Economics play a huge part in illegal wildlife trade. When we understand how macroeconomics influence pricing and multi commodity ‘black market’ trade in illicit wildlife ‘products’- such as ivory and rhino horn, we have a better understand of how to shift our focus and efforts toward systematic wide shifts and change in combatting illegal wildlife crime and trade in wildlife and natural resources. Tune in
Longtime North TexasÂ libertarianÂ activistÂ Ed KlessÂ is more than the current Chair of theÂ Collin County Libertarian Party; since July he has been aÂ radioÂ talk show host on the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network’sÂ BusinessÂ Channel.
His show, co-hosted with Ron Baker, is called “The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy” and is broadcast live every Friday at 1 PM Pacific Time. On December 19, 2014 the pair pulled off a major coup with theirÂ InterviewÂ of Hoover Institution economist Dr. Thomas Sowell.
How and when did you get involved in this?
Ron Baker, an author and top 100 influencer in the CPA community was approached last July to develop a show for VoiceAmerica. As Ron and I have work extensively together delivering professional education programs for businesspeople, he asked me to co-host with him as he felt the show would be more interesting as a dialogue than a monologue.
What topics do you cover?
Our show is dedicated to the possibility that business, specifically, entrepreneurial businesses continue the work of creation and they, in a sense have a soul. This soul is often times lost as businesses lose their focus on creating value for their customers and instead focus on soul-less management techniques and processes rather than on the humans that make up both the businesses and are customers of the businesses. For example, efficiency gurus, bean counters, tend to look exclusively at the numbers and forget about the people, the souls if you will, of the business. Management practices like timesheets and annual performance reviews rob both managers and their teams of their humanity. We fight to restore this.
How did you land the Thomas Sowell interview?
The short answer is we just asked. The longer answer is that Ron was very persistent in trying to get Dr. Sowell on the show. He emailed and called his assistant many times and when Dr. Sowellâs updated treatise,Â Basic Economics, was released in its fifth edition the timing was just right.
Who were other big guests besidesÂ Sowell?
In addition to Dr. Sowell we have had Prof. Deirdre McCloskey, author of many books on economics including her three, soon to be four, volumeÂ BourgeoisÂ series. We have also had Father Robert Sirico, president and co-founder of the Acton Institute (and brother of Tony Sirico ofÂ SopranosÂ fame); Rabbi Daniel Lapin, author and radio host himself; Rory Sutherland, vice chair of Ogilvy Group in the UK and top TEDtalk speaker.
Do you do other non-interview shows?
Yes, actually most of our shows are just Ron and myself.
What has been your favorite show so far?
This is a very hard question as the shows are almost like children to us. I would say that if I could only listen to one show it would be the interview with Professor McCloskey. Her thesis that the great enrichment (period from 1800 until today) came about due to a change in the language used to speak about the Bourgeoisie with dignity is absolutely fascinating.Â It can be found on iTunes
Positioning Your Portfolio for 2014 An interview with Wells Fargo Advisors Chief International Strategist
What does 2014 hold in store? For investors? For international business? For our 100th broadcast, Paul Christopher shares Wells Fargo Advisorsâ outlook for the worldâs economies and markets over the next 12 months and in the longer term. What does the WFA Investment Strategy Committee see ahead for equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies? What are their recommendations? Should investors stay the course? Retreat? Or rebalance. Which assets should you overweight? Even-weight? Underweight? How should we balance regional opportunities and risks? Â§ Where are the investment opportunities? Â¨ Is Europe back on track? Should we look at Germany? At Sweden? What about Poland? Â¨ Is Turkey a good bet? Â¨ Reforms undertaken in the largest emerging economies (notably India, China and Brazil) could trigger rising unemployment and bankruptcies. Â§ How will their governments cope? Â§ How should international investors prepare? Â§ What will that do to your markets in those countries? Â¨ What other emerging economies bear watching in the rest of Asia and LatAm? In Africa Â§ Portfolio or commerce, what is the forecast for the worldâs major currencies? Euro, yen, dollar or pound sterling? Â§ Whatâs the commodities forecasts? Metals? Agriculture? Â¨ Will gold and silver retain their luster Â§ International equity markets are close to, or above, annual highs? Could investors run into near-term headwinds? Â¨ Will the correlation among markets continue? Â¨ Is it time to rebalance? How? Where? Â§ Whatâs the take on sovereign debt? Â§ Does four years of economic recovery in the U.S. signal time for a slowdown, or the early stage of a potentially long economic expansion? Â¨ Households are still deleveraging, what does that portend? Â¨ What is the jobs outlook? Â¨ What key challenges will the U.S. economy and markets face over the 12 months? Â¨ Should we expect a rougher ride? Â¨ What about cyclical sectors? Â§ Going into 2014, the single most important unanswered question facing bond investors is how the Fed will wean the economy of its bond purchasing stimulus. What does WFA expect?
Tune in for a New Episode “Global Reach”Â Thursday at 11 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel.Â Listen to this weeks episode “Positioning Your Portfolio for 2014 An interview with Wells Fargo Advisors Chief International Strategist.” Also Listen to past Shows On Demand.
We are all operating in a dynamic global marketplace, whether we reach across borders to find new customers and fresh ideas or face overseas competitors in our home market.Global Reach embraces the opportunities and challenges we encounter when operating in multiple countries and cultures. We talk with entrepreneurs and executives about their strategies for winning in fast changing world markets: cross-cultural communication, global branding, media and marketing, transportation and manufacturing, the future of finance, alternative investment strategies, innovation and IP protection.Global Reach interviews thought leaders about 21st century megatrends that impact international entities: trends like the business and politics of sustainability, the morphing nature of competitiveness, globalization, global companies vs national governments, worldview and growth prescriptions, emerging markets issues, and the corporate impact on society (governance, ethics and leadership).