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    7 Must-Listen Financial Podcasts for Our Interns

    Jan van Eck, CEO
    July 02, 2019
     
    This post is for those college students who may have an interest in finance, whether personally or as a potential career path. We recently welcomed our 2019 summer interns to the firm, and as a big fan of podcasts, I compiled for them a selection that I consider “must-listens.”

    1. Charley Ellis – Multiple Ways to Win (Capital Allocators, Episode 8)
    A lot of this podcast talks about the rise of indexing and how that has changed the financial markets, which is important in and of itself. Just as important is hearing where Charley was able to add value in his career—because you want to pick a job or career where you can add value for at least 10 or 20 years. And what works going forward isn’t the same as what worked before.

    2. Daniel Peris – Quantifying Uncertainty: A History of Financial Theory and Its Implications (Hidden Forces, Episode 73)
    Dan Peris is a friend and a fan of dividend investing. In this podcast, he gives a great overview of two things: the history of the structure of financial markets since when stocks were traded like baseball cards, and how portfolio management theory has evolved and whether it is relevant. You may want to listen to this one twice.

    3. David Zervos, CIO – Jeffries (The Sherman Show, Season 5, Episode 9)
    David Zervos is one of the most famous economists on Wall Street. In this interview, he explains how interest rates may be lower for a long period.

    4. Torsten Sløk, Deutsche Bank (Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz)
    Torsten Slok also generates very interesting macro research. Here is an interview with him.  

    5. David Epstein – Wide or Deep? (Invest Like the Best, Episode 133)
    David Epstein has written two books on identifying sports skills. In this podcast, he identifies a lot of important factors that help with making learning and career decisions (and busts some myths in the process).

    6. Susan Hockfield (Recode Decode with Kara Swisher)
    Former MIT President Susan Hockfield offers up a great discussion about soft technology research ideas.

    7. Jimmy Iovine, USC
    This last one is not actually a podcast, but it’s my favorite graduation speech and well worth a listen. He offers advice on having a good work attitude and discusses how he adapted to a rapidly changing industry as the co-founder of Beats Electronics.

    You can often find interesting podcasts shared via Twitter, which can also be a great source of news and information—though it takes some effort to wade through the noise. As a start, here are some suggested Twitter handles to follow:

    @AP
    @APompliano
    @barronsonline
    @business
    @chigrl
    @Coindesk
    @crypto
    @CryptoCompare
    @DaveNadig
    @ericbalchunas
    @farnamstreet
    @gaborgurbacs
    @jack
    @janvaneck3
    @MVISIndices
    @Nasdaq
    @NYSE
    @ReformedBroker
    @Reuters
    @ToddCFRA
    @TuurDemeester
    @vaneck_us
    @WSJ

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