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222: Why We Overpay and How It Leads To Income Inequality

How asymmetric information, price discrimination and the stories we tell ourselves contribute to artificial profits and income inequality. Thanks to CNote for sponsoring today's episode.


221: Should You Prepare For The Next Financial Crisis?

How the Great Financial Crisis changed how individuals and institutions invest, and why we shouldn't invest solely focused on the next crisis. Thanks to CNote for sponsoring today's episode.


220: Where Should You Invest Your Cash Savings?

How to evaluate cash savings options at banks, credit unions and brokerage firms. Why are yields on cash savings so much higher than a few years ago. How to tell if your bank or credit union is in experiencing financial difficulties. Thank you to Blinkist for sponsoring this week's episode. [0:10] All about banks, credit unions, and the pros and cons of cash savings [4:47] How can banks and credit unions become financially unstable? [14:25] The Federal Reserve is setting a new short term...


219: The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market

How fewer publicly traded companies, less stock shares outstanding and more intangible assets have led to higher earnings growth for U.S. listed companies and ultimately stronger stock market performance. Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode. [0:08] Observations on the current state of the US stock market [4:01] What if there’s something going on within the US market that suggests continued outperformance is coming? [7:23] Why the number of publicly listed companies,...


218: Is China or the U.S. More Vulnerable?

What are the headwinds facing China that could slow economic growth, but still could lead to China growing faster than the U.S. Also, what is going on with Turkey and are other emerging market countries vulnerable to the same plight? Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode. [1:07] Is China or the US more vulnerable to economic downturn? [4:55] Why have emerging markets done so poorly recently? [8:51] The concept of balance of payment is reviewed and examined in a case study...


217: Rebalancing, Overvaluation, Market Timing and Stock Splits

Which rebalancing strategy is best or should we even bother rebalancing? Should we just exit stocks completely, especially given how overvalued the U.S. stock market it is? And why do companies split their stocks? In this episode, we answer these and other listener questions.


216: Avoid This Investment: P2P Lending

Why peer-to-peer lending on platforms like Lending Club and Upstart is no place for individuals to invest given higher defaults, lower returns and competition from institutional investors. Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode. Episode Chronology [1:04] There are a lot of issues going on with the global P2P lending market [5:34] How the P2P lending environment has changed over the past few years [11:24] Why advertised returns are higher than actual returns [15:35] How...


215: Is A Dollar Collapse Coming?

Will stagflation cause the dollar to crash and be a bottomless pit when the next recession hits? That is what Peter Schiff is predicting. We look at where he is right and where he seems to be off the mark when it comes to the U.S. economy and a dollar collapse. Thanks to Haven Life and Wunder Capital for sponsoring today's episode. Episode Chronology [0:33] Is a dollar collapse imminent? [3:07] Economic expansions don’t die of old age [5:22] How tariffs and imports impact the US...


214: Should You Trade Currencies (Forex) Like Soros?

How the foreign exchange market works and how George Soros made more than a $1 billion shorting the British pound in 1992. Why currency trading today is more like gambling than when Soros made his billions. Why trading closed end funds can be more profitable than currency trading. Thanks to Wunder Capital and Blooom for sponsoring todays' episode. Use code DAVID on Blooom for your first month free. [0:35] David introduces the listener question for this episode, “Should You Trade Foreign...


213: Why Health Insurance Is A Mess

How health insurance isn't really protection against a catastrophic illness but prepayment of routine healthcare consumption, leading to overconsumption of healthcare and over treatment by medical professionals that drive up costs. What would it take to reform the health insurance marketplace so it is more fair and functions more like life insurance or homeowners insurance. Show notes and links can be found here. Thanks to Circle Invest for sponsoring today's episode.


212: Trade Wars Increase Prices and Poverty

How a complex global trade system has reduced poverty, raised incomes, increased productivity, and lowered prices while a trade war will reverse those trends. You can find show notes and links here. Thanks to Blooom and Wunder Capital for sponsoring this episode. Episode Summary President Trump recently unveiled new tariffs on trade with China, and many fear this decision could lead to a trade war. This 25% tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports into the U.S. and an additional $216...


211: How To Navigate A Housing Bubble

Why housing bubbles can last such a long time and what to do if you really want or need to buy a house in a frothy market. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary Navigating a housing bubble is often on everyone’s minds. With changing family needs, balancing multiple incomes, and varying environmental factors, finding a great house is a struggle most families face. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David responds to a listener’s question of how...


210: Are There Always Winners and Losers When Trading?

Why fair markets require uncertainty for both the buyer and the seller, and why sellers don't need to disclose everything they know to the buyer. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Thanks to Wunder Capital for sponsoring this week's episode. Episode Summary A recent listener of the Money For the Rest of Us podcast posed the question, “Are there always winners and losers when trading?” This question is the focus of this episode of the podcast. David explains an...


209: Why Bother Investing Internationally?

Is it worth investing outside your home country given the risk? Should you hedge currency risk? What is the impact of Chinese "A" share listed companies being added to emerging market indices. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary Should you be investing internationally? What are the benefits to having foreign stocks in your portfolio? Do the currency risks outweigh potential returns? On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us David considers these...


208: The Biggest Market Crash Is Recyclables

How a Chinese ban and careless recycling habits by households and businesses led to a market collapse in recyclables. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary The biggest market crash facing the United States today isn’t entirely economic in nature. It’s actually surrounding the idea of recycling and recyclable goods. Recycling is a service that most communities require and demand. But is it economical? Why has the market crashed in recent months? What are...


207: How Do The Mega Rich Invest?

Why the mega rich don't have magical investing powers, but there are some investing attributes they possess that we can emulate. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary A new listener of Money For the Rest of Us inspired the question for this episode: how do the mega rich invest? Forbes reports that there are 585 billionaires in the US and most of them utilize a family office/professional management structure. But do they have some magical, secret way of...


206: Be Bear Aware of Bank Loans

Why the leveraged loan market (i.e. bank loans) is becoming more risky. What are collateralized loan obligations and how do they influence bank loans. Why I will sell my bank loans fund when the economy turns. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary Just as you need to be “bear aware” when traveling in the backcountry, you also need to be aware of the risks and benefits when investing in asset classes such as bank loans. What may seem harmless on the...


205: Is The Federal Reserve Really Printing Money?

If the Federal Reserve has printed over $2 trillion dollar and given it to banks to lend, why is U.S. inflation still low? More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary Many people wonder if the Federal Reserve is really printing money. Varied schools of thought exist behind the value of money, how it gets injected into a country’s economy, and how it impacts the private sector. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us David offers insights into this complex...


204: Why Are Investment Returns So Low?

How low real interest rates contribute to low returns for stocks and other risk assets. How real interest rates are determined. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary Low investment returns are never the best news for financial investors. On this episode of Money For the Rest of Us, David examines the relationships between real interest rates and investment return, who or what is driving real rates, and offers historical information on previous periods...


203: Is Investing More Like Poker or Chess?

How to make better investing and life decisions. More information, including show notes, can be found here. Episode Summary David asks the question, “Is investing more like poker or chess?” on this episode of Money For the Rest of Us in order to help you better understand why investing is inherently unpredictable. The book, “Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts” by Annie Duke inspired this episode. David ponders big ideas such a reflexive vs....