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Finance Simplified

Finance Simplified

By StreetFins
We are simplifying finance for the next generation! Every episode involves a discussion with the host Rohan Gupta, a regular teen and student who loves finance and has a passion to teach it, around simplifying a topic in finance for others to gain a better understanding of it. This podcast is mainly meant for high school and college students, but anyone can tune and learn finance in the most relatable, understandable, and simplified way!

We are the first and only student-run and student-focused podcast centered on financial education! This is the official podcast for StreetFins.
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EP 21 — Simplifying High-Yield Bonds Part 1 with Sheldon Stone of Oaktree Capital
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I talk to Sheldon Stone, co-founder and head of high-yield bonds at Oaktree Capital, about high-yield bonds. We delve into topics like the basics of high-yield bonds, the history of high-yield bonds, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about high-yield bonds in a simplified way! Sheldon Stone is a co-founder of Oaktree Capital and currently is the head of Oaktree’s high yield bond area. In this capacity, he serves as co-portfolio manager of Oaktree’s U.S. High Yield Bond and Global High Yield Bond strategies. Before co-founding Oaktree in 1995, he established TCW’s High Yield Bond department with Howard Marks in 1985 and ran the department for ten years. Prior to joining TCW, he worked with Howard Marks at Citibank for two years where he performed credit analysis and managed high yield bond portfolios. He is on the Board of Overseers at Columbia University as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and a member of the investment committee for Bowdoin College. Sheldon earned his bachelor's from Bowdoin College and his MBA from Columbia University.  Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! We've been following the tragic developments with COVID in India, and we want to help in any way we can. If you want to use our platform to help, please send us an email at fspodcast@streetfins.com letting us know how we can be helpful. If you enjoy listening to our episodes and are learning, then we’d be eternally grateful if you gave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts! Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive simplified market recaps, finance tips, podcast recommendations here: streetfins.substack.com! We always love to hear from our listeners! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to know! You will also get access to all of our past episodes’ transcripts when you fill this out! It will only take 1-2 minutes to tell us what all you like and what we could do better in future episodes: bit.ly/3sv4ikp. Visit StreetFins.com for all our resources and content that simplify finance for you!
33:23
May 1, 2021
Special Message to Listeners in India
We've been following the tragic developments with COVID in India, and we want to help in any way we can. If you want to use our platform to help, please send us an email at fspodcast@streetfins.com letting us know how we can be helpful. And, if you are unaware about the situation in India, we suggest reading up on it as soon as you can.
01:36
April 26, 2021
EP 20 — Simplifying Quantitative Finance Part 2 with Aaron Brown, formerly of AQR Capital Management
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I continue our conversation with Aaron Brown, the former Chief Risk Manager at AQR Capital Management, about quantitative finance. We delve into topics like important quantitative finance concepts, careers in quantitative finance, Aaron’s own career and thoughts on the future of quantitative finance, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about quantitative finance in a simplified way! Aaron Brown is the former Chief Risk Manager at AQR Capital Management, one of the largest and most renowned hedge funds in the world as well as a professor and author. In his decades-long career, he has been a trader, portfolio manager, finance professor, head of mortgage securities, and risk manager for institutions, including Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. He was one of the original developers of value-at-risk and one of its strongest proponents. Brown is the author of Financial Risk Management for Dummies, Red-Blooded Risk: The Secret History of Wall Street, The Poker Face of Wall Street, and A World of Chance. He is a frequent contributor to professional literature and speaks frequently at professional and academic conferences. Aaron earned his bachelors from Harvard University and his MBA from The University of Chicago. Want to meet with us for 15-30 minutes? Schedule a time here: calendly.com/streetfins! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @rohaninvest and @patelinvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! If you enjoy listening to our episodes and are learning, then we’d be eternally grateful if you gave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts! Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive simplified market recaps and recommendations to learn finance here: streetfins.substack.com! We always love to hear from our listeners! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to know! You will also get access to all of our past episodes’ transcripts when you fill this out! It will only take 1-2 minutes to tell us what all you like and what we could do better in future episodes: bit.ly/3sv4ikp. Visit StreetFins.com for all our resources and content that simplify finance for you!
