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Dollar As Reserve Currency #2 - Season 2

Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

Release Date: 04/27/2021

Are Masks un-American? show art Are Masks un-American?

Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

Is wearing a mask un-American? It seems the simple act of wearing a covering over your nose and mouth in public places has become a political issue. Those on the extreme far right say masks are affronts to their personal liberty, whereas people on the far left claim they in the ‘public good.’ So, what is it? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the issue of mask wearing, and its impact on liberty and the American economy.

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Is it Really Different this Time? show art Is it Really Different this Time?

Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

Whenever investors take things to extremes, it seems we always hear the excuse: "this time is different." While that may or may not be case, what should investors do when this becomes the prevailing wisdom? Are things really that different or are we using the new difference as rationale to behave stupidly? In this week's Trading Perspectives, John and Sam take a look at some recent, and some not so recent, times when "this time really wasn't as different as we really thought." 

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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

This year, Americans have heard the phrase ‘supply-chain bottlenecks’ more times than they can count, and they have noticed the inflation these bottlenecks can bring. However, will this inflation last? Or is it transitory, as Fed Chairman has told the markets over and over again? Should we believe the Fed or should we believe our eyes? Do we even have to ask the question? This week John and Sam discuss some of the causes of the recent uptick in prices and what the potential for long-term inflation actually is.

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Cryptocurrencies & Inflation show art Cryptocurrencies & Inflation

Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

A common argument for cryptocurrencies is their relative limited supply should help keep a lid on inflation. However, is this completely true? Also, is inflation always a bad thing? To that end, is a limited money supply really a good thing? This week, John and Sam analyze the role cryptocurrencies play, or maybe don’t play, in inflation, and discuss the long-term impacts of inflation on economic activity.

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COVID Inequality Season #2 show art COVID Inequality Season #2

Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

As wealthier, more economically developed, countries emerge from the COVID pandemic, much of the emerging world remains mired in the outbreak. This has the potential to cause ‘the rich to get richer, and the poor to get poorer.’ What can wealthy countries do, if anything, to help keep the situation from getting worse? What can poorer countries do to lift themselves up? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, John and Sam analyze the situation and discuss some potential solutions, some new and others that are ‘tried and true.’

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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

There are more job openings then ever in the US economy, but people don’t seem to want them. The data suggests the nation’s unskilled and semi-skilled hourly workforce isn’t going back to work the way you would expect now that local economies are reopening. So, what is happening here? Since human beings are typically rational and respond to economic incentives, there has to be a monetary reason why folks aren’t showing up for work. What is it?

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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

The Administration has great plans to spend a lot of money, money the Treasury doesn’t have. So, it has to figure out some way to pay for it all, or at least make a dent in it. In this week’s Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the President’s plan to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%. Are increasing corporate taxes a good way of raising the cash? If so, what is the optimal rate? If not, why?

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Dollar As Reserve Currency #2 - Season 2 show art Dollar As Reserve Currency #2 - Season 2

Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

In this week’s Trading Perspectives, John and Sam wrap on their 2-part series on the status of the US dollar as the world’s primary reserve currency. If there aren’t any other major, traditional currencies that can currently challenge the Almighty Dollar, could cryptocurrencies? Where do they stand in the currency markets and investors’ portfolios? #USdollar, #cryptocurrencies, #bitcoin, #reserves

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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

The US dollar has enjoyed a long run as the world’s primary reserve currency. This has been due to the nation’s economic strength, the liquidity and transparency of its financial markets, and American adherence to the rule of law and strong individual property rights. However, will the global supply of dollars due to our massive deficit spending and trade imbalances ultimately swamp demand? What are the alternatives, and what does this mean for the US economy?

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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

If we know the common characteristics of poverty and the impact of economic disenfranchisement on a societal, how do we find a solution? First, we need to agree on a goal, that all Americans should have economic opportunity. Second, we must think ‘outside the box’ and be willing to do things differently in order to get better results. Third, we have to push traditional politics to the side.

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In this week’s Trading Perspectives, John and Sam wrap on their 2-part series on the status of the US dollar as the world’s primary reserve currency. If there aren’t any other major, traditional currencies that can currently challenge the Almighty Dollar, could cryptocurrencies? Where do they stand in the currency markets and investors’ portfolios? #USdollar, #cryptocurrencies, #bitcoin, #reserves