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Consuelo Mack has a long and distinguished career in business journalism. In 2005 she struck out on her own to launch her dream program, a weekly half-hour program on public television devoted to helping Americans build and protect their wealth over the long-term. Now in its eighteenth season, CONSUELO MACK WEALTHTRACK has been dubbed the “Cramer Antidote” by the press and Money Magazine named Mack “The Best Money TV Host.” WEALTHTRACK is the only program on television devoted to long-term diversified investing in all of the investments people care about. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


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Consuelo Mack has a long and distinguished career in business journalism. In 2005 she struck out on her own to launch her dream program, a weekly half-hour program on public television devoted to helping Americans build and protect their wealth over the long-term. Now in its eighteenth season, CONSUELO MACK WEALTHTRACK has been dubbed the “Cramer Antidote” by the press and Money Magazine named Mack “The Best Money TV Host.” WEALTHTRACK is the only program on television devoted to long-term diversified investing in all of the investments people care about. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support






Recession Risk Analysis: Jeff Schultze's Perspective on the Economy [2023]

Jeff Schultze, head of economic and market strategy at ClearBridge Investments, discusses the possibility of a recession and the current state of the economy. He shares insights on recession risk indicators, the consumer's financial health, the banking system, and the Federal Reserve's ability to respond. WEALTHTRACK Episode 2023, published on December 1, 2023 More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/strategist-jeff-schulze-explains-why-the-slowing-economy-can-coexist-with-a-rallying-stock-market/ ClearBridge’s Anatomy of a Recession Dashboard: https://www.clearbridgeinvestments.com.au/perspectives/anatomy-of-a-recession/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


High-Yield Bonds: Exploring Profitable Opportunities in Fixed Income

Two leading municipal bond managers, Duane McAllister and Lyle Fitterer, who oversee Baird’s award-winning suite of municipal bond funds, including its 5-star, Silver-rated Baird Core Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund, present a compelling case for muni bonds. WEALTHTRACK Episode 2022, published on November 23, 2023 More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/the-highest-yields-in-nearly-20-years-make-a-compelling-case-for-municipal-bonds/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Interest Rates and Market Speculation with Financial Historian James Grant

Part 2 of 2 Financial thought leader and historian James Grant is marking the 40th anniversary of his influential Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly, self-described “independent, value-oriented and contrary-minded journal of the financial markets.” Grant shares his insights on a wide range of financial topics, including booms and busts, corporate finance, inflation, and the evolution of central banking. Grant also discusses his prescient analyses of the 2007-2009 credit crisis and offers warnings about the perils of cryptocurrencies and low-interest rates. He also unveils the one trait shared by successful investors, providing valuable insights for navigating the ever-changing financial landscape. WEALTHTRACK episode 2021 was originally broadcast on November 17, 2023, More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/financial-thought-leader-james-grant-shares-four-decades-of-investment-wisdom-and-insights/ Grant’s Interest Rate Observer: https://www.grantspub.com/ Bookshelf: The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself https://amzn.to/3QTCsh9 Money of the Mind: How the 1980s Got That Way https://amzn.to/47tIeev The Trouble With Prosperity: The Loss of Fear, the Rise of Speculation, and the Risk to American Savings https://amzn.to/3ugSwjR Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian https://amzn.to/47cX49S Inside the Yield Book: The Classic That Created the Science of Bond Analysis https://amzn.to/47lO3KY A History of Interest Rates, Fourth Edition https://amzn.to/3FR38J1 --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Bond Bear Market on the Horizon

