Podcasts are becoming a premier medium for timely macro news — perhaps because they’re often more convenient to consume than reading a long tome or jargon-filled academic article. In fact, we spend so much time listening to podcasts that we’ve picked our top ten for you.
So, in no particular order:
• Macro Voice. Erik Townsend hosts this interview-based podcast. It is one of the few that focuses on market views. Guests range from hedge managers to researchers. Check out this recent one with macro guru Juliette Declercq.
• Masters in Business. A podcast by one of our favorite bloggers: Barry Ritholtz. Geared more towards the investment process, it can range from how to invest to how to hire talent. He interviews a wide range of industry players. I particularly like his interview with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz.
• Macro Daydreams. David Beckworth hosts this excellent podcast, conducting in-depth interviews with economists on the hot topics of the day. It’s one of my favorite podcasts. Listen to this episode with Frances Coppola talking about helicopter money.
• Grant’s Current Yield. Jim Grant has been in the fixed income markets for decades. He tends to see bubbles and inflation everywhere, but his opinions still provide a significant dampener on any optimism. It also involves different people in the podcast, which allows for more varied discussions. For a sample, listen to his most recent episode on notable recent market events.
• Talking politics. David Runciman from the University of Cambridge hosts this political podcast, and it’s one of the best. It always has very smart contributors and the discussions are thoughtful and balanced. They also make predictions (sometimes). He leans towards the UK, but they also venture into European politics. Well worth a listen. Here is their take on Boris Johnson’s recent victory.
• Odd lots. This Bloomberg podcast hosted by Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway always has something interesting planned. Often it’s on market topics like the recent repo
, but other times it can be more left-wing — like how online dating affects the economy. Here is an episode on Taiwanese life insurers that I particularly enjoyed.
• PL. Another Bloomberg podcast, this time hosted by Paul Sweeney and Lisa Abramowicz. This is newer but still contains some interesting analysis and insights from excellent interviewees from all segments of the industry. It also has more content on markets than pure economics. Here’s a tasting episode featuring the Fed’s Robert Kaplan explaining why inflation will stay low.
• New Books in Economics. This is for the nerd in you. The show features hour-plus interviews with authors of new books on economics. By the end of an episode, you’ll feel like an expert. I especially liked this show on How China Escaped the Poverty Trap.
• Deep Dish on Global Affairs. One of the best podcasts on geopolitics, hosted by think tank The Chicago Council On Global Affairs. It offers a wide range of topics (not just US-focused ones), ranging from US-Putin relations to Myanmar’s global stance and peace in the Horn of Africa. Listen to this episode which way India will take the US-China rivalry.
• Podzept. This is the Deutsche Bank podcast show. I think the show strikes the right balance between brevity and depth. It also covers a wide range of topics from Chinese consumer to economic outlook and decarbonizing the economy. Check out Jim Reid’s Debt Story episode.
Bilal Hafeez is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Macro Hive. He spent over 20 years doing research at major banks – JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Nomura, where he held various “Global Head” positions and researched currencies, rates and cross-markets.