American Monetary Association (general)

Jason Hartman talks with James Dale Davidson, co-founder of Agora Publishing, Founder of the National Taxpayer’s Union, co-editor of Strategic Investment for the Sovereign Society, and founder of Newsmax. James has just written his newest book, The Breaking Point: Profit from the Coming Money Cataclysm. James believes that, in his lifetime, we are likely to see a massive marketplace disaster compliments of Obamacare, Chinese ghost towns, printing money, and other bad economic decisions.

Key Takeaways:

[1:20] The Western Civilization has a new business model and social contract

[5:57] Some of Trump's support came because middle class white voters are experiencing a decline in their life expectancy

[9:13] What does the US economy look like under a Trump presidency?

[10:27] James' latest book, The Breaking Point, examines the relationship between drug companies and the food industry.

[14:19] Some business savvy for our politicians would help them out a lot

[18:00] Bernie Sanders and Karl Marx share some similarities

[20:02] Fake capital lets people borrow money practically for free

[27:26] We can't keep passing the buck down generation after generation

[31:22] Chinese ghost towns used more cement in a dozen years than our entire country did in the 20th century

[37:27] Chile has provided most of the copper used by the Chinese

[40:48] We are staring into the face of the biggest economic crisis in history

Website:

The Breaking Point: Profit from the Coming Money Cataclysm

www.SovereignSociety.com

Direct download: AMA_178_James_Davidson.mp3
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The housing market is always on a pendulum, but where are we now? Self driving cars are going to be changing the dynamics of our society, but are they going to push more people into the city or have more people moving to the suburbs? Jason Hartman and Matt Slepin, President of Terra Search Partners, discuss what is going on in real estate today, and how our changing environment is impacting real estate in the future.

Key Takeaways:

[2:36] Where Matt thinks we are in the business cycle, and whether we've overbuilt apartments

[6:49] The issues going on in the retail and office investment markets, and why apartment investing makes more sense these days

[11:13] The rise of the autonomous vehicles and how they will change the real estate demand equation

[15:29] What does Urban Land Institute do and what issues are being discussed?

[19:22] What Matt has learned in his real estate podcast

[22:51] Two conflicting trends in property management

Website:

www.TerraSearchPartners.com

Direct download: AMA_177_Matt_Slepin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

The Trump administration will bring changes to the real estate market. Legislation and regulation changes could help small and medium size banks while also increasing the amount of lending done by the biggest banks. Jason Hartman talks with Bob Pozen, Senior Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management and former Associate General Counsel for the SEC, about these things, and what is realistic to expect under President Trump. Bob is author of Extreme Productivity and Too Big to Save.

Key Takeaways:

[2:11] Legislation that may be changed through banking system while Dodd-Frank is left as is.

[5:50] Small and medium sized banks need regulation relief

[7:33] Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are having problems because they were never made public or private

[11:13] FHA and VA insure all mortgages made by banks

[11:55] Real estate prices will rise as money flows into the market

[14:46] Rising rates will bring a temporary increase in home purchases, but will level off soon thereafter

[15:28] Pozen was chosen by President Bush to join a bipartisan commission to strengthen Social Security.

[17:00] Security and Exchange Commission has constraints regarding employees working for corporations after their service.

[19:22] Getting to the gist of Bob Pozen’s book Too Big to Fix.

[21:59] Peer-to-Peer lending is pretty much unregulated.

[23:38] As the economy strengthens banks should lend more.

Websites:

www.BobPozen.com

Direct download: AMA_176_Bob_Pozen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

Doug Casey is a (successful) speculator, a libertarian philosopher, and a best-selling author. He has a reputation for his sometimes controversial insights into politics, economics, and investments. His speculation is often called "rational speculation", and he's one of the authorities on the matter, and is highly regarded in the high-potential natural resource sector.

Doug's new book, Speculator, is a venture into fiction, a departure for him. Jason Hartman and Doug discuss the new book, how to be an international man today, and real estate all over the world.

Key Takeaways:

[1:45] A quick rundown of Doug's new book Speculator

[4:40] Speculator is the first in a series, and has some main topics that Doug explores.

[8:35] Doug's book International Man made him semi-famous and is the most sold book in Rhodesian history

[12:30] The world's move toward the singularity

[15:50] The scam that is college education and tuition

[20:20] Diversifying yourself internationally

[24:20] Is the world flat now?

[29:00] We're at the beginning of the next crash while riding the tail of the previous crash

Website:

www.CaseyResearch.com

Speculator: High Ground


"The economy is falling apart again, but this time it's going to be much different, and much worse"

Direct download: AMA_175_Doug_Casey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

It might look like a children's book, but Goodnight Obama is more than just that. It's an important reminder that parody is critical in this day and age.

Dr Jerome Corsi is author of Goodnight Obama, and is also head of the Washington, DC News Bureau for Alex Jones and Infowars.com. The two discuss his newest book, as well as what Jerome is expecting out of President Trump, and where we are in the business cycle.

Key Takeaways:

[1:10] The idea behind Jerome's Goodnight Obama book

[6:41] Whether people who didn't vote for Trump are going to be pleasantly surprised when they realize what he's doing in office

[17:30] What Trump means when he talks about "infrastructure spending" isn't what most liberals think

[21:46] According to the idea of business cycles we're due for a recession. Is it going to hit Trump, will he avoid it, or is the idea of a business cycle outdated?

[24:23] The USA return to a carbon based economy

Websites:

www.WND.com

@Jerome_Corsi

www.GoodnightObama.com

Direct download: AMA_174_Jerome_Corsi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

Tevi Troy, President of American Health Policy Institute and former Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, joins Jason Hartman to discuss his newest book Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office.

The two take a look into the history of American presidents handling of disasters, as well as trying to look at our current president, Donald Trump, to see if there are any signs as to how he might handle a disaster. Jason also probes the former Deputy Secretary about how the Republicans might actually be able to craft a replacement for Obamacare that the Democrats might actually support, and that would actually improve our system.

Key Takeaways:

[1:07] The best and worst presidents at handling disasters

[4:43] How Tevi thinks Donald Trump will handle disasters

[7:20] The newness of Trump's cabinet to politics could create a problem if there's an early disaster during his presidency

[10:29] How pop culture impacts presidents

[13:05] Tevi outlines a path that he believes Republicans should take to get a new healthcare bill passed

[16:10] How Trump's participation in pop culture might play a role in his presidency

Website:

www.TeviTroy.org

@TeviTroy

Shall We Wake The President?

Direct download: AMA_173_Tevi_Troy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Just before the election, Jason Hartman talked with Bill Ayers, a retired Professor of Education, contributor to academic journals, and an original member of the Weather Underground. Bill has written several books, including his newest, Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto. Jason and Bill discuss eight major points from his book, and look into what the US can do to right itself.

Key Takeaways:

[1:28] Demand the Impossible calls for Americans to release their imaginations and consider the impossible.

[3:51] The eight issues addressed in Bill Ayers’ Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto.

[5:06] Privatized prisons are destroying America. The US has 20% of the prisoners in the entire world.

[6:50] What does public safety look like for free people in a democratic society?

[9:09] You can't label Bill has a tax and spend liberal

[12:28] The US needs a massive education reform

[21:14] Democratic and the Republican parties agree on war and Wall Street, but little else.

Website:

www.BillAyers.org

www.HaymarketBooks.org/pb/Demand-the-Impossible

Direct download: AMA_172_Bill_Ayers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

The market is moving and it seems to be moving in the right direction for real estate investors. The historical average for appreciation for single family homes is ~6% nationwide. If you are already an income property investor, the good news is rents may be pushing upward. Jason’s guest today is the author of the new book, Global Shocks: An Investment Guide for Turbulent Markets. Nick Sargen is Senior VP and Chief Economist at Fort Washington Investment Advisors. He is a former economist at Morgan Guaranty trust, Salomon Brothers, Prudential Insurance and JP Morgan. He shares his insights about how the markets will react to a Trump presidency.

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] President-elect Trump may lead the US with a pro-business stance.

[4:33] Trump is a spender which could lead to higher interest rates.

[5:45] Nick Sargen worries about Trump’s trade issue.

[9:41] Budget deficits do not mean inflation.

[12:08] Trump will be a pro-growth, real estate president.

[15:00] The market is moving with the belief that all of Trump’s policies will promote growth.

[17:50] Diving into the Global Shocks: An Investment Guide to Turbulent Markets book.

[20:24] How to capitalize on a bubble.

[24:08] Financial institutions have led the way during the current stock market rally.

Website:

Nick Sargen

Global Shocks

Direct download: AMA_171_Nick_Sargen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Kare Anderson about the nuances of human communication. Kare is an Emmy award winning journalist, reporting for such outlets as NBC, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.

Kare's TED Talk on becoming an opportunity makers has over a million views, she's a co-founder of 9 PACs, and author of such books as Mutuality Matters and Moving From Me to We. She's considered an expert on connective behavior.

Key Takeaways:

[2:32] What does connective behavior mean?

[4:49] Simple ways for people to connect include getting specific sooner, showing warmth before competence, sitting sidle and walking.

