The Readback

The Readback

In 15 minutes, we take you inside a Barron's story, exposing the forces that shape investing today - and how it impacts your portfolio.... Show More

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U.S. cities are in chaos and Covid-19 hasn't gone away. So why are stocks rising? Randall Forsyth joins Alex Eule to try to make sense of this market.
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Sales of outdoor gear are surging amid the coronavirus pandemic. Alex Eule and Jeffrey Cane discuss what this recent trend can tell us about the broader reopening of the U.S. economy.
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May 20, 2020 15 min
The rollout of new wireless technology is going to require some patience from consumers, and investors. Barron's Nicholas Jasinski joins Alex Eule to discuss why 5G is more of an evolution than a revolution.
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The pandemic can't change investors' obsession with Tesla. Barron's Al Root joins Alex Eule to discuss why the car company's stock is still on fire.
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May 6, 2020 18 min
Big tech is back to its all powerful self amid the coronavirus quarantine. Barron's Eric Savitz joins Alex Eule to discuss the key takeaways from tech companies' first-quarter results.
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April 29, 2020 15 min
Investors have cheered Congress' stimulus efforts, but Barron's Matthew Klein tells Alex Eule that the federal government still hasn't done nearly enough.
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Telemedicine has never quite taken off. Now, virtual doctors are the only option. Host Alex Eule is joined by Barron's Daren Fonda to talk about the future of digital health.
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April 16, 2020 15 min
Host Alex Eule is joined by Avi Salzman, who covers energy for Barron's, to talk about how the unprecedented low oil prices are imperiling the entire economy.
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April 8, 2020 16 min
Factories across the country have been shuttered by coronavirus . And yet their assembly lines have never been more important -- they will be the critical source of new ventilators and protective gear to fight Covid-19. So how quickly can companies like General Motors and Ford switch gears? This week Barron's industrial reporter Al Root joins host Alex Eule on The Readback.
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Consumers and the health-care industry haven't always gotten along. There are battles about pricing, the availability of drugs, and huge profits arguably at the expense of human health. But coronavirus has put the tension on hold. Perhaps more than ever before, doctors, public health officials, patients, and Big Pharma are working toward the same goal: stopping the spread of Covid-19. This week on The Readback, Alex Eule talks ...
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March 27, 2020 18 min
Today on the Readback, we present the first episode of Barron's Streetwise, a new weekly podcast hosted by Jack Hough. In the episode, Jack speaks with Regeneron CEO Dr. Leonard Schleifer and Wall Street biotech analyst Dr. Yaron Werber. Plus, a bagel store selling toilet paper. Subscribe to Barron's Streetwise wherever you listen to podcasts.
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March 25, 2020 19 min
Coronavirus has made the next few weeks and impossible to predict, and the uncertainty of it all is causing stocks to tumble and anxiety to peak. But what if there were a way to see into the future? The experience in China may actually offer a crystal ball. While U.S. cities are just now going on lockdown, China is starting to re-open its hardest-hit cities. Today, on the Readback Barron's Reshma Kapadia joins host Alex Eule to...
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Every new crisis is understood through the lens of the ones that came before it. And that's what makes the coronavirus pandemic so scary. We've never seen anything quite like it. Investors are panicked and searching for answers. On Tuesday afternoon, during a brief moment of optimism for stocks, Alex Eule was joined by Barron's columnist Randall Forsyth who has covered markets - and crises - for 40 years. Produced by Me...
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March 11, 2020 20 min
The spread of coronavirus means everything is changing by the minute for people and for markets. This week, Barron's Jack Hough joins host Alex Eule to talk about dealing with recession fears, the stock sell-off, and the uncertainty that's swamping our lives. Produced by Mette Lützhøft.
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Less than two weeks ago, nothing could stop the bull market. And then the coronavirus began spreading around the world, and the CDC called a U.S. outbreak inevitable. Just like that, stocks had their worst stretch since the financial crisis. Barron's Ben Levisohn joins host Alex Eule to talk about what investors know and whether their panic should make us all worried. Produced by Mette Lützhøft.
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February 26, 2020 13 min
The hottest stock of the year isn't Tesla. It's not Beyond Meat. And it isn't even a tech stock. Not really, at least. So what's left? How about space? Since becoming public late last year, Virgin Galactic is up some 500%. The company is promising the first tourist rides to space later this year. So the dollars must be flowing in, right? Not exactly. Barron's Tae Kim joins host Alex Eule to explain why. Producer...
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February 19, 2020 17 min
Athletes retire, presidents leave office, and musicians lose their voice. Not Warren Buffett. For more than five decades, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) has sat in the same chair and stuck to the same strategies. But the Oracle of Omaha can't stop time, and this year he'll turn 90. Today on the Readback, Barron's Andrew Bary joins Alex Eule to discuss how Berkshire Hathaway could look after Buffett. Produced by Me...
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February 13, 2020 18 min
For years, tech startups could do no wrong. They were changing the world - and always for the good, or so we thought. The thinking changed when office leasing startup WeWork imploded last year. Much of the hype that built up WeWork and tech unicorns can be tied to SoftBank, a Japanese telecom giant that has poured $100 billion worth of investment into startups. It's become the face of tech's failures, but ask SoftBank and, ...
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February 5, 2020 16 min
General Electric was worth nearly $600 billion in 2000. Today's it's just over $100 billion. It's a staggering fall from grace that will be studied in business schools for years to come. This week, Barron's Al Root joins Alex Eule to discuss what went wrong -- and how it can be fixed. Produced by Mette Lützhøft.
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January 29, 2020 15 min
If you're at a Super Bowl party this weekend and folks are staring at their phones, they're not just being rude. They may be making money or at least trying. In more and more states, online sports betting is becoming legal. Barron's Andrew Bary joins host Alex Eule to discuss how it could forever change the way we view sports. Produced by Mette Lützhøft.
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