Episode 13: YOLO: Is the activist mindset hitting banking yet? 

There’s a whole movie coming out about the YOLO investing that really messed up some hedge funds and short sellers in 2021. Could we one day expect a movie (we’d even be ok with a made-for-streaming series) about the same kind of you-only-live-once, grassroots take down of… banking? 

Dr Usman Chohan says that attitude is already here, with just as many get-rich-quick fireworks that accompanied the Gamestop and AMC phenomenons. You’d know it as crypto. He says the disenchantment that fed the investing trend and the desire for decentralised finance is only just getting started. 

This episode was produced by Rachel Williamson and Charis Palmer, with music credits to BalloonPlanet. 

About the Author
Rachel is a science and business journalist from New Zealand, writing and podcasting about technology, banking and climate change. As a foreign correspondent, her career has spanned the Middle East, South Asia and the Horn of Africa. Rachel has interviewed Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, politicians and Egyptian revolutionaries, Middle Eastern billionaires, Australian business leaders and former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. She is the Host of Breaking Banks Asia and Co-founder of Soundcraft Media.