33:50
April 15, 2021
EP 19 — Simplifying Quantitative Finance Part 1 with Aaron Brown, formerly of AQR Capital Management
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I talk to Aaron Brown, the former Chief Risk Manager at AQR Capital Management, about quantitative finance. We delve into topics like the basics of quantitative finance, the history of quantitative finance, common misconceptions, how quantitative finance approaches risk management, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about quantitative finance in a simplified way! Aaron Brown is the former Chief Risk Manager at AQR Capital Management, one of the largest and most renowned hedge funds in the world as well as a professor and author. In his decades-long career, he has been a trader, portfolio manager, finance professor, head of mortgage securities, and risk manager for institutions, including Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. He was one of the original developers of value-at-risk and one of its strongest proponents. Brown is the author of Financial Risk Management for Dummies, Red-Blooded Risk: The Secret History of Wall Street, The Poker Face of Wall Street, and A World of Chance. He is a frequent contributor to professional literature and speaks frequently at professional and academic conferences. Aaron earned his bachelors from Harvard University and his MBA from The University of Chicago. Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! If you enjoy listening to our episodes and are learning, then we’d be eternally grateful if you gave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts! Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive simplified market recaps and recommendations to learn finance here: streetfins.substack.com! We always love to hear from our listeners! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to know! You will also get access to all of our past episodes’ transcripts when you fill this out! It will only take 1-2 minutes to tell us what all you like and what we could do better in future episodes: bit.ly/3sv4ikp. Visit StreetFins.com for all our resources and content that simplify finance for you!
29:20
April 1, 2021
EP 18 — Simplifying Healthcare Economics Part 2 with Dana Goldman of the University of Southern California
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I continue our conversation with Dana Goldman, a professor of health economics and policy at the University of Southern California and the Dean at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, about healthcare economics. We delve into topics like the pricing of different of products and services in healthcare, COVID's impact on healthcare economics, alternative approaches to healthcare, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about healthcare economics in a simplified way! Dana Goldman is the Interim Dean at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, as well as the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy, and Economics at the University of Southern California. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance – two of his field’s highest honors. He pioneered the “Netflix model” to improve access to prescription drugs and the value of reduced copayments for the chronically ill. His work has been featured in the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, and other media. He is former director of ISPOR and ASHEcon and a co-founder of Precision Health Economics, a health care consultancy. Dana earned his bachelors from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @streetfins, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! If you enjoy listening to and learning from our episodes, let us know by giving us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts! Check out how we ranked in the top 40 finance podcasts to follow in 2021 on Feedspot here: https://blog.feedspot.com/finance_podcasts/! Subscribe to our newsletter: streetfins.substack.com! We always love to hear from our listeners! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to know! Fill out this 1-2 minute long feedback form to tell us what all you like and what we could do better in future episodes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhJH8BU7955FuhEXhR40BjsgGP0ZnkT1lmsbAEhf8NB1xIMA/viewform. Visit StreetFins.com for all our resources and content that simplify finance for you!
28:09
March 15, 2021
EP 17 — Simplifying Healthcare Economics Part 1 with Dana Goldman of the University of Southern California
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I talk to Dana Goldman, a professor of healthcare economics and policy at the University of Southern California and the Interim Dean at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, about healthcare economics. We delve into topics like the basics of healthcare economics, the different entities in the healthcare system and the roles they play, the most important laws and regulations in healthcare, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about healthcare economics in a simplified way! Dana Goldman is the Interim Dean at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, as well as the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy, and Economics at the University of Southern California. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance – two of his field’s highest honors. He pioneered the “Netflix model” to improve access to prescription drugs and the value of reduced copayments for the chronically ill.His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, NBC Nightly News and other media. He is former director of ISPOR and ASHEcon and a co-founder of Precision Health Economics, a health care consultancy. Dana earned his bachelors from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! If you enjoy listening to our episodes and are learning, then we’d be eternally grateful if you gave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts! Want a transcript of our episode to learn from? Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive the full transcripts from our episodes along with simplified market recaps and recommendations to learn finance! Here is the link: streetfins.substack.com! We always love to hear from our listeners! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to know! Fill out this 1-2 minute long feedback form to tell us what all you like and what we could do better in future episodes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhJH8BU7955FuhEXhR40BjsgGP0ZnkT1lmsbAEhf8NB1xIMA/viewform. Visit StreetFins.com for all our resources and content that simplify finance for you!
