This week, I had the opportunity to travel to New York and appear on Bloomberg’s ETF IQ. If you’re not familiar with ETF IQ, it’s a weekly ETF-focused (what else?) show hosted by Scarlet Fu and Bloomberg’s resident ETF expert Eric Balchunas. It launched last November and I believe it’s a much needed and welcomed addition to help fill the ETF knowledge/education gap. The show features a parade of ETF experts and has quickly become one of the go-to resources for ETF investors and industry professionals.
Over the past seven years, I’ve hosted an ETF-focused radio show/podcast which takes a somewhat similar approach. I typically interview an ETF expert or two every week and we try to cover just about every aspect of ETFs. I love doing the show – it’s something I’m passionate about. So, for me, to have the chance to field questions and talk ETFs on Bloomberg was truly a dream!
Waiting in the “Green Room”
Compared to radio, TV moves 10x faster and there are 10x more distractions. Production assistants running around, makeup artists (remember, I have a face for radio), multiple cameras, TV screens, a countdown clock, even a Bloomberg Terminal keyboard which I was oddly attracted to. As far as the pace, you had better be locked-in, on point and ready to say what you want to say concisely. On radio, I can ramble on for several minutes and get back on track. Do that on TV and your time’s up! Overall, I was blown away by the level of professionalism and well-oiledness of the entire Bloomberg operation. I realize this is what they do, but seeing it in action was amazing. And I’m pretty sure Scarlet & Eric could do the show in their sleep. Smooth operators. Bloomberg reporter Carolina Wilson also joined us in studio and was awesome as well!
The topic of conversation was hedging a portfolio for inflation, rising rates, and volatility. We also touched on short volatility ETPs and passive flows. Enjoy!
Link to full show here.
Lastly, I just have to say how much I love NYC. The vibrancy, energy, and culture of the city is unmatched. I’m extremely happy raising a family in Kansas City, but there’s a reason NYC is called the City of Dreams.