A Long Time In Finance
The Pride of Icarus: Neil Woodford's Epic Rise and Fall
Neil Woodford was the fund manager who seemed to have it all. Hailed as the genius who "made Middle England rich", he ran one of the UK's best performing investment funds for decades. And then in a few hubristic years, after sticking his own name above the door, he raised an insane amount of cash, made some risky bets and lost the lot. Neil and Jonathan talk to David Ricketts, author of a book on Woodford, about his fall, the reasons for it, and what we've learned.
Presented by Jonathan Ford and Neil Collins.
With David Ricketts.
Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
SVB and The Shrinking of "The Bezzle"
"At any given time there exists an inventory of undiscovered embezzlement in—or more precisely not in—the country’s business and banks. It varies in size with the business cycle. In good times, people are relaxed, trusting, and money is plentiful.In depression, all this is reversed. Money is watched with a narrow, suspicious eye. The man who handles it is assumed to be dishonest until he proves himself otherwise. The bezzle shrinks." Neil, Jonathan and Izabella Kaminska of The Blind Spot apply JK Galbraith's concept of "the Bezzle" to Silicon Valley Bank's collapse. With interest rates rising, they conclude, the bezzle is shrinking. Presented by Jonathan Ford and Neil Collins.With Izabella Kaminska.Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
The New Absentee Landlords: How Fund Managers Gobbled Our Infrastructure
How did fund managers end up controlling so much of the essential services on which we rely, from water to electricity and property? Who gave them the money? And does it matter that they do? Neil and Jonathan talk to author Brett Christophers, whose new book Our Lives in Their Portfolios argues that the giant funds that dominate the landscape are driven by terrible incentives - and that's why they are running our infrastructure into the ground. Presented by Jonathan Ford and Neil Collins.With Brett Christophers.Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.
Barclays: The Bank That Really Wanted to be Big
"What is all this about being big?" asked the actor Anthony Hopkins in a famous (if toe-curling) ad from 2000 for Barclays Bank. "You know, seeing the big picture, having the big idea, clinching the big deal; no one wants to clinch the little deal." For decades the British bank followed this restless urge, always trying to get bigger, to keep up with the biggest banks in the world. Neil and Jonathan talk to author and former banker Philip Augar about where it came from, how it led a stuffy old British bank to tie themselves to the one man who seemed able to deliver bigness, Bob Diamond, and how those aspirations turned to dustPresented by Jonathan Ford and Neil Collins.With Philip Auguar.Produced and edited by Nick Hilton for Podot.In partnership with Briefcase.News