31:48
March 1, 2021
EP 16 — Simplifying Investment Banking Part 2 with Suzanne Nora Johnson, formerly of Goldman Sachs
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I continue our conversation with Suzanne Nora Johnson, the former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, about investment banking and its role in finance and the economy. We delve into topics like specialized investment banking activities, such as underwriting and market making, the latest trends in investment banking, investment banking as a career, Suzanne’s legendary career at Goldman Sachs, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about investment banking in a simplified way! Suzanne Nora Johnson is the former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs and currently on the board of various companies. Suzanne started working at Goldman Sachs in 1985 after having worked as a lawyer for several years. She became a partner at Goldman Sachs in 1992, eventually becoming the vice chairman, chair of the Global Markets Institute, and head of the firm’s Global Investment Research Division. She served as vice chairman until 2007, and now serves on the boards of several companies, including but not limited to Visa and Pfizer, as well as several nonprofit institutions, including the Brookings Institution, USC, the Carnegie Institute for Science, and many more. In 2006, Forbes ranked Suzanne as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” Suzanne earned her bachelors from USC and her JD from Harvard Law School. Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! If you enjoy listening to our episodes and are learning, then we’d be eternally grateful if you gave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts! We always love to hear from our listeners! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to know! Fill out this 1-2 minute long feedback form to tell us what all you like and what we could do better in future episodes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhJH8BU7955FuhEXhR40BjsgGP0ZnkT1lmsbAEhf8NB1xIMA/viewform
32:13
February 15, 2021
EP 15 — Simplifying Investment Banking Part 1 with Suzanne Nora Johnson, formerly of Goldman Sachs
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I talk to Suzanne Nora Johnson, the former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, about investment banking and its role in finance and the economy. We delve into topics like the basics of investment banking, the history of investment banks, the difference between buy side and sell side, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about investment banking in a simplified way! Suzanne Nora Johnson is the former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs and currently on the board of various companies. Suzanne started working at Goldman Sachs in 1985 after having worked as a lawyer for several years. She became a partner at Goldman Sachs in 1992, eventually becoming the vice chairman, chair of the Global Markets Institute, and head of the firm’s Global Investment Research Division. She served as vice chairman until 2007, and now serves on the boards of several companies, including but not limited to Visa and Pfizer, as well as several nonprofit institutions, including the Brookings Institution, USC, the Carnegie Institute for Science, and many more. In 2006, Forbes ranked Suzanne as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” Suzanne earned her bachelors from USC and her JD from Harvard Law School. Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm!  If you enjoy listening to our episodes and are learning, then we’d be eternally grateful if you gave us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts! We always love to hear from our listeners! If you have any feedback for us, we’d love to know! Fill out this 1-2 minute long feedback form to tell us what all you like and what we could do better in future episodes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhJH8BU7955FuhEXhR40BjsgGP0ZnkT1lmsbAEhf8NB1xIMA/viewform
37:24
February 1, 2021
Winter 2021 Update
In this episode of Finance Simplified, our host and the various co-hosts from past episodes give an update on what they’ve been up to and what’s in store for 2021. Check it out to learn about why we do this podcast and our backgrounds as well as the plan for this new year! Email fspodcast@streetfins.com with your guess for who the next episode’s all-star guest will be! The first listener who sends in the correct guess will get a shoutout on the next episode! Please fill out this feedback form: Finance Simplified Listener Feedback. It will help us make better episodes that will help you learn finance! It should only take 1-2 minutes, and we’d greatly appreciate it!
