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Why are Financial Markets so Bad at Pricing Geopolitical Risk?

9/18/2017
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In this Market Forces segment of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Emerging Markets Analyst Rachel Ziemba. Rachel leads Emerging Markets coverage for Roubini Global Economics and writes extensively across all three EM/Frontier regions, as well as about commodities. She has a particular interest in the macroeconomics of oil-exporting nations, including the management of oil wealth, energy-sector supply risks, and China. Ms. Ziemba also does extensive work on global...

Duration: 00:47:04


Geoffrey West on Computational Biology, Complexity, and a Unified Theory of Sustainability

9/11/2017
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In Episode 19 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with theoretical physicist Geoffrey West about his work studying biological systems, infrastructure, and the socioeconomics of cities. Dr. West's primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles, their interactions, and cosmological implications. Geoffrey West currently serves as distinguished professor at the Santa Fe Institute, where he served as President from...

Duration: 01:17:12


The Economics and Price of Bitcoin, ICO's and Cryptocurrencies with Wall Street Analyst Gil Luria

9/3/2017
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In this Market Forces segment of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Gil Luria. Gil is the director of institutional equity research at D.A. Davidson, and one of the earliest sell side analysts to cover Bitcoin. Gil Luria provides us with the Wall Street perspective on Bitcoin. This conversation is also a great complement to our recent market forces segment with Andrew Keys. We cover the recent run-up in the price of bitcoin, the economics of bitcoin, and the role that...

Duration: 00:41:33


The News Media, Systems Biology, Fintech, and More |Looking Ahead at Hidden Forces

9/1/2017
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Demetri Kofinas updates his audience on the latest developments with Hidden Forces - his trip to the Santa Fe Institute and what his plans are for monetizing the show - as well some of the subjects that he will be covering in the months to come.

Duration: 00:18:14


The Origins of Economic Man and the Moral Economy with Samuel Bowles

8/21/2017
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In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Samuel Bowles, about economic man and the moral economy, exploring some of the latest insights from the field of behavioral economics. The two also explore how incentives and prices convey information and shape perceptions of value in the economy. Dr. Bowles is a Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, where he heads the Behavioral Sciences Program. His studies on cultural and genetic evolution have challenged the...

Duration: 01:01:36


Political Economy, Technocracy, and the New Gilded Age with Robert Johnson

8/7/2017
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In Episode 17 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Robert Johnson, about the political economy, inequality, and the failings of our technocratic institutions. Dr. Johnson serves as President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Finance Project for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York. Robert Johnson is an international investor and consultant to investment funds on issues of portfolio strategy. He...

Duration: 01:11:32


Blockchain Technology, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the Explosive Growth of the Cryptocurrency Industry

8/3/2017
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In this Market Forces segment, Demetri Kofinas covers the latest blockchain news with Andrew Keys of Ethereum focused Consensus Systems. While most are undoubtedly glued to the bitcoin cash news that rocked the cryptocurrency industry yesterday (August 1) regarding Bitcoin’s first “hard-fork,” Andrew continues to focus on the bigger picture at hand. As fascinating as Bitcoin has been and continues to be, particularly as the technology flag-bearer for its novel blockchain technology,...

Duration: 00:55:29


A Crisis Building in the Chinese Financial System and the Hard Landing of the Chinese Economy with Anne Stevenson-Yang

7/24/2017
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In Episode 16 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Anne Stevenson-Yang. Anne is the co-founder of J Capital Research, which conducts ground-up, primary research for institutional money managers on stocks, the Chinese economy, and the Chinese financial system. She is also the co-founder of a group of online media businesses called Blue Bamboo Ventures. She also founded and operated the CRM software company, Clarity Data Systems. Additionally, Anne Stevenson-Yang is the founder...

Duration: 00:58:15


Ep.15: Genetics, Genomics, and Big Data in Medicine with Eric Schadt

7/10/2017
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In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Dr. Eric Schadt. Eric Schadt is founding director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology and Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During the course of his 20-year career, Dr. Eric Schadt has built genetics and systems biology groups at Merck. He built the computational biology group at Rosetta. He has served as co-founder of Sage...

Duration: 01:03:56


Marc Faber on the Wealth Gap, the Economic Impact of Technology, the Rise of Populism, and the Prospects for War in Asia

7/5/2017
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In this Market Forces segment of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri Kofinas speaks with the investor, commentator, and editor of the Gloom, Boom, and Doom Report, Mark Faber. Though Dr. Faber has been dubbed "Dr. Doom," by the financial press, he is perhaps most famous for his very accurate timing of the US stock market bottom in March 2009. A veteran of the financial industry, Dr. Faber worked during the 1970's for White Weld & Company Limited in New York City, Zurich, and Hong Kong. He...

