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Meet at the intersection of Washington and Wall Street with the most influential minds on the economy. Ben White and the POLITICO team will help you understand the economic and financial policies that move markets in the U.S. and around the world.

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How Trump might approach the economy if he wins reelection
Host Ben White talks with Larry Kudlow, the Director of the United States National Economic Council, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), and Beth Akers, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, about how the Trump administration would approach economic and labor policies if he wins reelection. Ben White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO. Larry Kudlow is the director of the United States National Economic Council. Congressman Patrick McHenry is a Republican serving North Carolina's 10th congressional district.   Beth Akers is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.  Nirmal Mulaikal is a host-producer for POLITICO Audio.  Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Aug 27, 2020
How Biden might approach the economy if he wins
Host Ben White talks with Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.), Jared Bernstein, the former chief economic advisor to Joe Biden, and Heidi Shierholz, the former chief Department of Labor economist under the Obama administration, about how a potential Biden administration would approach economic and labor policies if Biden wins the 2020 presidential election.   Ben White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO. Rep.  Don Beyer **** is a Democrat serving Virginia's 8th district Jared  Bernstein is senior fellow at Center on Budget  and former chief economic advisor to Joe Biden Heidi Shierholz is director of policy at Economic Policy Institute and former chief Department of Labor economist under the Obama administration Nirmal Mulaikal is a producer for POLITICO audio.  Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Aug 21, 2020
Clocking in for a Comeback
Host Ben White talks with LinkedIn chief economist Karin Kimbrough about how coronavirus is changing the state of employment, and how workers are concerned about factors like health and safety in this new landscape. Ben White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO. Kara Tabor produced this episode.  Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.  Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Aug 04, 2020
Senator Tim Scott on civil unrest and the hurting economy
Host Ben White talks to Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) about President Trump's handling of national protests surrounding George Floyd's death and what might be in the Senate's next coronavirus response package. Ben White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.  Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Jun 02, 2020
Rep. Andy Kim on public health vs. a healthy economy
Host Ben White talks to Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) to discuss the work of the House Select Committee dealing with coronavirus relief and whether he thinks the fiscal response, so far, has been sufficient. Ben White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.  Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
May 19, 2020
Sen. Ben Cardin on where the stimulus money is really going
Host Ben White talks to Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the Small Business Committee, to ask about the struggling Paycheck Protection Program, the timeline on the next round of stimulus funding and the return of Senators to the Capitol, despite concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Ben White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO audio.  Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
May 06, 2020
Nasdaq's CEO on capitalism amid coronavirus
Host Ben White talks to Adena Friedman, Nasdaq CEO and president. Friedman was the first woman CEO to lead a global stock exchange and has become known for modernizing Nasdaq. Over Zoom, they discussed volatile markets, the Fed injecting billions into the economy and how quickly the private sector can bounce back from this crisis. Ben White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO. Annie Rees is a producer for POLITICO Audio.  Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio.
Apr 28, 2020
Ben White’s mom explains negative interest rates
Today's episode is a doozy: negative interest rates. Do you understand them? Don't lie. (But good for you if you do.) Why would savers pay interest to park their money in bonds...and what impact does this have on the economy? On the last episode of this miniseries, Ben White calls his mom, Ann White, and puts her to the test.
Dec 13, 2019
Ben White’s mom explains Trump’s trade war
Do you understand Trump’s trade war? On this episode, Ben White calls his mom, Ann White, and puts her to the test on the president’s positioning – around markets, farmer bailouts and China talks.
Dec 12, 2019
Ben White’s mom explains the wealth tax
The concept of a wealth tax has been a major point of discussion in the democratic presidential campaigns. But if someone asked you to explain how a wealth tax would be implemented ... could you? On this episode, Ben White calls his mom, Ann White, and puts her to the test.
Dec 11, 2019
Baby Bust: The millennial presidential candidate

“You have a different sense of urgency around these issues if you’re expecting in your lifetime to be dealing with them personally,” Buttigieg said on the podcast. “So by 2054, when I get to the current age of the current president, the shape of the world then, both environmentally, economically and beyond, that’s not a theoretical question; it’s a personal one that I have to prepare for just as a human being.”

Nov 16, 2019
Baby Bust: That time boomers tried to do a Grand Bargain for the future and it all went bust.