09:53
January 15, 2021
EP 14 — Simplifying The US Treasury Part 2 with Sarah Bloom Raskin, formerly of The US Treasury
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I continue our conversation with Sarah Bloom Raskin, the former Deputy Secretary of The US Treasury, about the US Treasury and its role in finance and the economy. We delve into topics like the role of the Treasury during crises, how the Treasury manages risks, Sarah's own experience at the Treasury, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about the US Treasury in a simplified way! Sarah Bloom Raskin is the former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and currently is a visiting professor of the practice of law at Duke University. She is a distinguished fellow of Duke Law School’s Global Financial Markets Center, and a senior fellow of the Duke Center on Risk in 2020 after serving as a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University since 2018. As the second-in-command at Treasury, Sarah oversaw the various agencies of the entire Department and promoted innovative policy solutions to advance prosperity, fairness and resiliency throughout the American economy. Prior to her service at Treasury, Sarah was a governor of the Federal Reserve Board from 2010 to 2014. At the Federal Reserve, she conducted the nation’s monetary policy as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, regulated banks, monitored threats to the nation’s financial stability, and oversaw the nation’s payments systems. Sarah received her BA in economics from Amherst College, and she received her JD from Harvard Law School. Follow Sarah Bloom Raskin on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles and videos relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to the US Treasury Basics of Bonds The History of the US Dollar COVID-19 and the Stimulus Checks
35:09
December 15, 2020
EP 13 — Simplifying The US Treasury Part 1 with Sarah Bloom Raskin, formerly of The US Treasury
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I talk to Sarah Bloom Raskin, the former Deputy Secretary of The US Treasury, about the US Treasury and its role in finance and the economy. We delve into topics like the history and departments of the Treasury, the role of US Treasuries domestically and internationally, how the Treasury manages the economy, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about the US Treasury in a simplified way! Sarah Bloom Raskin is the former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and currently is a visiting professor of the practice of law at Duke University. She is a distinguished fellow of Duke Law School’s Global Financial Markets Center, and a senior fellow of the Duke Center on Risk in 2020 after serving as a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University since 2018. As the second-in-command at Treasury, Sarah oversaw the various agencies of the entire Department and promoted innovative policy solutions to advance prosperity, fairness and resiliency throughout the American economy. Prior to her service at Treasury, Sarah was a governor of the Federal Reserve Board from 2010 to 2014. At the Federal Reserve, she conducted the nation’s monetary policy as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, regulated banks, monitored threats to the nation’s financial stability, and oversaw the nation’s payments systems. Sarah received her BA in economics from Amherst College, and she received her JD from Harvard Law School.  Follow Sarah Bloom Raskin on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles and videos relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to the US Treasury Basics of Bonds The History of the US Dollar COVID-19 and the Stimulus Checks
27:40
December 1, 2020
EP 12 — Simplifying Automated Money Management with Andy Rachleff of Wealthfront
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I talk to Andy Rachleff, the CEO of Wealthfront, about automated money management. We delve into topics like passive investing, the benefits of automation, financial advisory, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about automated money management in a simplified way! Andy Rachleff is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wealthfront, a next-gen banking service for millennials. He serves as a member of the board of trustees and chairman of the endowment investment committee for University of Pennsylvania and as a member of the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on technology entrepreneurship. Prior to Wealthfront, Andy co-founded and was general partner of Benchmark Capital, where he was responsible for investing in a number of successful companies including Equinix, Juniper Networks, and Opsware. He also spent ten years as a general partner with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE). Andy earned his undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Follow Andy Rachleff on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles and videos relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to Day Trading Intro to Automated Money Management Intro to Passive Investing
41:04
November 1, 2020
EP 11 — Simplifying The COVID-19 Market with Morgan Housel of The Collaborative Fund