Part 1 of 2 James Grant, Founder and Editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, joins us to discuss the history of bond market cycles and why the dramatic rise in interest rates that began in March of last year might have ushered in a prolonged bear market in bonds. Grant argues that bond yields have trended in generation-length periods, with each cycle lasting at least 20 years. He believes that the bull market in bonds that began in the early 1980s has now come to an end, and that we are now embarking on a long-term period of rising interest rates. Grant's perspective is important because he has been warning of a bond bear market for many years. He has argued that the central banks' aggressive monetary stimulus policies have created a bubble in the bond market and that this bubble is now bursting. WEALTHTRACK episode 2020 originally broadcast on November 10, 2023 More info:https://wealthtrack.com/financial-thought-leader-james-grant-on-the-investment-ramifications-of-the-new-era-of-higher-interest-rates/ Bookshelf: The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself https://amzn.to/3QTCsh9 Money of the Mind: How the 1980s Got That Way https://amzn.to/47tIeev The Trouble With Prosperity: The Loss of Fear, the Rise of Speculation, and the Risk to American Savings https://amzn.to/3ugSwjR Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian https://amzn.to/47cX49S Inside the Yield Book: The Classic That Created the Science of Bond Analysis https://amzn.to/47lO3KY A History of Interest Rates, Fourth Edition https://amzn.to/3FR38J1 --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Value Investing: Lessons Learned

Bruce Berkowitz is the founder and CEO of Fairholme Capital Management and a legendary value investor. In this exclusive interview, he talks about his deep value, contrarian approach, his current strategy, and the lessons he's learned over the years. Berkowitz's Fairholme Fund was once a top performer, returning better than 13% annualized returns in its first decade. But it has since lagged the market and become extremely volatile. Today, 82% of the fund is concentrated in one stock: The St. Joe Company, a Florida real estate developer and manager. Berkowitz reveals the highs and lows of his career and shares his insights on value investing, contrarian thinking, and the future of the markets. WEALTHTRACK #2019 originally broadcast on November 03, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/fairholme-funds-bruce-berkowitz-deep-value-contrarian-approach-thats-still-beating-the-market/ Bookshelf: Security Analysis: Principles and Techniquehttps://amzn.to/3sax7bH --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Bond Market Update: Why Bonds Are Back

In a world where stocks have been the go-to asset class for income and returns, bonds are making a comeback. That's the view of Mary Ellen Stanek, Co-Chief Investment Officer of Baird Advisors and President of the Baird Funds, who says that the Federal Reserve's aggressive rate hikes have made bonds more attractive to investors. Stanek argues that the rapid rise in interest rates has created opportunities in the fixed-income market, as bond yields have increased to their highest levels in years. This means that investors can now lock in higher yields for their money, which can provide a valuable source of income and diversification in a volatile market. In this interview, Stanek explains why she is convinced that bonds are back and why investors should consider adding them to their portfolios. She also discusses her investment strategy and how she selects bonds for her clients. WEALTHTRACK episode 2018, broadcast on October 27, 2023 Learn More: https://wealthtrack.com/star-bond-fund-manager-mary-ellen-stanek-on-the-compelling-case-for-bonds-even-over-stocks/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


China's Economic Challenges: Impact on Global Economies and Markets

The political, demographic, and policy headwinds causing China’s economy to slow and possibly unravel with serious repercussions for the world’s economies and markets. WEALTHTRACK Episode 2016, published on October 12, 2023 --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Portfolio Lessons: Navigating Market Cycles

Part 2 of 2 Our rare interview with legendary investor Steven Romick, Co-Portfolio Manager of the FPA Crescent Fund which he founded 30 years ago. Morningstar gives the gold-rated fund high marks for its focus on capital preservation and strong stewardship. Since 1993, Crescent has generated equity-like returns with less risk than the overall market. Its nearly 10% annualized returns match the S&P 500 but with significantly less decline during downturns and faster recovery. Earlier this year, Romick delivered the keynote at Morningstar's investment conference, reflecting on his 30 years of successful investing across multiple cycles. We asked Romick to share insights and lessons learned navigating major crises like the tech bubble, financial crisis, COVID crash, and 2022's meltdown. Interestingly, he believes Crescent has survived by "first considering what can go wrong." Hear Romick's wisdom on defensive investing, managing risk, contrarian thinking, and preparing for an uncertain future. A rare chance to learn from a legendary investor. WEALTHTRACK Episode 2012 broadcast on September 15, 2023 More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/fpa-crescent-funds-steven-romick-shares-30-years-of-investment-lessons/ Bookshelf: Security Analysis, Seventh Edition: Principles and Technique https://amzn.to/3szbiSH --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Rising Interest Rates: How to Realign Your Portfolio