President Barack Obama — technically a late-era boomer but more Gen X by personal temperament — attempted to strike a “grand bargain” with tea party-led Republicans and then-House Speaker John Boehner to address long-term entitlement sustainability and spending issues along with significant tax hikes. POLITICO's editor Carrie Budoff Brown expains how and why it all fell apart.

Nov 09, 2019
Baby Bust: Don't blame the boomers for everything (just most things)

On this episode of Baby Bust, Ben White talks to an authority on generational trends: Neil Howe. Howe is a historian, economist, and demographer. He's written over a dozen books, and he and co-author William Strauss coined the term "millennial generation" in the late 80's. Howe is part of the baby boomer generation, and makes an argument for boomer's positive contributions. Plus, Ben calls his friend and fellow X-er Amy Walter for some self reflection on Gen-X. Walter is a political analyst, the national editor of The Cook Political Report, hosts politics with Amy Walter on WNYC, and she’s the Friday host of The Takeaway.

Nov 02, 2019
Baby Bust: How the boomers broke America

On this episode of Baby Bust, Ben White talks to Bruce Gibney, the author of ‘A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America’ about the large economic problems future generations will face, and possible solutions. Plus, why Gibney thinks sociopath is the right word to describe the boomer’s generation, and what he thinks made them that way.

Oct 26, 2019
Saving Lives with Data

On today’s dispatch with POLITICO senior editor Ryan Heath, we take you on a walk through the United Nations, talking to people from all over the globe about healthcare solutions. Plus, an interview on how tech could help a global health crisis with Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Sep 27, 2019
Pods of pollution at the UN

On today’s dispatch POLITICO senior editor Ryan Heath visits Pollution Pods, six geodesic domes that simulate pollution in cities around the world, with their creator Michael Pinsky. Plus, Antha Williams, who leads the environment program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, explains why regional governments can have a big impact on reducing pollution— even without help from Washington.

Sep 26, 2019
Making global great again

On today’s dispatch with POLITICO senior editor Ryan Heath, we meet two people trying to translate the UN's goals: Arancha Gonzalez, a Spanish economist and currently the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, the joint agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the World Trade Organization. Plus, Richard Curtis, the director of films like 'Love, Actually' and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' who now makes films that work to make people connect emotionally with the UN and its work.

