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December 12, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Robinhood’s Retirement Accounts and Disney’s Next Move — with Aswath Damodaran

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares his thoughts on why Robinhood is starting to offer retirement accounts. Then Aswath Damodaran, a professor of finance at NYU Stern, joins Scott for a Lightning Round on Apple, Amazon, Bob Iger, Chinese stocks, and opportunities in the markets. Finally, we hear a prediction for Disney in 2023.

December 05, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Tesla’s Value Destruction, Crowdstrike and Cybersecurity, and Bankruptcies

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott reflects on Sam Bankman-Fried’s DealBook Summit interview. He then explains why the cybersecurity sector is practically recession-proof, and shares his thoughts on how Elon Musk’s antics at Twitter will cause Tesla’s stock to get cut in half. And in this week’s unpack, we learn about how bankruptcies work, and whether Musk might file for one at Twitter.

November 28, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Consumer Culture

In this special edition of Prof G Markets, Scott shares his childhood experience of holiday sales, as well as his thoughts on a new retail tactic that’s driving consumers to stores. We also hear from Katherine Cullen, the senior director of industry and consumer insights for the National Retail Federation, on the state of retail sales in an inflationary, post-corona economy. Scott closes out the show with advice to those who’ve been laid off ahead of this week’s unemployment numbers.

November 21, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Target and Walmart Earnings, Hedge Funds and Pinterest, and Estée Lauder Buys Tom Ford

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott explains why Target and Walmart had such contrasting earnings reports for the third quarter, and offers his insight on Target’s brand strategy. He then shares his thoughts on why hedge funds might be buying up shares of Pinterest, and whether hedge fund disclosures are worth paying attention to for the typical investor. Scott also examines Estée Lauder’s acquisition of Tom Ford, and gives advice to entrepreneurs on how to gauge when it’s time to sell a company.

November 14, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: The Failure of FTX, Why HBO Will be Acquired, and the Cannabis Industry

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares his thoughts on how Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange FTX came crashing down like a house of cards. He then explains what Disney’s earnings reveal about a streaming market headed for consolidation, and why HBO makes for an appealing acquisition target. And in this week’s Unpack, we check in on the cannabis industry after the recent midterms, and learn where the investment opportunities might be.

November 07, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Upheaval at Twitter, Airbnb and Uber Earnings, and the Chinese Markets

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares his thoughts on Elon’s proposed changes to Twitter so far and explains why enabling paywalled videos like OnlyFans is a good idea. He then makes the argument for why Airbnb is one of the best-performing companies in the world, and how Uber might turn profitable at long last. Finally, Ed and Scott check in on the state of the Chinese markets under the relentless zero-covid policy.

October 31, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Adidas’ Crisis Management, Google and Meta Earnings, and Market Moving Fed Speeches

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott deciphers where the investment opportunity might be after Adidas severed ties with Kanye West. He also breaks down how Google did so poorly in the third quarter, and why Meta now looks like a distressed asset. And in this week’s unpack, we learn about how investors react to Fed chair speeches, plus what to listen for at Jerome Powell’s next press conference.

October 24, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Goldman Sachs Restructures its Businesses + Restaurant NFTs, and Nikola’s Securities Fraud Saga

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott explains why Goldman Sachs is refocusing on its asset management business and scaling back its efforts in consumer banking. He then shares his thoughts on why catering to the 1% continues to be a lucrative business model, even as it sows inequality of opportunity. And in this week’s unpack, we learn about why the CEO of Nikola was just convicted of securities fraud.

October 17, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Margin Calls, Private Jets, Meta Teams Up With Microsoft, and Unpacking the Fed

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott explains why margin calls may have played a role in John Foley's departure from Peloton. He then offers his thoughts on Meta’s continued pursuit of the metaverse, and shares his experience of owning and selling a private jet amid a red-hot private aviation market. Finally, in this week’s unpack, we answer a question some listeners might be afraid to ask: what is the Fed?

October 10, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Twitter’s Path to Super App Status, Liquid Death’s Brand Strategy, and America’s Housing Supply

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott discusses three things Elon Musk should do to increase shareholder value if the Twitter deal goes through. He then shares his thoughts on how creative branding helped a canned water company land a $700 million valuation. And in this week’s Unpack, we check in on the state of the U.S. Housing Market. 

