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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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S&P 5 (EP.158)

S&P 5 (EP.158)

2020-08-0552:34

On this week's show we discuss tech stock monopolies, Microsoft potentially buying TikTok, why more people are buying houses, what to do if your friends are speculating in stocks, Vanguard vs. Robinhood, the counterintuitive nature of this recession 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 edition of Talk Your Book we discuss the challenges of investing in a bond market will generationally low interest rates with Marvin Loh from State Street.   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 market cycles are happening in record time, parallels to the 1990s, speculative frenzy, anecdotal stock market signals, the red hot real estate market, commercial real estate, how work from home will change in the future, gold going crazy, how much to pay for an engagement ring, 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 this edition of Talk Your Book, we spoke with Edly co-founders Chris Ricciardi and Chuck Trafton about income service agreements, the student loan crisis and how to invest in the wages of college graduates.   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 new all-time lows in mortgage rates, why this is no normal recession, hopes and questions for a vaccine, Betterment vs. Robinhood, saving money when you earn a bonus 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 the bubble behavior in Tesla, Elon Musk becoming richer than Warren Buffett, Robert De Niro is going broke, simple > complex, the home renovation boom, wealth inequality's impact on gambling, Hulu is better than Amazon Prime 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 weeks show we discuss the two types of investing mistakes, hangovers and sunburns, when markets actually make sense, migration out of big cities, Tesla's unbelievable run, a world with no yield, the joys of indexing, options for college kids in the fall 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 this week's show we discuss growing worries about the economy, a double-dip depression, why the Fed may have to backstop the banks, shorting commercial real estate, the dominance of the biggest tech stocks, lower interest rates for a long time, what about Japan, inflationary scars 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.
Inflation Ahead (EP.152)

Inflation Ahead (EP.152)

2020-06-2442:421

On this week's show we discuss Jeremy Siegel's inflationary scenario for the market, why it's time to stop complaining about the Fed, why poverty in the US actually improved during this crisis, is this another bubble, the garbage portfolio, why this is such a difficult time to invest as a retiree 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 Chris Shuba, founder and CEO of Helios Quantitative Research. Helios partners with financial advisors to create a unique and compelling asset management experience for 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 discuss who is driving market prices right now, Robinhood's PR dream, the Hertz bankruptcy story, Dave Portnoy's day-trading escapades, why active managers should be salivating right now, how private equity could turn out like index funds, why bad news resonates more than good news, is the banking industry heading for a collapse 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 we talk with Ben Miller, co-founder and CEO of FundRise, about how individuals can access the private real estate market. 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 insane move in the stock market from the lows, the surprising unemployment numbers, underestimating the Fed, going from the Great Depression to euphoria in a matter of months, why international stocks are finally joining the fun, private equity in 401k plans, racial wealth inequality, Airbnb's comeback 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 Talk Your Book we chat with Daniel Crosby about behavioral psychology, why we're not wired to manage money, how to improve your financial decisions and how systems and automation can help. 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 saddest week in a long time, post-traumatic growth, 2020 vs. 1968, why working from home is a privilege, inequality in America, the explosion in the airline ETF, Carl Icahn's big losses in Hertz, teaching your children about investing 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.
We discuss why Zoom is worth more than the 5 biggest U.S. airlines, how many of the pandemic stocks are here for good, Spotify taking over the podcast game, Amazon possibly buying JC Penney, winners and losers from the WFH trend, the summer bull case for Airbnb, why alternative ETFs haven't worked, what happens to the conference industry 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 about all things related to corporate real estate in the United States. How has it been affected by COVID-19, what does the future look like, and what does it all mean for investors.   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.
We discuss what a potential vaccine means for stock market, we could see a bubble after this, retail bankruptcies, the food delivery business, why the stock market is so confusing right now, inequality in this crisis, active fund performance during the bear market 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.
We discuss inequality among corporations, differences in the unemployed by education, the best new restaurant in the country just went out of business, why housing prices are rising during the crisis, millennials fleeing big cities, you are not Stanley Druckenmiller 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.
Fallen Angels (EP.145)

Fallen Angels (EP.145)

2020-05-1346:13

We discuss why stocks aren't doing better in countries with a better virus response, why portfolio managers hate the Fed, how are the airlines going to survive, finding some gray area in the crisis data, food delivery price gouging, white-collar layoffs, working out from home, Peter Lynch crisis stocks, millennials receiving social security 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.
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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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