Animal Spirits Episode 78: The Re-Readables

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We discuss:

  • Is inflation dead?
  • Does a more mature U.S. economy mean lower interest rates and inflation for the foreseeable future?
  • What should we call our new podcast where we discuss classic finance books?
  • What if the government eliminated all student loan debt?
  • Why eliminating student loans won’t fix the high cost of education
  • The out of body experience in private equity fundraising
  • The cult status of Dave Ramsey
  • The $400 emergency savings stat everyone uses is wrong
  • Do rich people really watch less TV?
  • Are reverse mortgages the retirement crisis solution for those who haven’t saved?
  • How Google came up with the term “page rank”
  • Why Michael needs to watch the first 5 seasons of The Simpsons and much more

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TV Shows/Movies/Podcasts Mentioned:

  • Barry (HBO) – This show is something of an acquired taste but I enjoyed season one and season two is just as good so far. It’s part hilarious and part dark. Bill Hader is excellent.
  • Crazy Rich Asians – I have to admit I had zero expectations going into this movie but I was surprised to the upside. It’s not going to win any awards but I was entertained and pleasantly surprised.

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