Alphachat: private equity’s mark-to-fantasy problem, and the political economy of gangster states

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Alphachat: oil and savings; and tax havens in… South Dakota?

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Alphachat: behavioural economics at work; positional goods

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How Greece restructured its debt, and a Jamaican success story

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When countries go bankrupt

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Going bust is painful. But when you are a country it is particularly awful.

While people and companies have recourse to established legal frameworks that govern their bankruptcies, struggling countries have to tackle debts in what is close to a legal limbo.

As a result, both countries and their creditors are uniquely vulnerable. The former have no formal bankruptcy protection that it can use for an orderly restructuring of its debts, but the latter have few ways to compel a stubborn state to heel (at least in the post-gunboat diplomacy era). The result is a delicate balance — and when it breaks down, it can lead to an unholy mess. Read more

Alphachat: Under-appreciated moments in economic history; mid-career switches; “The Age of Stagnation”

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Alphachat: alternative data mining, earnings season, and Meb Faber on hedge funds

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Alphachat: the psychology and study of expertise; and the future for Disney

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Alphachat: the Cuban economy, and Caroline Freund on emerging-market billionaires

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Alphachat: dodgy corporate jet use, NGDP targeting, and the battle over IEX

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Alphachat: Super Tuesday, money in politics, and what happened to the “libertarian moment”?

Here comes Super Tuesday
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Our chat with Michael Pettis (updated with full transcript)

Click above to open the transcript (pdf file) of our recent podcast conversation with Michael Pettis, recorded the week before last. Read more

Alphachat: the legacy of China’s one-child policy; and the fall of Theranos

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Alphachat: Michael Pettis on the Chinese economy, plus the US election and conservative talk radio

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Alphachat: Mauboussin on short-termism; millenials staying put; Perella vs Kramer

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Alphachat: cyber-security, Detroit vs Silicon Valley, and markets mayhem

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Alphachat: whether Davos matters, the end of privacy, and the economics of aging

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Alphachat: America’s eBay for guns, the gadgets of CES, and predictions for 2016

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Alphachat: The FT’s US newsroom wraps up the year, looks ahead

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Alphachat: the life of a dissident Cuban economist; a Mexico-US free travel zone; “Hamilton”!

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Alphachat: What happens after rates rise, the shrinking middle class and pay equity

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Alphachat: The future of BlackBerry, the renminbi, and George Lucas’s gift to Chicago

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Alphachat: The US SUV boom, Jamaica’s IMF success and a chat with Reihan Salam

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Alphachat: Robots, artificial intelligence and a sluggish shopping season

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Alphachat: The power of talk and mythical startup valuations

Sherry Turkle wants you to put down your phone and talk to someone

The MIT professor and clinical psychologist stops by to discuss her new book, Reclaiming Conversation: the Power of Talk in a Digital Age. We talk about how always-on digital connections are making it harder for people to have conversations, whether with family, friends, romantic partners, classmates or co-workers, and why you keep your smartphone out of your bedroom at night. Read more

Alphachat: Jon Stewart to HBO, Soros bails on Gross, tech for the aging, and our longform suggestions

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Alphachat: Pharma madness (Valeant, Pfizer-Allergan), and a few Angus Deaton clips

Today’s episode includes three clips* from our chat with Angus Deaton, winner of the 2015 Economics Nobel. The excerpted topics include Deaton’s early career and influences, his work on the poverty trap, and his views on the efficacy (or rather inefficacy) of foreign aid schemes. Read more

Alphachat: Bernanke’s book, the TV landscape, and the Canadian election

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Alphachat: the podcasting biz; AB InBev to buy SABMiller; and the problem with foolproofing the economy

I’m away this week, but I left Alphachat in the sure hands of the mighty Shannon Bond:

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Alphachat: Vox-pop from the #FTPubQuiz, Jack Dorsey’s return to Twitter, and Martin Wolf on secular stagnation

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