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Podcasts are fast becoming a leading medium for obtaining timely macro information – perhaps because they are often more convenient to consume than reading a long tome or academic article filled with jargon. In fact, we spend so much time listening to podcasts that we’ve curated 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 to focus on market views. Guests range from hedge managers to researchers. Check it out a recent with macro guru Juliette Declercq.
• Masters in Business. A podcast from one of our favorite bloggers: Barry Ritholtz. Oriented 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 venture capitalist Ben Horowitz.
• Macro-reflections. David Beckworth hosts this excellent podcast, doing in-depth interviews with economists on the big topics of the day. This is one of my favorite podcasts. Listen this episode with Frances Coppola talking about helicopter money.
• Current performance of the grant. Jim Grant has been a feature of the fixed income markets for decades. He tends to see bubbles and inflation everywhere, but his opinions are always a big drag on any optimism. It also involves different people in the podcast, which allows for more varied discussions. For a sample, take a Listen to its most recent episode on Notable Recent Market Events.
• Talk about politics. David Runciman from the University of Cambridge hosts this political podcast, and it’s one of the best. It still has very smart contributors and the discussions are thoughtful and balanced. They also make predictions (sometimes). He leans towards the United Kingdom, but they also venture into the European political scene. Well worth a listen. here is their catch on Boris Johnson’s recent victory.
• Odd lots. This Bloomberg podcast hosted by Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway always has something interesting planned. Often times, it is about market topics like recent pension volatility, but other times it can be a left field, like how online dating is affecting the economy. here is a episode on Taiwanese life insurers which I particularly appreciated.
• PL. Another Bloomberg podcast, this time hosted by Paul Sweeney and Lisa Abramowicz. This is newer, but still contains interesting analysis and insights from excellent interviewees from all segments of the industry. It also has more market content than pure economics. Here is a taste episode featuring the Fed’s Robert Kaplan explaining why inflation will stay low.
• New economics books. It’s for the nerd in you. The show features interviews lasting an hour or more with authors of new books on the economy. At 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 those focused on the United States), from American relations with Putin to Myanmar’s global position and peace in the Horn of Africa. Listen this episode which side India will take in the US-Chinese rivalry.
• Podzept. This is the Deutsche Bank podcast show. I find the show strikes the right balance between brevity and depth. It also covers a nice range of topics from Chinese consumer to economic outlook and decarbonization of the economy. Explore Jim Reid’s Debt History episode.
Bilal Hafeez is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Macro Hive. He has spent over 20 years researching major banks – JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Nomura, where he has held various “world leader” positions and researched forex, rates and cross markets.