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Ep. 151: The Ticking Time Bomb of State Debts

Fergus Hodgson, October 10, 2019

Many US states claim to balance their budgets, but for decades they have underreported or understated huge liabilities in pension benefits. Every year, Bill Bergman, director of research with Truth in Accounting, shines light on the real situation. More…

Ep. 150: America: One Election Away from Socialism

Fergus Hodgson, October 2, 2019

Julia Song, a conservative activist and commentator, fled Brazil’s socialist meltdown—which preceded Jair Bolsonaro’s rise—and moved to North Carolina, only to find the same drift toward statism. More…

Ep. 149: Why the Tech Boom Is No Bubble

Fergus Hodgson, September 25, 2019

Ross Gerber loves Tesla. Unlike many in the precious–metals industry, the president and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management believes there is no bubble in tech companies. He argues that behavioral adaptation to global warming will drive oil demand down in the long term and make eco-friendly innovations profitable. More…

Ep. 148: The Long Shadow of China’s Global Ambitions

Fergus Hodgson, September 17, 2019

A minor truce between Washington and Beijing to ease off the trade war will not be enough to avert a recession argue Matt Warder and Sean Levine, directors of research and product development at Energy Capital Research Group. More…

Ep. 147: Doug Casey: Only a Miracle Can Avert US Depression

Fergus Hodgson, September 10, 2019

For the average citizen, the race to the bottom of interest rates in much of the developed world means eroded savings and a lower standard of living. Doug Casey, founder of Casey Research, believes financial markets are going to become more dangerous and unpredictable as debt and easy money spiral out of control. More…

Ep. 146: Don’t Cry for the Peso, Argentina

Fergus Hodgson, September 3, 2019

Like clockwork, the Argentine peso collapses every decade or so, throwing the South American country into chaos. For Steve Hanke, economics professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Troubled Currencies Project with the Cato Institute, the only way out is what regular Argentines already do whenever a new crisis looms large: convert their pesos to dollars. More…

Ep. 145: Negative Rates Signal New Normal for Dollar

Fergus Hodgson, August 27, 2019

As the globe braces for an imminent downturn and investors accept negative-yield bonds, all eyes are on central banks. However, Mark Rossano, founder and CEO of C6 Capital Holdings, contends the monetary tools offer little salvation for productivity. More…

Ep. 144: The New Global Recession

Fergus Hodgson, August 20, 2019

Signs are growing for a worldwide economic downturn. This time, central banks may be powerless to stop it. Ronald Stöferle, a partner of the Liechtenstein-based investment firm Incrementum AG, argues the United States has probably already entered a recession as big players seek refuge in gold and mining stocks. More…

Ep. 143: Shale Revolution Makes Clean Energy Possible

Fergus Hodgson, August 14, 2019

Despite the demands of environmentalists, fossil fuels are not going away anytime soon. Peter Hartley, a professor of energy economics at Rice University, argues natural gas will play an essential role in the transition to clean electricity. More…

Ep. 142: Robert Kiyosaki: Gold and Silver Are God’s Money

Fergus Hodgson, August 5, 2019

The banking and financial elite may disparage precious metals as a relic of the past, but the joke is on them. Robert Kiyosaki retorts that he became rich by saving silver and gold—not by doing what was politically correct. More…

Ep. 141: What the Gold Spike Means for Silver

Fergus Hodgson, July 29, 2019

Gold’s breakout has unleashed speculation regarding whether other precious metals will follow suit. Lobo Tiggre, editor of the Independent Speculator, highlights opportunities in uranium and silver. More…

Ep. 140: The Gold Bug’s Day in the Sun

Fergus Hodgson, July 22, 2019

The market is showing increasing signs that the gold breakout is genuine. David Skarica, founder and editor of the investment newsletter Addicted to Profits, sees a confirmation in junior-mining companies starting to rally. More…

Ep. 139: Rick’s Rule for Hunting Tenbaggers

Fergus Hodgson, July 15, 2019

The recent breakout in the gold price has enthralled many investors in the metals industry, but not the legendary Rick Rule. More…

Ep. 138: How the Fed’s Low Rates Became an Addiction

Fergus Hodgson, July 10, 2019

A key tenet of central banking around the world is the dogma that deflation impedes economic growth and must be avoided at all costs. Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer with Bleakly Advisory Group and editor of the Boock Report, is a prominent dissenter. More…

Ep. 137: The Pension House of Cards

Fergus Hodgson, July 1, 2019

It is no overstatement that we are in the early stages of the greatest retirement crisis in US and world history. More…

Ep. 136: The Sky Is the Limit for Gold

Fergus Hodgson, June 24, 2019

Geopolitical tensions and the Fed’s recent announcement that it would cut interest rates in the near future have triggered a rally in gold prices. Omar Ayales, chief trading strategist at GoldChartsRUs, discusses the pitfalls of short-term trading in precious metals and how to be disciplined about it. More…

Ep. 135: Investment Matriarchs Are Bullish on US Stocks

Fergus Hodgson, June 17, 2019

The matriarchs of investing like to swim against the stream, and they are calling for a “melt-up” in US stocks and bonds. Mary Anne and Pamela Aden, long-running publishers of the Aden Forecast investment newsletter, remain “cautiously bullish” for a scenario similar to the 2000 dot-com frenzy. More…

Ep. 134: What Digitization Means for Gold Ownership

Fergus Hodgson, June 10, 2019

Gold as physical money has withstood the test of time, but does it have a future in an increasingly digital world? Kenneth Lewis, CEO of OneGold and ApMex, one of the world’s leading online dealers of precious metals, has no doubt. More…

Ep. 133: The Tech Bubble Is Back

Fergus Hodgson, June 4, 2019

Gordon Gekko said “greed is good.” Mike Larson, a senior analyst with Weiss Ratings, says “boring is good.” If you want long-term returns, “boring will make you money.” More…

Ep. 132: Russia’s Plan for a New World Currency

Fergus Hodgson, May 28, 2019

Russia and China have been accumulating gold for years, but observers are at a loss to explain why. Byron King, a geologist with Rickards’ Gold Speculator, argues they are planning for a new monetary system. More…

Ep. 131: Alternative Investments: For Beta, Not Alpha

Fergus Hodgson, May 20, 2019

Plenty of misunderstanding remains regarding what alternative-asset classes are and how investors should incorporate them into their portfolios. Bill Kelly, CEO of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), warns that those who see private equity, hedge funds, or precious metals as absolute investment vehicles are in for a disappointment. More…

Ep. 130: Indebted Students Have Themselves to Blame

Fergus Hodgson, May 14, 2019

Bob Zadek has no sympathy for college students with mountains of debt. In his new book, the lawyer, lecturer, lender, and libertarian radio host makes the case against modern universities. More…

Ep. 129: Peter Schiff: The Fed Cannot Save Us

Fergus Hodgson, May 6, 2019

Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, believes the Fed’s recent moves indicate a recession is around the corner, already overdue. This time it will be off the charts, more severe than ever before for the United States. More…

Ep. 128: Why Every Investor Needs a Tribe

Fergus Hodgson, April 29, 2019

Flying solo as an investor is an invitation to predators and self-deceit. Doing so within a community is safer and more satisfying, says financial strategist and educator Russell GrayMore…

Ep. 127: The Antidote to Crypto Scams

Fergus Hodgson, April 22, 2019

The sheer size and valuation of the cryptocurrency market makes it a fertile ground for bad actors. That is why crypto enthusiast Catalina Castro‘s main advice is to learn the fundamentals. An educational entrepreneur based in Argentina, she helps Spanish-speaking newcomers navigate this complex world. More…

Ep. 126: Liechtenstein on a Mission to Lead Fintech Innovation

Fergus Hodgson, April 16, 2019

The small landlocked country in the heart of Europe has long been known for her friendly corporate and business environment in the banking industry. Over the past couple of years, Liechtenstein has leveraged that experience to also become a fintech powerhouse, attracting hundreds of entrepreneurs, explains Alexis Esneault, an attorney from Alabama now with Nägele Law in Vaduz. More…

Ep. 125: Cash In on Legalized Sports Betting

Fergus Hodgson, April 8, 2019

As the industry comes out of the shadows and into the mainstream, not only local governments stand to profit from, argues E. B. Tucker, senior analyst with Casey Research and author of the Casey Report. There are many opportunities for early investors too. More…

Ep. 124: A Bubble Like Never Before

Fergus Hodgson, April 1, 2019

As world markets brace for another economic slowdown, investors are trying to figure out how steep the dip will be and how to protect their assets. For David Collum, a chemistry professor at Cornell University turned financial analyst, 2019 will be a turning point. More…

Ep. 123: The Good News about the Next Recession

Fergus Hodgson, March 25, 2019

The Federal Reserve is switching gears and halting interest-rate hikes for the near future, amid fears of another global crisis. The United States is entering a recession and there will be quantitative easing again, predicts Ronald Stöferle, a fund manager and partner of the Liechtenstein-based investment firm Incrementum AG. More…

Ep. 122: No Deal Is Best Deal for Brexit

Fergus Hodgson, March 20, 2019

After almost three years since the contentious referendum to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is still in gridlock over exactly how it will happen—even with less than 10 days until planned separation. A “no deal” Brexit is the best scenario for free-market advocates, says Tom Colsy, president and founder of the University of Kent’s Liberty Union. More…

Ep. 121: China Prepares for Dollar Collapse, Hoards Gold

Fergus Hodgson, March 11, 2019

China’s bottomless appetite for gold and other hard assets is at the back of every financial analyst’s mind. For David Brady, CEO and co-founder of Global Pro Traders, there is no doubt that China and Russia believe a US dollar plunge is on the horizon. More…

Ep. 120: The Mexican Economy versus AMLO

Fergus Hodgson, March 4, 2019

Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), has brought economic instability by axing key investment projects and interfering with gasoline distribution. However, it’s too early to tell whether he will follow in the footsteps of Venezuela’