The David McWilliams Podcast
The aim of this weekly podcast is to make economics easy, uncomplicated and accessible. With the world at a political, technological and financial tipping point, economics has never been so important to all of us and yet, it’s made inaccessible and com...
The aim of this weekly podcast is to make economics easy, uncomplicated and accessible. With the world at a political, technological and financial tipping point, economics has never been so important to all of us and yet
The end of competence
Season 2, Ep. 298
As we near the end of 2022 let’s look at the year that’s been, identify takeaways of what has passed and have a chat about what might be on the horizon for 2023
Adam Smith was wrong: we need to diversify, not specialize
Season 2, Ep. 297
The crazy things about economics is that so much of what we’re taught growing up is actually wrong. Today we take a look at the myth about specialization by talking about Fitzcarraldo, biology and the impact that diversification has had on Ireland
The End of a 14-year Bull Market
Season 2, Ep. 296
The credit cycle is an unforgiving master, as interest rates rise, different questions are asked about both companies and investments. We examine the new world of positive interest rates and what it means for the global economy. With more than $3.4 trillion wiped off the value of tech companies, far more than the entire GDP of the UK, we assess the impact. Are you ready for the next phase of this cycle?
Finding Russia’s Remote Killers
Season 2, Ep. 295
As the war between Russia and Ukraine grinds into winter, Putin's new strategy is to destroy Ukrainian infrastructure. What it couldn't achieve on the battle field Russia aims to achieve in the living room, by trying to freeze ordinary Ukrainians. Today we have a fascinating chat with European Investigative Journalist of the Year Christo Grozev of Bellingcat on how he identified the poisoners of Alexi Navalny and how, using the same techniques, he has identified the Russia's remote killers, the civilian men and women, computer programmers, software engineers and data specialists living normal lives in Russia, who actually push the buttons and program the missiles raining down on Ukraine. It's fascinating and chilling.
The great crypto collapse
Season 2, Ep. 294
We've always been "Doomcoiners" - yes, you guessed it, not fans of crypto. Now you know why. A passing understanding of monetary economics and monetary history would have warned anyone to be very careful. One of the biggest crypto exchange has filled for bankruptcy and across the board crypto currency valuation is in free fall - How did we end up here? And more critically, what sort of frauds will be unearthed when the dust settles.
Planning for 10 Million people
Season 2, Ep. 293
Ireland's population is set to grow rapidly. Like a parent buying a-size-too-big-clothes for a teenagers, the State needs to be building infrastructure for an island population of 10 million. We explore this critical issue, plus musings of Toto Schilacci, the economic equivalent of playing keepy-uppies with Maradona and lots more.