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Ep. 50: The Way Out of Fiat Currencies

Fergus Hodgson, August 11, 2017

“Wall Street has embraced government,” says George Gilder, and he describes the industry as a beacon of cronyism rather financial innovation. He now believes in the dire need for sound money, ideally backed by gold. More…

Ep. 49: Don’t Panic! Bitcoin’s Growing Pains

Fergus Hodgson, August 2, 2017

Without a consensus on how to address the block-size problem, the bitcoin space is fragmenting and generating confusion for users. Jimmy Song and Pierre Rochard explain that multiple and disparate “bitcoins,” coupled with infighting, would be the worst-case scenario. More…

Ep. 48: The Venezuela the Media Won’t Report

Fergus Hodgson, July 24, 2017

Venezuela has been the butt of jokes in the American press — lacking toilet paper, beer, and even potatoes for fries at McDonald’s — but her history and policies have slipped under the radar. More…

Ep. 47: Conscious Capitalism: Elevate Humanity through Business

Fergus Hodgson, July 18, 2017

Capitalism is the greatest force for human development in the world, and Alexander McCobin is leading a movement to make that known and applied. The co-founder and past president of Students for Liberty — the world’s most successful libertarian student organization — now leads Conscious Capitalism, and the network of mission-oriented entrepreneurs is ready to bloom. More…

Ep. 46: Why Markets Fall but Real Estate Still Pays

Fergus Hodgson, July 12, 2017

“The big money players collect streams of income,” says Russell Gray. Meanwhile, “they convince the rank-and-file investor to try to buy low and sell high.”

Gray wants more people to reap the benefits of owning rental property, and he has trained countless people to do just that. More…

Ep. 45: Find Freedom in Chile?

Fergus Hodgson, July 2, 2017

Gabriel Scheare and John Cobin have taken the plunge and left Canada and the United States for Chile, with Cobin even renouncing US citizenship. They have faced plenty of challenges and failures along the way, and now Scheare is working on a “start-up village for entrepreneurs,” near Valdivia in Patagonia. More…

Ep. 44: Russian Propaganda Dupes Libertarians

Fergus Hodgson, June 28, 2017

The Ukrainian resistance to Russian domination should have been a celebrated success for liberty. However, as Roman Skaskiw explains, that message struggled to get through, given immense Russian efforts to muddy the message and co-opt libertarian and rogue outlets. More…

Ep. 43: How to Reinvigorate the Liberty Movement

Fergus Hodgson, June 13, 2017

Julie Borowski has an odd job: she is a professional advocate for liberty, and not one aligned with any particular organization or outlet. She just makes videos and gives speeches, and her wit, humor, and insights have made her famous around the world. More…

Ep. 42: Eric Coffin’s Best Buys in Mining

Fergus Hodgson, June 5, 2017

Get your pen and paper out, because Eric Coffin is a longtime analyst of junior mining prospects, where the potential for returns is the greatest, but so is the risk. More…

Ep. 41: What the World Needs to Know about Cuba

Fergus Hodgson, May 26, 2017

José Azel fled Cuba when he was 13 years old, a member of the Pedro Pan exodus, and he never went back. He now reflects on his decades in academic and public debates for a free Cuba, and he laments the gross ignorance that has enabled the communist regime to remain in power for more than half a century and ruin the lives of millions of people. More…

Ep. 40: Gold Prices: What Does the Data Foretell?

Fergus Hodgson, May 18, 2017

For the data enthusiasts, we have your man. Jordan Roy-Byrne is editor and publisher of the Daily Gold, and he and Brien Lundin seek to make sense of a litany of numbers as they relate to both straight gold prices and the values of junior mining companies. More…

Ep. 39: Hunt for Zinc and Uranium with Gwen Preston

Fergus Hodgson, May 16, 2017

After the better part of a decade in mining journalism, Gwen Preston has gone out on her own to find the best natural-resource opportunities around the globe. Based in Canada and writing as the Resource Maven, her next trip is to Mongolia, and she delivers plenty of candy for investors to chew on. More…

Ep. 38: Fed Unwinding Means Imminent Recession

Fergus Hodgson, May 5, 2017

The Federal Reserve’s unprecedented monetary expansion for the past decade, highlighted by negative real interest rates, means only one thing: there will be consequences, and they won’t be pretty. More…

Ep. 37: Cut the Wheat from the Chaff of Mining

Fergus Hodgson, April 28, 2017

Investment in precious-metals mining is extremely speculative. The strong downside and upside potential drives the approach of the Exploration Insights newsletter to zero in on the precious few that will garner returns down the track. More…

Ep. 36: Socionomics 101: Read the Mood of the Market

Fergus Hodgson, April 27, 2017

Humans are pack animals, and they are vulnerable to the moods of the crowd. Socionomics is the study of social action that expresses social mood or crowd psychology, so the question then is how to apply this field to financial markets. More…

Ep. 35: The Unstoppable Rise of Gold as Money

Fergus Hodgson, April 19, 2017

If you think gold as a monetary instrument is a thing of the past, think again. Jay Taylor explains that the laws of economics have not changed and that fiat currencies are inherently unstable and inevitably self-destruct. More…

Ep. 34: How to Profit from Marijuana Legalization

Fergus Hodgson, April 9, 2017

Nick Hodge is on the hunt for contrarian investments, opportunities to beat the pack. Lately, via his Outsider Club newsletter, he’s been touting the merits of both medical and recreational cannabis. More…

Ep. 33: Why Entrepreneurs Must Unite against State Predation

Fergus Hodgson, April 3, 2017

Few businessmen know how to defend themselves and take pride in their role as capitalists who serve consumers. That makes them the inevitable losers in a debate that pits them as exploiters and plunders their noble work. More…

Ep. 32: New Index Reveals Best States to Raise a Family

Fergus Hodgson, March 20, 2017

Scott Moody and his wife Wendy Warcholik are the proud parents of five children, and they chose to raise them in New Hampshire, particularly because of the favorable economic environment. However, as they saw the demographic decline of New England, they became aware of many more ingredients that went into making healthy families. More…

Ep. 31: Warning to America from the Third World

Fergus Hodgson, March 13, 2017

Raul del Toro is the Renegade Third Worlder, and his objective is to blow the lid on the sugar-coated coverage of impoverished countries such as his native Venezuela. He doesn’t want the United States to fall to their level, and he has started a blog to support a triumphant and proud land of the free. More…

Ep. 30: Jenna Robinson: The Higher-Education Arms Race

Fergus Hodgson, March 6, 2017

University tuition rates across the United States have ballooned in recent decades, but that has been to pay for more administrative staff, not more tenured faculty. As campuses offer bells and whistles, parents and prospective students are growing skeptical. More…

Ep. 29: Daniel D’Amico: Myth versus Reality of Mass Incarceration

Fergus Hodgson, February 26, 2017

The United States has a reputation for being the incarceration nation, but is that deserved? Daniel D’Amico demonstrates that this rise of inmates is not unique, and he dispels the notion that US justice stands out for its racial biases. More…

Ep. 28: The War on Cash: Cui Bono?

Fergus Hodgson, February 16, 2017

There is a battle on two fronts that is circling and tightening the strings on cash for transactions. Both intellectual figureheads and policymakers are limiting particular uses of cash and, in some cases, banning higher denominations. More…

Ep. 27: Marco Navarro-Génie: No One Wins a Trade War

Fergus Hodgson, February 11, 2017

The Canadian foreign minister has threatened retaliation if the Trump administration imposes a tariff on imports from the north. Meanwhile, Trump has said he will cancel NAFTA unless there is a significant renegotiation of the treaty. Add the budding wall with Mexico, and a disruptive trade war looms. More…

Ep. 26: Andrés González: The Jig Is Up for Pay to Play in Latin America

Fergus Hodgson, February 4, 2017


The Odebrecht scandal has rocked Latin America with its breadth, implicating 500 elected officials across the region. Andrés González is a professor of international relations at San Francisco University of Quito, Ecuador, and he says that while corruption may remain with us, the rules of the game have changed. This is just the tip of the iceberg waiting to be uncovered, and the old deference towards corruption is fading fast. More…

Ep. 25: Puerto Rico: Tax Haven or Economic Disaster?

Fergus Hodgson, January 27, 2017


While Puerto Rico is losing population big time, some people are going there for tax advantages over the US mainland. What is the truth about the economic status and future of the island? More…

Ep. 24: What Becomes of the Broken European Union?

