Stephanie Pomboy: Will The Rise Of Moral Hazard Be Our Economic Downfall?

Adam Taggart | Thoughtful Money, Released on 1/7/24

Greed and exuberance returned to Wall Street as we ended 2023 and welcomed the start of 2024. Markets are trading near all-time highs, the Fed has switched to singing a more dovish tune, and confidence in a soft landing — or no landing — for the economy is high. Did we manage to emerge from all the chaos and distortion of the past few years without a major reckoning? Have we dodged the bullet of recession? For answers, we’re lucky to talk today with top Thoughtful Money fan-favorites Stephanie Pomboy, economic & financial analyst and publisher of the respected research firm Macro Mavens. Perhaps more than anything else, she fears our growing culture of moral hazard, metastasizing from Wall Street now into Main Street, may end up being the trigger of the next economic crisis.

Stephanie Pomboy is an economist and founder of the economic research firm MacroMavens. Before launching her firm, Pomboy worked as a managing director at an independent economic research firm ISI Group from 1991 to 2002. She provided timely financial insight and analysis to the country’s most sophisticated and largest institutions. Then, she began her career at Cyrus J. Lawrence LLC’s investment management company after earning a bachelor’s degree in 1990. Pomboy spent over a decade working with Ed Hyman and Nancy Lazar at ISI Group and Cyrus J. Lawrence LLC. In addition, Pomboy hosts a joint podcast called The Super Terrific Happy Hour with Grant Williams of Things That Make You Go Hmmm… newsletter.

Adam Taggart is the Founder of  Thoughtful Money. He is also Co-Founder and former President of Peak Prosperity. Adam is an experienced Silicon Valley internet executive and Stanford MBA. Prior to partnering with Chris Martenson (Adam was General Manager of our earlier site,, he was a Vice President at Yahoo!, a company he served for nine years. Before that, he did the ‘startup thing’ (, sold to CNET in 2001). As a fresh-faced graduate from Brown University in the early 1990s, Adam got a first-hand look at all that was broken with Wall Street as an investment banking analyst for Merrill Lynch. Most importantly, he’s a devoted husband and dad.

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Raoul Duke II

Another great interview with Pomboy by Taggart…very impressive.

Where is Fleck? When will you get Fleck on? Or Hicky…need PM update.