Animal Spirits Podcast

Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson

business, news
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. See our disclosures here -Read more
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Best Episodes

IPO Mania (EP.181)

Dec 16, 2020

"Disney should have their own movie theaters"

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On this week's show we discuss the Airbnb and DoorDash IPOs, similarities and differences between now and the 1990s dot-com boom, why IPOs rise so much on the first day of trading, YOLO structured notes, why the vaccine is our moon landing and more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... BenRead more

Inflation Truthers (EP.185)

Jan 6, 2021

"Bitcoin is a call option on human nature"

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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.   FindRead more

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Book Excerpt: The 20 Rules of Personal Finance

Dec 5, 2020

"Having a high income doesn’t automatically make you rich"

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Ben reads a chapter from his new book, Everything You Need to Know About Saving For Retirement.

Bad Ideas (EP.173)

Oct 21, 2020

"Hugh Grant vs Mathew McConaughey is the Jordan vs LeBron of romcoms"

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On this week's show we discuss why baby boomers are selling out of stocks, the 4% rule, the newest star fund manager, why FICO scores are rising this year, companies piling on debt, how social media is making people miserable, some optimism on the pandemic front and much more. Find completeRead more

It's Very Different This Time (EP.188)

Jan 27, 2021

"Talking about GameStop nearly exhausted Michael on this week’s show"

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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 ourRead more

How America Invests (EP.180)

Dec 9, 2020

"Netflix is the Vanguard of the entertainment industry"

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On today's show we discuss AT&T vs. Verizon, why we could see the highest CAPE ratio ever, the end of movie theaters, why selling is the hardest part of investing, when we'll get the vaccine, the best movies you haven't seen and much more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s ARead more

The Worst Chart in Finance (EP.174)

Oct 28, 2020

"The worst chart in all of finance"

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On this week's show we discuss why the price of oil is losing its luster as a macro indicator, who owns the stock market, the rise of new investment classes, Robinhood as the financial hub for millennials, why people aren't happier and more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s ARead more

Talk Your Book: Protecting the Tails

Oct 9, 2020

"Hedging the upside & downside of the stock market"

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On this edition of Talk Your Book we sat down with Simplify Asset Management's Paul Kim to discuss how investors can protect their portfolios from both upside and downside volatility in the stock market.   Find complete shownotes on our blogs... Ben Carlson’s A Wealth of Common Sense MichaelRead more

Living Through History (EP.171)

Oct 7, 2020

"If Facebook & Robinhood had a baby"

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On this week's show we discuss how crazy it is to live through a period of time that will go down in the history books, why this recession has been devastating to working women, the next Robinhood, the IPO boom, dividend stocks as a bond substitute and more. Find complete shownotes on our blogs...Read more

Everyone Knows Everything (EP.184)

Dec 30, 2020

"How much do you need to save for college for your kids?"

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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 SenseRead more
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