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Money For the Rest of Us

An Investing and Business podcast featuring J. David Stein
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A personal finance and investing podcast on money, how it works, how to invest it and how to live without worrying about it. J. David Stein is a former Chief Investment Strategist and money manager. For close to two decades, he has been teaching individuals and institutions how to invest and handle their finances in ways that are simple to understand. More info at


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What Happens If U.S. Interest Rates Turn Negative?
What are negative interest rates, why they could come to the U.S. and what investors can do about it.In this episode you will learn:How negative interest rates are even possible.How longer life spans, central bank actions, changing time preferences and the FIRE movement are contributing to negative interest rates.What is the paradox of thrift.How investors can earn a positive return on bonds even if interest rates are negative.What are some indicators to watch for that could signal imminent negative interest rates in the U.S.How individuals need to adjust their lifestyles in an era of negative interest rates.Thanks to Peloton and The Great Courses Plus for sponsoring the episode.For show notes and more information on this episode click here.[0:20] Germany government bonds go negative for the first time.[2:38] Understanding savings: the paradox of thrift. [6:35] The concept of the individual choice and the perceived expense of saving. [11:05] The savings glut could lead to negative interest rates in the U.S.[14:40] Three reasons one would invest in negative-yielding bonds. [18:38] Central banks are influencing the spread of negative-yielding bonds.[20:29] What could happen to the U.S. economy if interest rates fell.[22:11] Three factors David is looking at for an indication of falling interest rates.[25:49] What we can do if U.S. interest rates go negative. 
Should You Invest In Gold?
With gold at a six-year high, is now the time to invest? What determines the price of gold and what are ways one can invest in this precious metal? We also explore whether gold is an effective inflation hedge and store of value. In this episode you’ll learn:How has gold performed as an investment over different time periods.How gold has outperformed inflation, but has not been a great inflation hedge.What are the challenges to gold being a safe havenHow gold’s performance is driven by fear and momentumWhy gold is a speculation and not an investment.Why Ray Dalio and Jim Grant recommend gold but Warren Buffett is more skeptical.How to invest in gold via an ETF, physical coins or the gold futures market.Thanks to WIX and Policygenius for sponsoring the episode.For show notes and more information on this episode click here.[0:18] Gold may not be as strong as it used to be. [2:03] The performance of gold depends on when you bought it. [3:46] Why do people own gold?[4:15] Is gold actually a good inflation hedge?[8:07] Using gold to build a safe haven. [9:56] Investing in gold because it’s under-owned. [10:46] The supply and demand characteristics of gold. [12:25] The bandwagon effect of gold. [17:00] Gold is a speculation—not an investment.[19:10] Which asset will do best in an inflationary and distrusting economy?[22:44] How should you invest in gold?
Better Not Bigger, Circular Not Linear - How the Global Economy Is Changing
How a less energy intensive and more regenerative economy will allow the developing the world to advance without breaching ecological boundaries.In this episode you’ll learn:What is the difference between circular and linear supply chains.What is doughnut economics?What are adaptive preferences and how they led David to trade in a BMW 650i for a Toyota Prius.How electric vehicles and the proliferation of solar panels are leading to a less energy-intensive economy.How the reduction of litter is an example of changing culture.Thanks to NetSuite and Dashlane for sponsoring the episode.For show notes and more information on this episode click here.[0:20] Creating a global economy that is better—not bigger.[3:18] A circular economy is better than a linear one.[6:20] The growth constraints of a circular economy.[9:08] Being wise in our aspirations.[12:55] David’s Tesla experience changed his perspective on investments.[14:52] The power of energy transitions.[18:02] Making more economical choices concerning energy transitions.[20:04] How are we judging our well-being?[23:07] Redefining what we consider beautiful.[24:17] Making a better global economy begins with you.
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May 15th, 2014
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Aug 14th, 2019
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