[7:33] Create a bigger pie when someone is attacking you.

[8:49] Don't let other people determine your behavior, plan your own course first

[9:27] A connective leader has the most clout.

[12:05] Look for something you like about someone and keep it in mind every time you see that person.

[16:28] How do journalists like Kare Anderson get people to open up and provide a fuller, richer story during an interview?

[19:50] How did the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and Diane Sawyer handle their roles during the interview?

[25:44] To have a meaningful and accomplished life means being grounded and truly listening to other people.

Website:

www.SayItBetter.com

“Getting specific sooner means giving the important details first.”

Direct download: AMA_170_Kare_Anderson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16am EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Nick Adams, founder and Executive Director of FLAG, the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness. The two take some time to discuss Nick's bestselling book, The American Boomerang: How the World’s Greatest Turnaround Nation Will Do It Again. They also delve into their expectations for Trump's presidency, and Nick explains why he's of the belief that Trump very well might be a great American president for the next 8 years.

Key Takeaways:

[1:51] The American Boomerang details what Nick thinks an American Renaissance needs to actually take place

[3:41] Nick is a proud Trump supporter, and started reading Trump's work when he was 11 and read The Art of the Deal

[7:40] The Tall Poppy Syndrome does not apply in the US.

[12:12] American is considered exceptional in the world culturally, militarily, economicly, and scientifically

[15:31] Consumer confidence needs to improve to ramp up the economy

[16:30] 5 key elements America needs to get an economic boomerang

[20:18] What should we expect in President Trump's 4 years?

Website:

www.flagusa.org

Direct download: AMA_169_Nick_Adams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Dr. Robert Johnson, President and CEO of the not for profit American College. Dr Johnson has written Invest with the Fed: Maximizing Your Portfolio Performance by Following Federal Reserve Policy, Strategic Value Investing, and the study What to Expect When You’re Electing. The two men investigate market strategies, how one party controlling Congress and the Presidency does to the economy, and how asset classes react to interest rate changes.

Key Takeaways:

[3:08] The reforms the Republican party could bring while controlling two branches of the government

[6:34] Invest with the Fed analyzed how asset and equity classes perform during different interest rate environments.

[9:22] Stock market growth is higher when democratic presidents are serving or when there is political harmony.

[12:00] Long-term perspectives show the economy and the stock market move forward together.

[14:40] The best strategy is a long-term market strategy.

[16:19] Equity real estate investment trusts perform very well during rising rate environments.

[18:14] Will the cost of small business financing go up under a Trump administration?

[21:00] Is this time going to be different?

Website:

www.theamericancollege.edu

Direct download: AMA_168_Robert_Johnson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with James Adams, former Waffle House employee and analyst. His new book, Waffle Street: The Confessions & Rehabilitation of a Financier, tells of his time working on Wall Street during the housing market crash. After exiting the modern version of organized crime that is Wall Street, James got a job at Waffle House. His time there led him to write his book (now movie starring Danny Glover).

James explains the central banking system, the ramifications of printing money, and which major nation the next crisis might wipe out.

Key Takeaways:

[1:25] James' original title for the book

[5:02] While some areas of the book are dramatized, the crisis was on a bigger scale than anyone could imagine.

[6:25] Haphazard underwriting and an improbable US housing decline made many US financial institutions to reassure clients until the crash happened

[9:23] The ripple effects of leverage because of how out of whack rent to home price ratios were

[12:05] James fears the treasury balance sheets of G8 countries could be the cause for another meltdown.

[14:23] Central banks are creating electronic liabilities.

[16:10] What needs to be done to the banks before we can even begin to solve our underlying problems

[21:59] Printing money works until it doesn't

[22:38] Japan has many factors that are working against their long term success

[23:58] Are options on Japanese debt a good idea?

[26:05] The Waffle Street film is trending well on Netflix and is experiencing good distribution.

[27:10] James has another movie and works as a Senior Research Analyst

Website:

http://www.wafflestreetmovie.com
https://twitter.com/wafflestmovie

Direct download: AMA_167_James_Adams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Jason Hartman and Ed Conard, founding partner of Bain Capital, discuss the current economic situation facing America. Conard is the author of Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy is Wrong, and The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class. The conversation includes discussion on CEO pay, the tech industry, and the impact of current regulations on competition in the marketplace.

Key Takeaways:

[1:28] Ed the tremendous growth Bain Capital was able to achieve while he was there with Mitt Romney

[3:30] Bain Capital offered clients the ability to invest in capital management and management supervision deals

[5:07] Bain Capital also used a higher risk strategy, which allowed them to capitalize on investments in undervalued assets.

[7:21] The Upside of Inequality explores the American workers productivity

[12:18] The US economy is accelerating and the Fortune 400 continues to have turnover, which are both good signs for our country

[14:47] CEO pay may grab headlines, but it may not be quite so outlandish

[19:36] Tech companies pay less taxes and have fewer regulations

[21:22] Profitability in the tech sector continues to grow

[22:23] There's a profitability squeeze in most of the economy

[24:45] Trained talent and risk tolerance are the limiting factors to growth in this new economy.

Website:

www.EdwardConard.com
www.twitter.com/edwardconard

Direct download: AMA_166_Ed_Conard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Jason Hartman and one of his clients, Gary Pinkerton discuss an article from Vox.com called "27 Charts That Will Change How You Think About the American Economy". The reporter of the story notes that productivity, demographics, and inflation have all changed in the US economy in the past few years. The two looking into what it means for real estate investing if people continue working past social security mandated ages, what kinds of work opportunities are available to people, and how Americans spend thrift ways (combined with the lack of real wage growth) have left many unable to purchase a home.

Key Takeaways:

[3:40] How Gary became a fan and follower of Jason

[5:57] Timothy Lee's article on Vox.com, "The 27 Charts that will change how you think about the American economy"

[10:07] The service industry provides a key indicator in regards to the American standard of living

[13:59] Labor force numbers have been on the decline since 2000

[16:30] The main areas of the country that are showing growth are urban

[21:05] Timothy shows inflation-adjusted home prices in chart #19

[26:18] Construction costs have not kept up with housing prices

[30:42] American retirement is no longer a set definition

Websites:

www.VentureAllianceMastermind.com
www.vox.com/new-money/2016/10/10/12933426/27-charts-changing-economy

Direct download: AMA_165_Gary_Pinkerton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Daren Blomquist, Senior VP at ATTOM Data Solutions and the Executive Editor of ATTOM’s award-winning Housing News Report. The two look into the impact our new President, Donald Trump, could have on real estate investing, how he might change the economy, and what sort of regulations (or lack thereof) that might impact our investing future.

Key Takeaways:

[1:43] A Trump presidency's impact on real estate investors and our economy

[5:55] Lack of wage growth has caused affordability issues

[8:46] Housing bubbles tend to be created by lower interest rates

[11:33] Housing prices continue escalating while home ownership has dropped to a 50 year low

[15:43] What impact would repealing Dodd-Frank have?

[19:11] ATTOM’s Housing News Report article explains the phenomenon of big banks running away from the mortgage business

[20:16] October 2016 saw a continued increase in foreclosure activity

[24:29] The promised $1 trillion infrastructure investment will help real estate investors.

[25:36] Get the Housing News Report free for a year by emailing marketing@attomdata.com and mention "Creating Wealth"

Websites:

http://www.realtytrac.com
http://www.realtytrac.com/news/tag/marketing-list
http://www.attomdata.com

Direct download: AMA_164_Daren_Blomquist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Andrew Wright, CEO and Managing Partner at the commercial real estate firm Franklin Street. Andrew has been involved in over $1 billion in real estate and finance transactions, as well as more than $800 million in debt resolution since 2009.

Jason and Andrew discuss how commercial real estate has had to adjust to the changing social dynamics, and where you might best be investing your money today.

Key Takeaways:

[1:20] What to expect from our first real estate president

[4:44] Retail centers have had to substantially change thanks to the internet

[8:16] Warehouse and delivery industries have seen a boon because of the internet bringing in things like same day shipping

[12:39] Andrew gives his opinion on how much more room we might have to grow

[16:48] Andrew dissects the current cap rate availability for commercial real estate

[18:53] The 1 investment Andrew loves today

Website:

www.franklinst.com

Direct download: AMA_163_Andrew_Wright.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21am EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Ed Martin, former President of The Eagle Forum and former Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, about the conservative case for Donald Trump.

Jason and Ed discuss the vision they believe Trump has, the willingness to do what's right for America, how America can fix our trade issue, and the dangers of the establishment like the Clintons represent.

Key Takeaways:

[1:45] Whether we need a conservative case for Trump when many of his former stances seem liberal

[4:32] Where Ed stands on free trade

[8:47] The difficulty of creating a level playing field between nations when discussing trade

[13:10] Why we need someone to come in and shake things up

[16:40] The Clintons as the status quo

Website:

www.eagleforum.org
The Conservative Case for Trump

Direct download: AMA_162_Ed_Martin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

James D. Kuhn is President of New York City’s Newmark Grubb Knight Frank commercial real estate advisory firm. James joined Jason Hartman to discuss the impending Trump presidency. They discussed everything from what it could mean for everything from real estate markets to the potential for inflation in the US. Without a political record to look back on, if Trump properly handles trade policies and corporate initiatives, he could spur job growth in struggling communities.

