Episodes
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Mike Regan and Sarah Ponczek speak with expert guests each week about the main themes influencing global markets. They explore everything from stocks to bonds to currencies and commodities, and how each asset class affects trading in the others. Whether you’re a financial professional or just a curious retirement saver, What Goes Up keeps you apprised of the latest buzz on Wall Street and what the wildest movements in markets will mean for your...
Published 04/19/19
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield navigate the productivity industry by way of their own experiences. In each episode, one of the two becomes a human guinea pig as she tries to solve a specific work-related problem. Using the advice of so-called productivity experts, the duo tackles obstacles like ineffective to-do lists, overflowing inboxes and unruly meetings. Follow along with their attempts, insights and missteps, and maybe find a solution that...
Published 01/10/19
In the final episode of Deal of the Week, Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Brooke Sutherland and Ian King to talk about the fallout from the US government’s unexpected decision to review Broadcom’s attempted takeover of rival semiconductor maker Qualcomm on national security grounds. The trio discuss the contrasting cultures of the two tech giants and ask the question of which company is more likely to keep the US at the forefront of the 5G revolution. Finally, they try to...
Published 03/08/18
Ed Hammond and New York bureau chief Jason Kelly are joined by private equity reporter Melissa Mittelman to discuss the challenges facing the buyout industry as it looks to put $1.7 trillion of dry powder to work in a deal market characterized by record high valuations and M&A-hungry corporations. The three look at big existential questions, such as: can private equity funds continue as financial engineers or must they morph into savvy operations, are we nearing an era of ill-disciplined...
Published 02/28/18
Decrypted returns on March 6th with a brand new season. Here's a sneak peek of what's in store. We'll be releasing new episodes every Tuesday starting next week. 
Published 02/27/18
Ed Hammond is joined by Jason Kelly, Bloomberg’s New York bureau chief, and hedge fund reporter Hema Parmar to talk about the importance of nomenclature on Wall Street. The three focus on the news that hedge funds have taken to calling themselves anything but hedge funds to try and secure investment, and look at why certain names are better at attracting new capital than others. 
Published 02/21/18
Ed Hammond is joined by Jason Kelly, Bloomberg's New York bureau chief, and private equity reporter Melissa Mittelman, to talk about the changes underfoot at Blackstone. The three look at what the world's largest asset manger's plan to appoint Jon Gray to company president says about the future direction of Blackstone, and what it means for the private equity in general. They also tackle the question of whether private equity, with its hundreds of billions of dollars under management, can...
Published 02/14/18
Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Brooke Sutherland and bureau chief Jason Kelly for a deep dive into the latest news on Broadcom's $120 billion effort to acquire rival semi-conductor-maker Qualcomm. After Broadcom increased its offer this week, the three examine what defenses Qualcomm has left and how its shareholders might react if the company's board decides not to sell. They also analyze the likely response from regulators around the globe and how a deal of this size...
Published 02/07/18
Jason Kelly, Bloomberg's New York bureau chief, joins Ed Hammond to discuss the news that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, one of Wall Street's best known and most outspoken personalities, has started to outline plans for his departure. As well as looking at what JPM could look like in a post-Dimon era, the two discuss the broader issues around the declining number of big-name characters on Wall Street - and what such a shift tell us about the current mood among investors. 
Published 01/31/18
Jason Kelly, Bloomberg's New York bureau chief, joins Ed Hammond to talk about the booming M&A market, which passed $150 billion in the first three weeks of the year for the first time since 2000. But despite the strong start, it's not all rosy for some of the world's largest private equity funds as they hunt for takeovers amid soaring equity valuations and fierce competition. The two also look at the latest big activist investor attack on the retailer Lowe's and dig into the news that...
Published 01/24/18
Brooke Sutherland joins Ed Hammond to discuss the ongoing saga at General Electric, and what a breakup for the industrial conglomerate could mean for deal makers and competitors. The two also look at how much a broken up GE might be worth vs its value today, and explore how a long history of empire building has left it ill-prepared to compete with its more nimble rivals in an era when industrial companies are increasingly focused on technology. 
Published 01/17/18
Ed Hammond is joined by Matt Monks to discuss the latest merger trends in America's power and utility industry and a closer look at how local politics can dictate the terms of multi-billion dollar deals
Published 01/10/18
We're about to be singing Auld Lang Syne to 2017. To welcome in the new year, deals reporter Alex Barinka is joined by deals editor Lizzie Fournier and deals reporter Matt Monks to discuss their outlook. Will 2018 see the return of the megamerger? Who's going to have to seek out takeovers to keep up with industry wide competitive changes? And what about those IPOs? All this and more in the final episode of this year.
