Odd Lots

Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so random weekly walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics.
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Tech stocks have been all the rage in recent years, and of course there was a huge bubble in tech stocks less than 20 years ago. But it turns out tha…
For years, the key to beating the stock market was to invest a lot in the big tech stocks like Facebook and Apple. But in 2018, they stumbled hard, a…
India is going to have a general election in the months ahead, and so it's important to understand the state of the economy, and what incumbent Prime…
How does the Chinese economy work? What data is the most revealing about where the Chinese economy is headed? On this week's episode of the Odd Lots …
At the heart of government debt is a promise to pay back creditors. But governments sometimes don't do this - either by defaulting on their bonds or …
Bitcoin is now over 10 years old, and by all accounts it's exceeded anything people could've imagined for it. But even at its recent peak, there was …
The last two years have been an extraordinary ride for Bitcoin. It exploded in 2017, with the price nearing $20,000 per coin. Then in 2018 it totally…
After a volatile 2018, few people in the market expect calm to return anytime soon. Politics, the Fed, and trade will continue to be major sources of…
2018 will go down as one of the most pivotal for financial markets since the financial crisis. We saw the return of significant volatility, amid poor…
The biggest macro trend in investing is the rise of so-called "passive investing," as investors shun individual security selection, and instead just …
The past couple months have seen the return of volatility in markets, with the S&P 500 jumping 1 percent last Monday and then falling more than 3 per…
With assets like stocks and bonds, there are clear techniques you can use to value them. But what about currencies? They don't produce cash flows. Th…
Paul Volcker is one of the most famous Federal Reserve chairs of all time. He's now widely-regarded as single-handedly halting a period of severe inf…
For years, a common mantra among corporate executives has been that "the blockchain," the technology underlying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, i…
So-called "unicorns" have become household names in recent years. Multi-billion dollar companies like AirBNB, Uber, and WeWork have become known for …
If there's one person associated with the term "Rogue Trader" it's Nick Leeson, who singlehandedly brought down Barrings Bank in the early 90s, follo…
There's a huge market out there that doesn't get much attention: Eurodollars. These have nothing to do with the euro-dollar exchange rate. Instead, e…
China has a plan for how it wants to transform into a modern economy. But the future of China’s economy is complicated both by internal factors like …
Marijuana stocks have been on a tear, as investors bet on the explosion of a brand new, legalizing market. But beyond the obvious big picture story, …
A little over two years ago, Saudi Arabia revealed plans to IPO part of its huge state-owned national oil company, Saudi Aramco. With a potential val…
David Barse was the CEO of Third Avenue Management when one of its credit funds melted down in late 2015. The collapse of the fund touched off a sign…
What if there were a bank that could never experience a run? And furthermore, what if it paid higher interest rates on deposits than what you could g…
Sixty percent in equities/40 percent in bonds is a popular, general approach to structuring a diversified portfolio. In theory, when times are good, …
On the surface, you might think that accounting is straightforward. You add up all your revenues, subtract your costs, and voila, the difference is h…
It's been quite a few weeks for Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk. Ever since he tweeted, in early August, that he was taking Tesla private and that fundin…
Joe Weisenthal is a co-host of the Odd Lots podcast. He also once launched his own cryptocurrency called Stalwartbucks. On this week's episode, we sp…
Are you confused about the crisis in Turkey? Today's episode will get you cleared up. This week on Odd Lots, we spoke to Paul McNamara, an investment…
Open any financial publication and you'll see ads for investment products: exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and the like. Those ads can tell you …
Srinivas Thiruvadanthai is the Director of Research at the Jerome Levy Forecasting Center, and one of the most interesting commentators on markets an…
Here's some good news for investors: If you've ever made a disastrous trade, you're not alone. All of the greats have made horrible moves as well. On…
If you want to understand how the human body works, you can't just look at healthy humans. You need to examine the ill, so you can see how the body b…
For years, it was pretty quiet in markets. Stocks kept making new highs and volatility drifted to fresh lows. That's changed in recent months and the…
Everyone knows that online advertising pays for a massive chunk of the internet that people know and love, whether it's social networking sites, news…
Earlier this year, markets were spooked by blow-ups in a number of volatility-linked products. But dealing with volatility is the foundation of risk …
A pivotal moment in U.S. political history is when CNBC's Rick Santelli went on a gigantic rant against Obama's stimulus programs while on the floor …
Longtime market analyst Ed Yardeni came up with the term "Bond Vigilantes" to describe the way bond market participants can punish governments who ru…
When you're eating a chocolate bar, there's a good chance you're not thinking about the complex commodity market that allows cocoa beans to make it i…
For years, big banks, hedge funds and other investment firms took part in an epic scavenger hunt in New York. Inspired by the 1980 movie, “Midnight M…
When Bitcoin first began generating headlines, there were some who thought the cryptocurrency was a fraud and others who thought it was the next big …
Everybody probably has some vague idea of what the paparazzi do. They ride around on motorcycles, hounding celebrities, and hopefully snapping photos…
The Kentucky Derby is coming up in early May, and it's time to get excited. On this week's Odd Lots podcast, we talk to Bloomberg editor David Papado…
When it comes to millennials, the media has certain tropes that it likes to go back to. Millennials love avocados. Millennials aren't into homebuying…
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By now, everyone's heard of ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) where companies issue their own currency-like tokens. They boomed massively in 2017, alongs…
Recent threats to impose tariffs on Chinese goods, coupled with China's own retaliatory announcements have raised the prospects of a trade war betwee…
A lot of people would probably agree that there's something wrong with much of the traditional advice in how to lose weight -- or at least how it's i…
Remember LIBOR? The London Interbank Offered Rate measures the cost of money when banks borrow from each other. It famously blew out during the finan…
These days, when you think of trading, you think of people sitting at a desk with a bunch of monitors, watching charts, and maybe making decisions ba…
For years, nobody seemed particularly concerned about inflation. Outside of a few blips, in the wake of the financial crisis, people have become accu…
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