ML: The two shows have two completely different personalitites, so hosting both allows me to flex my different anchor “muscles.” Power Lunch is an ensemble cast, so I have two co-anchors and our task is to provide analysis on stocks in the news, investing, and various political stories and how they might impact one’s portfolio. On Fast Money, I am the solo anchor so I have more impact on what stories we tell and how we tell them. FM features a panel of four professional traders/ money managers and it was created to be the post-game, after-market show, where we dissect interesting stock moves and market news with a look to the next trading day. It’s also almost entirely unscripted -- from the conversations we have to the interviews, so you have to be on your toes! You never know what anyone will say! Making me choose a favorite show is like asking which of your children you love more. But, with that said, Fast Money will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first permanent anchor job, and I’ve been hosting it for about 9 years, so I feel I have really helped evolve the show into what it is today. AM: For our business and entrepreneur audience, what are some of your best practices in preparing for things that you know will be variable and change in real time? ML: My philosophy is to build your base of knowledge. Read everything that you think is interesting, or might be of interest in the future. So for instance, of all the preparation I do ahead of any team events one show, I would say I might not use 70% of the information. But that 70% goes in the knowledge bank so when the unexpected happens, I can recall that interesting story about consumer credit trends or the analysis of drug price increases this
year. AM: How long can you go without being connected to Wi-Fi? Do you unplug at certain times of day? ML: I try to protect certain times of day by unplugging: while I’m working out, meals or time with friends and family. I try not to respond to any work-related emails on weekends, and on vacation, I try to check emails only a couple times a day. (Notice I say “try”- it’s an ongoing battle!)
Making me choose a favorite show is like asking which of your children you love more. But with that said, Fast Money will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first permanent anchor job, and I've been hosting it for about 9 years... AM: What sets financial news coverage and analysis apart from reporting on other industries?
ML: I think the challenge for financial news journalists is making the numbers personal. Many people are put off by the numbers in business news companies’ earnings report, economic data, stock prices, interest rates etc.