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Ep. 166: Two Myths about Central Banking

Fergus Hodgson, January 16, 2020

Scott Sumner, an economics professor and researcher with George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, dispels two common myths: that low interest rates always mean easy money and that the Fed directly controls interest rates. More…

Ep. 165: Shift from Greed to Fear Favors Precious Metals

Fergus Hodgson, January 9, 2020

In times of fear, investors flock to a proven safe haven: precious metals. Listen to our latest episode with Rich Checkan, president and COO of Asset Strategies International, Inc., and find out why gold is the best way to protect one’s savings. More…

Ep. 164: Why the Largest US Oil Find Remains in the Ground

Fergus Hodgson, December 23, 2019

Wayne Christian, the Texas Railroad Commissioner, claims Democrat officials are holding back the production of billions of oil and gas barrels from deposits in West Texas and New Mexico. More…

Ep. 163: All You Need to Know about the UK Election

Fergus Hodgson, December 17, 2019

Jack Buckby, an author from northern England and a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, explains the ins and outs of Boris Johnson’s victory and the looming Brexit. More…

Ep. 162: How to Prepare for the End of Dollar Hegemony

Fergus Hodgson, December 9, 2019

Christopher Martenson, CEO and co-founder of Peak Prosperity, argues the faith in the US dollar is not eternal, and those holding bonds, stocks, and fiat currency will bear the brunt of the fallout. More…

Ep. 161: Ron Paul: How the Fed, Deep State Destroy the Middle Class

Fergus Hodgson, December 2, 2019

As a towering libertarian figure and former presidential candidate, Ron Paul has been advocating for reform of the Federal Reserve for years. Recent political drama obscures the fact that the current monetary system, he argues, works to the benefit of an out-of-control government and its insiders, not the average citizen. More…

Ep. 160: Make the Fed Have One Job Again

Fergus Hodgson, November 25, 2019

Danielle Dimartino Booth, CEO of Quill Intelligence and former advisor to the Dallas Fed, believes the US central bank lost its way in the 1970s when Congress tasked it with ensuring both maximum employment and price stability. More…

Ep. 159: Mercenary Geologist: Resource Dependence Erodes US Sovereignty

Fergus Hodgson, November 22, 2019

What would happen if China or Russia cut off the United States from key supplies of aluminum or uranium? This scenario is what keeps Michael Fulp, AKA the Mercenary Geologist, up at night. More…

Ep. 158: Kevin Williamson: Debt Fundamentally Altering US Economy

Fergus Hodgson, November 18, 2019

Whereas some analysts predict the popping of the US debt bubble in an explosive event, National Review‘s roving correspondent Kevin D. Williamson believes the snowballing could go on for a long time. More…

Ep. 157: How Modern Monetary Theory Exacerbates Inequality

Fergus Hodgson, November 14, 2019

Asset manager Adrian Day argues the 2008 bailout of Wall Street has inflated the stock market and deepened the divide that is corroding our social fabric. More…

Ep. 156: Stablecoins Offer Bridge to Usability, Compliance

Fergus Hodgson, November 11, 2019

Diana Barrero of Yale University’s Blockchain Initiative explains that stablecoins, given their lower volatility, offer better integration into the existing regulatory framework. More…

Ep. 155: Why a Gold Standard Will Return

Fergus Hodgson, November 4, 2019

Grant Williams, the experienced financier and co-founder of Real Vision Group, identifies trends of extreme monetary policies and social unrest over inequality similar to those prior to the Great Depression. More…

Ep. 154: Wyoming Offers Haven for Blockchain Community

Fergus Hodgson, October 28, 2019

Caitlin Long, a veteran Wall Street financier turned bitcoin evangelist, has helped the state enact forward-looking legislation to foster the next generation of crypto ventures. More…

Ep. 153: What Crowd Psychology Means for Gold

Fergus Hodgson, October 21, 2019

Steven Hochberg, chief market analyst with Elliott Wave International, argues there are recognizable patterns of aggregate human behavior one can keep an eye out for to make investment decisions. More…

Ep. 152: Junior Mining the Victim of Regulatory Zeal

Fergus Hodgson, October 16, 2019

The price rises of gold and other precious metals in recent months should have propelled the junior-mining industry. What is holding it down? For Frank Holmes, CEO of US Global Investors and a regular commentator on financial television networks, the answer is regulation. More…

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

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