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If you think this is just another podcast, think again. We are the heart and soul of crucial conversations focused on helping you reimagine your tomorrow and exploring the convergence of people, technology and business. Geeks Geezers Googlization is hosted by Ira S Wolfe.

Nov 11, 2023

From confusing labor market reports to the volatility of geopolitics, you’ll want to tune into this episode to get a sneak peek of what’s ahead in 2024. Because if any group can make an economic update and 2024 forecast provocative, insightful, engaging, and even witty, It’s right here. Faced with all but certain economic volatility and uncertainty, the Odeon Capital Conversations team, consisting of Dick Bove, Mat Van Alstyne and John Aidan Byrne,  once again joined Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization hosts. In a spirited exchange, they unraveled the enigma of a staggering $65 trillion surge in managed assets, debated the impending turbulence of 2024's economic landscape, dissected the profound implications of a rapidly widening wealth gap, and shed light on prospects for a roaring GDP or recession. Leaving no stone unturned, they even covered GDP trends,, the impact of the Ukraine and Gaza wars, the fall of commercial real estate, and a comparison between the Sam Bankman-Fried and Bernie Madoff scandals.

Key Episode Highlights:

1. Economic Insights: The substantial increase in managed money in the United States has one of the top bank analysts in the country stumped. The team delved into the implications of this growth, including government deficits, rising debt, and the impact on household wealth.

2. Labor Market and Inflation: The conversation touched upon the challenges within the labor market, the confusing and contradictory monthly BLS reports, the potential impact of inflation, and the unpredictability of job gains, signaling stress among workers.

3. Wealth Gap and Financial Stability: Discussions centered on the rise in household debts, the surge in consumer spending, the fall of savings, and concerns regarding the wealth gap, as well as the potential need for universal basic income to address income inequality.

4. Future Predictions: And what would an end-of-year podcast be without predictions for 2024? Our guests shared their insights and predictions for the coming years, with surprising perspectives on economic and political outlook, with some foreseeing a potential recession while others were optimistic, even with major geopolitical challenges ahead.