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Author: Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson

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Animal spirits is a show about markets, life, and investing. Join Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson as they talk about what they're reading, writing, listening to and watching.

Look for new episodes every Wednesday morning.

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On this week's show we discuss the recent rise in interest rates, how much rates really matter to the markets, the latest Buffett shareholder letter, when value stocks turn into momentum stocks, bubble debates and 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's Talk Your Book, we spoke with Direxion's Dave Mazza about the Direxion Moonshot ETF and how to invest in the most innovative companies.   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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's show we discuss the collectibles boom, similarities and differences to the Beanie Baby boom of the late-1990s, NBA Top Shot, ISAs for pro athletes and 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
Listener Mailbag

Listener Mailbag

2021-02-1940:333

On this episode, we cleaned out our inbox to answer questions from listeners about retirement, personal finance, investing, markets, careers, and 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
Bidding Wars (EP.191)

Bidding Wars (EP.191)

2021-02-1740:391

On today's show, we discuss food delivery as a viable business, SPACs vs IPOs, the new benchmark for tech companies, the red hot real estate market, Bryan Cranston vs Tom Hanks, and 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's show, the guys talk to Daniel Crosby, PhD, the Chief Behavioral Officer of Orion Advisor Solutions about some of the craziest few weeks in stock market history.    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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
Money Tree (EP.190)

Money Tree (EP.190)

2021-02-1051:252

On this week's episode we discuss Elon Musk becoming the new Warren Buffett, companies putting bitcoin on their balance sheet, the Mount Rushmore of CEOs, NFTs and trading cards, tapping your home equity and 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's show, the guys talk with David Lau from DPL Financial Partners about how they're improving the insurance sales for advisors and their clients.    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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On this week's show we talk about all things GameStop, Robinhood, short-sellers, when markets become a pop culture phenomenon, why people are so angry with Wall Street 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's show, the guys speak with Zac Prince of BlockFi about all the hottest topics in the world of Bitcoin.    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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's show we talk about the wild moves in Gamestop, why this is now a young person's market, why the SEC is probably going to come calling for some YOLO investors, why this is and is not like 1999, how hedge funds got beat by retail traders 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's show, Michael and Ben talk with Gibson Smith of Smith Capital Investors about how the structure of the fixed income market has evolved over time, what happened to bond funds and ETFs in March? The potential problems with plain-vanilla bond indexes, 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
Micro Bubbles (EP.187)

Micro Bubbles (EP.187)

2021-01-2046:482

On today's show we discuss why index funds will never cause a bubble, how day traders are evolving, the best-performing stocks of 2020, penny stock madness and why 2021 could see the economy shoot the lights out.   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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's Talk Your Book, we spoke with Ben Miller, co-founder and CEO of Fundrise about investing in direct real estate.   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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On this week's show we discuss the outsized role tech companies play in our democracy, why aggression is highly contagious, why the stock market is creating bubbles, the battle between fiscal and monetary policy, bitcoin whales 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's show, we talk with Bill Sweet about the different options investors should consider when thinking about what type of vehicle they should use for their retirement money.    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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On today's Talk Your Book, we speak with Matthew Bartolini about options for diversified investors going forward, how to think about volatility in fixed income investments, cyclical stocks in 2021, the different types of income investments and 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On this week's show we discuss why inflation isn't being understated, why the economy is so difficult to understand, why growth is outperforming value, the case for higher returns even with valuations so high, why Bitcoin is a religion, how incomes rose during the pandemic 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
The Best of 2020

The Best of 2020

2021-01-0134:13

On today's last show of the year, we look back at the biggest stories from 2020 as well as our favorite books, movies and TV shows.   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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
On this week's show we discuss the luck of the draw in the economy this year, our new fantasy trading game, pockets of froth in the markets, Tesla speculators, ARK inflows, why Roths are overrated 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 animalspiritspod@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, recommendations, or ideas for future topics of conversation.
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alex

I'm 21 and saving for retirement, I feel personally attacked

May 29th
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Ianis Paist

Great, thanks!!!

May 2nd
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