Key Takeaways:

[2:03] Trump could have a serious impact on real estate

[6:12] Trump's trade policies will definitely create winners and losers

[11:19] James wholeheartedly believes the link between the lower and middle class benefiting from job growth is education.

[14:14] Online college should be accessible to all and cheap

[16:14] Real estate investors are having trouble finding value even before the election

[19:00] When will the Fed decide the US is ready to handle some inflation?

[20:42] Real estate is the last great investment opportunity

[23:09] Never forget, thou shall not gamble in real estate investing

Websites:

www.ngkf.com

Direct download: AMA_161_James_Kuhn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Dan Millman has written 17 books, including his new book “The Four Purposes of Life”. He opens up about the special life calculator which uses numbers from your birth date to help illuminate your life path.

Dan is a former world champion athlete and martial arts instructor who, after a 20 year spiritual journey founded the Peaceful Warrior's Way. His work was even transformed into a feature film starring Nick Nolte, called "Peaceful Warrior".

Key Takeaways:

[2:05] Dan's journey while writing The Four Purposes of Life

[4:09] What are the Four Purposes of Life?

[6:26] Expanding on Purpose #4 – Attend to the arising moment

[11:55] What impact increasing your quality of presence can have on your life

[13:35] Purpose #1 – being graceful while learning the lessons of life

[17:31] Purpose #2 – Your career and your calling aren't necessarily the same thing

[20:45] Purpose #3 – Discover life’s path

[25:25] The purpose of Dan's books

[26:05] 12 required courses in the school of life

[27:40] Dan's contact information

Website:

Everyday Enlightenment

The Four Purposes of Life

Direct download: AMA_160_Dan_Millman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

Jason Hartman was joined by Joel B. Pollak as they discussed his new book: See No Evil, 19 Hard Truths the Left Can't Handle. Joel is Senior Editor-at-Large and In-House Counsel at Breitbart News in Los Angeles, California, and also Editor of Breitbart California.

Before coming to work with Breitbart.com founder Andrew Breitbart, he ran for Congress as a Republican, Tea Party-backed candidate in his home state of Illinois. He was also a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, focusing on human rights and international law.

He holds law and bachelor's degrees from Harvard University, and a masters degree from the University of Cape Town. Joel has two other books: The Kasrils Affair: Jews and Minority Politics in Post-Apartheid South Africa (University of Cape Town Press, 2008), and Don't Tell Me Words Don't Matter: How Rhetoric Won the 2008 Presidential Election (Self-published, 2009).

He is a contributor to Canada's Sun News Network, and a frequent guest on Fox News and CNN.

Key Takeaways:

[1:56] The liberal intolerance

[6:15] The monologue vs the dialogue media, and how it looks in regard to liberals and conservatives

[10:10] Why government funds any form of media

[13:35] How people refuse to talk about violence in movies, video games, and other liberal media

[18:00] The relabeling and redefining serious issues, and why words matter

[22:00] The debate about climate change, and how the left wants population control to protect resources, and why we should view people as the resource to solve the problem

Websites:

www.twitter.com/joelpollak
www.breitbart.com

Direct download: American_Monetary_Association_159_Joel_Pollak.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Arthur Margon, partner at Rosen Consulting, about Chinese investments in the United States, the state of real estate in the USA and more in this episode. Arthur recently co-authored a report with the Asia Society on the topic of Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Arthur is in charge of Rosen Consulting's New York office and has more than 20 years experience in real estate consulting and market analysis. He has developed securitization models, restructured bank loan portfolios, and served as an independent fiduciary in a major pension fund reorganization.

Key Takeaways:

[1:20] What's happening with Chinese investors in USA real estate at the moment

[4:30] Whether the Chinese government wants to discourage investment abroad or not

[9:20] How bad the slowdown in China actually is

[12:50] How China's crackdown on corruption, and the change to a consumer economy has impacted both China and the rest of the world

[16:50] What the next 10 years look like for China as they try and do a number of things economically which no government has been able to pull off

[21:30] Why a war with China makes no sense for anyone, and what sort of thing would actually spark an incident

[24:10] Arthur's real estate forecast for the USA

Website:

www.rosenconsulting.com
Free Asia Society Report: Breaking Ground: Chinese Investment in US Real Estate

Direct download: AMA_158_Arthur_Margon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Dr. Nima Sanandaji is the president of the ECEPR. He has written more than a hundred policy papers on subjects ranging from integration and womens career progress to the changing geography of successful enterprise and the future of jobs. He is the author of the new book Debunking Utopia, Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism.

Key Takeaways:

[2:00] Why the left might want to rethink pointing to the Nordic countries as examples of socialism

[7:50] How much bringing the free market to Nordic countries in the late 19th century changed them, and when the shift to the welfare state began

[11:30] Comparing the Nordic people to Nordic Americans to see who has it better

[15:10] How Nordic countries achieved what they needed BEFORE they became welfare states

[20:20] Who Nima's desired audience is, and why

[23:15] Who really lost when the welfare state expanded

Website:

www.ecepr.org
www.nordicparadox.se

Direct download: AMA_157_Nima_Sanandaji.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Mark Anthony Hammond, host of the Make America Great Again podcast, before the election, about the sensation that is Donald Trump and why he is so popular among the voters. Mark's podcast (since ended due to unforseen circumstances) was the only podcast dedicated to the idea of "Make America Great Again".

Key Takeaways:

[2:10] The explosive growth of the #MAGA podcast

[7:20] How feminism has been such a bad deal for women

[11:55] Why globalism is a disease

[16:10] How Obama has given domestic terrorists legitimacy

[20:15] How Democrats treat minorities worse than dogs, and how they're able to fool them

[25:20] How Bernie and Trump supporters are similar

Website:

MAGA Podcast on iTunes

Direct download: AMA_156_Mark_Hammond.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Thomas A. Schatz is president of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and its lobbying affiliate, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW).

Mr. Schatz is a nationally-recognized spokesperson on government waste and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows from coast to coast.  He is a regularly featured guest on national television news programs and local news broadcasts.  His appearances include ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “60 Minutes,” FOX News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Nightly News,” and PBS’s “The News Hour.”  He was a regularly featured guest on the "Pork Watch" segment of CNBC’s "Squawk Box."  His editorials on fiscal policy have appeared in publications nationwide, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Schatz has testified numerous times on government waste issues before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as before state and local legislative and regulatory bodies.

During his 30 years with CAGW, Mr. Schatz has helped make CAGW a “leading government watchdog on fiscally conservative issues, like taxes and earmarks,” according to National Journal. He has been named one of the “top lobbyists” in Washington for the past six years by The Hill. The newspaper also cited CAGW for its leading role in successfully pushing for the congressional earmark moratorium, which was identified as one of the “top 10 lobbying victories” of 2010.

Prior to joining CAGW in 1986, Mr. Schatz spent six years as legislative director for Congressman Hamilton Fish Jr. and two years practicing law and lobbying.

Key Takeaways:

[1:37] This years pork report

[4:00] What Congress has done with spending bills that is creating less transparency and less trust in the system

[8:02] The difference that having a business person in the White House rather than a lawyer/politician might make

[11:55] If people are actually paying attention to local politics

Website Mentioned:

www.cagw.org

Direct download: AMA_155_Tom_Schatz.mp3
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Chuck Dixon is a well-known, freelance graphic novel writer who has worked on the Batman series for 11 years for DC, adapted the Hobbit to a comic and adapted the new book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich with hopes of disseminating the information to an entirely new audience. Jason and Chuck talk politics, journalism or the lack of it and conspiracy theories.

Key Takeaways:

[1:19] Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash was adapted into a comic book by Chuck Dixon so the information could reach a wider audience.

[3:01] The Clintons have patterns of behavior which do not bode well for democracy.

[5:26] No one will come forward to rat on the Clintons because they reward loyalty.

[7:27] The Clinton’s relationship with Vladimir Putin allowed Russia to have holdings in uranium mining in the US.

[14:51] Chuck has always wanted to be in comics and spent 11 years doing Batman books for DC Comics.

[19:31] Chuck was required to prove that the characters in his comic book actually represented real things said by the Clintons.

[23:07] Real journalism in non-existent in the US today.

[28:29] Contact information for Chuck Dixon.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich

Chuck Dixon on Facebook

Direct download: AMA_154_Chuck_Dixon.mp3
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Christian Stadler is a Professor of Strategic Management at the Warwick School of Business, strategy contributor to Forbes magazine and is author of the book Enduring Success: What We Can Learn from the History of Outstanding Corporations. He offers his thoughts and insights about the perception vs. reality of Brexit, immigration and Jason’s second favorite subject, the self-driving car.

Key Takeaways:

[2:12] Economists agree that Brexit is not a good economic idea, here’s why.

