FT Alphachat

From drug pricing to corporate debt and the much-anticipated Snap IPO, hosts Shannon Bond and Cardiff Garcia talk with fellow FT journalists about the stories they’ll be watching this year.

 

Izabella Kaminska and a panel of trading and markets experts analyse the film which launched thousands of trading careers and made frozen orange juice futures a household name, the 1983 classic Trading Places.

Music credit: “The Marriage of Figaro”, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Published by Musopen, 2012.

 

What do some people misunderstand about the white working class in the US and UK? Law professor and author Joan Williams explains. Then, Alphaville’s Alex Scaggs and Matt Klein join host Cardiff Garcia to review the year in finance and economics.

 

The investment consultant and author of “Winning the Loser’s Game” joins the FT’s John Authers to debate the merits of index investing, the subject of his latest book “The Index Revolution: Why Investors Should Join It Now”.

 

Journalist and television anchor Joe Weisenthal joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the way social media has heralded a new era for language that resembles Homeric Greece more than the age of enlightenment.

 

Cardiff Garcia sits down with Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics, to
discuss which economist’s ideas are ascendant in the post-crisis cycle, and why both will matter during the Trump administration. Visit FT.com/Alphachat for show notes and links.

 

Cuban dissident and independent journalist Miriam Leiva speaks with Cardiff Garcia about the death of Fidel Castro, the reaction of Cubans, and her hopes for the economic and diplomatic relationship between Cuba and the US.

 

In the second edition of Alphachat’s movie review, Izabella Kaminska leads a panel in discussing the economic and financial themes buried in Charlie Chaplin’s most iconic films: The Gold Rush, City Lights and Modern Times, and the parallels between the economic landscape then and now.

 

The US Alphaville team breaks down the potential macroeconomic and financial-market effects of a Trump presidency, with special guest Aswath Damodaran, professor of finance at New York University.

 

Cardiff Garcia visits co-host Shannon Bond on maternity leave to dig into the real and intangible costs of child rearing, with an assist from some recent data. Then, Catherine Rampell stops by the studio to explain the new economics of marriage.