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  • EP 24: Investing in US Financial History (with Mark J Higgins)

    22 MAR 2024 · Russell Napier and Mark J Higgins explore some of the lessons to be learned from Mark's latest book, Investing in US Financial History: Understanding the Past to Forecast the Future. The book opens with Alexander Hamilton’s financial programmes of 1790 and ends with the Federal Reserve’s battle with inflation in 2023 – and Russell welcomes the valuable way in which it fills a void in our understanding of American financial history. •The Library of Mistakes runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, go to: www.libraryofmistakes.com/course
    46m 5s
  • EP 23: Boom and Bust (with William Quinn & John D. Turner)

    5 FEB 2024 · In an appetising taster of our Weekend of Mistakes at Hay Castle on 1-3 March 2024, Russell Napier is joined by the authors of Boom And Bust, William Quinn & John D. Turner, to discuss their fascinating global history of financial bubbles. William will also be joining Russell at Hay Castle for a session called The Madness Of Crowds. If you're accessing this podcast before 1 March 2024, there may still be tickets left for the Weekend of Mistakes. More info at https://www.haycastletrust.org/p-3525-weekend-of-mistakes-at-hay-castle.aspx •The Library of Mistakes runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, go to: www.libraryofmistakes.com/course
    39m 29s
  • EP 22: Humanomics (with Professor Deidre McCloskey)

    19 DEC 2023 · Welcome to this special episode – a lecture by Professor Deirdre McCloskey recorded at the University of Edinburgh. With great humour and wisdom, Professor McCloskey discusses Humanomics, her attempt to eradicate (or at least reduce) the role of mathematics in economics. She also explores the Market Mind Hypothesis, a new approach to the understanding of the market, the mind and the rational economic man being developed here in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. [The Library of Mistakes runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, go to: www.libraryofmistakes.com/course]
    56m
  • EP 21: War and Gold (with Kwasi Kwarteng)

    1 DEC 2023 · Financial historian and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng discusses War And Gold, his 500-year review of 'empires, adventures and debt'. In conversation with Russell Napier, he also looks back on the fallout from the 'fiscal statement' of September 2022 and the power of the bond markets. (The Library of Mistakes runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, go to: www.libraryofmistakes.com/course)
    39m 48s
  • EP 20: The Market Mind Hypothesis (with Patrick Schotanus)

    28 NOV 2023 · Welcome to a special, extended episode recorded live at the Library of Mistakes on 15 November 2023. Cognitive economist and investment 'pracademic' Patrick Schotanus discusses his important new book The Market Mind Hypothesis, with an introduction from Russell Napier. Drawing on the thinking of Adam Smith, The Market Mind Hypothesis touches on key issues in economics, investing, and cognitive science, leading to insights that can improve markets, make investing more sustainable, increase the effectiveness of public policy and benefit society. The two quotes that Patrick refers to in his talk are as follows: "Now the issue, as is plain, relates to the treatment of 'consciousness' in human beings. The essence is [economics'] iniststence that we ignore... the existence of conscousness... In oppositioon to this view, I propose... that we cannot treat human beings as... mechanisms, and that we do not want to do so even if it were possible." Frank Knight 1925 The global behavor of the market... is reminiscent of... the emergence of consciousness." Didier Sornette 2003 [The Library of Mistakes runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, go to: www.libraryofmistakes.com/course]
    1h 13m 26s
  • EP 19: Behind the Balance Sheet (with Stephen Clapham)

    6 NOV 2023 · Stephen Clapham joins Russell Napier to discuss the clues and warnings that are often hiding in plain sight within the pages of a company's accounts – and yet are all too often missed by investors and journalists. Steve is the author of The Smart Money Method, and the creator of the Behind The Balance Sheet podcast and the popular online training course of the same name. Join us for an entertaining and insightful conversation. Also, to find out more about Stephen's course, go to: www.behindthebalancesheet.com And remember that the Library of Mistakes also runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, go to: www.libraryofmistakes.com/course
    40m 3s
  • EP 18: The Millionaires' Factory (with Joyce Moullakis & Chris Wright)

    2 OCT 2023 · Hear the authors of the Millionaires' Factory reveal the inside of story of how Macquarie Bank became a global giant – a fascinating tale which also reflects the profound changes to have taken place across the financial world since 1974. Joyce and Chris are interviewed by Russell Napier, Keeper of the Library of Mistakes, who explores how the story of this institution illuminates issues that affect us all. And remember, that if you’d like to learn more about the world of investment, the Library of Mistakes runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, simply visit www.libraryofmistakes.com/course.
    42m 13s
  • Ep 17: The Strange Case of Arif Naqvi (with Simon Clark – Live at the Library of Mistakes)

    22 SEP 2023 · Welcome to a special bonus episode, in which we hear a live talk from Simon Clark recorded at the Library of Mistakes on 20 September 2023. Together with Will Louch, Simon is co-author of The Key Man, a fascinating exposé of Arif Naqvi, the disgraced founder of the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. Naqvi was arrested in 2019 on charges of money laundering and misappropriating hundreds of millions of dollars, and is currently fighting extradition from the UK to the US. In this bumper episode running to over an hour, we also hear questions from our Keeper Russell Napier and members of the audience. As tends to happen with live events, there is a little extraneous noise picked up by the microphone but we hope you enjoy this extraordinary story. And remember, that if you’d like to learn more about the world of investment, the Library of Mistakes runs an outstanding course called the Practical History of Financial Markets. To find out more, simply visit www.libraryofmistakes.com/course.
    1h 9m 22s
  • Ep 16: How Private Equity is Plundering America (with Brendan Ballou)

    18 JUL 2023 · With a skull and crossbones on the cover, and the title of Plunder: Private Equity's Plan to Pillage America, Brendan Ballou's debut book pulls no punches over the perceived greed and ineptitude of many of America's private equity firms – and the damage they are causing to the economy and society. All the more surprising then that the author is neither a journalist or a retired lawman but very much an active special counsel working for the U.S. Department of Justice. Brendan clearly has a passion for the subject, matched by his deeep knowledge in the field, and his conversation with Russell Napier is as fascinating as it is alarming. Very much worth a listen. For more information on the Advanced Valuation in Financial Markets course mentioned by Russell, please see www.didaskoeducation.org.
    33m 12s
  • Ep 15: Controlling Credit (with Eric Monnet)

    9 JUN 2023 · Want to learn about monetary policy without interest rates, and how we may be going back to the future? These questions, and many more, are explored as Russell Napier meets up with Eric Monnet, former senior economist at the Banque de France and now Professor of Economic History at the Paris School of Economics. Eric takes us on a journey through the evolution of central banks and credit policy, both in France and across western Europe. For more information on the Advanced Valuation in Financial Markets course mentioned by Russell, please see www.didaskoeducation.org.
    44m 58s

Based in Edinburgh, with branches in Switzerland and India, the Library of Mistakes is a free public library designed to improve understanding of finance (and life in general), one mistake...

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Based in Edinburgh, with branches in Switzerland and India, the Library of Mistakes is a free public library designed to improve understanding of finance (and life in general), one mistake at a time. In this podcast series the Library's Keeper, Professor Russell Napier, speaks to authors of some of the most interesting books in the ever-expanding collection exploring insights into finance, business, society and human nature. Fascinating, educational and often rather funny.
Produced and edited by Fraser Allen (www.allencomms.co.uk)
Voiceover by Mary Duffy.
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