Duration: 00:53:56


A Conversation with Uber Analyst and Transportation Industry Veteran Hubert Horan on the Ride-Sharing Company's Bleak Outlook

6/30/2017
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In this Market Forces segment of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri Kofinas speaks with transportation industry veteran and Uber analyst, Hubert Horan. Demetri and Hubert’s discussion centers on the ridesharing company Uber, which has received a great deal of negative press in recent months. Stories continue to surface dealing with what is seen by many as a culture of intimidation at the company. Uber has built up a reputation for using heavy-handed tactics in dealing with the press and...

Duration: 00:31:25


Human Experience, Phenomenology, and Design with Christian Madsbjerg

6/26/2017
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In Episode 14 of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Christian Madsbjerg. Christian Madsbjerg is founder of ReD Associates, a consultancy group focused on helping companies bridge the qualitative divide between themselves, their products, and their customers. The anthropologists, sociologists, economists, journalists, and designers who make up ReD employ the methods of social science to study human behavior. Instead of minimizing complexity, they embrace the non-linearities,...

Duration: 00:56:33


James Grant reflects on the History of Interest Rates, the State of Markets, and the Future of Finance

6/12/2017
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In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with James Grant. James Grant is a legend of the financial newsletter industry. Once the editor of the yield column in Barron’s, he would leave in 1983 to found Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, two years after the sacred risk-free rate touched just under 20%. This is a level that seems nearly impossible to fathom in today’s world of near-zero and even negative, interest rates. Having observed, reported, and opined on markets for...

Duration: 00:58:50


Chinese Banking System, Uber’s Losses, and more Fed action with Grant’s Interest Rate Observer

6/9/2017
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In this Market Forces segment of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Deputy Editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Evan Lorenz. The two begin their discussion by delving into some of the great, investigative research conducted by Evan and Grant’s into the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet and the way in which it manages liquidity in this “new normal” financial system. Evan goes into the nity-gritty details of IOER (interest on excess reserves), as well as the Fed's...

Duration: 00:28:31


On the Lookout for the Next Financial Crisis with Steve Keen

6/5/2017
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In Episode 12 of the Hidden Forces podcast, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with economist Steve Keen. Steve is Professor of Economics at Kingston University in London and one of a handful of economists to correctly anticipate the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. Professor Keen is also the popular author of "Debunking Economics," as well as the timely book, "Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?" In this episode, we tear up the textbook of contemporary economics. We dispense with...

Duration: 00:58:34


A Tale of Two Balance Sheets: The Great Unwinding of Trump and the Federal Reserve

6/2/2017
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In this segment of Market Forces, host Demetri Kofinas and contributor Ash Bennington debate the efficacy of Federal Reserve policy. Demetri takes the position that officials at the Federal Reserve "have no idea what they are doing," while Ash takes the view that unwinding the greatest passive investment in American history - the Fed's 4.5 trillion dollar balance sheet - may not be all that difficult after all. The two also explore the news around Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris...

Duration: 00:26:56


Trends in Technology, Media, and Business with Silicon Alley's Entrepreneurs

5/29/2017
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In this SPECIAL EPISODE of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri Kofinas brings on two fellow entrepreneurs from New York City's burgeoning Silicon Alley - David Porzio and Man Hoang - to talk about some of the latest trends in tech, media, and culture. This is meant to be informal, funny, and casual. David Porzio is the founder of Translator Media and Advisor at Innovate Partners Private Equity Fund. He is a former VP for Product Development at mindbodygreen.com and a former Director of...

Duration: 00:50:54


Philosophical Mathematics with Ray Monk

5/22/2017
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In Episode 11 of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Ray Monk. Ray Monk is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton in the UK, where he lectures on logic, philosophical mathematics and the philosophy of Wittgenstein. He is presently a visiting Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. A prolific biographer, professor Monk has written books on the philosophers and mathematicians Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, as well as the theoretical physicist...

Duration: 01:12:23


Diplomacy, War, and Anarchy with Carne Ross

5/15/2017
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In Episode 10 of the Hidden Forces podcast, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Carne Ross. Carne is the founder of Independent Diplomat, which advises dozens of democratic countries and political groups on using diplomacy to achieve their foreign policy goals. In his former capacity as a British diplomat, Carne worked on the Middle East, the global environment, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. He served in British embassies within Germany, Norway, Kosovo, Afghanistan and the UK Mission...

Duration: 01:22:40


A History of the Federal Reserve and the Chairmanship of Alan Greenspan with Sebastian Mallaby

5/8/2017
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In Episode 9 of the Hidden Forces Podcast, Demetri Kofinas explores the history of the Federal Reserve under the chairmanship of Alan Greenspan. His guest for the hour is Sebastian Mallaby. Sebastian is a writer, commentator, and chronicler of financial and economic history. He is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and a contributing columnist for the Washington Post. His interests cover a wide variety of domestic and...

Duration: 01:08:47

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