- (2009-11-10) Kevan & Jeremy discuss the definitions of inflation and deflation, and whether government policy makers actually understand economics or are willfully driving the economy into a deeper hole. The Optimistic Bear's attempts at finding hope from economic trauma, with the belief that the depression will cure the mal-investments, are tempered by Jeremy's comparison to the rise of Fascism in 1930s Germany, and Kevan's concerns that the lack of US savings, and massive unfunded liabilities cannot possible lead to a happy ending.
- (2009-11-05) In this episode of the Optimistic Bear round-table economics discussion our regular panel (Kevan, Elliot & Jeremy) discuss the Federal Reserve's decision to keep interest rates unchanged, and whether their hands are tied by the direction of the Treasury Bill markets. We also ponder the morality of "walking away" from properties that are worth substantially less than the mortgage, even when a home-owner is able to continue making payments.
- (2009-10-30) In this episode of the Optimistic Bear round-table economics discussion Matt Stiles joins us as a guest, filling in for our regular participants who are unavailable this week. We talk about the paradox of a declining stock market at the same time that the economic news was so positive this week and the financial stresses that local governments are experiencing with pension obligations.
- (2009-10-22) Kevan, Jeremy, and Elliott discuss whether rosy earnings reports indiciate that tech industry has turned the corner, and whether innovation thrives during recessions. Kevan takes on the deflationists, suggesting that the worst might only be starting for the dollar.
- (2009-10-16) Elliott and Jeremy talk about the significance (or lack thereof) of the Dow hitting 10,000 and societal attitudes when markets hit bottoms. Hear about how stocks are not a panacea for long term investors, and that bonds usually perform better in the long haul. Also, the Optimistic Bear points out that bearish investors need to tread carefully since the cards are stacked against bearish investors.
- (2009-10-08) In this episode of the Optimistic Bear round-table discussion podcast, we talk with Jeremy about growing problems with reverse mortgages, and how to make head or tails of the inflation/deflation debate when each side claims the Federal Reserve is doing different things with the money supply. We also talk discuss about the societal, and career, pressures to just "play along" that many people faced during the bubble years.
- (2009-10-01) Welcome to the inaugural Optimistic Bear round-table discussion podcast. The Optimistic Bear chats with Kevan, Elliott & Jeremy about Economics, inflation/deflation, bond prices, with a smattering of politics thrown in for good measure.
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