[6:04] It could also be more difficult more difficult to battle terrorism with open borders.

[15:29] Current political positions are considerably right compared to the former government.

[16:58] Immigration is still considered a good thing for the country who accepts the immigrants.

[27:53] Poor immigrants can understand markets and create products that others don’t.

[24:06] Talking points of the possible benefits of the self-driving car.

[29:21] Contact information for Christian Stadler.

Mentioned in This Episode:

http://www.christianstadler.org

Direct download: AMA_153_Christian_Stadler.mp3
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Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo is a Professor of Economics at Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business, a Senior Fellow at Mises Institute, a columnist for Lew Rockwell  and author of the new book, The Problem with Socialism. He joins Jason to discuss the problems Socialism creates for the poor and shares examples of how Socialism has failed other countries around the globe.

Key Takeaways:

[1:55] What is the problem with Socialism?

[5:58] Breaking down the scheme of demonizing a class and the belief that taxing the rich will save an economy.

[10:28] The truth about Sweden is when they moved towards Socialism there were no new jobs created for 55 years.

[12:42] Examples of how welfare programs harm the poor by creating a vicious cycle of dependency.

[15:43] How does Socialism cause pollution?

[19:07] Raising the minimum wage was designed to support higher wage union workers.

[23:40] Big corporations have always been behind creating regulations as a way to create monopoly power.

Website Mentioned:

The Problem with Socialism
www.lewrockwell.com

Direct download: AMA_152_Thomas_DiLorenzo.mp3
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Jack Cashill  is an independent writer and producer and, on a contractual basis, the Executive Editor of Ingram’s Magazine.

In addition to his work with Ingram’s, Jack has written for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, AmericanThinker.com, and regularly for WorldNetDaily.

Within the last decade Jack has written seven books of non-fiction — First Strike, Ron Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch,What's the Matter with California, and Deconstructing Obama. Three of his books have cracked Amazon’s top ten list. Jack has produced a score of documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels, including the Emmy Award-winning, The Royal Years.

Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue University in American studies, has taught media and literature at Purdue and at Kansas City area universities, and served as a Fulbright professor in France

Key Takeaways:

[2:38] Jack's thoughts on the Brexit

[4:15] Who the base of the left are these days

[7:19] Where the breakthrough came in terms of creating a culture that would create a long term, successful economy

[9:40] Where the contempt for our culture is derived

[13:05] How greed pervaded all layers of our culture in the 2008 housing crisis, not just the lenders like the media portrayed

[16:33] How the Jewish code and the usury ban led to a helpful (but not exactly healthy) relationship between the two

[19:30] Whether the bible conflicts when it comes to credit

[21:50] What we need to make capitalism succeed

[23:31] Why we need to question the root cause of things, not just address the symptoms, or else we end up hurting the people we're trying to help

[26:16] What actually happened with TWA 800

Website Mentioned:

www.cashill.com

Direct download: AMA_151_Jack_Cashill.mp3
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Andrea Tantaros worked as a spokesperson for Massachusetts Governor William Weld, then-Congressman Pat Toomey and former National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas Reynolds. She started Andrea Tantaros Media, which provided crisis management and media strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies and political campaigns.

Tantaros joined Fox News Channel in April 2010 as a political contributor. In 2011, she was named one of the co-hosts of The Five. After only several months airing, The Five consistently beat its competitors on MSNBC and CNN combined and, by 2013, it was the second-most-watched program in all of cable news. Her popularity led to her being named one of the hosts of Outnumbered in 2014.

Andrea is now author of the book Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable, and talked with Jason about the book and the state of affairs between men and women today.

Key Takeaways:

[1:16] If feminism backfired

[4:09] How an increase in women's responsibilities and work life have been somewhat offset by health issues

[5:39] The hook up culture and the death of romance

[7:32] Andrea believes there are liberals out there who are calling for a return to tradition

[11:18] How the idea of a "sisterhood" among all women is a sham

[14:01] If "50 Shades of Gray" set feminism back any

[18:26] Some feminist beliefs have hurt men who want to help and protect women

Websites Mentioned:

Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable

Direct download: AMA_150_Andrea_Tantaros.mp3
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Chris Versace is the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Tematica Research and the editor of Tematica Investing, a subscription newsletter that utilizes a thematic approach to investing that that capitalizes on my near 20 years in the investment industry.

He is also the co-author of Cocktail Investing: Distilling Everyday Noise into Clear Investment Signals for Better Returns.

Key Takeaways:

[2:05] Whether recent elections are to be considered a mandate against Obama

[5:30] One of Chris' favorite investment themes today

[9:38] Where inflation is going to hit first

[12:26] How robotics is changing everything

[13:26] The stock sector Chris is really excited about

Websites Mentioned:

www.chrisversace.com

Direct download: AMA_149_Chris_Versace.mp3
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Roger Stone is an alternative historian who was one the legendary American Republican political consultant who has played a key role in the election of Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Stone also served as an assistant to Senator Bob Dole. Stone is the author of "The Man Who Killed Kennedy - the Case Against LBJ". Stone is also the author of Nixon's Secrets, a broader look at the rise and fall and rise and fall and final comeback of Richard Milhouse Nixon.

Key Takeaways:

[2:21] Comparing Richard Nixon with Barack Obama

[5:42] The importance of Nixon's China trip with the closing of the gold window

[8:12] Making the case that Lyndon Johnson was the linchpin of the JFK assassination

[11:44] LBJ and the Warren Commission

[12:13] Lee Harvey Oswald's role in the JFK assassination

[15:17] The possibility of Hillary's run for president in 2016

[18:01] The problem that continues to remain for America, the weakness of the dollar

[19:34] How the Republicans could use a weaker economy for a resurgence

Website Mentioned:

www.stonezone.com

Direct download: AMA_148_Roger_Stone.mp3
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Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He is also the opinion editor at Forbes, and has advised Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on policy. In 2015, Roy was a senior advisor to former Texas governor Rick Perry; in 2012, he served as a health care policy advisor to Mitt Romney. He is the founder of Roy Healthcare Research, an investment research firm, and previously was an analyst and portfolio manager at Bain Capital and J.P. Morgan. Roy is the principal author of The Apothecary (the Forbes blog on health care policy and entitlement reform), as well as author of Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency (2014) and How Medicaid Fails the Poor (2013). His research interests include the Affordable Care Act, universal coverage, entitlement reform, international health systems, veterans’ health care, and FDA policy.

Key Takeaways:

[1:34] Avik's "near universal" healthcare idea

[3:52] How the government could spend less money than we spend today, yet cover more people with better coverage

[6:47] How much of an impact breaking up regional medical clinic monopolies could have on healthcare costs

[8:56] Why it matters that we don't know how much our insurance is paying for medical care

[10:58] How Medicaid is failing

[13:26] Why we have to think of healthcare like any other market, and not some unique part of society

[15:14] The shocking revelation that for as much as the government spends on Medicaid, it might not actually be helping people

[17:28] The best way to understand Donald Trump

[20:20] How closing the border would lead to rising wages

Websites Mentioned:

www.twitter.com/avik
www.forbes.com/opinion
www.facebook.com/forbesaroy

Direct download: AMA_147_Avik_Roy.mp3
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Paul Vigna is a markets reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering equities and the economy. He writes for the MoneyBeat blog and hosts a daily news show of the same name.

Michael J. Casey writes for The Wall Street Journal, covering global finance in his “Horizons” column. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal’s MoneyBeat blog and co-authors the daily “BitBeat” with Paul Vigna. He is the host of the book-themed video series “WSJ Afterword” and a frequent guest on and host of “The News Hub” and “MoneyBeat.”

Paul and Michael are co-authors of the new book "The Age of Cryptocurrency".

Key Takeaways:

[1:12] How Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are challenging the world order

[3:14] How money not backed by a government is possible

[5:17] Anyone can make a cryptocurrency, including governments

[6:58] How you can set up your own cryptocurrency

[9:30] The issue of concentration of ownership in Bitcoin and how it can be made more democratic

[12:16] If governments will use regulation to end cryptocurrency but how it would be pretty hard to do

[15:52] Decentralized exchanges and the Block Chain can be used for things such as copyrights, and how the Block Chain makes your claim irrefutable, and how you can do it

[18:58] Don't think of this as a currency, but rather an exchange of information

[22:16] What, if anything, the average person should be doing with cryptocurrency right now

[22:58] Different potential ways to invest in cryptocurrencies

Websites Mentioned:

www.theageofcryptocurrency.com
www.wsj.com

Direct download: AMA_146_Vigna_Casey.mp3
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Mary Spio is Chief Visionary & Product Architect at CEEK VR. She started her career as a Deep Space Engineer working with companies such as Boeing Digital Cinema, Intelsat and Aerospace Corp developing technologies that have changed media and communications. Through her ventures she's provided technical guidance and content solutions for over 200 radio stations, Microsoft XBOX, Tribune News Company, Coca Cola, Toyota and much more.