Fergus Hodgson, January 20, 2017


Brexit is happening, and Election Betting Odds gives it 87 percent likelihood within the first half of 2017. The question then is, what now? What will the European Union look like without the British, the most classical-liberal member nation? More…

Ep. 23: Cris Lingle: Unions Dug Their Own Pension Grave

Fergus Hodgson, January 13, 2017


The American Legislative Exchange Council estimates that public pensions at the state and municipal levels in the United States are 35.1 percent funded. In other words, two thirds of the assumed liabilities do not have backing, to the tune of $5.6 trillion. At the federal level, a conservative estimate from Moody’s places the number at $3.5 trillion. More…

Ep. 22: Tone Vays: Demystifying the Blockchain, Avoiding Digital Snake Oil

Fergus Hodgson, December 30, 2016


If you don’t know what the blockchain is, you are not alone, and Peter Van Valkenburgh of the Coin Center has written that it is a “buzzword with little meaning.” More…

Ep. 21: Maxim Lott: “Fake News” Censorship Is a Cure Worse than the Disease

Fergus Hodgson, December 21, 2016


Hillary Clinton says fake news puts “innocent lives” at risk and compels a top-down response, while Maxim Lott counters “it’s not clear that we need it at all.” More…

Ep. 20: Steve Hanke: How Venezuela Joined the Hyperinflation Club

Fergus Hodgson, December 14, 2016


Steve Hanke is perhaps the world’s leading inflation researcher, and on Monday he announced that Venezuela had crossed the Rubicon and entered hyperinflation territory. That is a price level rising faster than 50 percent in a single month, and it has been achieved by fewer than 60 nations in recorded history. More…

Ep. 19: José Azel: Investing in Cuba Is “Absolutely Nuts”

Fergus Hodgson, December 1, 2016


José Azel is an old friend and my mentor on Cuba. We first met years ago in Miami, and then he was the chief instructor when I completed the certificate program at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. He was an Operation Pedro Pan political refugee in the 1960s and went on to become an accomplished author and columnist. He joins me to explain what, if anything, can be made of Fidel Castro’s death. Further, he addresses the current trajectory and probable options for businessmen interested in the island. More…

Ep. 18: Jayant Bhandari: India’s Economic Suicide

Fergus Hodgson, November 23, 2016


Indian Prime Minister Nahendra Modi has declared 500 and 1,000 rupee notes illegal for exchange. Since these are worth a mere $7.26 and $14.53, he has de facto ended paper currency for use in all major transactions. More…

Ep. 17: Chris Powell: Paper Gold Is the Elephant in the Room

Fergus Hodgson, November 21, 2016

Chris Powell of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee says there is a silence in media when it comes to fraudulent sales of gold — certificates that either do not have gold backing or have fractional backing. Less than half backing of gold sold via intermediaries, he believes, is a “very conservative” estimate. More…

Ep. 16: Gloria Álvarez: Populism and Latin Americanization of North America

Fergus Hodgson, November 16, 2016

Populism dates back to the Romans, Gloria Álvarez says: they called it “bread and circus.” As a prominent political analyst based in Guatemala, she has seen this many times over in her part of the world, but now she says it is arriving in the United States. More…

Ep. 15: Why Bitcoin Is Here to Stay

Fergus Hodgson, November 9, 2016

Buenos Aires became Latin America’s bitcoin capital this past weekend — November 4-5 — with industry players in the region gathering for both business opportunities and a celebration of the cryptocurrency’s rise. Since we have not covered bitcoin before on the Gold Newsletter Podcast, I decided to interview three guests on the why, what, and how of bitcoin: More…

Ep. 14: Mark Skousen: Investing in One Lesson

Fergus Hodgson, November 3, 2016

One of the cannons of economics inspired Mark Skousen. After reading Economics in One Lesson (1946) by Henry Hazlitt, he pondered what the most fundamental lesson might be for investment, and the end product was his own book, Investing in One Lesson (2007). More…

Ep. 13: Investors Pick Their President

Fergus Hodgson, November 1, 2016

This year’s New Orleans Investment Conference took place just over a week prior to the US presidential election. The exclusive event draws a well-heeled and informed crowd. Beyond personal sentiments, they care about their pocketbooks and the future of the US economy. More…

Ep. 12: Charles Krauthammer: If Trump Prevails, GOP Split a “Real Possibility”

Fergus Hodgson, October 31, 2016

Charles Krauthammer flew into Louisiana this weekend, but he did not coming bearing good news for attendees at the 2016 New Orleans Investment Conference. Although the Washington Post columnist and retired psychiatrist cannot bring himself to lend any support to Hillary Clinton, he is fearful of a Donald Trump presidency and gave two predictions. More…

