American Monetary Association

Investment Counselor Adam talks with one of the network's lenders about what rates are available for investors, what's been driving the slowly rising rates, whether it's worth it to pay points on your loan, and more.

Key Takeaways:

[0:48] Rates are higher than they were 4 months ago, but where are they historically?

[6:12] What will happen to rates if the 7% limit is removed?

[8:01] Today's mortgage rates for a 200,000 property

[10:44] What breakeven is considered good for paying points on your loan?

[13:03] Does it make sense to put 15% down?


Direct download: AMA_401_MayMortgage.mp3
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Jason Hartman talks with Ken Honda, author of Happy Money, The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money, to discuss why giving is so powerful, the importance of money, and more.

Key Takeaways:

[3:41] What does it mean to not be at peace with your money

[8:22] Money is just a number and an idea

[12:23] Ken's money container philosophy

[16:35] What you appreciate, appreciates

[21:38] What you can do to invite more happy money into your life


Direct download: AMA_400_Ken_Honda.mp3
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Jason Hartman talks with The Rebel Capitalist George Gammon about the newest Operation Twist. This is a program run previously that aims to manipulate yields. George explains how it did work and how it might be used again. The two also examine the hyperinflation of Weimar, Germany, and see if there's any link to what's happening in the USA today.

Key Takeaways:

[1:11] What was Operation Twist and what's version 2 look like today?

[5:56] The impact of the Treasury spending down their account

[10:52] How bank actions are distorting the yield curve

[14:59] Is all of this as inflationary as it sounds?

[17:25] Average income in the US is substantially rising

[28:08] Weimar, Germany's inflation story


Direct download: AMA_399_Gammon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

There are many different ways to invest your money. What's the difference between things like REITs and simply purchasing a single family rental? Both of them are, technically, investing in real estate, but only one of them gives you a multi-dimensional asset that you can control.

Jason Hartman dives into the two investments to see the pros and cons of each.


Direct download: AMA_398_Maintain_Control.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

When a libertarian is saying it may be time for Universal Basic Income (UBI), does that mean it's come mainstream?

Mike Munger, Professor at Duke University and author of the new book Platforms: The Perils and Promise, joins Jason Hartman to discuss the potential of a $15 minimum wage, and what that would do to the economy vs what a UBI could do. The two also discuss asset prices, monopolies, and what HAS to be fixed with our current version of capitalism.

Key Takeaways:

[2:47] What is the 3rd revolution

[8:17] Why Mike is in favor of Universal Basic Income

[12:48] How do you find the ideal amount of UBI?

[17:19] Asset prices cause inequality

[19:21] Is it time to reexamine what we call antitrust?

[24:10] Capitalism is becoming cronyism in the USA. Is that sustainable?


Direct download: AMA_397_Munger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT