About John Emrich

I worked in finance for 20 years after business school, the first five in corporate finance and business valuation, the last 15 in active fund management, with mutual funds and hedge funds. The last ten years I have spent on boards, from an organic farmland company to 3 mutual fund families today. I have an MBA in finance and a MSES in conservation biology. I started a company, Red Earth Finance LLC, largely to provide fee-only asset allocation services on a consulting basis. I started a podcast to interview authors, economists, and practitioners in the investing space, called "Kick the Dogma" hosted at www.ktdpod.com.

John Emrich has worked for decades years in corporate finance, business valuation and fund management. He has a podcast about the investment space called Kick the Dogma.

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NBN Episodes hosted by John:

Gerald Epstein, "Busting the Bankers' Club: Finance for the Rest of Us" (U California Press, 2024)

February 28, 2024

Busting the Bankers' Club

Gerald Epstein
Hosted by John Emrich

Bankers brought the global economic system to its knees in 2007 and nearly did the same in 2020. Both times, the US government bailed out the banks an…

Daniel Peris, "The Ownership Dividend: The Coming Paradigm Shift in the U.S. Stock Market" (Routledge, 2024)

January 23, 2024

The Ownership Dividend

Daniel Peris
Hosted by John Emrich

We are on the verge of a major paradigm shift for investors in the U.S. stock market. Dividend-focused stock investing has been receding in populari…

Michael D. Smith, "The Abundant University: Remaking Higher Education for a Digital World" (MIT Press, 2023)

September 29, 2023

The Abundant University

Michael D. Smith
Hosted by John Emrich

For too long, our system of higher education has been defined by scarcity: scarcity in enrollment, scarcity in instruction, and scarcity in credential…

Liran Einav and Amy Finkelstein, "We've Got You Covered: Rebooting American Health Care" (Penguin, 2023)

August 21, 2023

We've Got You Covered

Liran Einav and Amy Finkelstein
Hosted by John Emrich

Few of us need convincing that the American health insurance system needs reform. But many of the existing proposals focus on expanding one relatively…

Algy Hall, "Four Ways to Beat the Market: A Practical Guide to Stock-Screening Strategies to Help You Pick Winning Shares" (Harriman House, 2023)

June 28, 2023

Four Ways to Beat the Market:

Algy Hall
Hosted by John Emrich

Investors in stocks are faced with two major problems: How to find and interpret the most useful data from company accounts. How to whittle down the l…

Katherine S. Newman and Elisabeth S Jacobs, "Moving the Needle: What Tight Labor Markets Do for the Poor" (U California Press, 2023)

March 25, 2023

Moving the Needle

Katherine S. Newman and Elisabeth S Jacobs
Hosted by John Emrich

Katherine S. Newman and Elisabeth S Jacobs' book Moving the Needle: What Tight Labor Markets Do for the Poor (U California Press, 2023) is a timely in…

Joe Wiggins, "The Intelligent Fund Investor: Practical Steps for Better Results in Active and Passive Funds" (Harriman House, 2022)

January 23, 2023

The Intelligent Fund Investor

Joe Wiggins
Hosted by John Emrich

Investing in funds is not straightforward. We are faced with a countless range of options and constantly distracted by meaningless noise and turbulent…

Liran Einav et al., "Risky Business: Why Insurance Markets Fail and What to Do About It" (Yale UP, 2023)

January 21, 2023

Risky Business

Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, and Ray Fisman
Hosted by John Emrich

Why is dental insurance so crummy? Why is pet insurance so expensive? Why does your auto insurer ask for your credit score? The answer to these questi…

Jim Edwards, "Say Thank You for Everything: The Secrets of Being a Great Manager" (Harriman House, 2022)

October 4, 2022

Say Thank You for Everything

Jim Edwards
Hosted by John Emrich

Say Thank You for Everything: The Secrets of Being a Great Manager (Harriman House, 2022) is a bullshit-free guide to management that shows you the ri…

Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin, "Unleash Your Complexity Genius: Growing Your Inner Capacity to Lead" (Stanford UP, 2022)

September 6, 2022

Unleash Your Complexity Genius

Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin
Hosted by John Emrich

There is a complexity paradox that we all need to understand. We humans have a natural inclination towards connection, engagement, and creativity – al…

Becky O'Connor, "The ESG Investing Handbook: Insights and Developments in Environmental, Social and Governance Investment" (Harriman House, 2022)

August 25, 2022

The ESG Investing Handbook

Becky O'Connor
Hosted by John Emrich

As global governments and regulators set an agenda for net zero carbon emissions, the focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria amo…

Samuel Evan Milner, "Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Power, Profits, and Productivity in Modern America" (Yale UP, 2021)

August 17, 2022

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Samuel Evan Milner
Hosted by John Emrich

Concentrated market power and the weakened sway of corporate stakeholders over management have emerged as leading concerns of American political econo…

Ann Garcia, "How to Pay for College: A Complete Financial Plan for Funding Your Child's Education" (Harriman House, 2022)

August 10, 2022

How to Pay for College

Ann Garcia
Hosted by John Emrich

Providing your children with a good education is one of the best gifts you can give. But it’s not straightforward. Education costs and student loan d…

Robin Goldstein and Daniel Sumner, "Can Legal Weed Win?: The Blunt Realities of Cannabis Economics" (U California Press, 2022)

June 7, 2022

Can Legal Weed Win?

Robin Goldstein and Daniel Sumner
Hosted by John Emrich

Cannabis "legalization" hasn't lived up to the hype. Across North America, investors are reeling, tax collections are below projections, and people ar…

Sam Tatam, "Evolutionary Ideas: Unlocking Ancient Innovation to Solve Tomorrow's Challenges" (Harriman House, 2022)

May 11, 2022

Evolutionary Ideas

Sam Tatam
Hosted by John Emrich

When faced with new challenges, it’s easy to feel our solutions need to be equally unprecedented. We think we need a revolution. But what if this is a…

Larry E. Swedroe and Samuel C. Adams, "Your Essential Guide to Sustainable Investing" (Harriman House, 2022)

April 28, 2022

Your Essential Guide to Sustainable Investing

Larry E. Swedroe and Samuel C. Adams
Hosted by John Emrich

The investment industry is fast approaching a point where one-third of global assets under management are invested with a sustainable objective. But d…

Mary Childs, "The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All" (Flatiron Books, 2021)

April 20, 2022

The Bond King

Mary Childs
Hosted by John Emrich

From the host of NPR's Planet Money, the deeply-investigated story of how one visionary, dogged investor changed American finance forever. Before B…

Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake, "Restarting the Future: How to Fix the Intangible Economy" (Princeton UP, 2022)

April 5, 2022

Restarting the Future

Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake
Hosted by John Emrich

The past two decades have witnessed sluggish economic growth, mounting inequality, dysfunctional competition, and a host of other ills that have left …