Marc To Markets

Marc To Markets

On this podcast I talk to industry leaders on matters related to your money, markets, and issues near and far from personal finance. ... Show More

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October 8, 2019 32 min

One of the most discussed topics in recent years is the rise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.   I'm joined by Senior Investment Strategist, Paul Robertson, to understand what AI is, and how companies are using it to increase profitability.  Paul explains that it is not just tech companies, but even more traditional companies like McDonald’s that are leveraging AI.  We discuss how AI is impacting portfoli... Read more

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September 3, 2019 22 min

With the new school year upon us I thought I'd take the podcast back to school for Finance 101.  I'm joined by Damon Amendolara of CBS Radio to discuss some of the most important and practical parts of your financial plan.   We cover how much cash to keep in the bank, how to think about student and credit card debt, saving for college, the right size of your mortgage, the impact of a potential recession on the housing ma... Read more

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August 18, 2019 27 min

Youth sports is an enormous industry.  Childhood athletics is no longer just signing up for town rec soccer, little league, or a bunch of teenagers playing basketball at the local court.  If you are a parent or a grandparent, you will be interested in my discussion on the culture of youth sports.  I chat with Jason Sacks, Executive Vice President of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a non-profit whose mission is to highlight the p... Read more

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July 8, 2019 20 min

Join me as I reflect on the first half of 2019.   I review how my expectations for the year have played out so far and discuss why following the markets too closely can impact your ability to maintain the right long-term strategy. I emphasize why not all "buy/sell" advice is appropriate for everyone and how best to be prepared for the second half of the year.     

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July 8, 2019 20 min

Join me as I reflect on the first half of 2019.   I review how my expectations for the year have played out so far and discuss why following the markets too closely can impact your ability to maintain the right long-term strategy. I emphasize why not all "buy/sell" advice is appropriate for everyone and how best to be prepared for the second half of the year.      With any questions or comments, I can be reached... Read more

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We cover the industry from the operator, investor, and legal perspective.  Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, but faces a maze of regulatory hurdles.   I’m joined by Jason Klein - Chair of the Cannabis Law department at Offit Kurman; Dan Dolgin - Co Founder of Eaton Hemp; and Moira McLachlan - Senior Portfolio Manager at Bernstein to understand the enormous opportunities and challenges in this spac... Read more

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Earlier this month I was joined in New York City for a lunch and learn with Ted Merwin, the author of the book Pastrami on Rye: The History of the Jewish Deli.   This episode is the recording of that discussion.   Ted covers the origin of the deli, its place in greater New York City culture, expansion around the country, the slow end of the deli era, and what he believes the future holds for this once beloved institution.    Read more

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April 17, 2019 25 min

This month, we focus on the bond market and interest rates. I’m joined by Matt Norton, Co-Head of Municipal Investing at Bernstein. Matt shares his forecast for interest rates and how best to position a bond portfolio in this environment.  We talk about the pros and cons of a laddered bond portfolio.   Matt shares his views on the stability of state and local government finances.  We uncover an often unseen cost to investors in ... Read more

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On a special Marc to Markets we go about as far away from finance as possible.  I break down College Basketball's March Madness Tournament with Damon Amendolara, host CBS Sports Radio's The D.A. Show, and Dave Friedman, Play-By-Play announcer of Winthrop Basketball and mid-major conference broadcasting legend.  We talk about the types of different pools, scoring systems, and best ways to attack your bracket depending on ... Read more

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March 3, 2019 41 min

This month, we take a deep dive into philanthropy and not-for-profit organizations. I’m joined by Hillel Hyman, CFO of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan; Peter Dunn, President and CEO of the Central NY Community Foundation; and Seth Buchwald, a Principal at Bernstein and non-profit specialist. What is the best way to donate wealth, talent, and time to charity? For those already active in the space, we discuss the responsibiliti... Read more

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February 1, 2019 34 min

Millennials are rapidly becoming the largest demographic in the country.   They are already changing everything from the way we work, to how we communicate, to how we shop.  On this episode I talk with Paul Robertson, a Senior Portfolio Manager at Bernstein, to learn about who they are, what they want, and what makes them different than prior generations.  We discuss how understanding Millennials is critical for an investment ma... Read more

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February 1, 2019 34 min

Millennials are rapidly becoming the largest demographic in the country.   They are already changing everything from the way we work, to how we communicate, to how we shop.  On this episode I talk with Paul Robertson, a Senior Portfolio Manager at Bernstein, to learn about who they are, what they want, and what makes them different than prior generations.  We discuss how understanding Millennials is critical for an i... Read more

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January 3, 2019 25 min

On this episode, I switch places and answer questions from Client Advisor, Amanda Beebe about the markets and economy.   We cover an eventful year, starting with what I got right and wrong in my predictions for 2018.   I discuss where stock and bond markets stand now and what you can expect over the next 12 months.  I also preview upcoming episodes of Marc to Markets in 2019. 

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On this episode I chat with Kent Spellman, Co-Founder of Hard Eight Trading, a global proprietary trading firm based in Chicago.   Kent and I discuss how the trading of stocks has changed from the old days on the floor of an exchange.   We talk about how computers and high frequency trading are changing market risk.  Are these types of traders good or bad for the market?  Kent shares how it impacts individual investors and what ... Read more

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On this episode I'm joined by Paul Benjamin, former Director of Investments at Alcoa.  At Alcoa he was responsible for asset allocation, manager selection and risk management of Alcoa’s $7+ Billion in global Pension and Foundation assets. Paul was named by CIO magazine one of the institutional investment Industry’s 40-under-forty.

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On this episode I'm joined by Fred Schulman, Managing Partner of the Schulman Blitz Law Firm.  We discuss how to use insurance to best protect yourself and your family, the most important type of insurance most people do not know about and insurance companies don't tell you about, what do you if someone you know has been injured in an accident, statute of limitations, types of damages, and the nature of fees in this part... Read more

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On this episode I'm joined by Fred Schulman, Managing Partner of the Schulman Blitz Law Firm.  We discuss how to use insurance to best protect yourself and your family, the most important type of insurance most people do not know about and insurance companies don't tell you about, what do you if someone you know has been injured in an accident, statute of limitations, types of damages, and the nature of fees in this part of th... Read more

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On this episode we talk about the idea of sustainable investing. It is a common buzzword thrown out in the investment world today, but what does it mean, and how do you even do it? I’m joined by research analyst Joe Sun to talk about how his sustainable and thematic growth research team addresses the issue. We look into what makes a company qualify as sustainable, and who are the types of investors leading the way. The info... Read more

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On this episode I'm joined by Amanda Beebe, Senior Associate at Bernstein Private Wealth Management. We discuss how the essence of human nature leads people to be much worse at managing money than anticipated. We share research on how the mind can be lazy and lead investors to bad conclusions, especially when it involves evaluating risk and return. We cover why people so deeply want certainty and feel such acute pain from l... Read more

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On this episode I'm joined by Amanda Beebe, Senior Associate at Bernstein Private Wealth Management. We discuss how the essence of human nature leads people to be much worse at managing money than anticipated. We share research on how the mind can be lazy and lead investors to bad conclusions, especially when it involves evaluating risk and return. We cover why people so deeply want certainty and feel such acute pain from loss,... Read more

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