Sep 25, 2019
UN special series: Leader Watch

On today’s dispatch with POLITICO reporter Ryan Heath, we meet two national leaders: Colombia’s President Ivan Duque Marquez and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Sep 24, 2019
The World According to Robert Lighthizer
The U.S. Trade Representative is the leading voice on trade in the Trump cabinet. How are business leaders and American allies adjusting?
Jun 27, 2019
Life on Planet Milken
The billionaires and celebrities who gathered at the Beverly Hilton this week occupy a world of tremendous power, massive stress, and acute status consciousness. It’s the sort of place where GOP message maven Frank Luntz gets asked for autographs, and where people take a break by cuddling up with some puppies.
May 01, 2019
What keeps Milken up at night?
In the latest POLITICO Money podcast from Milken, we asked attendees what keeps them up at night. Several, including Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a presidential candidate, said it’s cyber attacks. Others cited the environment and health care and an economic shock from outside the U.S.. And one cited the fact that he’s booked for three parties at the same time Tuesday night in L.A.. #FirstWorldProblems
Apr 30, 2019
Global elites just ignore Trump’s Twitter rants
Thousands of financial and political leaders at the Milken Institute Global Conference like “Tax Cut Trump” and “Deregulation Trump,” even if they’ve pretty much learned to ignore “Twitter Tirade Trump.” We caught up with dozens of Milken attendees to ask how they keep up with the President’s social media presence. As Ben White puts it, at Milken, it’s like Twitter Trump doesn’t even really exist.
Apr 30, 2019
'Masters of the Universe' eye 2020
Greetings from Los Angeles, where the sun finally broke through this afternoon and where we're bringing you a special podcast from the annual Milken Institute Global Conference, a gathering of more than 4,000 of some of the splashiest names in politics, finance, entertainment and sports. POLITICO Money will offer quick hits from the conference through Wednesday.
Apr 29, 2019
Coming soon: Baby Bust
This is the year that Millennials will outnumber Baby Boomers in America. With a new generation ascendant and an old one firmly gripping to power, what will happen to fundamental tenets of the American safety net? Will entitlements like Social Security and Medicare still be there for generations that come after the Boomers? Will Millennials experience retirement as we know it today? Ben White, an unrepentant Gen-X’er, has some pointed questions for Boomers about the economic legacy they’re leaving him and younger generations.
Mar 14, 2019
Economic expansions don’t just die. They get murdered.
When is the next recession coming? Economist Betsey Stevenson, who served on The Council of Economic Advisers under President Barak Obama and who is now a professor at the University of Michigan, joins POLITICO's Ben White to talk about what indicators she's watching to predict when the next recession might hit.
Jan 16, 2019
Discouraged workers aren't so discouraged anymore
Discouraged American workers are showing signs of returning to the labor market, a signal that the Federal Reserve could hold off on interest rate hikes this year and that President Donald Trump may have something more to boast about as he heads toward his re-election campaign. Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, breaks it all down with POLITICO's Ben White.
Jan 09, 2019
The trade war is already over
The Chinese and U.S. economies are likely to slow in 2019, giving President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping no choice but to declare a truce in their ferocious trade battle, according to a top Wall Street strategist.
Jan 02, 2019
Want to run an agency? It helps to know Mitch McConnell
President Trump's nominee to run the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has a thin resume. He's also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's brother-in-law. Ben White discusses the story with Ian Kullgren, a reporter on POLITICO’s employment and immigration team.
Dec 19, 2018
The strange case of Donald Trump vs. Jay Powell
President Trump wants a booming economy, but he also wants low interest rates. It's a classic Catch-22.
Dec 12, 2018
Why the Canadians still call it NAFTA
POLITICO's Ben White caught up with Canada's Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, at the Canadian Consulate in New York. They discuss the "New NAFTA", or USMCA, and what's at stake for Canada and the U.S.
Dec 05, 2018
The $100 billion question: A conversation with Sen. Tim Scott
Will tax incentives help unlock billions of dollars in investment in poor areas? Free-market Republicans have generally stayed away from the debate about potential government solutions. But Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has championed an effort to narrow an economic divide.
Nov 28, 2018
Larry Kudlow on life as a free trader in an America First White House
POLITICO's Ben White talks with Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Counsel, about the future of infrastructure, trade, and what the midterm results mean for Republicans.
Nov 20, 2018
How the China trade war could get really bad, really fast
POLITICO trade reporter Doug Palmer joins Ben White to discuss the approximately $250 billion worth of tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, and why we might not feel them... yet.
