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Where Have All The Traders Gone? Computer Trading Takes Over Wall Street

On this episode I chat with Kent Spellman, Co-Founder of Hard Eight Trading, a global proprietary trading firm based in Chicago. Kent and I discuss how the trading of stocks has changed from the old days on the floor of an exchange. We talk about how computers and high frequency trading are changing market risk. Are these types of traders good or bad for the market? Kent shares how it impacts individual investors and what lessons we can learn from the inside of the trading world. Any...


The October Correction: What It Tells Us About The Market and How To Manage Portfolios

On this episode I'm joined by Paul Benjamin, former Director of Investments at Alcoa. At Alcoa he was responsible for asset allocation, manager selection and risk management of Alcoa’s $7+ Billion in global Pension and Foundation assets. Paul was named by CIO magazine one of the institutional investment Industry’s 40-under-forty. We discuss the October correction and where we go from here. Is this market volatility the new normal? What should expectations be for stocks and bonds going...


How to Protect Yourself and Your Money If and When Bad Things Happen

On this episode I'm joined by Fred Schulman, Managing Partner of the Schulman Blitz Law Firm. We discuss how to use insurance to best protect yourself and your family, the most important type of insurance most people do not know about and insurance companies don't tell you about, what do you if someone you know has been injured in an accident, statute of limitations, types of damages, and the nature of fees in this part of the law. The information presented and opinions expressed are solely...


Sustainable Investing: You have heard of it, now learn about it.

On this episode we talk about the idea of sustainable investing. It is a common buzzword thrown out in the investment world today, but what does it mean, and how do you even do it? I’m joined by research analyst Joe Sun to talk about how his sustainable and thematic growth research team addresses the issue. We look into what makes a company qualify as sustainable, and who are the types of investors leading the way. The information contained here reflects the views of AllianceBernstein L.P....


Why Being Good at Investing Isn't Part Of Human Nature

On this episode I'm joined by Amanda Beebe, Senior Associate at Bernstein Private Wealth Management. We discuss how the essence of human nature leads people to be much worse at managing money than anticipated. We share research on how the mind can be lazy and lead investors to bad conclusions, especially when it involves evaluating risk and return. We cover why people so deeply want certainty and feel such acute pain from loss, and how these desires can lead to poor outcomes. We then address...


China: Ghost Cities or Global Growth Leader

On this episode we talk about China’s changing landscape, potential trade wars, and investment opportunity. Jim Murphy, Senior Portfolio Manager at Bernstein, explains the firm’s differentiated view of China and what our research is uncovering that might not be captured in today’s headlines. Then I’m are joined by Michael Mendel, CEO of Maytex, who has done business in China since the 1980s. He provides the business communities’ perspective on its evolution and what he sees for future of...


The Amazon Effect

In this podcast, I’m joined by Steven Ross, former CEO of EdCon – one of Africa’s largest retailers, and Dana Herrman, Senior Managing Director on Bernstein’s trading desk. We discuss the impact of Amazon and the disruption it is causing on everything from the retail industry to the stock market. I’ll conclude with a final thought on how to increase your yield on cash, and why banks are paying nearly nothing on checking, savings, and money market accounts. The information contained herein...


Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency: Fad or the Future?

In this podcast we discuss the hype surrounding Bitcoin, blockchain & cryptocurrency. Paul and I discuss the innovation each provides, and the investment implications, how can you play this market as an investor, and debate if the mania around Bitcoin has impacted the broader marker. The information contained herein reflects the views of AllianceBernstein L.P. or its affiliates and sources it believes are reliable as of the date of this publication. AllianceBernstein L.P. makes no...


A Roundtable On Residential Real Estate

In this edition (February 2018) I talk with Blake Mastalir, Managing Director in Bernstein’s Real Estate Group, Amy Herman, from Nest Seekers International—The Serhant Team, and Jed Lewin, Esq., LG Fairmont, to discuss the state of real estate in New York City, the tristate area, and around the country. We cover the current state of the New York City real estate market, the impact of new construction on the city and the amount of inventory expected to hit the market, the areas that are most...


