Daily Briefing – April 15, 2020

Published on
April 15th, 2020
36 minutes

Daily Briefing – April 15, 2020

Daily Briefing ·
Featuring Nick Correa, Ash Bennington, and Roger Hirst

Published on: April 15th, 2020 • Duration: 36 minutes

Ash Bennington hosts Real Vision's Roger Hirst to talk markets and economics. In this episode, Bennington and Hirst discuss the dismal economic data coming out of the U.S. including industrial production, retail sales, and the Empire State Manufacturing index. The pair also consider oil prices, the crisis's impact on the money market, and potential durable shifts to the structure of the American economy.



  • SM
    Steve M.
    15 April 2020 @ 23:57
    What is your take Ash/Raoul on the Australian dollar? With Australia having a low death rate ratio and plenty of natural resources will it stay strong? I have been buying USD with AUD but am a little unsure if that is a good move ATM. I would appreciate your feedback. PS: I live in Australia - you guys are doing us all a great favour. Thank you.
    • Am
      Alex m.
      16 April 2020 @ 00:52
      Please comment on this great question, I am in the same boat!
    • LG
      Logan G.
      16 April 2020 @ 01:05
      I'm also very curious about this. Converted from AUD to USD a while ago but Aus is looking like we're getting ahead of the curve (early days still) and I'm not sure about the impacts this could have on the exchange.
    • GF
      Gordon F.
      16 April 2020 @ 03:39
      It would seem to me that this will depend on China. If they are able to recover from the economic consequences of their quarantine, and if they are able to resume manufacturing for the world, then they will resume buying huge quantities of materials from Australia and the AUD should strengthen. But those "ifs" look pretty iffy to me.
    • SG
      Sebastian G.
      16 April 2020 @ 03:40
      Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Represent.
    • CP
      Curt P.
      17 April 2020 @ 01:21
      US desires to strangle China economy - drive up import costs, drive down export revenues. Aus is going to get caught in the middle of this. COVID is just the first shot.
  • PB
    Patrick B.
    16 April 2020 @ 18:25
    Roger is in Ipswich, not London! Big difference...
    • AB
      Ash B. | Real Vision
      16 April 2020 @ 19:00
      Ha. Yes. I need to work on my UK geography.
  • JH
    Joe H.
    16 April 2020 @ 12:18
    Grant is impossible to replace. However, I really like the combo of Roger, Ed and Ash. Hope they stay around a long time.
  • SS
    Shanthi S.
    16 April 2020 @ 11:00
    Roger is brilliant! What a brain. Great episode guys.
    • SS
      Shanthi S.
      16 April 2020 @ 11:01
      Ash too BTW! And Ed. Actually you’re all fantastic.
  • IP
    IDA P.
    16 April 2020 @ 10:32
    question: if the treasury is issuing so much more debt, that debt issuance does have to compete with other markets; China is no longer buying treasuries, so the money in the money markets couldn't go to treasuries instead of returning to stocks? if the government has to compete for financing, the government usually wins
  • TP
    Tom P.
    16 April 2020 @ 09:43
    The insights discussed on this show are so interesting, educational, and helpful! Well done! Thank you!
  • SB
    Simon B.
    16 April 2020 @ 08:07
    Loving these updates !!! Keep up the great work guys
    • AB
      Ash B. | Real Vision
      16 April 2020 @ 08:32
      Thanks, Simon. We appreciate it.
  • ca
    carlo a.
    16 April 2020 @ 07:55
    Robert is massive. Always my favourite one.
  • dw
    darcy w.
    16 April 2020 @ 04:12
    @16:50 mark regarding the New Yorker Cartoon's "lesson to be learned". Some were embracing the remote life 5, 10, 15, ... years ago. I suggest that this book, surprisingly written quite a while back, is relevant to us all in such times: https://basecamp.com/books/remote. An example "lesson to be learned": a task's necessity is directly proportional to the barrier of access to you.
    • AB
      Ash B. | Real Vision
      16 April 2020 @ 07:03
      Darcy, Interesting! Thank you. I’ll check it out. I actually read a terrific book from the folks at Basecamp called “Getting Real” (it was published way back in the olden days, when they were still known as 37signals.) It’s actually available free to download. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! —Ash https://basecamp.com/books/getting-real
  • FN
    Fredrik N.
    16 April 2020 @ 04:52
    Brilliant update, Roger Hirst has always some interesting opinions. Keep up the good work 👍