Nov 14, 2018
New financial scrutiny awaits Trump and his cabinet
What’s next in the financial world after the midterms? The Trump Administration is readying some new energy policies, even as Hill Democrats get ready to probe the business dealings of the president and his cabinet. POLITICO’s Nancy Cook and Zach Warmbrodt join to break it down. Plus: Who’s standing between Democrats and Trump’s tax returns?
Nov 07, 2018
Why you should worry a little bit about markets and the economy
Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics pulls back the curtain on the economy with POLITICO’s Ben White. What they see is... not great. Plus, which household good has borne the brunt of the tariff fight with China? Hint: Here’s hoping your washing machine didn’t just break.
Oct 31, 2018
Will Democrats support Trump on the new NAFTA?
POLITICO congressional reporter Elana Schor and trade reporter Megan Cassella discuss what will happen if Democrats win control of the House next month — and what incentive the two sides will actually have to work together. Plus, Ben White wonders what to make of President Trump’s phantom tax cut idea.
Oct 24, 2018
The second life of Trump's tax story
Susanne Craig, an investigative reporter at the New York Times and one of the reporters who broke the story on Trump's tax fraud, and POLITICO's media reporter, Jack Shafer, join POLITICO's Ben White to discuss how the tax story came together – and how it landed once it was published.
Oct 17, 2018
What the new NAFTA tells us about the trade war with China
Alexander Panetta, editor of POLITICO Pro Canada, and South China Morning Post U.S. correspondent Owen Churchill join POLITICO's Ben White to discuss the implications of the USMCA – and how it’s being viewed in China.
Oct 10, 2018
Larry Kudlow on the new NAFTA and ‘unsatisfactory’ talks with China
Larry Kudlow, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the NEC, discusses the economy, the new NAFTA, and what life is like inside the White House with POLITICO's Ben White in front of a live audience at the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Oct 03, 2018
Did we end too big to fail? Are we safer now?
Former Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo examines the banking industry 10 years after the financial crisis with POLITICO's Ben White and Victoria Guida.
Sep 26, 2018
What the Trump team was doing during the financial crisis
Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist at the New York Times and author of “Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves,” talks with POLITICO’s Ben White about how close the financial system came to collapse, and how it felt to have a front-row seat. POLITICO's Victoria Guida explains how as the financial crisis shook the nation, Trump's team saw a payoff.
Sep 19, 2018
What's up with Trump and Canada?
As talks between the U.S. and Canada over a new North American Free Trade Agreement head into crunch time in Washington this week, the latest POLITICO Money podcast takes you inside the room for the high-stakes talks.
Sep 12, 2018
Trump lawyer Giuliani got paid to lobby Romanian president
The former New York mayor’s letter goes against the State Department stance on corruption in Bucharest.
Sep 05, 2018
Trump channels Richard Nixon on the Fed
President Trump's recent criticism of the Federal Reserve is totally precedented. Politico's Victoria Guida joins Ben White to explain the danger in political meddling on monetary policy.
Aug 29, 2018
These steel workers are the losers in the trade war
While some firms see a boost from the president’s aggressive trade tactics, others find patience running thin.
Aug 22, 2018
How infrastructure week became a punchline
POLITICO’s Mike Grunwald joins Ben to talk about the Gateway Project, a $30 billion infrastructure plan that would include a new $11 billion tunnel under the Hudson between New Jersey and New York for passenger trains.
Aug 15, 2018
How a free-trade t-shirt went viral
Lawyer Scott Lincicome, who’s behind a cheeky pro-trade t-shirt, says free traders are winning, even if they don’t realize it.
Aug 08, 2018
Get smart fast: Trump, trade, and the next recession
Economist and unrepentant Red Sox fan Megan Greene tells you everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about U.S. financial health-- what's really behind the uptick in growth, how long the happy days will last, and what's likely to trigger the next recession.
Aug 01, 2018
What Hollywood can teach Uber drivers about the gig economy
POLITICO's Andrew Hanna says long before Uber and Airbnb, Hollywood conquered the gig economy-- with an assist from Ronald Reagan. Hear how Dracula and Groucho Marx set in motion a decades-long struggle for worker benefits that's especially relevant in the age of the side hustle.
Jul 25, 2018
Do we have amnesia, or is it time to tweak Dodd-Frank?
Ten years after the financial crisis, Congress is talking about relaxing some aspects of Dodd-Frank. But one person's "tweak" is another person's "Are you nuts?"
Jul 18, 2018
Bull market still bucking mean and dirty
Investment adviser Richard Bernstein joins Ben to talk bulls, bears, and the tax cut leakage effect. He also explains why watching inflation is like watching paint dry, and why Wall Street's bull market is still bucking mean and dirty, despite trade disputes.
Jul 11, 2018
Does the city of the future know too much about you?
Google is building a city of the future in Toronto, with self-driving cars, delivery robots, and snow-melting sidewalks. But will it also know what you did last night?
