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The Expectations Gap (EP.73)

3/20/2019
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On this week's show we discuss the college admissions bribery scandal, does it matter where you went to college, how the tech companies can help in higher education, CalPERS is making a bigger push into private equity, the expectations gap in retirement, lifestyle creep, how corporate trauma impacts individual stocks, the new Harry Markowitz portfolio is a tad odd, how automation will impact jobs in the future for young people and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben...

Duration:00:38:37

Talk Your Book: The Low Volatility Anomaly

3/18/2019
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On this edition of Talk Your Book we discuss the low volatility anomaly with Invesco's Nicolas Kalivas. Topics include why low vol isn't as well known as some of the other risk factors, why finance theory doesn't always work in practice, why flows follow performance, behavioral reasons for low vol to persist as an anomaly, why rebalancing matters and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us...

Duration:00:31:42

Where Were You at the Bottom (EP.72)

3/13/2019
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On today's episode we discuss Bill Gross, the hardest thing to do in the markets, the biggest mistake savers are making, how many workers max out their 401k, how much credit card debt is out there, what would you be willing to give up to get out of debt, how to cut your mortgage payments, why people move and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on Facebook And feel free to shoot us an...

Duration:00:46:06

I Will Say This (EP.71)

3/6/2019
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The massive rally in stocks, did the Fed turn millennials into socialists, why real estate prices haven't done as well as you think, why have U.S. stocks dominated the last century, how to run a Ponzi Scheme in a post-2008 world, free ETFs, social media trauma, the 80/20 rule in online content, how much is enough for retirement and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on Facebook And...

Duration:00:38:58

The Rich Man's Disease (EP.70)

2/27/2019
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The meaning of work, why so many people are miserable with their career, smartphone addiction, Warren Buffett's latest shareholder letter, the greatest investor you've never heard of, the huge upside potential in a retirement portfolio, the insane rally in stocks since Christmas Eve, True Detective reviews and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on Facebook And feel free to shoot us...

Duration:00:34:24

Denominator Blindness (EP.69)

2/20/2019
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Zillow's new home-flipping venture, putting auto loan delinquencies into perspective, rising student loans for people over the age of 60, why the Internet makes it easier to negotiate, how big your nest egg should be at retirement, when errors cancel each other out in the markets, the fuzzy definition of alpha, misperceptions about tax refunds and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on...

Duration:00:38:56

The Rich Man's IRA (EP.68)

2/13/2019
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On this week's show we discuss how index funds can differentiate themselves in a crowded field, how to wreck a pension fund, how does Renaissance Technologies make money, how much your time and vacation days are worth in terms of happiness, re-rating Boiler Room, how often to rebalance a 401k, mortgage debt vs. retirement savings and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on ...

Duration:00:35:01

Banning Buybacks (EP.67)

2/6/2019
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Amazon vs. Apple, banning stock buybacks to decrease inequality, how much pensions and endowments should have in alternatives, what to do with an underperforming money manager, why volatility is more important when drawing down your portfolio, the Fyre Fest pitch deck, what does Acorns do, low rate bank savings accounts and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on Facebook And feel...

Duration:00:36:08

Adverse Variance (EP.66)

1/30/2019
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Cash pouring into money market funds, how markets have changed over the past 200 years, does the US deserve a valuation premium, where are all the young star fund managers, millennials don't understand how down payments work, selling a house without a realtor, overestimating housing price gains, early thoughts on the new True Detective and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on ...

Duration:00:34:59

Stay the Course (EP.65)

1/23/2019
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The passing of Jack Bogle, interesting stories from his latest book, how to budget your money effectively, the impact of student loans on the housing market, what happens when baby boomers sell their stocks, the different groups that collectively own the stock market, Costco's amazing Kirkland Brand, our favorite movies from the 1990s and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on ...

