Than One?

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Finding the rare unicorn startup that both disrupts an entire industry and changes the world for the better has been the mission for Nancy Pfund of DBL Partners. These double bottom line businesses are changing the way many are thinking about sustainability. In this episode of the podcast we learn what Nancy values in these companies, visit a transformative soap factory in a struggling Chicago community, and hear from Hilary Irby, Morgan Stanley’s co-head of Global Sustainable Finance, about how this approach works and what potential investors should keep in mind. 

For further information, visit Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing.



The host Ashley Milne-Tyte is a contractor of Pineapple Street Media. The guest speakers are neither employees nor affiliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. (“Morgan Stanley”). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. The information and figures contained herein has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is not responsible for the information or data contained in this podcast. 

This podcast does not provide individually tailored investment advice and is not a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any security or other financial instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this podcast may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives.

This podcast may contain forward-looking statements and there can be no guarantee that they will come to pass. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

The returns on a portfolio consisting primarily of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) aware investments may be lower or higher than a portfolio that is more diversified or where decisions are based solely on investment considerations. Because ESG criteria exclude some investments, investors may not be able to take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as investors that do not use such criteria.

Source for Morgan Stanley’s survey: Morgan Stanley Institute of Sustainable Investing’s Sustainable Signals: New Data from the Individual Investor, August 2017

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Oct 27 2017

16mins

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Rank #10: Can You Buy a Bagel With It?

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As our lives become more digital, our money is becoming increasingly digital too. There are more than a thousand cryptocurrencies floating around and new ones seem to launch every day. But is this new form of money, one that only exists online, even a currency? What exactly gives cryptocurrencies value?

In this episode of the Ideas podcast, we head to the Berkshires to see what a local currency, the BerkShare, can teach us about the value of alternative currencies. We speak with the creator of BerkShares, Susan Witt, about creating a brand new currency, and we turn to local business owners to see that currency in action. How did BerkShares go from a crazy idea to a real form of money? And will the same ever happen for cryptocurrency? James Faucette, a Morgan Stanley Senior Research Analyst, looks at the similarities between cryptocurrency and BerkShares to question whether cryptocurrencies will ever be the new normal.

For more, visit http://morganstanley.com/ideas.





The host Ashley Milne-Tyte is an employee of Pineapple Street Media. The guest speakers are neither employees nor affiliated with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. (“Morgan Stanley”). The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley.

This podcast does not provide individually tailored investment advice and is not a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any security or other financial instrument or to participate in any trading strategy. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this podcast may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives.

This podcast may contain forward-looking statements and there can be no guarantee that they will come to pass. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

© 2018 Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Members SIPC.

May 31 2018

19mins

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