Every once in a while something comes along with the potential to shift the way we do things, as a Digital Cinema pioneer at Boeing, she had the rare opportunity to help create the technology that changed the entire movie distribution paradigm working with Lucas Films, 20th Century Fox and other major studios. From there she pioneered an online video distribution platform that became the defacto standard for many media companies and brands to distribute their content digitally. And now…here she is again building what she believes will be the standard for mixed reality content creation and distribution CEEK.

Mary talks with Jason about where virtual reality is now, where it's going and what it all means for the individual.

Key Takeaways:

[2:28] How quickly technology in the virtual reality world is changing

[4:57] The best VR technology on the market today

[6:31] The difference between virtual and augmented reality

[9:34] Mary describes a virtual reality experience

[12:17] How CEEK has had to meld their new technology with existing file types

[15:35] The consumer readiness of VR technology and how phones might be the first things targeted

[18:05] How Mary got into the VR world

[20:56] The entry cost for VR technology

Website:
www.ceek.com

Direct download: AMA_145_Mary_Spio.mp3
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JC Watts is a former Congressman from Oklahoma, President of Feed the Children, co-chair of the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa, founder and Chairman of JC Watts Companies and Watts Consulting Group. He's also the author of the new book Dig Deep: 7 Truths for Finding the Strength Within.

In Dig Deep, J.C. Watts offers seven powerful maxims that have kept him grounded throughout his roller-coaster career from star college quarterback to U.S. Congressman. The first black Republican ever elected to a leadership position in Congress, Watts resisted the rat-race of Washington and eventually declined re-election. His seven simple principles are a blueprint for living a fulfilling and meaningful life without falling to the temptations of reckless ambition or indulgence. Dig Deep is a powerful, simple guide that will help readers find the courage and faith to live the best life possible.

Key Takeaways:

[6:13] The need for more tax payers, and how you create that

[10:43] Why adversity can be good for us, as long as we're willing to change

[14:05] Why "we've always done it this way" isn't good enough anymore

[17:00] JC's work with Feed the Children

[19:45] How forgiving can set you free

[23:18] An unfortunate series of events leading up to JC's first elected office that taught him an important lesson in forgiveness

Websites Mentioned:

www.wattsconsultinggroup.com
Dig Deep: 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within

Direct download: AMA_144_JC_Watts.mp3
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Henry Olsen is an elections analyst and political essayist who studies conservative politics, both here and abroad. He looks at election returns and poll data to understand why people vote the way they do and how conservative politicians and thinkers can best advance their ideas in the climate they face. Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Prior to that, he was a vice president at the American Enterprise Institute, a vice president at the Manhattan Institute, and president of the Commonwealth Foundation. He has also been a lawyer at the firm currently known as Dechert, a clerk for the Honorable Judge Danny J. Boggs on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a staffer for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, and an associate at the political consulting firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. Olsen graduated with a B.A. in political science from Claremont McKenna College, and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. His new book is called The Four Faces of the Republican Party.

Mr. Olsen has worked in senior executive positions at many center-right think tanks. He most recently served from 2006 to 2013 as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously worked as Vice President of Programs at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Commonwealth Foundation.

Key Takeaways:

[4:22] Why more funding hasn't solved our educational systems woes

[9:05] The odd discrepancy of how technology hasn't driven down the cost of college education

[14:32] Examining the Bernie Sanders tax plan

[19:29] The Republican candidates tax plans

[23:39] Why moving to a European style society might hurt the people who are down right now but want to get back on their feet

[25:18] Trump's laughable tax plan

Websites Mentioned:

www.henryolsenpolitics.com

www.twitter.com/henryolseneppc

The Four Faces of the Republican Party

Direct download: AMA_143_Henry_Olsen.mp3
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Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan White House political director, is a columnist and contributing editor for The American Spectator. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work has been published around the country, including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Harrisburg Patriot-News.

He is also the author of the new book "What America Needs: The Case for Trump". Jason and Jeffrey recently talked about if a Trump presidency was actually possible, and, if it was, what it might actually look like.

Key Takeaways:

[1:48] How the media has portrayed Trump and the misportrayals of Trump supporters

[4:11] The dangers of political correctness

[7:46] The condescension of people toward Trump supporters and how Trump and Ronald Reagan have something in common

[9:23] The history of liberal smear tactics

[12:07] How a conservative like Jeffrey ended up a CNN contributor

[13:27] What the average Trump supporter ACTUALLY looks like

[14:54] What draws people to Trump

[15:34] Why the details don't matter

[20:35] The KKK relationship with the Democrats

[21:52] Contrasting what Trump is suggesting doing with the Muslim nationalization process to what FDR did following Pearl Harbor to Japanese, Germans and Italians

[24:25] How Trump reminds Jeffrey of a certain Eddie Murphy character

[27:07] How Trump is using his media savvy to run his campaign on the cheap

[30:51] What a Trump presidentcy might look like

[33:10] The economy that comes from having a tough guy in the Oval Office

Websites Mentioned

What America Needs, The Case For Trump on Amazon

Direct download: AMA_142_Jeffrey_Lord.mp3
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Richard C. Wilson is CEO of The Miami Family Office, a $500M AUM single family office. Richard is also the founder of Wilson Holding Company which employs over 30 professionals and produces over $10M a year in revenue through various operating businesses which include Billionaire Family Office and The Family Club, the largest membership-based family office association (FamilyOffices.com), along with holdings in the training, single family office management (SingleFamilyOffices.com), investment conference, search, data research, physical bullion, private equity (PrivatEquity.com), food, and energy industries.

Richard has spoken at over 150 conferences in 17 countries and has the #1 bestselling book in the family office industry, The Single Family Office: Creating, Operating, and Managing the Investments of a Single Family Office.  Richard has his undergraduate degree from Oregon State University, his M.B.A. from University of Portland, and has studied master’s level psychology through Harvard’s ALM program while previously residing in Boston.

Key Takeaways:

[2:20] Why you should care about what people worth $20+ million are doing with their money

[4:13] Some important terminology for dealing with family offices

[6:35] Looking back at some of the original family offices and the changes that have taken place since then

[10:49] Why there's a need for family offices

[14:11] How the middle class investor can take the framework of a family office and use it to fit their situation

[16:26] A key strategy you can take from family offices of the ultra-wealthy

[19:24] What sorts of holdings the family offices have

[22:56] Why the US is the haven for the ultra-wealthy

[26:26] Family offices, surprisingly, sometimes even go after distressed markets

[27:38] How you can find a family office to partner with in your deals

Websites Mentioned:

www.familyoffices.com

Direct download: AMA_141_Richard_Wilson.mp3
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Chris Dancy is touted as “the Most Connected Man on Earth,” and the world is watching those connections carefully. For 25 years, Dancy has served in leadership within the technology and healthcare industries, specializing in the intersection of the two.

Chris entered the public dialog concerning digital health as the media started to focus on wearable technology. He earned his moniker by utilizing up to 700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize his life--from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being. This quantification enables him to see the connections of otherwise invisible data, resulting in dramatic upgrades to his health, productivity, and quality of life.

A noted keynote speaker and executive workshop retreat facilitator, Chris guides organizations and audiences on a journey--a disruptive, breathtaking journey--into the future of computing, when behavior becomes the ultimate interface.

Key Takeaways:

[3:27] Every major corporation is surveilling you, they just have a different name for it to make it sound better

4:27] Chris tells Jason how he went about starting to collect data on himself and how he decided what to do with it

[7:13] How Chris' background as a Database Analyst led him to be able to collect all his data on himself

[9:07] The one piece of equipment that's already doing tracking for you, whether you know it or not

[10:29] How categorizing your purchases by feeling rather than type can change the way you view your habits

[11:35] Wanting to collect data is good, but data isn't very high on the food chain of your life

[12:28] The internet is turning into the INNERnet

[14:06] What could cause the death of apps

[16:42] As technology improves, we're heading towards devices that can track anything we want, from blood oxygen to reading blood with spectral imaging

[18:29] How marketing could be changed as companies are able to get more and more data about our lives and the one place on Earth that's ALREADY doing this

[20:02] The new world of data collection and surveillance is new and, admittedly, scary

[21:00] Whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic about the direction we're headed with technology and surveillance

[23:11] What is singularity and how far off it might be

[24:45] The people who are going to be the most important as we move into quantum computing

Websites Mentioned:

www.chrisdancy.com
www.twitter.com/chrisdancy

Tweetables:

[6:32] "there's this interesting relationship about our lives when you experience everything through a connected interface, that you realize there's filtered information that you can benefit from"

[8:03] "We're entering an age very rapidly, in the next 4 years (and I'd say we're already, it's done), where you can't afford to live without the internet"

[18:08] "Disney's probably the most surveilled, convenient, safe space on Earth"

[19:57] "People don't have the ability to not weaponize facts, and we live in a world full of facts and data"

Direct download: AMA_140_Chris_Dancy.mp3
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John G. Taft is CEO of RBC Wealth Management in the U.S. Mr. Taft is responsible for RBC's wealth management growth strategy in the U.S. which consists of helping clients achieve their financial objectives through a full- service wealth management offering (investment management, retirement planning, cash management, credit and lending, insurance trust, estate planning and other solutions); and enhancing the productivity of financial advisors and relationship managers in RBC's Private Client Group, Correspondent Services, Advisor Services and U.S.-based international businesses.