October 03, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: The Merits of ETFs, Boring vs. Sexy Investments, and the UK’s Monetary Crisis

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott discusses what makes a good ETF, and shares his thoughts on why investing in boring companies often leads to greater returns. He then explains why the markets had such an adverse reaction to the U.K. government’s latest tax breaks.

September 26, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: The Demise of Chamath’s SPACs, Citrix’s Debt Deal, and Adobe’s Figma Acquisition

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares his thoughts on Chamath Palihapitiya’s decision to close two of his SPACs. He then explains why Wall Street Banks are on the hook for $700 million after the leveraged buyout of Citrix, a software company. And in this week’s deep dive, we take a look at why Adobe would pay $20 billion for the design software company Figma in what may be the largest acquisition of a private technology company ever. 

September 19, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Peloton’s Management Shake-up, SoftBank’s Vision Funds, and Walmart’s Banking Play

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott checks in on Peloton’s stock in light of a few executive departures, and shares his thoughts on what it would mean if Masayoshi Son launched a third vision fund after two previous failures. Scott then explains why Walmart is moving into the personal finance space.

September 12, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: The Ethereum Merge, Porsche’s IPO, and Dividends

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares his thoughts on what the Merge will mean for Ethereum’s position in the crypto space and weighs in on why Volkswagen is offering shares of Porsche. Then, in a deep dive, we learn about why some companies pay dividends to their investors, and others don’t.

September 05, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Snap Layoffs, the IPO Drought, and Options Trading

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott weighs in on what Snap’s restructuring means for the rest of the social media space, and explains why the IPO market is on pace for its worst year in decades. Then, we take a deep dive into the asymmetric upsides and downsides of options trading (pro tip: don’t try this at home).

August 29, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: AMC APE, Private equity and Twitter’s whistleblower

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares thoughts on nuclear power, AMC’s APE preferred shares, and how private equity works. In this week’s deep dive, we dig into the details on Twitter’s recent whistleblower.

August 29, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: AMC APE, Private equity and Twitter’s whistleblower

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott shares thoughts on nuclear power, AMC’s APE preferred shares, and how private equity works. In this week’s deep dive, we dig into the details on Twitter’s recent whistleblower.

August 15, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Elon sells Tesla (stock), the Inflation Reduction Act, Coinbase and Stock-based compensation

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott interprets Elon’s $7 billion Tesla stock sale and what it might mean for his control of the company, breaks down the implications of the huge climate bill, a.k.a. the Inflation Reduction Act, and weighs the pros and cons of Coinbase’s heavy reliance on stock-based compensation.

August 08, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Uber and Airbnb Earnings, Apple’s Debt

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott deciphers the market’s disparate responses to strong earnings announcements from Uber and Airbnb, and what it tells us about the importance of the narrative over numbers in stock valuation. Then we take a deep dive into Apple’s surprisingly large outstanding debt, and Scott explains why debt is a weapon, but one with two edges.

August 01, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Productive Congress, Social Media Earnings, Crypto Floor, and Cloud

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott discusses the market implications of a surprisingly productive week in Congress, parses the deeper meaning of social media’s mixed earnings season (hint: it’s TikTok), and ponders whether we’ve hit bottom in certain volatile equity sectors. Plus a deep dive on the most potent value creation engine of the era: cloud.

July 25, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: U.S. Equity Market, Strong Dollar, and Semiconductors

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott evaluates the recent rise in U.S. equities, warns about external sources of downside risk, and discusses what the surging dollar tells us about currency markets, including who wins and who loses with euro parity. Then it’s the latest on the Elon/Twitter saga, and Scott’s prediction on the next front in that battle. Finally, Scott weighs in on government subsidies for the semiconductor industry.

July 18, 2022

Markets: Prof G Markets: Inflation, Interest Rates, Twitter, and AckSPAC

This week on Prof G Markets, Scott reads the tea leaves of the latest inflation and interest data, takes the market’s temperature on the latest twist to the Elon Musk-Twitter saga, and looks into the future of the SPAC.