In this episode, my co-host Cassandra Ying and I talk to Morgan Housel, one of the most insightful and unique writers and thinkers in all of finance, about the COVID-19 market so far. We delve into topics like the stimulus, day trading, behavioral finance, history, stock market trends, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about the COVID-19 market so far in a simplified way! Morgan Housel is a partner at The Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal. He is a two-time winner of the Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, winner of the New York Times Sidney Award, and a two-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. He started writing during the financial crisis, and since then has gone on to become one of the most followed writers and thinkers in all of finance. Follow Morgan Housel on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! Morgan’s New Book: The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness (2020) Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles and videos relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to Behavioral Finance Intro to The Federal Reserve System Intro to Day Trading COVID-19 and the Stimulus Checks
54:09
October 15, 2020
EP 10 — Simplifying Hedge Funds with Anthony Scaramucci of Skybridge Capital
In this episode, my co-host Rajan Vazirani and I talk to Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital, about hedge funds. We delve into topics like the history of the hedge fund industry, hedge fund basics, hedge fund careers, coming back from failure, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about hedge funds in a simplified way! Anthony Scaramucci is an American hedge fund manager, founder, and co-managing partner of Skybridge Capital. Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Mr. Scaramucci co-founded Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president at Goldman Sachs. In 2016, he was ranked #85 in Worth Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance. He is vice chair of the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, a board member of both The Brain Tumor Foundation, and a Trustee of the US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation. He served as the White House Communications Director for a period in July 2017. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a JD from Harvard Law School. Follow Anthony Scaramucci on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! Here are some of the books that Anthony has written or recommends: Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul The Little Book of Hedge Funds Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles and videos relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to Hedge Funds Intro to Leverage Basics of Options
40:24
September 23, 2020
EP 9 — Simplifying The Dot-com Bubble with Heidi Roizen of Threshold Ventures
In this episode, my co-host Alex Patel and I talk to Heidi Roizen of Threshold Ventures about the dot-com bubble. We delve into topics like the irrational exuberance, evangelism, the history of innovation, entrepreneurship, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about the dot-com bubble in a simplified way! Heidi Roizen is a veteran venture capitalist and partner at Threshold Ventures as well as a corporate director. She is on the boards of directors of Zoox, Planet, Polarr, Memphis Meats, DMGT, and Invitation Homes. She co-founded T/Maker, where she served as CEO for over a decade through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporate in 1994. Next, she joined Apple as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations, and from there, Mobius Venture Capital. She's been named to the Corporate Board Member's "Top 50 Women in Tech" list and Hot Topics' Top 100 Women in Tech. In 2018, Heidi was named the Financial Woman of the Year by the Financial Women of San Francisco. She has also earned the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives Annual Achievement Award, among other accolades. Heidi currently holds two leadership positions at Stanford University. She co-leads the Threshold Venture Fellows in the Management Science and Engineering department at Stanford. Additionally, she is also a member of the advisory council of Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She earned both her undergraduate degree and MBA from Stanford University. Follow Heidi Roizen on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.fm! Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles and videos relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to Earnings The Difference Between Investing and Trading Basics of Stocks Valuation: Discounted Cash Flow The Dot-com Bubble Explained
48:07
August 26, 2020
EP 8 — Simplifying Racial Economic Inequality With William “Sandy” Darity Jr. Of Duke University
In this episode, my co-host Cassandra Ying (first one!) and I talk to William “Sandy” Darity Jr. of Duke University about racial economic inequality. We delve into topics like the history of discrimination, present economic inequalities, reparations as a solution, much more! Check out the episode to learn about the timely topic of racial economic inequality in a simplified way! William “Sandy” Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He’s known for his work in economics, specifically on the topics of inequality by race, class, and ethnicity, stratification economics, the history of economics, the African diaspora, reparations, and racial achievement gaps. He received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award in 2012 from the National Economic Association, the organization’s highest honor. He, along with his wife A. Kirsten Mullen, is the author of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century, which is linked below. Sandy received his undergraduate degree in economics from Brown University and his Ph.D. in economics from MIT. Follow William “Sandy” Darity Jr. on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! William’s Book: From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century (2020) Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to Economics Economics of System Racism Intro to Inflation The Black-White Wealth Gap in America
59:06
July 17, 2020
EP 7 — Simplifying Behavioral Economics With John List Of The University of Chicago