Mr. Taft has worked in financial services since 1981. He has served as Chairman-Elect and Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the leading securities industry trade group representing securities firms, banks and asset managers in the United States. He is an industry thought leader who frequently speaks at government and industry events and who is widely quoted in the media. He is also executive sponsor of the firm's PRIDE group, representing the interests of LGBT employees and clients.

He is the author of “A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism,” for which Mr. Taft gathered more than 20 industry leaders to share their fresh perspectives on creating solutions for positive social outcomes and a sustainable financial future. He is also the author of "Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street," which explores the importance of stewardship as a core principle.

Jason talks with John about the state of the financial services industry today, what it COULD be, and how we can get it there again.


Key Takeaways:

[4:10] Why Wall Street falls into the cycle of corruption at least once every generation

[5:22] If anyone actually goes to work on Wall Street to help people

[6:39] John gives a surprise example of a country whose financial sector is doing what we want ours to do, but with a lot fewer financial institutions

[7:33] Why financial services institutions actually exist (hint: it's not to make money for the share holders)

[8:56] Why the original reasoning for Wall Street is so important, and where you can look today to prove that it's still true

[10:22] The important fact about capitalism that gets lost in the income inequality discussion

[12:37] Real markets vs the expectations market and the importance of keeping them separate

[15:36] Trying to find a solution to the reoccurring financial services industry problems, whether that be more regulation, less regulation, or something out of left field

[18:11] The "Future of Finance" initiative being done by the Charter Financial Analysts to try and bring morality back into the financial services industry

[19:03] Why the term "financial innovation" doesn't have to make you cringe and shield your wallet

[20:48] RBC Wealth Management's views on their belief that we're in a long term secular bull market for equities

Websites Mentioned:

www.cfainstitute.org
Robert Shiller's book - Finance and the Good Society
www.rbcwealthmanagement.com

Direct download: AMA_139_John_Taft.mp3
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Cheryl Bachelder is the author of the new book "Dare to serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others". Cheryl has served as CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. since 2007. Ms. Bachelder has led a remarkable turnaround of the company’s financial results with a compelling strategic roadmap for growth and an inspiring purpose and set of principles. The results – industry leading performance for the franchise owners and the shareholders. Ms. Bachelder has more than 35 years of experience in brand building, operations and public-company management at companies like Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and The Procter & Gamble Company.

At the time of Ms. Bachelder’s 2007 appointment to CEO, Popeyes’ guest visits had been declining for years, restaurant sales and profit trends were negative. The company stock price had dropped from $34 in 2002 to $13. The brand was stagnant, and relations between the company and its franchise owners were strained. Ms. Bachelder and her team created a workplace where people were treated with respect and dignity yet challenged to perform at the highest level. Silos and self were set aside in favor of collaboration and team play. And the results were measured with rigor and discipline.

By 2014, average restaurant sales were up 25 percent, and profits were up 40 percent. Popeyes’ market share had grown from 14 percent to 21 percent, and the stock price was over $40. In 2012, Ms. Bachelder was recognized as Leader of the Year by the Women’s Foodservice Forum and received the highest industry award, the Silver Plate, for the quick service restaurant sector, presented by the International Food Manufacturer’s Association. She was also recognized as a 2012 Nation’s Restaurant News’ Golden Chain Award recipient.

Key Takeaways:

[4:23] Why the mom and pop restaurants seem to be fading away and being replaced by franchises

[6:52] How restaurants are starting to implement analytics and technology to get ahead in the marketplace

[10:19] How Popeye's is starting to forecast demand of their customers

[12:20] What a $15 minimum wage would mean to companies like Popeye's

[17:18] How having Louisiana roots has led to Popeye's differentiate from the competitors

Websites Mentioned:

www.cherylbachelder.com
www.daretoserveleaders.com

Direct download: AMA_138_Cheryl_Bachelder.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

Chris Martenson, PhD (Duke), MBA (Cornell) is an economic researcher and futurist specializing in energy and resource depletion, and co-founder of PeakProsperity.com (along with Adam Taggart). He is also author of the book "Prosper!: How To Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting" As one of the early econobloggers who forecasted the housing market collapse and stock market correction years in advance, Chris rose to prominence with the launch of his seminal video seminar: The Crash Course which has also been published in book form (Wiley, March 2011). It's a popular and extremely well-regarded distillation of the interconnected forces in the Economy, Energy and the Environment (the "Three Es" as Chris calls them) that are shaping the future, one that will be defined by increasing challenges to growth as we have known it.

Key Takeaways:

[4:22] How Brazil's debt and dropping commodity prices are destroying the nation

[8:10] Japan's population peak and what will become of their nation once all the youth leave

[12:21] What would actually happen to our economy if we actually normalized interest rates

[19:26] How exposed banks might be because of their use of derivatives

[24:57] Unsustainable trends that are going to have to stop, but when will the ball drop?

[30:52] Why Chris has been out of the market for a few years and when he'll consider getting back in

[34:00] The coming robotic revolution and how it will reshape our society

[37:12] What's going to happen by 2030 that should really make us consider what we're investing in as a country

[40:35] Why emotional capital is going to be so important moving forward

Website Mentioned:

www.peakprosperity.com

Direct download: AMA_137_Chris_Martenson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

Eric is from Detroit, Michigan.  He was politically interested from an early age, and in the late 1960s, he began to follow political developments through magazines and the Wall Street Journal. In 1976, he attended a speech in Detroit by economist Milton Friedman. It happened to be the day that Friedman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

From late 1973 to early 1976, Eric worked running drill presses at Detroit Broach and Machine where he was a member of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 7489. Eric’s direct political activities began in 1976 with a contribution to the Libertarian Party presidential campaign of Roger MacBride. Eric read about the sweeping regulations of campaign activities based on the 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act amendments, which were sold as a response to Watergate.  Their actual intent, and the result, was to handicap challengers and therefore entrench incumbents.  Many aspects of the law were ruled unconstitutional in the 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision, but unfortunately the Supreme Court decided to rewrite the law rather than reject it.

Eric is currently a part of The Wisconsin Club for Growth and Citizens for Self Governance.

Key Takeaways:

[4:07] How governmental resources are being used to shut down political speech

[9:13] The impact of Citizens United and the truth behind it

[14:06] How we can stop the entrenched politicians and impose term limits

[20:31] The monologue vs dialogue media

Websites Mentioned:

www.selfgovern.com

Direct download: AMA_136_Eric_OKeefe.mp3
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Real estate was not Marshall’s first business avenue. At the age of 14 he started a successful vending business, growing to over 400 machines in 4 years. In college, Marshall ran a lawn-mowing business, servicing over 200 foreclosed home through a government contract with the Veteran’s Administration.

In September of 2014 Marshall Saunders sold his half ownership of RE/MAX Results to his business partner to pursue his interest in community funded real estate. Marshall was a Broker/Owner in RE/MAX Results since October 2008, in which time the company doubled its number of agents and offices and grew to become the largest RE/MAX franchise in the world. Before being Broker/Owner, Marshall was a Sales Executive with RE/MAX Results for 10 years, specializing in investment property, corporate relocation, and transitioning first-time homeowners from renters to buyers.

Key Takeaways

[4:29] How crowdfunding is changing the rules of investing

[8:04] How the Jobs Act changed over 100 years of law and changed everything

[13:13] If crowdfundings growth and use in real esate will push prices higher

[19:02] Why banks might just end up loving clients who use crowdfunding

[21:56] How crowdfunding investments with real estate would look

[24:53] Why banks seem to let homes go into foreclosure rather than helping borrowers


Websites Mentioned:

www.saundersdailey.com

Direct download: AMA_135_Marshall_Saunders.mp3
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John Addison has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his relatable leadership message for more than two decades.  As former Co-CEO of Primerica, John has worked side by side with many of the titans of American business: Art, Williams, Sandy Weill, Jamie Dimon, Bob Lipp, Pete Dawkins, and Joe Plumeri – to name a few. John has a magnetic stage presence and is highly sought after as a public speaker.

Key Takeaways:

[5:31] The biggest competition Primerica faces as they target the middle class workers

[9:23] How complicated your financial future actually needs to be

[14:20] Buying homes and avoiding "ghost houses"

[18:26] How John was able to take Primerica public in the time of no IPOs

[24:58] John's views on the economy today and how the middle class' views of the system are impacting it

[30:51] How reactions to bad events grow the government and how we should maybe look at it instead

[34:58] The challenge to America that no politicians are talking about right now

Websites Mentioned:

www.johnaddisonleadership.com

Direct download: AMA_134_John_Addison.mp3
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Tren Griffin is a Senior Director at Microsoft, doing strategy, competitive analysis and business development, with a focus on software platforms and business models. He creates and helps execute "go to market" plans, working closely with the engineering and marketing teams. Before that, he was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm controlled by Craig McCaw with investments in software, communications and other technology industries including Nextel, Nextel Partners and many start-up firms. During some of this time served as an officer of portfolio companies XO Communications (VP Strategy) and Teledesic (VP Business Development).