  • AP
    Ash P.
    16 April 2020 @ 01:45
    Anyone else notice that Roger's wine rack looks considerably depleted versus just before the Easter hols?
    • AP
      Ash P.
      16 April 2020 @ 02:25
      C'mon, thumbs down? I'm teasing! Great stuff as always.
    • sc
      sung c.
      16 April 2020 @ 03:35
      That's funny. It was the first thing I noticed. I think he downs one a day.
  • SM
    Syd M.
    16 April 2020 @ 03:24
    Thank you guys! These daily updates are so good!
  • MH
    Martin H.
    16 April 2020 @ 02:47
    You know... I'm probably not going to buy that car for quite a while!
    • AB
      Ash B. | Real Vision
      16 April 2020 @ 02:55
      I just bought a bike. I think it will be fun to blow around the empty city late at night. Hope they don’t move my show to a pre-market time slot.
  • JS
    Jim S.
    16 April 2020 @ 01:07
    I cut my own hair too Ash!! Back in 2006 I wanted a haircut for grad school commencement and the line was out the door. Went to Kmart instead, watched the dvd in the package, and never looked back! Pisses my wife off to this day though!
    • AB
      Ash B. | Real Vision
      16 April 2020 @ 02:53
      Yeah, I don’t think I’m going back. Saves too much time doing it myself.
  • MH
    Martin H.
    16 April 2020 @ 02:49
    Small business is your foundation, without them there is nothing.
  • AA
    Alberto A.
    16 April 2020 @ 02:32
    Great conversation as usual and super well rounded. One favor....please always provide a POV on the dollar and of course on the bond market....these are the key to puzzle. Thanks.
  • TS
    Thomas S.
    16 April 2020 @ 00:15
    These daily updates from Ash, Ed and Roger are worth the price of my Real Vision Subscription. Great understanding of finance and markets with a moral compass. I hope they continue for a long time. Cheers!
    • BC
      Burton C.
      16 April 2020 @ 01:18
      Yea, both these guys work well together as a transatlantic team.
  • pa
    paolo a.
    16 April 2020 @ 01:06
    The best daily briefing episode so far! Thank you!
  • BB
    Bob B.
    16 April 2020 @ 00:44
    Large items would have been worse if it weren't for freezer sales!
  • KG
    Kevin G.
    15 April 2020 @ 23:18
    LOVE the Black Adder reference
    • AB
      Ash B. | Real Vision
      16 April 2020 @ 00:23
      Thanks, Kevin. It’s a fave reference of Roger’s. I just watched the video again, and I think I made him chuckle a little right before he starts talking — which isn’t easy to do after another day like this in markets...
  • dm
    dude m.
    16 April 2020 @ 00:12
    Excellent interview! Please Ash, let's get Roger back on again.
  • DH
    Daniel H.
    15 April 2020 @ 23:50
    surely, 'unlimited fire power' leads to hyperinflation?
  • RA
    Robert A.
    15 April 2020 @ 23:32
    Another excellent one guys and glad to see Roger touch on the US $ (prompted by Ash 👆) as this seems to be the lynchpin for what’s happening next. I would urge anyone who hasn’t seen the Brent/Luke US $ RV video to make sure they view it as, for me, it was this video that explained both sides of the argument in such a way that I was finally able to get an understanding of the debate and how important it is. Raoul and others have been saying for 2 years that “it’s all about the US $” and all you have to do is get that bit correct to come out on the right side of all this. FWIW, I thought I saw a possibility of a bit of a quasi “Plaza Accord” type of action in the dollar last week—nah, it was probably nothing and just my spidey sense as Raoul likes to call it. Oh...and great job with the shears Ash, you renaissance man you!
  • FG
    Flavio G.
    15 April 2020 @ 22:42
    False alarm. IMF says it's fake: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EVraJo6WkAQf4eV?format=jpg&name=large
  • AK
    Armin K.
    15 April 2020 @ 22:16
    Tv subscription is required to view this content?
    • GH
      Gabrielle H. | Real Vision
      15 April 2020 @ 22:28
      Hi Armin, a TV subscription is not required. You'll be able to watch for free at 6pm EST when it publishes or shortly thereafter--it may take a few minutes for the site to update so that you can see it for free. Thanks!
  • FG
    Flavio G.
    15 April 2020 @ 22:20
    Just read the IMF decision to condone debt to 111 countries. https://www.imf2020.org/press What does this mean to fiat $ ?
  • AD
    Amir D.
    15 April 2020 @ 21:36
    The audio doesn’t seem to be working.
    • GT
      Guillaume T.
      15 April 2020 @ 21:38
      Video is not published yet.