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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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…
In theory, people should want to know accurate facts about the state of the world. In practice, it's not so simple. Because of the way we evolved, an…
In the 1970s, NYC teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. This crisis lead to the dismantling of the city's generous social safety net. On this week's O…
In recent years, one of the easiest ways to make money in this market has been to bet on low volatility. Up until recently, markets have been excepti…
Anyone who watched poker on TV during the golden age of coverage a few years ago is familiar with Annie Duke. She's one of the most famous poker play…
Quantitative finance is red hot. These days, basically everyone (banks, hedge funds etc.) is hiring mathematicians and coders. So what differentiates…
If you cover the economy from New York City or Abu Dhabi, it's easy to get caught up in a media bubble. But the U.S. economy is obviously not a monol…
When we think about financial assets, we usually think of their price as being derived from some set of intrinsic characteristics. A stock price may …
For centuries, markets were highly-personalized things, often controlled by select groups of people who traded based on long-established and closely-…
We talk a lot about bubbles on this podcast. Often we talk about them from the perspective of a trader or speculator. But what about the people whose…
On last week's episode of Odd Lots, Bloomberg's Chris Nagi and Matt Boesler gave us their takes for the biggest stories of the past year. So naturall…
The year is over, and now's the time to look back at the big stories of the past year. On this week's episode, we're joined by Chris Nagi and Matt Bo…
Algorithms. People talk about them all the time, particularly in relation to markets. But who actually designs them, and what do they do? On this wee…
When we think of computer-driven or "quant" investing, we often think fast moves, algorithms making buy and sell orders at incredibly short timeframe…
There are two popular schools of thought with regards to how markets work. There's the efficient markets hypothesis (EMH) which says that it's basica…
Money goes where it's treated best. That simple truth is a big reason why more and more money—trillions, in fact—flows into a powerful, low-cost tool…
This month we saw a small sell-off in markets that got big attention. How did we get to the point where a 1 percent fall in the S&P 500 over the cour…
In this age of algorithms and quants, you hear less and less about good old stock picking. You know, like the style of investing associated with Warr…
Most asset classes move in a fairly straightforward manner. They're either going up or down at any given time. But when it comes to currencies it's n…
You can't go a day without hearing about ICOs or Initial Coin Offerings. By taking advantage of a regulatory gap and buzz surrounding cryptocurrencie…
Investors are constantly poring over income statements from big companies to figure out whether they should buy or sell the business's stock. But sho…
By now, almost everyone in financial markets is familiar with ETFs (exchange-traded funds), and how they allow investors to move quickly in and out o…
On Monday October 19th, 1987, the Dow Jones fell 508 points in a one day crash that will forever be known as "Black Monday". In honor of the 30th ann…
"Liquidity" is one of the most widely-talked about yet least understood concepts in markets. Roughly speaking, a market is liquid if you can transact…
On this week's episode, we talk to Steven Abrahams, the co-founder and CEO of Milepost Capital Management, about his two decades of experiences in fi…
To wrap up our series on financial bubbles, the Odd Lots podcast looks back at an early episode, focusing on one of the most iconic bubbles of the 20…
There's a good chance that if you were a boy in the early 90s that you were a collector of baseball cards. For a few years, the baseball card industr…
The tulip bubble is the quintessential bubble. If you want to call something a bubble, just mutter something about tulips, and everybody will know wh…
During the 2008 financial crisis, Florida was an epicenter of the real estate meltdown. But for decades before that, the state has been characterized…
Markets are at their most exciting when they're in a bubble. Spectacular fortunes can be made and lost in the blink of an eye. So how do bubbles form…
Royal Bank of Scotland has been around, in one form or another, for hundreds of years. The company keeps artifacts from its lengthy history in an arc…
It's been 10 years since the start of the credit crunch that led to the global financial crisis. For many investors, the events shook their understan…
We use money everyday, but it's rare to actually think about what money is or what it represents. And in fact many of the people who are the closest …
Most people have some kind of hazy conception of how the stock market works. Stocks are simple to understand, and there are only so many of them out …
We talk a lot on Odd Lots about the idea of investing. But what's it like to actually have to put money to work in some of the trickiest investing en…
Financial markets around the world are stuck in a long period of low volatility and boredom. But one pocket is seeing some wild action -- grains. Spr…
It's no secret that a lot of people in finance like to bet on things. But how many of them take the time to actually beat the house in gambling? On t…
Earlier this month, Dana Gas, a UAE-based company, rocked the world of Islamic finance by announcing that one of its Shariah-compliant bonds was, wel…
On the TV show "Billions," one of the most important characters is Wendy Rhoades, the psychologist at Axe Capital who helps traders get out of their …
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