Tren recently released his new book, Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. The book presents the essential steps of Munger's investing strategy, condensed from interviews, speeches, writings, and shareholder letters, and paired with commentary from fund managers, value investors, and business-case historians. Derived from Ben Graham’s value-investing system, Munger’s approach is straightforward enough that even novices can apply it to their portfolios. Not simply about stock picking, it's about cultivating mental models for your whole life, but especially for your investments.

Key Takeaways:

[3:57] What you're looking for as a value investor

[8:42] How FOMO is hurting investors and how value investing avoids it

[13:35] If the corruption on Wall Street is impacting the Munger's and Buffett's of the world

[19:09] If the level of intelligence and activity on Wall Street makes it impossible for the average investor to have an edge

[24:03] Why the Warren Buffett's of the world don't care what the market is doing right now and in the near future

Websites Mentioned:

www.25iq.com
www.twitter.com/trengriffin

Direct download: AMA_133_Tren_Griffin.mp3
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Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy.

He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.

Wood remains a leading expert on the elitist Trilateral Commission, their policies and achievements in creating their self-proclaimed “New International Economic Order” which is the essence of Sustainable Development on a global scale.

Key Takeaways:

[5:36] Where Orwell and Huxley fit into technocracy

[10:41] Why sustainability, while it sounds good, is a dangerous road

[15:53] What's solving our problems (hint: it's not government, charities or communism) and externalities

[19:33] What current threats we're facing

[24:41] The quest for immortality

Websites Mentioned:

www.technocracy.news

Direct download: AMA_132_Patrick_Wood.mp3
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Christopher C. Horner is the author of "Red Hot Lies, How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud & Deception to Keep You Misinformed". He also serves as a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. An attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts and the Supreme Court.

He has been a contributor in the Washington Times, National Review Online and Washington Examiner opinion pages, a guest columnist for United Press International, Energy Tribune and Spain's Actualidad Economica, and regularly contributed to the Brussels legislative news magazine EU Reporter. He has also written in Investor's Business Daily's opinion and the Wall Street Journal's letters pages.

Key Takeaways:

[5:22] England's soaring energy prices and how many seniors are dying each winter due to the inability to heat

[10:01] The belief of environmentalists that people are the scourge of the Earth and what they're missing

[15:37] The media's role in the climate change debate

Website Mentioned:

www.cei.org

Direct download: AMA_131_Chris_Horner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Mark Ford, an American author, entrepreneur, publisher, real estate investor, filmmaker, art collector, and consultant to the direct marketing and publishing industries.

Ford is the author of essays and books on entrepreneurship, wealth-building, economics, and copywriting. He has also written a book of poetry and a book on word use titled Words that Work.

Ford's business writing is published under the pen name Michael Masterson. His books, Automatic Wealth and Ready, Fire, Aim, were recognized on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times Best Sellers lists.

Ford is active in real estate development both in the United States and abroad.

Key Takeaways:

[3:07] The history of the financial newsletter

[10:04] Breaking down "Ready, Fire, Aim"

[13:33] His movie making ventures

[17:42] Finding your optimal selling proposition

[23:05] Real estate investing

[28:53] How we let some industries teach us terribly

Websites Mentioned:
www.palmbeachgroup.com

Direct download: AMA_130_Mark_Ford.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Jon Lieber, Chief Economist & Policy Research at Thumbtack about the entrepreneurial state of the USA, the sharing economy and more.

Key Takeaways:

[5:01] The ability of entrepreneurs to find ways to improve society that we didn't see we needed

[10:31] What's going on with governmental regulation in the sharing economy

[15:57] Why the sharing economy is helping workers and employers

[20:21] How governments create monopolies

Website Mentioned:

www.thumbtack.com
www.twitter.com/lieber2k

Direct download: AMA_129_Jon_Lieber.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38am EDT

Jason Hartman talks about the current state of the American economy, stock market and housing market with Megan Greene, Chief Economist of Manulife & John Hancock Asset Management.

Key Takeaways:

[4:06] If high frequency traders really bring liquidity

into the market

[10:57] The cure all for our economic inequalities, and

why you'll never see it come to fruition

[13:10] Why we may not want to be relying on housing for

our economic revival

Website Mentioned:

www.johnhancock.com

Direct download: AMA_128_Megan_Greene.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Paul Mladjenovic is a CFP, national seminar leader, author and consultant. Since 1981, his specialties have been investing, financial planning and home business issues. Paul has written Stock Investing For Dummies (all four editions), Zero-Cost Marketing, Precious Metals Investing For Dummies, the Job Hunter’s Encyclopedia and the latest book, Micro-Entrepreneurship For Dummies.

Key Takeaways:

[4:11] How living in a communist country helped him in investing in a capitalist market

[10:41] What he's seeing now that concerns him

[18:07] How you need to do some diversifying in more than just your stocks

[26:27] The $50/month investing plan that will make you much better off in the long term

[30:58] The pension danger

[33:51] If the dollars reign as the reserve currency is in jeopardy

[38:08] Why you should own at least some gold

Website Mentioned:

www.ravingcapitalist.com

Direct download: AMA_127_Paul_Mladjenovic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Alvin Roth, Craig & Susan McGaw Professor of Economics at Stanford and author of "Who Gets What and Why"

Key Takeaways

[5:28] - what aspect of the real estate market surprises him the most

[11:45] - The market of organ donation

[16:24] Repugnant Transactions

[20:51] Government's role in contracts

[24:56] Signals and two kinds of messages we send

Direct download: AMA_126_Alvin_Roth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

Jason Hartman talks with John Gaver, editor and publisher of Action America and author of "The Rich Don't Pay Tax! ... or Do They?"

Key Takeaways:

[5:11] What the left is doing that's making people vote with their feet

[11:15] What data to look at that isn't corrupted by politicians and economists

[15:52] Discussing the concerns of a national sales tax

[21:40] Who a flat tax would hurt the most (it's not who you'd think)

Websites Mentioned:

www.therichdontpaytax.com
www.therichdontpaytax.com/calculator

Direct download: AMA_125_John_Gaver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Jason Hartman talks with Salvatore Buscemi, author of The Art of the Raise about different deal structures in real estate investments.

Key Takeaways

[5:08] Importance of not investing based on personality

[10:03] What you need to do before you even set foot in a deal

[15:21] How different needs in investors change the investment strategy

[27:05] What Jason thinks nobody ever reads

[35:11] Why you need to know the other investors in the deal

Websites Mentioned

www.artoftheraise.com

Direct download: AMA_124_Salvatore_Buscemi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Jason Hartman discusses 3 different strategies for investing in real estate, what an executive flip is, how to not get caught in the fools game, the difference between an investment and a speculation, the bubble of 2005 with David Wood, from Amplified Living.

Key Takeaways:

[5:30] "I prefer the high end flips because i think the people who are going to buy a million or 2 million dollar house, often lack vision."

[10:07] "If you're buying real estate with a long term vision of having complete financial freedom, then the money coming in you shouldn't be spending."

[21:02] - Everything about real estate investing involves disciplines

[26:57] - "And i find kindness is one of the great methods of negotiation"

Websites Mentioned:

www.amplifiedliving.com

Direct download: AMA_123_David_Wood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

Mark Everson is currently a Republican presidential candidate for the 2016 election, as well as the former Red Cross CEO and former Commissioner of the IRS, about the current race and how stands out in a field as large as this.

 

Key Takeaways:

[4:24] I would suggest to you that we've lost this traditional approach to our nation

[9:55] Some of the Republicans would knee jerk, just defend Wall Street. I'm not doing that

[14:49] People tell me stories, people have the insurance but they're not using it!

Direct download: AMA_122_Mark_Everson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

Aaron Clarey is the author of 5 books, his most current being Enjoy the Decline of America. He also an economist, running the blog Captain Capitalism. He talks with Jason about the USD status as the world's reserve currency, the current environment of political correctness, how the old economic building block of society is failing us and more.

Key Takeaways:

[6:25] - "pursuing such socialist and parasitic policies are not good at all for any country and should never be repeated again"

[10:15] - "we no longer value a child or the family as the basic building block of the economy"

[15:05] - if you want to nail it down to one thing, it's unfunded liabilities

[22:30] - they don't know that by voting Obama in twice that they have fundamentally shifted the tenor of the United States.

Mentioned in this episode:

CaptainCapitalism.blogspot.com

Direct download: AMA_121_Aaron_Clarey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56am EDT

Nathan Jaye is the founder of Ziprz and contributor to the CFA Institute Magazine. In an article, Nathan interviewed Tom Brown, the global head of investment management at KPMG on some of the interesting financial changes we might see in the next decade and a half. Jason invites Nathan on the show to talk about the article he wrote and to discuss why millennials are not a fan of Wall Street. 

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:40] Nathan talks about the past financial crisis in 2008. 

[4:00] Why do millennials not relate to Wall Street? 

[7:05] Wall Street's business model wants to 'sit down and talk about it' and many millennials who are used to making purchases on the internet do not like that. 

[9:05] Nathan and Jason talk about robo advisers. 

[11:15] Technology will affect the way we traditionally bank.  

[15:45] We're slowly starting to see changes in technology-incorporated clothing.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://ziprz.com/

 

http://blogs.cfainstitute.org/investor/2015/04/28/a-view-to-the-future-changes-in-the-investment-industry/

Direct download: AMA_120_Nathan20_Jaye.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Salvatore Buscemi is the author of Making the Yield: Real Estate Hard Money Lending Uncovered as well as the Managing Director for Dandrew Partners New York. He talks to Jason Hartman on the subject of finding experienced fund managers, the problems with crowd funding, dealing with inexperienced investors, and much more on today's show. 

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:45] Salvatore talks about his book, Making The Yield: Real Estate Hard Money Lending Uncovered. 

[2:50] You can't take $2,000 from someone and really invest or place that capital meaningfully. 

[9:00] People are going to real estate fund managers who have no experienced and are losing their money. 

[19:45] Real estate crowd funding deals are tricky, because now the developer is dealing with less experienced investors. 

[27:20] You can't make accurate predictions in an era where government and central banks intervene. 

[35:50] People want more control over their investments and rather invest in someone who they have a good relationship with. 

 

[39:30] Ask the hard questions first before you invest. 

Direct download: AMA2011920Salvator20Buscemi20RP20CW20503.mp3
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Jason welcomes Linda P. Jones to the show. Linda is a podcaster and financial expert who teaches others how to have a wealthy mindset and how to build wealth the right way. She became a multimillionaire by the age of 39 and talks to Jason about her stock market background, six steps to building wealth, and where the US dollar is going. 

 

Key Takeaways:

2:30 – Linda realized early on that mutual funds weren't going to make her rich. 

4:30 – People who are overly cheap or frugal do not have a wealthy mindset. 

9:30 – Linda shares her story on how she made money in stocks. 

14:20 – Even if you have a full-time job, having a side hustle is a great way to begin creating wealth. 

16:45 – About every 8.5 years the US sees a financial cycle. 

20:50 – Linda is a big fan of gold and silver and she explains why they're a great investment. 

 25:10 – The only reason the US has so much power is because they have a monopoly on money. 

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

Money Love by Jerry Gillies

 http://www.lindapjones.com/

Direct download: AMA2011120Linda20P.20Jones.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

Patrick Cox produces unbiased and independent research in the field of transformational technology. He has worked closely with Nobel Prize-winning scientists and economists along with having over 200 of his editorials appear on the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more. Patrick shares some insider science to Jason and his audience today and also talks about some very interesting medical advancements the media fails to report on. 

 

Key Takeaways:

4:35 – Conviction and convenience do not live together, so you have to separate yourself from convenience. 

7:10 – If you have plans to do great things, you are bound to find some resistance from your friends and family. 

10:00 – You can't get more in life until you are grateful for what you have today. 

14:00 – Birmingham property tour is coming up and Meet the Masters event is coming up in January. 

18:00 – There's a lot of exciting things going on in science, but you wouldn't know that because the media is very poor at reporting science. 

20:10 – Social security is under estimating our life spans. In reality, people will be living a lot longer. 

24:30 – The government is obsessed with not putting out a drug that may have side effects, which Patrick believes is absurd when so many lives are at stake. A possible cure with side effects is better than no cure when people are dying.  

27:00 – The FDA has not adapted to the new model of how personalized medicine works. 

30:10 – Scientists did tests on a chemical compound called anatabine and found it be the most effective anti-inflammatory agent ever discovered.  

34:00 – There are a number of ways you can rejuvenate the heart muscles when they've been damaged. We thought for a long time that these could not be repaired at all. 

39:00 – The Japanese are leading in rejuvenation medicine because they understand their citizens are getting older and fewer Japanese are being born.  

42:15 – We have the tech crowd pushing against the roadblocks that cutting-edge medicine is facing. 

 

 

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://www.jasonhartman.com/

http://www.patrickcoxdna.com/

 

https://www.mauldineconomics.com/

Direct download: AMA_97_Patric_Cox.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EDT

In the today’s American Monetary Association Show, Jason Hartman speaks to author and former Department of Justice attorney, Sidney Powell. Together, they dive into some of the most scandalous and outrageous cases which have based through the Department of Justice in recent decades. Step-by-step, they overview several of the cases featured in Powell’s book Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice and consider the true state of our society.

 

Takeaways

01.30 – Sidney Powell’s book, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, deals with some of the most scandalous and historic events to come out of the United States’ Department of Justice.

9.50 – Within the Merrill Lynch case, it got to the point where favourable statements were hidden for six years while four Merrill Lynch executives were sent to prison without even a listed criminal offence.

13.30 – Sometimes there are two sides to a story and you need to dig a little deeper to find out what really happened.

17.25 – You have to question when a judge says he’s never had such a fine person before him for sentencing, and then passes a sentence.

20.50 – www.pogo.org (Project on Government Oversight) has identified over 400 instances of misconduct by prosecutors in the last decade.

22.30 – Despite having a criminal conviction against his name a few days before the re-election, Ted Stevens only lost his place on the Senate by a few votes.

28.15 – The Bar associations are less than useless in these situations because they just give the same response.

32.30 – Judge Sullivan is turning around the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS and doing his best to achieve a just result.

34.40 – There are too many aspects of the IRS case that just seem conveniently timed for it to be believable.

35.10 – Many of Sidney’s articles about these issues can be found at www.Observer.com

37.10 – If the IRS is being used to target political opponents, who gave that order?

39.15 – Information about the book and how to purchase it can be found at www.LicensedtoLie.com. Tweet Sidney using the handle @SidneyPowell1 and be sure to ‘like’ Licensed to Lie on Facebook.

 

Direct download: AMA_93_Sidney_Powell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Today’s American Monetary Association program features the founder and editor of Stray Reflections, Jawad Mian, as a guest. He and host, Jason Hartman discuss the current and potential state of Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates before moving on to consider some of the biggest consumer investment issues facing today’s society and looking at the future of bitcoin.

                      

 

Key Takeaways

 

05.00 – A lot of the developments and changes happening to Dubai are to provide the desired lifestyle for the growing expatriate community there.

08.00 – Each of the Emirates in the UAE has different societal structures which lead to a different overall feeling of the country.

15.00 – Tourism remains one of the largest and most profitable industries in the Middle East.

17.20 – Transportation and particularly transportation of goods or consumer items is one of the biggest draws in oil reserves.

18.30 – In some ways, bit-coin seems attractive as an alternative currency, but the FBI and the IRS’s insistence that it is taxable property definitely alters some people’s view of it.

22.00 – The volatility of bitcoin as a prospective currency makes it particularly unattractive to merchants.

25.30 – The alleged main aim of bitcoin is to have an economy free from the government, but in the event of any incidents occurring, the only way they could get out from it is with government assistance.

27.10 – For more information about investing strategies and themes, head to www.stray-reflections.com

Direct download: AMA_92_Jawad_D_Mian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am EDT

We are all confused about economic indicators and it’s critical that we understand the real figures, the direction of the economy, interest rates and their consequences, and much more. On this episode, Jason Hartman interviews Bernie Baumohl, author of Secrets of Economic Indicators, in regard to the numerous economic indicators and what is most useful. Bernie explains what a “business cycle” is and what happens during the cycle, how it comes full circle over time. For more details, listen at: www.JasonHartman.com. Bernie gives examples of stress points in the business cycle. People make mistakes, such as buying more inventory than they need or the economy can’t handle the demand of the people. More recently, we have seen longer periods of economic growth, but at a closer look, the mistakes that caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression are apparent. It was a “cauldron of fraud and wrecklessness,” says Bernie. Jason and Bernie touch on the subject of the Federal Reserve and the Gold Standard, citing what has been happening in Greece as an example of the limitations of a currency that is fixed and unmovable. Bernie feels that a country in economic trouble needs to have the flexibility to lower interest rates. They also discuss market sensitivity, the index, and the source of the leading market indicators.

Bernard Baumohl is chief global economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing on international affairs. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl was also an award-winning reporter with TIME magazine who covered the White House, Federal Reserve and Wall Street. Apart from his role as chief global economist, Mr. Baumohl also teaches at the New York Institute of Finance and is a regular commentator on Public Television's Nightly Business Report. A sought after international speaker, Mr. Baumohl has been recognized for his forecasting accuracy. He has lectured at New York University and Duke University, and is often cited in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Business Week, Barron's, and the Financial Times.

Mr. Baumohl is author of The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities (Wharton School Publishing, 2nd edition). The best-selling book is winner of the Readers Preference Editor's Choice Award for Finance and has been translated into several languages, including Russian and Chinese.  He is also a recipient of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism, and is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association. Mr. Baumohl holds an M.A. from Columbia University.

Direct download: AMA53-BernieBaumohl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT