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Podcast Mania!!!!

Not me

I’ve been invited on A LOT of podcasts recently-like losing my voice a lot. I’m profoundly grateful to all the hosts helping me to get the message out about the book on small investors and GameStop mania. The great thing is that they’re all different because the audiences and hosts differ. Here’s a wrap – so far.

New Books Network interviewer Daniel Peris, who is a fund manager, dissected the whole crazy story without getting too technical. His questions were sharp and it looks like he has some great episodes on politics and history. He’s a Russian politics buff and we had a great chat about that after the podcast ended.

Personal finance specialist Rick Ferri had me on the Bogleheads on Investing podcast. The Bogleheads are acolytes of the late Jack Bogle, a pioneer of passive investing and the founder of Vanguard. Bogle has literally saved Americans, and cost Wall Street, tens of billions of dollars. If you want a methodical explanation of what happened and who’s who in this story then this is your best listen.

The multitalented James Altucher, who used to be both a day trader and hedge fund manager, has a great podcast that I’ve listened to for years on and off. It was a thrill to be a guest. His questions were rapid fire and they kept me on my feet. If you’re not into hearing me drone on too long then this is the one you want.

Veteran financial journalist Roben Farzad had me on Full-Disclosure Radio, which also runs on some NPR stations. He understands this stuff inside and out and it was a very relaxing talk for me – so relaxing that I made a Freudian slip and called GameStop “Blockbuster.” Oops. As an extra bonus, he also interviewed The Mulligan Brothers, the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary “Apes Together Strong.”

investing · The book

With the Mulligans on Full-D Radio

Full D Radio

I had the pleasure of being interviewed about the upcoming book by veteran financial journalist Roben Farzad on Full Disclosure Radio, which airs on NPR stations and is available as a podcast. This was a double treat because Roben is so well-prepared and also because he also interviewed two young men, Quinn and Finley Mulligan, for the same segment.

I spoke with a lot of smart people for the book, ranging from experts on options trading to social psychology to short selling to problem gambling to marketing to behavioral finance to Silicon Valley’s culture, but people like Quinn and Finley are really the subject of the book and their insight was tremendously valuable. They are among the “apes” who bought and continue to buy GameStop, AMC and other meme stocks either as a way of making money, sending a message, or both. While I don’t personally recommend doing that, their explanation in the podcast of why they and others continue to is smart and worth a listen. And they aren’t just any apes – the twin brothers are in the process of making a documentary about it, Apes Together Strong.

The rise of the apes and the rush of young investors into stock and crypto trading is the biggest personal finance story, if not financial story period, of the past few years. I knew I had to write about it as soon as one of my sons pointed me to what was happening on r/wallstreetbets a year ago. The episode blew multi-billion dollar holes in some of the slickest hedge funds on Wall Street. But it also poured billions more into the coffers of other Wall Street establishments who claim to be “democratizing finance” and continues to do so.

I hope you’ll check out the podcast, the upcoming documentary and, of course, my book.