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    Merryn Talks Money

    Merryn Talks Money with Bloomberg senior columnist Merryn Somerset Webb is your key to understanding how markets work – and how you can make them work for you. Every episode features a relaxed but in-depth conversation with a fund manager, a strategist, a Bloomberg expert or just someone Merryn finds particularly interesting in any given week. Listen in for the kind of insights and explanations everyone can use to help them make better saving and investing choices.

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    Why UK Bosses Need More Skin in The Game

    Why UK Bosses Need More Skin in The Game

    Activist investors are on a mission to persuade large British businesses to move from London’s stock market to those of New York. Liad Meidar, founder and managing partner of Gatemore Capital Management, joins this week’s episode of Merryn Talks Money to discuss what’s driving this westward push and the steps London can take to head it off. 

    The main incentive for companies to drop London for the Big Apple is the valuation gap. FTSE 100 companies trade at little more than half of the valuation of those on the S&P 500 on a forward price-to-earnings basis. The reason? Meidar says it’s the cost of capital, the UK takeover code and how board members are incentivized. Address those issues, and you’re on your way to solving the problem. 

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    Why Now Is the Moment for Bitcoin and Gold

    Why Now Is the Moment for Bitcoin and Gold

    Regular listeners of the Merryn Talks Money podcast know that Merryn Somerset Webb usually ends her interviews with one question. If you had to invest all of your money into one of these assets, and hold it for the next 10 years, which would it be: Bitcoin or gold? In this week’s episode, she makes that question the foundation for a conversation with Charlie Morris, chief investment officer and founder of ByteTree, and Alexander Chartres, a fund manager at Ruffer. 

    The episode was taped in front of audience at the Bloomberg offices in London. 

    Want to see Merryn live? Check out her shows in Edinburgh at Fringe Festival this August! 

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    Reasons to Put Your Money in a ‘Fragile’ Europe

    Reasons to Put Your Money in a ‘Fragile’ Europe

    On this week’s Merryn Talks Money, host Merryn Somerset Webb speaks with Daniel Avigad, partner and fund manager at Lansdowne Partners, a global investment management boutique entirely focused on active equities investing. He explains why Europe, though debt heavy and over-regulated, may actually be a place to put your money.

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    Living Longer Means Rethinking How You Work Right Now

    Living Longer Means Rethinking How You Work Right Now

    If aging doesn’t happen all at once, why should retirement? That’s the question Merryn Somerset Webb explores with economist and author Andrew J Scott in this week’s episode of Merryn Talks Money. They discuss the opportunities and challenges of living longer in the 21st century, and the complications it may inflict on your financial planning. 

    Plus, senior reporter John Stepek joins to talk the quadruple lock and the pensions bidding war. 

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    How To Protect Your Pension From a New Government

    How To Protect Your Pension From a New Government

    A general election in the UK has been called for July 4. What does that mean for your money—and is there anything you can (or should) do in advance of a possible tide of new policy?

    Those are the questions host Merryn Somerset Webb and senior reporter John Stepek explore with guests Helen Thomas, chief executive of macroeconomic consultancy BlondeMoney, and Tom McPhail, director of public affairs at The Lang Cat. 

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    The Argument Against Relative Performance

    The Argument Against Relative Performance

    Tellworth’s John Warren tells Merryn Talks Money investors aren’t interested in a manager’s record versus an index—they just want to make money.

    And it has happened again. Another new high for the FTSE 100. Merryn would love to talk about something else, but John Stepek can't. 

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    Why Everyone Believes What They Want to Believe with Alex Edmans

    Why Everyone Believes What They Want to Believe with Alex Edmans

    On this week’s episode of Merryn Talks Money, London Business School professor and author Alex Edmans joins to discuss his new book, May Contain Lies. Edmans explains why he believes that stories, statistics and studies exploit pre-existing biases.

    Plus, John Stepek joins to discuss yet another boring Bank of England rate decision. 

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    Making the Case for Active Investing

    Making the Case for Active Investing

    Downing Fund Managers’ Simon Evan-Cook joins this week to talk about the case for active versus passive investing.

    Cook says Jack Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and arguably the father of passive investing, did “more for individual wealth than anyone in history.” He deserved a knighthood for creating a low risk, reliable and comprehensive way of investing, Cook says. Nevertheless, the fund manager explains why he’s an investor in active funds, and discusses how to find the rare manager who might make you real money over the long term. 