Is the 60/40 Portfolio Is Obsolete? The traditional 60/40 portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds has been a staple of investment advice for decades. But in 2022, it failed to deliver the goods, declining about 16%. Mark Cortazzo says that the rapid rise in interest rates has caused a "massive change" in fixed-income returns. This means that traditional safe assets are back, and it's time to reset portfolios. Cortazzo is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with the Wealth Enhancement Group. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry and has been named a Barron's Top Advisor for thirteen years. Cortazzo discusses the massive reset in returns and what it means for investors. He also provides tips on how to realign your portfolio for the new environment. WEALTHTRACK episode 2011 broadcast on September 8, 2023 More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/rising-interest-rates-mean-massive-changes-in-fixed-income-returns-traditional-safe-assets-are-back/ Bookshelf Your Future Self: How to Make Tomorrow Better Today : https://amzn.to/3P2MI4o The Four Pillars of Investing, Second Edition: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio: https://amzn.to/3r2osYf --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


The Muni Bond Market Today: Expert Insights [2023]

Discover the state of the municipal bond market post-2022 interest rate surge! Munis had their worst year since 1981, with a -8.5% return. Yields doubled from 1.03% to 2.63%, causing record outflows of $122 billion. Join us with muni bond expert Robert DiMella, Co-Head of MacKay Municipal Managers, as he shares insights on market recovery and tax-free opportunities. What are the opportunities and risks in the tax-free market now? WEALTHTRACK episode 2010 broadcast on September 01, 2023 More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/veteran-municipal-bond-manager-robert-dimella-on-the-opportunities-in-the-muni-market-after-2022s-big-sell-off/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Mastering Market Volatility: Lessons from Steven Romick

Part 1 of 2 Discover insights from renowned investor Steven Romick, Co-Portfolio Manager of the FPA Crescent Fund, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Unlike most funds, FPA Crescent has not only survived but thrived for three decades, delivering almost 10% annualized returns with lower volatility than the S&P 500. Its success lies in maintaining equity-like returns with reduced market risk and avoiding permanent capital losses. Morningstar's Gold analyst rating and the 2013 Allocation Fund Manager of the Year title validate its performance. In a rare interview, FPA Crescent Fund’s founding portfolio manager, Steven Romick puts the fund’s current positioning into perspective WEALTHTRACK 2009 broadcast on August 25, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/great-value-investor-steven-romick-describes-fpa-crescent-funds-current-positioning/ Bookshelf: Security Analysis, Seventh Edition: Principles and Technique: https://amzn.to/3szbiSH As FPA Crescent Fund celebrates its 30th anniversary, Morningstar asked the fund’s founding portfolio manager, Steven Romick to deliver a keynote speech at its annual conference. His topic: “The Evolution of a Value Investor.” https://wealthtrack.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/steven-romick-morningstar-keynote-speech-2023-04-final.pdf --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


An Essential Guide to Mutual Fund Investing: “The Thrilling 33”

Selecting the best mutual funds to achieve long-term financial goals remains a challenging task for investors. Russel Kinnel, Director of Manager Research for Morningstar, has dedicated nearly three decades to this endeavor. He oversees Morningstar's North American Morningstar analyst ratings committees, responsible for vetting the prestigious Morningstar medalist ratings frequently cited in the financial world. Kinnel's extensive experience analyzing various fund types and prominent fund families has led him to publish two highly impactful articles. One is the annual "The Thrilling" fund list, which carefully selects 25 to 50 funds from a vast universe of 15,000 fund share classes based on strict criteria. Additionally, Kinnel shares his review of the top ten holdings in his personal portfolio, some of which may not be members of this year's "Thrilling 33" fund list. Join us to understand the rigorous selection process for "The Thrilling 33" and gain valuable insights into Kinnel's top personal holdings. WEALTHTRACK episode 2006 broadcast on August 04, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/best-mutual-fund-choices-from-morningstars-fund-maven-russel-kinnel/ More on “The Thrilling 33”: Reading the complete current report does require a Morningstar subscription, but you can view last year’s report for free Current report (Morningstar subscription required): https://mfi.morningstar.com/LoginDual.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBlogArticle.aspx%3fpostid%3d4009120&postid=4009120 Last year’s report (free): https://www.morningstar.com/funds/thrilling-31-list-great-funds --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Growth Investing: Riding the A.I. Boom

