Podcast Episodes 51-75

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Ep. 75: Master Data as a Lay Investor

Fergus Hodgson, April 11, 2018

The predicament individual investors face is the tradeoff between precious time for research and forgone gains. How much time actually brings higher returns? Often, unfortunately, people just waste time and find themselves losing money on excessive trading. More…

Ep. 74: Use Your Dollars to Hunt for Treasure

Fergus Hodgson, March 31, 2018

Bryce Bradley describes operators in the junior-resource sector as modern-day treasure hunters, riding an often-dramatic field with highs and lows. If you can learn the sector and get a sense for its cycle, amid an inefficient market, the gains on offer are tremendous. More…

Ep. 73: Creative Destruction Is Your Friend

Fergus Hodgson, March 26, 2018

Driver-less cars, the peer-to-peer economy, crypto-anarchy: creative destruction is running wild, for the better of humanity and entrepreneurs. Those willing to spot and pursue the openings in the market are set to profit handsomely. More…

Ep. 72: Three Lessons for the DIY Investor

Fergus Hodgson, March 14, 2018

Many of us have a penchant for handling our own affairs, for going our own way in financial matters. Dickson Buchanan of Monetary Metals has learnt the hard way, and he has distilled his hindsight into three key lessons. More…

Ep. 71: The Fundamental Value of Cryptocurrencies

Fergus Hodgson, March 5, 2018

So many people have gotten rich in the early years of cryptocurrencies, but are the returns all realized? Why are cryptocurrencies worth your time, and why do they command market value? More…

Ep. 70: Alternative Investments 101

Fergus Hodgson, February 28, 2018

With price-to-earnings ratios so high and interest rates so low, there is a compelling case for entering alternative investments, but where does one start? More…

Ep. 69: How to Spot a Bubble

Fergus Hodgson, February 19, 2018

As much as many of us want to believe in the efficient-market hypothesis—that all information is embedded in the price—turmoil and the business cycle continue to challenge the notion of completely rational markets. The question then is, how does one know when there is a market bubble and, perhaps more important, when it will pop? More…

Ep. 68: Criticize by Creating: The Subversive Mindset

Fergus Hodgson, February 12, 2018

“Civic education is designed to create herds of obedient voters,” Max Borders writes. He contends that politics is a zero- or negative-sum game, and he is out to promote an alternative: a form of creative destruction that dislodges the status quo. He calls it subversive innovation. More…

Ep. 67: What You Don’t Know about Crypto

Fergus Hodgson, February 5, 2018

Is bitcoin the new gold? Chris Blasi responds with an emphatic no, and he takes contention with the term cryptocurrency: “Bitcoin is operating as a speculative investment, not a currency.” More…

Ep. 66: The Case for Belize

Fergus Hodgson, January 29, 2018

While many people love traveling and exploring new places, moving to another country as an expat can be a giant leap. It is a way for globetrotters to take their wanderlust to new levels, and to find new financial and personal opportunities. More…

Ep. 65: Start Your Own Stock Market

Fergus Hodgson, January 22, 2018

Where are the customers’ yachts? The title of the legendary book in finance by Fred Schwed points to the inefficiency of financial markets and the way they often benefit the administrators more than the investors. Olav Dirkmaat wasn’t about to accept that status quo, so he started a new online stock market. More…

Ep. 64: Paths to a Financial Education

Fergus Hodgson, January 16, 2018

So many of us are on the outside of the financial industry, and its jargon, mathematics, and regulations may seem beyond reach. Bill Reese, a finance professor with the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, weighs the merits of trade experience versus formal education options, and then offers recommendations for personal-finance reading. More…

Ep. 63: The Most Insane Currency You Never Heard Of

Fergus Hodgson, December 20, 2017

Venezuela has already shown the world the recipe for hyperinflation. Now she offers the petro, a state-sanctioned cryptocurrency, but that is not all. More…

Ep. 62: What Motivates the Russians?

Fergus Hodgson, November 30, 2017

Russia, Russia, Russia! So much hot air and so little understanding in the wake of Donald Trump’s rise, especially with the hyperbole leveled at the new president. But what ideology or strategy actually explains the motives and plans of the Russians? More…

Ep. 61: Can Cryptocurrencies Beat the Dollar?

Fergus Hodgson, November 27, 2017

Normally we interview one person or have a panel, but at the New Orleans Investment Conference, many attendees shared their views as I mingled in the exhibit hall. They assessed the promise of cryptocurrencies and whether they could unseat the US dollar as the most widely used currency worldwide. More…

Ep. 60: Ex-Federal Reserve Insider Speaks Out

Fergus Hodgson, November 13, 2017

Danielle DiMartino Booth says the Federal Reserve is “infected with mission creep.” Since leaving in 2015, she has been vocal in her criticism of the overly powerful, parasitic, and bureaucratic central bank, as explained in her book, Fed Up. More…

Ep. 59: Find Yields in a Low-Interest World

Fergus Hodgson, November 8, 2017

Not only are governments offering and successfully selling bonds of very long terms at absurdly low rates, an enormous amount of capital is tied up in bonds earning negative yields. You don’t have to follow the herd down this road to ruin. More…

Ep. 58: Can Trump Make Money Sound Again?

Fergus Hodgson, October 31, 2017

Negative real interest rates have become the new normal, a sign of how far the Federal Reserve has strayed from any rational policy, not to mention the inflation of another financial bubble. US President Donald Trump, to his credit, has expressed his concern over the “false economy.” More…

Ep. 57: How Judges Came to Rule the United States

Fergus Hodgson, October 18, 2017

Dwight Duncan explains that, going back more than a century, the “Constitution means what the Supreme Court says it means.” This is in contrast to the desire for a clear document with a balance of powers in the amendments process and removal of wayward judges More…

Ep. 56: Escape the Education Conveyor Belt

Fergus Hodgson, October 2, 2017

Michael Strong loved learning but hated school. Now he designs schools that are not dry environments of passivity and dependence, but rather places of inspiration, innovation, excellence, and creativity. More…

Ep. 55: The Egalitarian Conquest of America

Fergus Hodgson, September 26, 2017

Sven Larson came a long way to be a free man, from Sweden to the Great Plains of Wyoming. He has found, however, that the ideology of egalitarianism that plagues his home terrain of Scandinavia is alive and well and conquering the land of the free. More…

Ep. 54: Resist the War on Cash

Fergus Hodgson, September 12, 2017

Rich Checkan of Asset Strategies International foresees a gradual removal of cash from circulation, as a way to tax people more and cut down on the informal economy, while violating privacy. More…

Ep. 53: Why Ayn Rand Lives On

Fergus Hodgson, September 8, 2017

Ludwig von Mises once described Ayn Rand as the most courageous man in America. Such was her unabashed and proud nature, she relished being described as a man. More…

Ep. 52: Be the First to the Bull Market

Fergus Hodgson, August 31, 2017

Rick Rule believes in fundamental analysis and getting to opportunities before they garner wide attention. “When the wisdom in a trade is obvious,” he says, “the trade is over,” and on this episode he explains the case for copper and uranium. More…

Ep. 51: Prepare for Uncharted Waters

Fergus Hodgson, August 22, 2017

Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart are what Brien Lundin calls Ivy League preppers. Unlike many people who predict economic and environmental breakdowns, they are supremely educated and refined in their analysis. More…

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