Jul 05, 2018
What does a dairy farmer know that Trump doesn't?
Dairyman Pete Wiersma shares a few hard economic realities from the pastures of Idaho: a tightening labor pool and little control over milk prices. Then economist Mark Zandi explains how reduced immigration and escalating trade spats could make things worse.
Jun 27, 2018
Steel cage death match over trade
Ben White and POLITICO's Doug Palmer tick down the list of trade tiffs, brawls and all-out steel cage matches currently underway by the Trump administration. Then Marianne LeVine weighs in with a look at a sector that's actually winning as trade disputes simmer over: lobbyists.
Jun 20, 2018
Sen. Warner on punching your friends in the nose
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) takes the Trump administration to task on trade, describing a "punch your friends in the nose" approach that could hurt jobs and rile markets. He also updates Politico's Ben White on efforts to block the Commerce Department's plan to throw a lifeline to China's ZTE. But most importantly, he reports on the size of the crowds celebrating the Stanley Cup outside his office.
Jun 13, 2018
Bitcoin revisited
Ben White sits down with Politico's Colin Wilhelm to check on his Bitcoin portfolio-- 0.003 percent of one coin. Bad news: it's lost about half its value. Colin explains why, and the challenges ahead, including looming regulation.
Jun 06, 2018
The secret to trade talks: ‘The powers of single malt scotch’
Former USTR Ron Kirk talks about what it's like to be in the room when trade negotiations are happening.
May 30, 2018
How China acquires the crown jewels of U.S. technology
POLITICO's Cory Bennett joins Ben to talk about the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
May 23, 2018
A user's guide to Larry Kudlow
POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook joins Ben White to talk about the interview they had with Larry Kudlow, the Director of the United States National Economic Council as he transitions into working for the Trump administration.
May 16, 2018
Kevin Warsh on what it's like to interview for Fed Chair with Trump
Former senior economic adviser to President Bush and current Hoover fellow Kevin Warsh was in the running to become the next Federal Reserve chairman in 2017. Warsh shares insights from his interview with President Trump for the job, his take on interest rates, the state of the Republican Party and job growth.
May 09, 2018
Go inside the 2018 Milken Global Conference with Ben
Ben White takes listeners inside one of the most prominent financial conferences of the year, the 2018 Milken Global Conference. The show features highlights from celebrity interviews, hallway interviews and an excerpt from the "Financial Regulation: New Era, New Regulators" panel.
May 02, 2018
Get smart on Trump and trade
POLITICO trade journalists Megan Cassella, Adam Behsudi and Doug Palmer explain exactly what's going on with the Trump White House and international trade. Will the U.S. ultimately decide to get back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership or seek individual deals with Japan and other TPP members? Can the White House meet a looming deadline to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and get a new deal through Congress?
Apr 25, 2018
Austan Goolsbee: Trump's Fed tweet raises alarm bells
Former top Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee joins POLITICO Money to discuss President Trump potentially putting political pressure on the Federal Reserve. Goolsbee also reflects back on his own experiences in the Obama administration, especially leaving the White House on the day in 2011 when Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. debt for the first time ever in the midst of a bitter debt limit crisis.
Apr 18, 2018
Reading inbetween the lines of the 4.1% unemployment rate
Former BLS Commissioner Erica Groshen joins POLITICO Money to discuss how the very low unemployment number masks some persistent weaknesses in our economy. Plus, Brenda Dryer, the director of workforce solutions in Ames, Iowa, explains the conditions in the city with the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at just 1.4 percent.
Apr 11, 2018
Governor Hickenlooper has a vision for fixing American's polarized politics
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Ben White come to you live from Midtown in New York City. The governor discusses his recent visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on the beer industry in Colorado, a possible "unity ticket" with Governor Kasich and, of course, baseball.
Apr 05, 2018
Facebook faces regulation questions in wake of Cambridge Analytica
This week, Ben unpacks the personal data questions swirling around the Cambridge Analytica scandal and examines what kind of government regulation could prevent privacy violations going forward. David Kirkpatrick, author of "The Facebook Effect," discusses how this data leak happened and how the company is responding to the crisis. POLITICO tech reporter Nancy Scola also joins the show to talk regulation options and how heavy governance could impact the targeted advertising business.
Mar 28, 2018
Could tariffs trigger a trade war with China?
This week, Ben delves into Donald Trump’s plan to slap as much as $60 billion in tariffs on imported Chinese goods. Does the president misunderstand the nature of the U.S. trade relationship with China? Or is it imperative that tariffs be used to protect American workers?
Mar 21, 2018
A reality check on watering down Dodd-Frank
This week Ben White explores the Crapo bill, the legislation that reforms the Dodd-Frank Act by scaling back regulations on regional banks. The banking bill is supported by some moderate Democrats, but is getting criticized by the far left. Is there teeth to the argument or are we wading into partisan politics?
Mar 14, 2018
Ask Ben Anything: Will there be a trade war?
In this edition of Ask Ben Anything: trade, tariffs, beer cans... he answers it all. Host Ben White tackles listener-submitted questions on the tariff talks taking over economic news this week, and reveals his deep knowledge of a specific Star Wars movie (not the one you'd expect) at the same time.
Mar 07, 2018
Fed Chair Jay Powell's first big Capitol Hill test
Newly installed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome "Jay" Powell turned in a smooth inaugural performance on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, parrying both Republican and Democratic attempts to get him to make news. Ben assesses the top takeaways from the testimony and welcomes Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia University business school and close friend of Powell’s, to discuss the Fed Chair's economic outlook.
Feb 28, 2018
Sallie Krawcheck on why Wall Street hasn't had its "Me Too" moment
Former top executive at Citigroup and current CEO of Ellevest Sallie Krawcheck has some ideas for why the testosterone-fueled world of Wall Street has not yet had a 'Me Too' moment. Sallie also discusses combating "mansplaining" and how financial independence impacts women's politics.
Feb 21, 2018
Mark Meadows on frustrations of being a deficit hawk on the Hill
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows joins POLITICO Money to discuss being a fiscally conservative stronghold in the midst of exploding deficits and rising debt. Meadows also speaks out against the White House's handling of the Rob Porter scandal and explains why the House should take the lead of immigration. Meadows is undoubtedly frustrated. But he won't overthrow the House leadership ... not yet, at least.
Feb 15, 2018
Stock market volatility is back. Mohamed El-Erian says that may not be a bad thing.
Mohamed A. El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz, analyzes the recent chaos in the stock market and what it means for the country's larger economic picture. El-Erian also discusses the tax cut, running a responsible deficit and if the recent Fed Chair change contributed to the downturn.
Feb 07, 2018
Top 5 Money moments from State of the Union
Ben White breaks down the top money takeaways from President Trump's 2018 State of the Union address. Ben dissects the infrastructure, tax and trade points, and analyzes how the assertions with play with Democrats, fact checks claims, and discusses Trump's "Morning in America" moment.
Jan 31, 2018
Senator Jim Inhofe urges action from White House on infrastructure
Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe discusses working with the White House on an infrastructure proposal, where the $1 trillion in funding would come from, and how the shutdown affected the agenda item's timetable. Inhofe also discusses President Trump's nontraditional leadership style and why Trump's tweets have been "helpful" in chastening North Korea.
Jan 24, 2018
Senator Tom Carper on infrastructure funding, Amtrak improvements and the Detroit Tigers
Top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Senator Tom Carper discusses the crumbling state of infrastructure in the country and how much the Trump administration is reportedly willing to spend to make necessary improvements. Carper also talks about his daily Amtrak commute, why he's loved the Detroit Tigers since he was a child ,and his trusty mini-van with over 400,000 miles on it.
Jan 17, 2018
Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: 'The world is on the edge right now'
Former Obama Chief of Staff and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew discusses the Trump administration's "luck" this far, the stock market's resilience to global threats, and how he raised spirits in the White House following Hillary Clinton's 2016 loss.
Jan 10, 2018
The year ahead at the intersection of Wall Street and Washington
POLITICO's Ben White, Nancy Cook and Aaron Lorenzo dig into President Donald Trump’s likely agenda for the year, which could include demands for a border wall, tough actions on trade and at least an attempt to get bipartisan support for a major infrastructure bill. They also explain the weird stuff that happened with the tax cut bill over the holiday break including homeowners in blue states racing to prepay their 2018 property taxes and states looking at creative solutions including turning their incomes taxes into fully deductible charitable contributions.
Jan 03, 2018
Behind the bitcoin bubble
Is the cryptocurrency's rise just beginning or near its end? In the latest POLITICO Money podcast, experts pick apart the bitcoin speculation.
Dec 27, 2017
Former U.S. trade chief: After tax cuts, watch America's trade deficit surge
Michael Froman says that more government borrowing from the new tax plan will likely boost the U.S. trade gap despite Trump's wishes. The former U.S. trade chief discusses why trade frequently becomes a scapegoat for economic anxieties, the consequences of pulling out of TPP and why trade deficits aren't necessarily a bad thing.
