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2021 Podcasts

Episode 21: Special Guest Wayne Merrick

December 16th, 2021 

This week, Rob is joined by SG Long Financial CEO Sue Williams and Wayne Merrick, President, and CEO of Pacific Advantage. The group discusses a host of topics centering around China and Asian-Pacific.

Episode 20: Special Guest Marria Hegel

December 7th, 2021 

On Today’s episode Zach and Rob are joined by SG Long’s Dave Peppenger and Marria Hegel, owner of Montana Medical Research, to discuss the clinical trial process for medical research.

Episode 19: The Goods Must Flow: A Conversation about Commodities and Supercycles

November 4th, 2021 

This week Rob is joined by Bob and Josh Denney to discuss the commodity market. The trio discuss the current commodity landscape, the potential for a commodity supercycle, and sectors that may contribute to structural change in the commodity market.

Episode 18: Taper Talk

October 5th, 2021 

This week, Rob is joined by Josh Denney and a new guest to the podcast John Thomas also known as JT. The trio discuss the history of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program, the current landscape, and most importantly, the Fed’s impending tapering of the program.

Episode 17: What about Bob: Current Events with Bob Seidenschwarz

September 10th, 2021 

This week, reoccurring guest Bob Seidenschwarz joins Rob. Bob and Rob discuss Bob’s background, interest in international relations, and current events and market trends.

Episode 16: For Watt It’s Worth: A Conversation about Electric Vehicles

August 27th, 2021 

This week Rob is joined by Josh Denney and Zach Carvalho to discuss the electric vehicle market. Focusing on automakers, their investments, and vehicle charging, the team discusses the current market landscape and potential future.

Episode 15: Marcy Allen- Missoula Community Foundation

July 15th, 2021 

This week Rob is joined by Bob Seidenschwarz and special guest Marcy Allen executive director of the Missoula Community Foundation. Marcy has served in her role at the foundation since 2019. She has been a staple in the Missoula community for more than 20 years, previously serving as the executive director of BREDD, a three-county economic development district before joining the Missoula Community Foundation.

The Missoula Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance community vitality by inspiring philanthropy and strengthening nonprofits. The foundation offers charitable giving tools and supports nonprofits in the Missoula community. It also runs Missoula Gives, a 26 hour fundraising event that raised $1,200,000 for Missoula-area nonprofits in 2021.

Missoula Community Foundation Website:

Episode 14: The One about Labor Markets

July 1st, 2021 

Rob is joined this week by Josh Denney and Zach Carvalho. The trio discuss the US labor market, its recovery from Covid, labor shortages, and ongoing unemployment numbers.

Episode 13: All Things Crypto

June 18th, 2021 

This week Rob is joined by Josh, Bob, and special guest Ryan Alter CEO of Alter Enterprises, to discuss all things cryptocurrencies. In 2006 Ryan founded Alter Enterprises, an IT service company in Missoula, and has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2014. Rob, Josh, Bob, and Ryan cover topics including the origins of cryptocurrencies, mining concerns, changes in the technology, and future use cases for crypto and blockchain tech.

Episode 12: Under (Inflationary) Pressure with Professor Michael Klein

June 4th, 2021 

This week Rob is joined by Bob, Josh, and special guest Michael Klein Professor of International Economic Affairs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and Executive Editor of Econofact. Professor Klein served as the Chief Economist in the Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of the Treasury from 2010- 2011 and has been a visiting scholar at several financial institutions including the IMF, the Federal Reserve, and the Bank of England. Michael and the team discuss the current inflationary climate and other economic issues.

Econofact Website:

Episode 11: Adjusted for Inflation

May 20th, 2021 

In this week's episode Rob Richardson, Josh Denney, and Bob Seidenschwarz discuss recent Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, with inflation showing up in lumber, housing, autos and many other areas of the economy; and how that could impact markets.

Episode 10: Israeli Deputy Consul General Matan Zamir

May 5th, 2021 

This week Rob is joined by Bob Seidenschwarz and special guest Israeli Deputy Consul General Matan Zamir. The trio discuss a variety of issues including, water, Israeli innovation, the Abraham Accords, and economic cooperation between Israel and Montana.

Israeli Consulate General Website:

Episode 9: Passion and Purpose- An Interview with Rene Nazelrod

April 22nd, 2021 

This week Rob is joined by special guests Sue Williams CEO of SG Long and Rene Nazelrod owner of VRTX Fitness in Missoula. The trio discuss the challenges of opening a business during the pandemic, building a winning team, and the importance of having a purposeful and passionate culture in a business.

VRTX Fitness Website:
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Episode 8: Trouble in the Suez

April 7th, 2021 

In this week's episode we discuss the global supply chain and how one problem (like a cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal) can create a global logistical nightmare.

Episode 7: Down the Oil Well With Tony Kenck

March 24th, 2021 

Join us for a discussion with Tony Kenck, Founder of Practical Portfolio Management. We discuss his multi-decade career in the Oil and Gas Industry starting as a geologist in the field to managing corporate business development for Chevron. We also discuss some of the current hot topics surrounding the demand for energy and the rise of alternatives.

Music: Tiny Love by Eye Single

Episode 6: Bubble Redux

March 10th, 2021 

In Today's episode Rob Richardson, CFA, Josh Denney, and Bob Seidenschwarz discuss what has been happening in the stock market the past several weeks, revisiting our discussion on market bubbles from episode 3. Additionally, we dig in to the relationship between interest rates, stocks and the economy.

Music: Tiny Love by Eye Single

Episode 5: SPAC Attack

February 24th, 2021 

In today’s episode we sit down with Josh Denney and SG Long Research Analyst Zach Carvalho to discuss another hot topic in financial markets, SPACs. The growth in the amount of money flowing in to SPACs was strong in 2020 and has continued to accelerate so far in 2021.

For more information on SPACs the SEC has created this bulletin on what investors need to know:

Music: Tiny Love by Eye Single

Episode 4: A Socially Distanced Super Bowl

February 10th, 2021 

Join us for a discussion on how the pandemic has impacted sports and the surrounding ecosystems, both economically and socially. Our guests include Josh Denney, Director of Fixed Income at SG Long, and Josh Eder, a Financial Advisor at SG Long.

Music: Tiny Love by Eye Single

Episode 3: The One About Bubbles

January 27th, 2021 

Today's episode tackles a timely subject, market bubbles. With increasing media coverage of certain stocks that have increased in value exponentially over the past few months we sat down to discuss current market conditions. We hope you enjoy!

Topics Include:
   What are bubbles
   How are they formed
   Historical examples
   Current market conditions

Episode 2: The U.S., China, Big Tech and the Tangled Web They Wove

January 12th, 2021 

On today’s episode I’m once again joined by Josh Denney, Director of Fixed Income at SG Long and Bob Seidenschwarz, a co-founder at SG Long. We discuss a wide variety of topics including the GA Senate Race, Big Tech's move in to hardware and its connection to China.