In this episode, I talk to John List of The University of Chicago about behavioral economics. We delve into topics like irrational behavior, field experiments, differences from traditional economics, and more! Check out the episode to learn about behavioral economics in a simplified way! John List is the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the University of Chicago, where he’s been since 2004. He’s known for his work in behavioral economics, experimental economics, environmental economics, policymaking, behavioral finance, and much more. He’s been teaching economics since 1996 and is the recipient of many awards in economics, such as the Arrow Prize for Senior Economists (2008) and the Kenneth Galbraith Award (2010) and many others. In addition, his economic expertise is not just limited to academia as he ventured into the land of startups by being hired by Uber and then by Lyft to be their Chief Economist. He is the author of The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life, which is linked below. John received his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wyoming. Follow University of Chicago Economics on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! John’s Book: The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life (2013) Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to Economics Intro to Microeconomics Strong Potential For Tech IPOs In 2019 Intro to Behavioral Economics
47:25
June 22, 2020
EP 6 — Simplifying Market Design and Game Theory with Alvin Roth of Stanford University
In this episode, I talk to Alvin Roth of Stanford University about market design and game theory. We delve into topics like market structures, market failures, game theory applications, and more! Check out the episode to learn about market design and game theory in a simplified way! Alvin Roth is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He specializes in market design, game theory, and behavioral and experimental economics. In addition to being a professor, he was the President of the American Economics Association in 2017. In 2012, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with Lloyd Shapley for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. Before teaching at Stanford, Alvin taught economics at Harvard, where he now holds emeritus status. He is the author of Who Gets What and Why, which is linked below. Alvin received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Operations Research and both his master’s and doctorate degrees from Stanford, both in Operations Research. Follow Stanford University on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! Alvin’s Book: Who Gets What ― and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design (2015) Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Intro to Economics Intro To Microeconomics
38:16
May 22, 2020
EP 5 — Simplifying Cryptocurrencies with Tim Draper of Draper Associates
In this episode, I talk to Tim Draper of Draper Associates about cryptocurrencies. We delve into topics like Tim’s background, the history of cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, smart contracts, and more! Check out the episode to learn about cryptocurrencies in a simplified way! Tim Draper is the billionaire founder and managing partner of Draper Associates, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Tim also co-founded DFJ (now Threshold Ventures) in 1985 as well as the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. He has funded the likes of Coinbase, Tesla, Skype, SpaceX, Twitch, Hotmail, Robinhood, and more. Ever since winning the Bitcoin US Marshall’s auction in 2014, Tim has been a supporter and a leading spokesperson for cryptocurrencies. Tim has authored a book on entrepreneurship called How to be The Startup Hero: A Guide and Textbook for Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Tim majored in electrical engineering at Stanford and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Follow Tim and Draper Associates on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here, and follow me on Twitter @rohaninvest! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies The Basics of Forex Markets Bitcoin Surges In Recent Weeks (July 2019) Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency Libra Draws Controversy (July 2019)
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April 4, 2020
EP 4 — Simplifying Brexit with Harold James of Princeton
In this episode, I talk to Dr. Harold James of Princeton University about Brexit. We delve into topics like trade deals, currency movements, the future of Britain, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about Brexit in a simplified way! Harold James is the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, the Professor of History and International Affairs, and the Director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society at Princeton University and the university’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He studies economic and financial history and modern European history. In addition to being a professor, he used to be a fellow at Cambridge University’s prestigious Peterhouse College.  He also has won the Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History, and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for writing about economics.  He has written several books on economics and, in particular, European economics, which are linked below.  Harold received both his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Follow Princeton University, Princeton Economics, and the Woodrow Wilson School on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! Harold’s Books: The Euro and the Battle of Ideas (2016) The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle (2012) Making the European Monetary Union (2014) Want to learn more? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Understanding Brexit Intro to the Federal Reserve System (helps understand Europe’s banking system) The Basics of Forex Markets Intro to Economics Intro to Keynesian Economics