Dec 20, 2017
Are tax cuts worth adding $1 trillion in debt?
Top Republican economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin criticizes tactics in the tax debate, but says he expects stronger economic growth as a result. Holtz-Eakin discusses the disappearing American dream, staying in your lane in Trump's Washington and why Republicans should just be straight about the bet they are making on growth and higher deficits.
Dec 13, 2017
To make the economy great again, bring women back to the workforce
A new report from Standard & Poor's chief U.S. economist Beth Ann Bovino says that the economy may be bolstered not by tax cuts, but by getting more women into the workforce and providing more incentives for them to stay. Bovino joins Politico's Ben White to discuss her report, the economic cost of sexual harassment in the workplace and how the U.S. could take a few lessons from Norway.
Dec 06, 2017
Larry Kudlow on fixing the business tax rates, supply side economics and getting sober
Former adviser to President Ronald Reagan and CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow discusses his role in shaping the Trump tax plan and where Republicans went wrong with the individual side cuts. Kudlow explains why he believes the cutting the corporate rate will raise the U.S. growth rate to 3 or 4 percent, and how trade would be impacted if the United States pulls out of NAFTA. Plus, Kudlow recounts his struggle to get sober to in the 90's and how it was a crucial turning point in his life.
Nov 29, 2017
Get smart on the tax debate
Want to sound smart when your Thanksgiving conversation invariably turns to marginal tax rates and corporate hiring behavior? Ben White hosts a reporter roundtable featuring Nancy Cook, Seung Min Kim and Brian Faler, join the group as they unpack the Republican tax cut effort from every angle. The issues explored include: Why are Republicans doing this now when the economy seems to be doing fine? Will it really light a fire under growth and drive up wages? Can the GOP cross the finish line and get a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk? And if they do, will they live to regret it given polls show most Americans don’t like what Republicans are doing?
Nov 22, 2017
Trump and taxes goosing stocks? This Wall Street titan downplays both
Blackstone President Tony James joins POLITICO Money this week to discuss the Republican's tax reform plan, the stock market's stability, and if Hillary Clinton's Wall Street ties ultimately cost her the 2016 election. James also explains why he does not believe that the markets are crying out for corporate tax cuts and how specific provisions in the tax reform bill would hurt business growth.
Nov 15, 2017
Larry Summers warns Trump on stock market brags
Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers sits down with Ben White to discuss the pitfalls of presidents taking credit for the stock market's performance, his criticisms of the GOP tax plan and his tenure at Harvard. Summers also reflects back on his failed candidacy to become chair of the Federal Reserve four years ago and his commitment to maintaining an "optimistic" outlook.
Nov 08, 2017
BONUS: Trump picks Powell
President Donald Trump ended months of reality show-style speculation by picking Jay Powell to lead the central bank, settling on a seasoned veteran for one of the world's most important economic jobs and signaling there won't be drastic changes at the Fed. In a bonus episode of POLITICO Money, Ben White and Victoria Guida dive into why the president chose Powell, if he'll actually be all that different from Janet Yellen, and what this means for the markets.
Nov 02, 2017
Top Trump economist on tax policy and pulling Americans back into the workforce
Council of Economic Advisers Chair Kevin Hassett discusses tax policy and the claim that proposed cuts will add at least $4,000 in increased wages per household over the next several years. Hassett also opens up about being "the nice guy" in a tumultuous political environment, the role of the Council of Economic Advisers, and his belief that some Americans are so disconnected from the workforce that the best idea to get them working again could be a federal jobs program.
Nov 01, 2017
Chuck Schumer on negotiating with Trump, renominating Yellen and baseball heartbreaks
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has an odd-couple friendship of sorts with President Donald Trump. But the Senate minority leader says it's a purely transactional relationship and Democrats won’t cut any more deals with the White House on taxes or anything else until Trump's Republicans-only approach fails.
Oct 25, 2017
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on taxes, Trump's tweets and Hamilton
Steven Mnuchin opens up about his relationship with President Trump and how he became treasury secretary, what's on his bookshelf, the Lakers, and D.C. versus L.A. Plus, the treasury secretary tells Ben White a tax overhaul is guaranteed by the end of the year.
Oct 18, 2017
POLITICO Money coming October 18
Join Ben White and the POLITICO team every Wednesday as we take listeners inside the world of Wall Street and Washington. We'll unpack major news moments, hear from leading voices on the economy, and help you understand the policies that move markets. Our first episode with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will debut October 18.
Oct 11, 2017