Discover the future of AI investments with Michael Lippert, Head of Technology Research at Baron Capital. He believes AI is now at its transformative inflection point. Join us for an insightful discussion on his recently published report, 'Investing in AI: Opportunities and Risks,' where we explore the potential of AI as a game-changing technology. As the Portfolio Manager of Baron Capital's high-growth stock-oriented Baron Opportunity Fund, he shares his strategies for identifying companies with durable competitive advantages and cash-generative business models, fostering double-digit multi-year projected annual returns. Gain valuable insights into the growth potential of AI investments from a seasoned expert's investment perspective. WEALTHTRACK episode 2005 broadcast on July 28, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/investing-in-ai-with-gold-rated-baron-opportunity-funds-michael-lippert/ Read: “Investing in AI: Opportunities and Risks”: https://wealthtrack.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Baron-Insight-Investing-in-AI-7.6.2023.pdf Bookshelf: Common Sense on Mutual Funds - https://amzn.to/453zw5v Read Buffett 1990 Annual Letter: https://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/1990.html --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Inside Vanguard's $2 Trillion Index Portfolios with Gerry O'Reilly

Uncover the secrets behind managing the world's largest mutual fund, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund, in this captivating episode of WEALTHTRACK. Join Gerry O'Reilly, the fund's principal portfolio manager, as he reveals the active management required for this trillion-dollar behemoth. Learn about O'Reilly's inspiring journey from Ireland to the 1988 Seoul Olympics before delving into his impressive track record. Gain insights into the misconceptions surrounding index fund management and discover the strategies employed to match the CRSP U.S. Total Market Index. Don't miss this exclusive episode for a behind-the-scenes look at the fund shaping the investment landscape. WEALTHTRACK episode 2004 broadcast on July 21, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/gerry-oreilly-on-why-passive-is-anything-but-when-running-vanguards-total-stock-market-index-fund/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Exploring Investment Opportunities in Climate Change

Climate change, a topic of daily conversation, has sparked a global industry worth billions and, soon, trillions of dollars. Discover investment opportunities in this field through the expertise of Lucas White, Lead Portfolio Manager of GMO's successful Climate Change Strategy. With the impressive performance of GMO's Climate Change Fund, which beats its benchmark and boasts 12% annualized returns, investors gain exposure to companies combatting climate change and adapting to its effects. White shares insights on the fund's unique approach and discusses his journey in launching it. WEALTHTRACK episode 2003 originally broadcast on July 14, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/the-unique-approach-of-lucas-whites-high-performing-gmo-climate-change-fund/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Small-Cap Stocks: Are They Due for a Breakout?

Small-cap stocks in general have generated subpar returns in the last five years and have underperformed large-cap stocks by a wide margin over the last nine. However, Royce believes that small caps are due for a significant and lasting rebound. He says that history is the best guide to future performance, and that small caps have outperformed large caps over the long term. Chuck Royce is a small-cap pioneer with over 50 years of experience in the investment industry. He is the chairman of Royce Investment Partners, which he founded in 1973. Royce is also a portfolio manager on four Royce mutual funds and three closed-end funds. He is best known for his flagship fund, the Royce Pennsylvania Mutual Fund, which he has managed since 1972. In this exclusive interview, Royce discusses why his Royce Pennsylvania Mutual Fund has outperformed its benchmark for over half a century and why he believes small-caps are laying the foundation for an extended cycle of above-average returns. WEALTHTRACK episode 2002 originally broadcast on July 07, 2023 More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/chuck-royce-shares-50-years-of-investment-wisdom-on-his-small-cap-outperformance/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