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    Why Sunak May Quit Ahead of a July 4th Election

    Why Sunak May Quit Ahead of a July 4th Election

    Get ready for a UK election this summer, says Helen Thomas, an ex-adviser to former Conservative finance minister George Osborne and CEO of BlondeMoney. On this week’s Merryn Talks Money, she joins Merryn Somerset Webb to explain her core scenario for the British government: Rishi Sunak will resign and hand over to Penny Mordaunt, the House of Commons leader. She will call a July 4th election — and Labour leader Keir Starmer will be prime minister by the middle of July.

    Plus, John Stepek joins to discuss a new high in the FTSE 100 and Opinion Columnist Adrian Wooldridge joins the post-interview discussion to share his views on Helen's predictions. 

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    How to Reach Net Zero Within a Capitalist System

    How to Reach Net Zero Within a Capitalist System

    Many people contend that getting to net-zero emissions means smashing capitalism. While its destruction seems unlikely, another path would be to work within the capitalist system. Bloomberg senior reporter Akshat Rathi discusses the second path with Merryn Somerset Webb on this week’s episode of Merryn Talks Money. Together, they break down how business and government can work together in the fight against global warming.

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    Why Anthony Scaramucci Is Predicting Trump Will Lose with In the City

    Why Anthony Scaramucci Is Predicting Trump Will Lose with In the City

    Merryn Talks Money will return with an all-new episode next Friday. In the meantime, here's an election-related episode from our friends at In the City. Host Francine Lacqua and Opinion columnist Adrian Wooldridge speak with Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street veteran and former communications director in Donald Trump’s White House. He joins to explain why he thinks a second Trump presidency would be “dangerous.” He also talks about why he isn’t voting for his former boss and why he doesn’t think the majority of Americans will either.

    Find more at https://www.bloomberg.com/podcasts/series/in-the-city

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    Why Capitalism May Soon Be Dead with Bernard Connolly

    Why Capitalism May Soon Be Dead with Bernard Connolly

    Is capitalism dead? It’s getting there, says economist and author Bernard Connolly, but it isn’t dying a natural death. Instead, he contends it’s being killed off by the very people charged with keeping it safe and stable: central bankers. The author of The Rotten Heart of Europe joins this week’s Merryn Talks Money to explain.

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    Why Politics Mean You Won't See a Recession in 2024 with Julian Brigden

    Why Politics Mean You Won't See a Recession in 2024 with Julian Brigden

    Julian Brigden of Macro Intelligence 2 Partners explains why you should get used to higher-for-longer when it comes to the Federal Reserve and interest rates. He tells us why the better the story, the bigger the bubble, why you should be nervous about Japan's big rally, and why Bitcoin is a brilliant trade, but a lousy store of wealth. 

    Plus, John Stepek joins to talk gold and the price of a pint in central London. 

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    Investment Trusts May Be the Right Place for Your Money

    Investment Trusts May Be the Right Place for Your Money

    Investment trusts occupy an interesting niche in the UK market. They are listed companies whose business is to own shares in other companies, or to own other assets. On this week’s episode of Merryn Talks Money, one of Britain’s top experts on the matter—Nick Greenwood, who co-manages the MIGO opportunities trust at Asset Value Investors—joins us to explain why they are a good buy right now. 

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    Introducing: The Deal with Alex Rodriguez and Jason Kelly

    Introducing: The Deal with Alex Rodriguez and Jason Kelly

    The Deal, hosted by Alex Rodriguez and Jason Kelly, features intimate conversations with business titans, sports champions and game-changing entrepreneurs who reveal their investment philosophies, pivotal career moves and the ones that got away. From Bloomberg Podcasts and Bloomberg Originals, The Deal is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart, Bloomberg Carplay, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also watch The Deal on Bloomberg Television, and Bloomberg Originals on YouTube.

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    Lyn Alden Makes the Case for Bitcoin, Explains Why Money is Falling Behind the Times

    Lyn Alden Makes the Case for Bitcoin, Explains Why Money is Falling Behind the Times

    Investment and macroeconomic analyst Lyn Alden joins to explore the history and future of money. Discussing her book Broken Money: Why Our Financial System is Failing Us and How We Can Make it Better, Alden argues that our present monetary system has fallen behind technological developments. 

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