A Discussion on Financial Security

On this edition (October 2017) I speak with Milan Kosanovich, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, White Collar Crimes Unit, about how to protect your financial security on the Internet and in your everyday transactions. Special Agent Kosanovich has expertise in complex financial crimes, corporate fraud, and works as a certified FBI hostage negotiator. We discuss how to protect your personal financial information; everyday tips for protecting from identity theft; steps to take if...


A View From the C-Suite

In this edition (July 2017) of our podcast I talk with David Barnard, Head of Bernstein Private Wealth Management, as we reflect on the first half of the year for our clients, and the future of the business and industry. In this edition of our we discuss: A look at markets and our client experience at the midpoint of the year, the state of Bernstein today, and our evolution over the past few years, the major transition in markets happening now, what matters most in getting a financial plan...


The Trump Tax Plan: What It Is and What To Do

In this edition (May 2017) of our podcast I talk with Tara Thompson Popernik, Bernstein Director of Research about the Trump Tax Plan. We cover the specifics of the proposal and planning issues you should consider in advance of the tax law change. The information contained herein reflects the views of AllianceBernstein L.P. or its affiliates and sources it believes are reliable as of the date of this publication. AllianceBernstein L.P. makes no representations or warranties concerning the...


Trumpcare and Obamacare, the Truth Behind the Headlines

In this edition (May 2017) I talk with Matt Penziner, Executive Director, NYUPN Clinically Integrated Network, about the repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on patients. Matt and I discuss the facts surrounding “repeal and replace”, the odds healthcare legislation pass the Senate, and if so, what will it look like, how patients expect their costs to change, if preexisting conditions will be covered or not, and the overall cost of healthcare in the economy. The information...


2017 Outlook For The Capital Markets

In this episode (March 2017) I sit down with Bernstein CIO Seth Masters to get his outlook for 2017. We discuss potential return in both the stock and bond market, risks to the forecast, and the geopolitical environment. The information contained herein reflects the views of AllianceBernstein L.P. or its affiliates and sources it believes are reliable as of the date of this publication. AllianceBernstein L.P. makes no representations or warranties concerning the accuracy of any data. There...


The Municipal Bond Market Now

In this episode (October 2016) I sit down with Daryl Clements, Senior Portfolio Manager-Municipal Bonds at Bernstein. In this episode we discuss why the muni market us fundamentally healthy, why Daryl believes investors should concentrate their portfolios in intermediate-maturity portfolios, the impact of the federal reserve raising interest rates, the health state and local government finances, and the differences between holding cash versus owning municipal bonds. The information contained...


Can The Stock Market Keep Going Up?

In this episode (July 2016) I sit down with Gerry Paul, Bernstein's CIO of US Strategic Equity portfolio. We discuss the DOW being at an all time high and how that impacts his view of valuation and opportunities in the market, the impact of monetary policy on the stock market, what he looks for in a stock, and the impact on ETFs on the market. The information contained herein reflects the views of AllianceBernstein L.P. or its affiliates and sources it believes are reliable as of the date of...


The US Oil and Energy Market: An Overlooked Opportunity?

In this episode (April 2016) I speak with Deacon Turner, Nationally Managing Director and member of Cohead of the Targeted Services Investment Committee, from his office in Oklahoma to get a first hand account of the status of the US energy market. We discuss the current forecast for oil prices, the mood of the key players in the industry, opportunities for investment in the space, the new normal supply/demand balance, and the impact of tigher bank lending and a reduction in financial...


Economic Outlook 2016 and Best Planning Strategies For The Year Ahead

In this episode (January 2016) I sit down with CIO of Fixed Income at AllianceBernstein, Doug Peebles, and Director of Research-Wealth Management Group, Tara Thompson Popernik to discuss the outlook for the market and the best ways to prepare your investments. Doug reviews the economy from both a US and Global perspective and discusses the interest rate environment worldwide. Tara gives her best tips for being financial prepared for the new year from both a planning, income, and estate tax...