American Monetary Association

Jason Hartman is joined by Wesley Gray, CEO of Alpha Architect for a fascinating discussion on inflation hedges and future scenarios for commodities and crypto.

How should we allocate risk right now? Why is crypto performing so poorly? Are we truly becoming a Banana Republic that does not end well? Jason and Wesley discuss a few things that you should always consider including keeping your tax rates down as much as possible. Fees and taxes are things you can often control, whereas we can’t control what the economy or inflation is going to do. 

And why is crypto doing so poorly when it should, at least in theory, be the inflation hedge asset? Where’s Michael Saylor? Isn’t Bitcoin digital gold? Without a military behind it, will cryptocurrencies ever be truly viable?

Key takeaway:

0:28 Welcome Wesley Gray, CEO & Co-CIO, Alpha Architect – Empowering investors through education

1:31 How do we allocate risk?

3:17 What assets should you be owning right now? Stocks, commodities?

6:24 Controlling your tax rates

7:49 Will we see incredibly high interest rates needed to tame inflation?

8:31 We are becoming a Banana Republic and it won’t end well

10:05 Alpha Architect investment philosophies

11:38 Following trends in crypto, bonds & stocks

13:19 Why is crypto doing so poorly right now?

15:00 Ponzi schemes backed by military

16:07 The ability to inflict violence is what makes the world run

16:50 Freedom in Iraq vs Freedom in the US

18:03 Learn more and check out Wesley’s blog at and follow on Twitter! @alphaarchitect

Wesley R. Gray, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-CIO, Alpha Architect

After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago where he studied under Nobel Prize Winner Eugene Fama. Next, Wes took an academic job in his wife’s hometown of Philadelphia and worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management firm dedicated to an impact mission of empowering investors through education. Wes has published multiple academic papers and four books, including Embedded (Naval Institute Press, 2009), Quantitative Value (Wiley, 2012), DIY Financial Advisor (Wiley, 2015), and Quantitative Momentum (Wiley, 2016).


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