Ep. 11: Frank Worley López: How Puerto Rico Can Go from Default to Capitalism

Fergus Hodgson, October 23, 2016

Frank Worley López is a long-time blogger and author on all things Puerto Rico, and he founded the island’s chapter of the Libertarian Party in the 1990s. If you want to understand Puerto Rico, there is no better man, and he details a way for the island to emerge from the ashes of default. More…

Ep. 10: Doug Casey: How Fiction Can Change the World

Fergus Hodgson, October 14, 2016

Doug Casey is one of the original gold bugs, and first garnered attention back in 1976 with his book The International Man. He went on to found Casey Research and has now moved on to fiction with his writing. His latest book, Speculator, came out at the end of September this year. More…

Ep. 9: Ed Griffin: Economics in the Age of Propaganda

Fergus Hodgson, October 6, 2016

G. Edward Griffin has perhaps done more than anyone to raise understanding of the Federal Reserve and unbacked fiat currencies, up with the likes of former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX). His book, The Creature from Jekyll Island, is now in its fifth edition and is the gold standard for those wanting to look behind the curtain. More…

Ep. 8: Peter Schiff: Central Banks Were Inflation Firemen, Now Arsonists

Fergus Hodgson, September 29, 2016

Peter Schiff has gained notoriety as a specialist in market bubbles, particularly in the US context. He will be a guest at the upcoming New Orleans Investment Conference, and he unleashes in this episode and tears the Federal Reserve to shreds, noting that they have trapped themselves with consecutive expansions to the monetary base. Now, despite inflationary pressure, they are powerless to raise interest rates without causing a default in the federal government. More…

Ep. 7: Peter Boockvar: The Fed Has Overdosed on Social Justice

Fergus Hodgson, September 22, 2016

The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee has chosen to resist raising the federal-funds rate, the base interest rate in the U.S. economy. Peter Boockvar delivers the skinny on how these decisions are always influenced by politics, and why a corrective recession is inevitable and will only worsen with time. More…

Ep. 6: Darrell Castle: Forget the Corrupt GOP

Fergus Hodgson, September 14, 2016

Beyond the fanfare and drama of the Democratic and GOP campaigns for the presidency are the third or minor parties. Because these candidates are driven by conviction rather than a likely chance at power, they tend to shoot from the hip, and that is why Darrell Castle was such a welcome guest on the show. More…

Ep. 5: Jim Grant, Steve Moore: Trump’s Potential and How to Beat the “New Normal”

Fergus Hodgson, September 8, 2016

The new normal is a term bandied about within the think-tank world, and it describes the weak performance of the US economy for the better part of the last decade. Stephen Moore, a distinguished visiting fellow with the Heritage Foundation and advisor to Donald Trump, explains how to get out of this and the potential for a new boom era. James Grant, founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, discusses the macroeconomic implications of the non-recovery. More…

Ep. 4: Bob Murphy: US Stock Market Overdue for a Tumble

Fergus Hodgson, August 29, 2016

Rosario, Argentina, became home to the Austrian school of economics last week, with more than 300 people gathering at the International Congress to unveil their latest research — translated live between Spanish and English. This was not an event for mincing words, and two speakers were willing to share their contrarian views on the podcast. More…

Ep. 3: Rick Rule Demystifies Market Psychology

Fergus Hodgson, August 24, 2016

We are only three episodes in, but the podcast is on a roll, and Rick Rule has delivered. The president and CEO of Sprott US Holdings is, in the words of Brien Lundin, “the most successful speculator in the resource industry — that’s any extractive industry out there.” More…

Ep. 2: The Great Debate: Michael Larson on Optimists versus Pessimists

Fergus Hodgson, August 17, 2016

Michael Larson has written that he “can’t remember seeing such a wild split in views on so many different markets.… One side argues we’re heading into a recession. The other argues the economy is heating back up.” More…

Ep. 1: Legalize It! The Genesis of Gold Newsletter

Fergus Hodgson, August 10, 2016

Brien Lundin joins me for the debut podcast episode. He shares the history of Gold Newsletter, how he got involved, and why precious metals remain as relevant as ever. Further, he weighs in on how young people can enter the market and build their own investment portfolios. More…

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