Duration:00:25:37

The Richest 50 Percent (EP.64)

1/16/2019
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WeWork's rough patch, why Sears was the Amazon of their day, the relationship between mortgage rates and home prices, how the Japanese economy has defied their demographics, asset allocation blind spots, how many millennials plan on dying in debt, why Peter Lynch walked away from his fund at the top of his game, finance Twitter 20 years from now, The Sopranos 20 years ago and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The...

Duration:00:35:11

Record Outflows (EP.63)

1/9/2019
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The record outflows from stock mutual funds, what a bear market means for the wealth management industry, why timing the market is so hard, recessionary indicators, some good news for investors interested in yield, the ridiculous way some people pick funds in their 401k, credit card perks, the number of people living paycheck to paycheck and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on ...

Duration:00:39:34

The Market Swoon (EP.62)

1/2/2019
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Steve Mnuchin's bizarre statement on the health of the banks, huge swings in the market from day-to-day, the causes of the market downturn, can we really blame the algos for increased volatility, is technology speeding up market cycles, stock millennials bought in 2018, performance for Ivy endowments in 2018, our review of the new Sandra Bullock movie on Netflix and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant...

Duration:00:38:25

The Bear Market (EP.61)

12/26/2018
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the downturn in stocks, is a recession imminent, how often stocks go into a bear market but not a recession, why the Fed is in a no-win position, 2018's worst buzzword, how tax implications can impact your trading decisions, how different generations consume their news, how much CEOs matter to their stock price, the downfall of GE, a recession-proof business model and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant...

Duration:00:37:47

Talk Your Book: Breaking the Market Cap

12/24/2018
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On this week's Talk Your Book we discuss why market cap weighting is so hard to beat when constructing a fund, why cash outperforms the majority of stocks, the thinking behind reverse cap weighting the S&P 500, how to invest in companies with high customer satisfaction, some surprisingly strong consumer brands, qualitative investment factors and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on...

Duration:00:26:54

Everyone Should Earn 3 Percent (EP.60)

12/19/2018
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On this week's show we discuss Robinhood's checking & savings debacle, do Millennials care about financial regulations, where to find higher yields on your savings, putting fund flows into context, the number of bear markets around the globe, can individual stocks be in a bear market, the student loan crisis, the "everything" bubble, market valuations, lifestyle creep, Jimmy Butler's minivan and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common...

Duration:00:36:33

Talk Your Book: International Investing

12/17/2018
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We discuss US outperformance over foreign stocks, comparing valuations across countries and markets, why it still makes sense to diversify internationally, does factor investing work better overseas, S&P 500 envy, the problem with single variable stock picking analysis and much more.

Duration:00:31:32

Late Cycle (EP.59)

12/12/2018
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Are we in the late cycle, why every correction always feels different, why losses this year are perfectly normal, why a shallow recession and "normal" bear market would be a good thing, why more money doesn't make rich people happier, the labor market is heating up, alpha is getting harder to find but institutional investors are still willing to pay up to try and find it, millennials really like Amazon Prime, the unbelievable ending to the Madoff saga, Michael's coat-buying experience, the...

Duration:00:38:17

The Sellers Are in Control (EP.58)

12/5/2018
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On this week's how we discuss Michael's CNBC appearances, the FIRE movement, making your savings last for 50+ years, when FIRE goes bad, the average amount people spend in retirement, steak dinners paired with investment pitches, where is the Vanguard of annuities, the pressure to work long hours in the finance industry, normal accidents & much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on ...

Duration:00:25:57

Talk Your Book: Investing in Commodities

12/3/2018
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We speak with Will Rhind of Graniteshares about the reasons to invest in commodities, expected returns in gold, is bitcoin a commodity, why it's so difficult to stick with an allocation to commodities, the unbelievable run in gold prices in the 1970s, how to win any argument in the markets and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense Michael Batnick’s The Irrelevant Investor Like us on Facebook And feel free to shoot us an email at ...

Duration:00:34:59