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Episode 71: Shadow Banking and the Real Estate Market

May 2, 2019 Bob asks Carlos to discuss his April 2019 article for the Lara-Murphy Report. Carlos explains how “shadow banking” has become the dominant source of mortgage lending in the United States. He explains this trend and its implications for real estate investors. Mentioned in this episode: The audio production for this episode was provided by Podsworth Media.

Episode 70: IBC and the Business Owner, Part 3 of 3

April 11, 2019

Carlos and Bob finish their 3-part series explaining Austrian economics and IBC specifically for the business owner. The series is tied to the upcoming IBC Business Owner Seminar to be held on May 10, 2019, in Nashville, TN. In this episode, they discuss Carlos’ typical approach to helping a business in distress. They also discuss Carlos’ research on the Dodd-Frank Act and whether the revisions under the Trump Administration affect Carlos’ warnings about a “bail-in” during the next crash.

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The audio production for this episode was provided by Podsworth Media.

Episode 69: IBC and the Business Owner, Part 2 of 3

April 8, 2019

Carlos and Bob continue with their 3-part series explaining Austrian economics and IBC specifically for the business owner. The series is tied to the upcoming IBC Business Owner Seminar to be held on May 10, 2019, in Nashville, TN. In this episode, Bob explains the significance of the inverted yield curve, and ties it to standard Austrian business cycle theory. Carlos explains why the business owner would typically want to own an IBC policy in his or her own name, rather than being owned by the company.

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The audio production for this episode was provided by Podsworth Media.

Episode 67: The Economic Outlook for 2019

March 4, 2019

Carlos and Bob discuss the economic outlook for 2019, from the perspective of Austrian business cycle theory. The yield curve is close to inverting, and if it continues we should expect a recession by the end of 2019 or, failing that, almost certainly in 2020. There are two types of Fed tightening during this recovery, namely interest rate hikes and a rolloff of the Fed’s bonds. Powell can’t indefinitely postpone the bond rolloff because as interest rates rise, the Fed is paying ever more billions in interest to the commercial banks.

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The audio production for this episode was provided by Podsworth Media.

Episode 66: Getting Into the Minds of Federal Reserve Officials

January 28, 2019

Carlos and Bob discuss the Fed’s actions with interest rates and its balance sheet, and how they are behind the recent stock market volatility. They also use media reports to get inside the minds of Bernanke, Yellen, and Powell.

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Episode 65: Should You Fully Fund an IBC Policy ASAP or Leave Room for a Windfall?

December 18, 2018

Carlos and Bob tackle a friendly bet that two listeners submitted. The controversy concerns two apparently conflicting goals: On the one hand, Nelson Nash says in BYOB that you should pay more against your policy loans than the insurance company requires, effectively buying more paid-up life insurance. But on the other hand, shouldn’t you aggressively fund your IBC policy up to the MEC limit right away, meaning there wouldn’t be any room left to pay more on a loan?

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The sound engineer for this episode was Chris Williams. Learn more about his work at ChrisWilliamsAudio.com.

Episode 64: Why Is the Stock Market So Shaky?

November 26, 2018

Carlos and Bob reiterate their longstanding critique of Fed policy to help frame the recent plunges in the stock market. They explain that the Fed has painted itself into a corner and will have no choice but to continue with rate hikes.

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The sound engineer for this episode was Chris Williams. Learn more about his work at ChrisWilliamsAudio.com.

Episode 63: Why Learn Austrian Economics?

September 30, 2018

Carlos and Bob explain to the average listener why it’s important to learn at least the basics of Austrian economics. It’s not the same as other free-market schools, and it’s not the boring curves you remember from college.

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The sound engineer for this episode was Chris Williams. Learn more about his work at ChrisWilliamsAudio.com.

Episode 62: Why Not Just Pay Cash?

September 5, 2018

Carlos and Bob tackle a question from Twitter: Why is using IBC preferable to just “paying cash” for large purchases? This seemingly simple question actually raises many issues.

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The sound engineer for this episode was Chris Williams. Learn more about his work at ChrisWilliamsAudio.com.

Episode 61: Stumbling Blocks in Learning IBC

August 14, 2018

Carlos and Bob discuss some of the misconceptions or difficulties they had early on, which made them reluctant to embrace IBC.

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The sound engineer for this episode was Chris Williams. Learn more about his work at ChrisWilliamsAudio.com.