Coronavirus Crisis, Episode 1: James Grant on Spanish Flu and the Stimulus

The Rostrum, featuring James Grant on the Spanish Flu

To help get you through this difficult time, we are kicking off a new Octavian Report podcast series devoted to different aspects of the Coronavirus crisis. Over the coming episodes, we’ll explore with our roster of experts this rapidly evolving situation and take a look at the economic and geopolitical fallout. We’ll also provide some uplifting material to help you get through social distancing.

Our first episode features legendary financial journalist, Octavian Report board member, and founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer James Grant. Few people have better knowledge of the history of economics and of how financial markets react to crises, including prior pandemics like the Spanish Flu of 1918-19.

In this episode, Jim offers a historical backdrop to underlie his always razor-sharp insight into how governments manage (or mismanage) policy in the face of disaster and how to understand the markets amid swirling noise. And he even offers a few emerging opportunities amid the chaos.