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Ep. 109: See Beyond the Obvious with Economics

Fergus Hodgson, December 10, 2018

The world is full of people behaving in ways that don't make sense at first glance. Economics is a tool to help you understand seemingly inexplicable actions, says Steven Landsburg, a University of Rochester economics professor who has written several books that introduce the economic way of thinking to a lay audience. More...

Ep. 108: The Key to Venture-Capital Sucess

Fergus Hodgson, December 3, 2018

Venture capital is one of the most competitive fund-raising paths for businesses nowadays, full of deceptive and bad actors. How can young entrepreneurs get a foot in the door? The key is having a powerful story to convince investors, says serial entrepreneur Alejandro Cremades. More...

Ep. 107: What Sinkhole States Don't Want You to Know

Fergus Hodgson, November 26, 2018

US states have amassed at least $1.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities in 2017, even though 49 of them have some form of balanced-budget restriction. Bill Bergman, director of research with Truth in Accounting, attempts to answer this puzzle. More...

Ep. 106: Nevada Copper Mine Worth 40-Year Wait

Fergus Hodgson, November 19, 2018

The United States is getting ready to build its first copper mine in a decade: Pumpkin Hollow in Yerington, Nevada. Tumbling prices and red tape have stalled copper investments for years, but new gains in supply efficiency are attracting large-scale investments again, says Frik Els, editor of Mining.com. More...

Ep. 105: The Problem with Gold Futures, ETFs

Fergus Hodgson, November 15, 2018

Many investors have taken to gold futures and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to diversify their portfolios. They could be in for some disappointment, according to Chris Powell, secretary and treasurer of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee. More...

Ep. 104: Dennis Gartman: Bitcoin Is a Substitute for Nothing

Fergus Hodgson, November 14, 2018

Amid the cryptocurrency euphoria, few have passed on the opportunity to invest in bitcoin or altcoins. Meet Dennis Gartman, who argues that they have no intrinsic value and only serve for speculation. More...

Ep. 103: Why Boring Is Good: Beware of Tech Hype

Fergus Hodgson, November 8, 2018

Mike Larson is sounding the alarm over what he perceives to be a growing tech bubble. Exhibit A is Uber, the ride-sharing company worth billions that has been operating at a loss for almost a decade. He criticizes the hype-driven media and lazy fund managers for a lack of healthy skepticism. More...

Ep. 102: Housing the Cannabis Boom

Fergus Hodgson, November 6, 2018

With the cannabis industry going mainstream, more land is needed to grow, process, and sell the plant. Mark Scarola, COO of Green Zone 360, offers this kind of cannabis real-estate investment: he tracks down properties that can be developed and sold or leased to cannabis firms. More...

Ep. 101: Brace Yourself for Macro Turbulence

Fergus Hodgson, November 5, 2018

After 10 years of easy credit in the wake of the Great Recession, the party is over. Interest rates are going up, as are labor costs. "Buckle up," warns Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer with the Bleakley Advisory Group and editor of the Boock ReportMore...

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