The Future: Markets, AI & Climate Change with Jeremy Grantham

Jeremy Grantham, investment legend and long-time value investor, warns of a bubble of "epic proportions" in the bond, stock, housing, and commodities markets. Grantham, who has accurately predicted market bubbles in the past, believes that the current market is overvalued and due for a correction. He cites three factors that are contributing to the bubble: low interest rates, easy credit, and excessive speculation. Grantham also discusses his views on climate change, bursting market bubbles, and artificial intelligence. He believes that climate change is the most important issue facing the world today, and that artificial intelligence could have a major impact on the future of the economy. WEALTHTRACK 2001 originally broadcast on June 30, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/jeremy-granthams-views-on-climate-change-bursting-market-bubbles-and-artificial-intelligence/ Burt Malkiel: 50th anniversary of A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Best Investment Guide that Money Can Buy - https://amzn.to/3NXtm1q Charles Ellis: Winning the Loser's Game: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing - https://amzn.to/3XzC0WJ Robert Aliber: Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises - https://amzn.to/3JDIuhK Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World - https://amzn.to/3NBtySv --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Financial Crisis Analysis: Lessons from Past Market Turmoil

In a recent essay published in The New York Times, Richard Bookstaber, a renowned risk expert, suggests that we may be on the brink of a new era of crisis. Drawing from his extensive experience in risk management, Bookstaber has a track record of identifying and addressing risks in both private and public institutions. As the Chief Risk Officer of Fabric, a platform focused on risk management for wealth managers and individuals, he has played a crucial role in navigating financial crises and working with regulatory bodies. Bookstaber's current analysis highlights several slow-motion risks that he believes pose significant threats to the economy, societal stability, and even civilization itself. These risks encompass climate change, demographic shifts, deglobalization, and artificial intelligence. Alongside these long-term concerns, Bookstaber also evaluates more immediate challenges that impact the economy and financial markets. With his vast expertise and historical insights, Bookstaber's perspective offers valuable insights into the complex landscape of risks facing our world today. WEALTHTRACK Episode 1951, broadcast on June 16, 2023 More info: Bookshelf: The End of Theory: Financial Crises, the Failure of Economics, and the Sweep of Human Interaction: https://amzn.to/468ggFj A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation: https://amzn.to/3JdrfUc --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Bullish Outlook: Savita Subramanian Debunks Stock Market Misconceptions

Part 2 of 2 American investors have had a love-hate relationship with stocks since their early days of trading under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street in 1792. However, recent setbacks, including a challenging year for equities in 2022 and rising yields on fixed income investments, have led to a cooling of investor sentiment. We welcome back Savita Subramanian, an influential strategist serving as the Head of U.S. Equity and Quantitative Strategy at BofA Global Research. She challenges the prevailing negative perception of stocks and presents research-backed evidence of their value as long-term investments. Subramanian, recognized as a top-ranked analyst by Institutional Investor for the last ten years and featured on Barron's list of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance for three consecutive years, her expertise is highly regarded in the industry. In part two of our interview with Subramanian, she sheds light on the significant market trends and explains why stocks should be considered for long-term ownership. Explore her insights and gain a deeper understanding of the enduring value that stocks can bring to your investment portfolio. WEALTHTRACK #1948 broadcast on April 26, 2023 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/winning-investment-themes-with-staying-power-in-a-changing-world/ --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support


Recession Warning: Fed Tightening Cycles Lead to Economic Downturns

David Rosenberg, a well-known economist, believes that the United States is in a recessionary bear market. He predicts that the S&P 500 will eventually bottom at 3100, and he has positioned his personal portfolio accordingly. Rosenberg's predictions are based on his analysis of the Federal Reserve's tightening cycle, which he believes will lead to a recession. He also points to the recent failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and First Republic as evidence that the economy is weakening. Rosenberg's views are in contrast to those of many other economists, who believe that the Federal Reserve can engineer a soft landing. However, Rosenberg's track record suggests that he is worth listening to. In 2007, he predicted the subprime mortgage crisis, which turned into the Global Financial Crisis. Investors who are concerned about the economy should pay attention to Rosenberg's predictions. They may want to consider reducing their equity exposure and increasing their cash holdings. Recessions & financial crises go hand in hand after Federal Reserve tightening cycles. Outspoken economist Dave Rosenberg sees evidence of both and advises defensive investments WEALTHTRACK 1947 broadcast on May 19, 2023 --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/wealthtrack/support