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Filia HeadshotErik Townsend welcomes Francesco Filia to MacroVoices. Erik and Francesco discuss:

  • Measuring the equity bubble
  • Measuring the bond bubble
  • What could be the catalyst be for the reversal?
  • Fake market narrative
  • Chasing narratives and global growth
  • Positive feedback loops
  • ETFs and their impact on the markets
  • Systemic risks from funds not just banks
  • Considerations on European junk bonds
  • S&P values vs. share buybacks
  • Risks to the market from the short VOL trade

SPECIAL POSTGAME GUEST: The Macro Tourist Kevin Muir discussing bonds, inflation and the coming collapse of the short VIX trade. 

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Keith McCullough headshotErik Townsend welcomes Keith McCullough to MacroVoices. Erik and Keith discuss:

  • Bullish narrative on equities 
  • Valuation is not a catalyst
  • Trends in growth and inflation
  • Where are we in the economic cycle
  • Global economic divergences
  • Growth acceleration puts a lid on market multiples
  • Earnings considerations
  • Considerations on technology valuations
  • Long/short strategies

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JeffreySniderEurodollar University 02 bErik Townsend welcomes back Jeffrey Snider to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • Bastardization of money
  • Failure of Primus in 2009
  • Reflecting on the failure of AIG
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
  • Henry Paulson and Glass–Steagall
  • The Eurodollar system going parabolic in the 2000s
  • Banks manipulating regulations
  • FOMC understanding of Eurodollars
  • Big Picture end game of the Eurodollar system

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Eurodollar University Part 1

Eurodollar University Part 2

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Grant WilliamsErik Townsend welcomes Grant Williams to MacroVoices. Erik and Grant discuss:

  • Outlook for the US dollar
  • Update on the Petroyuan oil contract 
  • Edge of the Cliff 
  • Inflation Risks on the Horizon?
  • When is the time for gold?
  • Thoughts on cryptocurrencies
  • Considerations on interest rates and yields
  • Australian real estate
  • Perspective on China’s credit bubble
  • Writing is on the wall in Europe

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HarleyBassman250xErik Townsend welcomes Harley Bassman to MacroVoices. Erik and Harley discuss:

  • Creation of the MOVE index 
  • The three Drivers of Risk:  Duration, Credit, and Convexity
  • The demographic of the Baby Boomers continues to drive financial markets
  • Looking at the long-term profile of changes in the Labor Force
  • Changes in Labor Force growth leads 10-year yields
  • Labor participation rates are highly demographic
  • Considerations on inflation risks:  Yes…..but not until 2024 when the Boomer/Millennial demographic inflects
  • Perspective on CAPE ratio levels
  • Correlation of buybacks to cumulative flows
  • Gold is not an asset, but rather an alternative currency
  • Flow of active to passive management is building a negatively convex foundation
  • Triggers for a market correction

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JeffreySniderEurodollar University 02 bErik Townsend welcomes back Jeffrey Snider to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • The Basel Accords
  • Capital Reserve Ratios
  • Understanding risk weightings
  • Leverage in bank capital
  • Considerations on JPM RiskMetrics
  • Basic interbank function
  • Interbank function under Basel

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Eurodollar University Part 1

Eurodollar University Part 2

Arthur Berman largeErik Townsend welcomes Art Berman to MacroVoices. Erik and Art discuss:

  • Comparative inventory levels on oil 
  • Oil price responsive to inventories
  • Realization price recovery in crude prices takes time
  • Refinery intakes have not recovered
  • Where are average consumption levels
  • Outlook on gasoline & distillate stocks
  • Backwardation on WTI
  • Considerations on OPEC-NOPEC production cuts
  • Global market balance on oil

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J ChristianErik Townsend welcomes Jeffrey Christian to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • Outlook on the US Dollar
  • Global de-dollarization
  • Outlook on gold and silver
  • Considerations on basic materials
  • Why are grains so weak?
  • Considerations on new crude oil contract with settlement in yuan, backed by gold 
  • The next Fed Chairman
  • ECB policy considerations and decentralization trends in Europe
  • Considerations on the Russian economy
  • Credit issues in China

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JeffreySniderEurodollar University 02 bErik Townsend welcomes back Jeffrey Snider to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • The case of the missing money
  • Transformation of banking into a wholesale model
  • Radical monetary evolution
  • Wholesale vs Offshore Eurodollars
  • Understanding the great inflation of the 1970s
  • Repo markets of the 1970s
  • Development of the Shadow Banking System

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Yusko With Tie3 2016Erik Townsend welcomes Mark Yuskov to MacroVoices. Erik and Mark discuss:

  • US Dollar bear thesis from 2016
  • Petrodollar world
  • Ascendance of the Renminbi
  • Treasury bonds as a reserve asset
  • Crude oil contract traded in yuan convertible to gold
  • One Belt One Road Initiative
  • Has the blow off top on the dollar occurred?
  • Incrementalism

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Mark Yusko Interview Part 2: All Things Macro 

  • Is there room for further upside on the stock markets?
  • Is the secular bond bull market over? 
  • Inflation outlook
  • Precious metals and commodities

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MACRO VOICES is presented for informational and entertainment purposes only. The information presented in MACRO VOICES should NOT be construed as investment advice. Always consult a licensed investment professional before making important investment decisions. The opinions expressed on MACRO VOICES are those of the participants. MACRO VOICES, its producers, and hosts Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna shall NOT be liable for losses resulting from investment decisions based on information or viewpoints presented on MACRO VOICES.

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