Published 12/20/17
The deals world was unable to escape the cloud of uncertainty that's followed the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. The value of announced M&A transactions in the U.S. fell by almost a third this year -- the lowest since 2013. Deals reporter Alex Barinka talks to her colleague Matt Monks and U.S. deals editor Lizzie Fournier about 2017’s Trump slump and the other major factors that characterized this year in deals.
Published 12/13/17
Ed Hammond is joined by senior Bloomberg healthcare reporter Robert Langreth to discuss CVS' $68 billion takeover of health insurer Aetna. How will the US regulators respond to this latest vertical merger and how much of CVS' push into the complex insurance market is driven by the threat of Amazon entering the pharmacy market?
Published 12/06/17
Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg Intelligence's Paul Sweeney to discuss Meredith's $2.8 billion acquisition of Time Inc and the impact the media merger will have on Time's storied roster of titles. The two also explore the role of the Koch brothers in financing the deal and the prospects for media M&A more generally. 
Published 11/29/17
Ed Hammond is joined by Bloomberg’s Anousha Sakoui and Tara Lachapelle to talk about the future of Fox amid reports that the media company is discussing selling major assets. What would a break up mean for the Murdoch empire and how will the shock decision by the Department of Justice to block AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner Inc affect the prospects for a Fox deal? 
Published 11/22/17
Ed Hammond talks to Bloomberg's Sara Forden and Tara Lachapelle to get the inside track of AT&T's increasingly bitter fight with the Department of Justice, the chances of the telecom giant's $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner being blocked, and what the signals from the newly managed regulator suggest for future of M&A.
Published 11/15/17
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Published 11/03/17
It’s Deal of the Week’s 100th episode! And to celebrate, Don McCree, vice chairman of Citizens Financial Group, the $19 billion market cap financial services company, is in studio along with Ralph Della Ratta, CEO of Western Reserve. Citizens acquired Western Reserve, a middle market M&A advisory firm, earlier this year to boost its presence in giving advice on deals. McCree and Della Ratta tell their deal story from both sides – the courter and the courtee – to give listeners a...
Published 11/01/17
Stitch Fix is  going public, confirming Bloomberg’s scoop from  back in March. The online delivery company collects information on customers’ style, size and price preferences and sends users five pieces of clothing for a $20 fee. And guess what? It’s profitable and has had steady revenue growth, with annual sales of $977 million in the year ending July 29. That’s what makes Stitch Fix so unusual, according to Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Shira Ovide and Bloomberg IPO reporter Alex Barinka. In...
Published 10/25/17
Accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein haven’t just rocked Hollywood – they’ve also led to the potential destruction of his company, Weinstein Co. The privately-held independent film and TV studio is in talks to sell itself to Colony Capital, the private equity arm of Colony NorthStar, run by billionaire Thomas Barrack. News of an immediate sale after a crisis is rare, but Weinstein Co.’s corporate governance structure and small size leave it vulnerable, says Larry Hutcher,...
Published 10/18/17
Uber’s a steal. Uber’s in turmoil. SoftBank wants to buy a huge stake in Uber. Benchmark, Uber's largest shareholder, wants to sell to SoftBank. Wait, Benchmark doesn't want to sell to SoftBank. There are so many questions about Uber, its valuation, and its future. Bloomberg technology reporter Eric Newcomer has been breaking news on Uber for months. He joins host Alex Sherman to explain the contradictions around Uber and the complicated deal SoftBank is attempting to pull off. 
Published 10/11/17
Nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency hasn’t revealed much on his administration’s antitrust attitudes. While AT&T’s deal for Time Warner appears on pace to close this year, a Sprint and T-Mobile tie-up would serve as a true barometer for how Trump’s antitrust decision makers view competition. The administration’s take on that deal, if it’s announced later this month, could pave the way for future megadeals or chill other attempts. John Oliver railed against corporate consolidation on...
Published 10/04/17
T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. could be just weeks from finally announcing a merger. It would be the largest deal of the year, but even if a deal is announced, there’s no certainty it will happen. Regulatory approval is far from assured. Veteran telecommunications analyst Craig Moffett explains why the companies want to merge now and how the government may interpret a merger. He also gives a gloomy outlook for the entire U.S. wireless industry to host Alex Sherman.
Published 09/27/17