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January 22, 2020
EP 3 — Simplifying Valuation with Aswath Damodaran of NYU Stern
In this episode, I talk to Dr. Aswath Damodaran of NYU Stern about valuation. We delve into topics like intrinsic and relative value, pricing, multiples, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about valuation in a simplified way! Aswath Damodaran is a professor of corporate finance and equity valuation at the Stern School of Business at NYU. Often referred to as “Wall Street’s Dean of Valuation,” Aswath has widely been recognized as a go-to expert on valuation for many years.  He has taught for over 3 decades and has received many fellowships and awards during his career. As one of the top academics in finance, he often goes on CNBC and other business news channels to share his views on finance and investing.  He has written several books on valuation and finance, which are linked below.  Aswath received his MBA and Ph.D. from UCLA. Follow Aswath and NYU Stern on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! Investors highly follow and respect Aswath’s work and insights. As a result, I highly recommend checking out his blog, YouTube, and website! Aswath’s General Interest Books: The Little Book of Valuation: How to Value a Company, Pick a Stock and Profit Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in Business Confused about something? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Valuation: Discounted Cash Flow Basics of Stocks Basics of Bonds Intro to Economics Intro to Microeconomics
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November 29, 2019
EP 2 – Simplifying Risk and Market Cycles with Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital
In this episode, I talk to Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital about risk and market cycles. We delve into topics like Howard’s career, what shaped his thinking about risk and market cycles, distressed debt, the importance of history, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about risk and market cycles in a simplified way! Howard Marks, who is worth $2.2 Billion, is a co-founder and co-chairman at Oaktree Capital. Oaktree Capital is the world’s largest distressed securities investor and manages over $120 Billion. Howard co-founded Oaktree Capital in 1995, and before doing so, he worked at the TCW Group.  He has authored two best-sellers on investing: The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor and, most recently, Mastering the Market Cycle: Getting the Odds on Your Side.  Warren Buffett, arguably the greatest investor of all-time, praised Howard Marks for his memos, saying, “When I see memos from Howard Marks in my mail, they’re the first thing I open and read. I always learn something.”  Howard majored in finance at Wharton and received his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Follow Howard and Oaktree Capital on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! Howard’s memos are legendary for their simplicity and insight. As a result, I highly recommend checking them out! Check out a Q&A the Amador Valley Investment Club conducted with Howard Marks: Howard Marks At AVIC Confused about something? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Howard Marks Memo Breakdown: Dare To Be Great II Howard Marks Memo Breakdown: Risk Revisited Again Howard Marks Memo Breakdown: The Limits To Negativism Howard Marks Memo Breakdown: The Race To The Bottom Basics of Stocks
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October 24, 2019
EP 1 – Simplifying Venture Capital with Josh Stein of Threshold Ventures
In this episode, I talk to Josh Stein of Threshold Ventures about venture capital and how it works. We delve into topics like funding rounds, growth investing, important metrics, Josh’s biggest lessons, and much more! Check out the episode to learn about venture capital in a simplified way! Josh Stein is a managing partner at Threshold Ventures, one of Silicon Valley’s most impressive and successful venture capital firms.  He has been a VC since 2004 and has invested in the likes of Box, Redfin, Front, Twilio, AngelList, and so many more!  Prior to Threshold, Josh was a co-founder, director, and chief strategy officer at ViaFone. Josh holds a BS from Dartmouth and an MBA from Stanford.  He is also a graduate of the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program. Josh also made the Forbes Midas List, which is a ranking of the 100 best venture capitalists in the world, three times, in a row, from 2013 to 2015. Follow Josh and Threshold Ventures on Twitter here! Follow StreetFins on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook here! Find and subscribe to Finance Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify! Confused about something? Check out some StreetFins articles relating to topics mentioned in the episode: Valuation: Discounted Cash Flow Uncertain Start for Lyft IPO Intro to Mergers and Acquisitions Basics of Stocks Strong Potential for Tech IPOs In 2019
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October 3, 2019
Introducing Finance Simplified
Welcome to Finance Simplified! Finance Simplified is the official podcast for StreetFins and is hosted by StreetFins’ editor-in-chief and co-founder, Rohan Gupta. We’re here to simplify finance for the next generation! Financial illiteracy is a growing but solvable problem in the United States and the rest of the world. Understanding personal and market finance is […]
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June 2, 2019