Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, money manager and CEO of McAlvany Financial http://mcalvany.com/ and the McAlvany Group of Companies, David McAlvany.
David also co-hosts the popular McAlvany Weekly Commentary podcast https://mcalvanyweeklycommentary.com/ and he has a new self help/family improvement/personal development book coming out soon called, The Intentional Legacy https://www.amazon.com/Intentional-Le...
During this 40+ minute interview, Jason starts off by asking David what type of mess is President Donald Trump inheriting?
Jason and David discuss the banking system and the US' debt problems, what damage a strong US Dollar on the Dollar Index can do to the global economy and whether the US Dollar and Gold van buck normal financial correlations and rise together?
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St and managing editor of The News Doctors and independent financial journalist, Eric Dubin are back for Episode #31 of Welcome to Dystopia.
To start the show, Jason and Eric discus whether gold and silver have bottomed?
Eric talks about how the currency markets are affecting gold and silver prices and Jason talks about how the President of Turkey is calling FOREX speculators "terrorists" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01...
Jason and Eric then talk about capital controls in China, Bitcoin and how there's now a tug of war between the elite's version of globalism that only benefits people in the West with some cheap goods and economic nationalism post Brexit, Donald Trump and Italian referendum.
Jason and Eric also discuss what could go wrong with Trump raising tariffs on China.
There's some good laughs in this episode!
1) Former Goldman Sachs CEO, NJ Governor, & Scumbag Hall of Fame Member, Jon Corzine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Cor... who was able to gamble with $1.6 billion in customer money at his firm MF Global in 2011 when he bankrupted the company and escape with only a $5 million civil fine! http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mfg...
2) Joe Biden for winning a Presidential Medal of Freedom today- WTF did he do to deserve it???
3) Fiat Chrysler for lying/cheating on pollution tests with the EPA http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01...
Jason Burack interviewed returning guest, former managing director at Goldman Sachs & Bear Stearns turned whistle blower and author, Nomi Prins http://www.nomiprins.com/. Nomi's full bio is here: http://www.nomiprins.com/biography/
Nomi is the author of numerous books including, All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power https://www.amazon.com/All-Presidents...
She is currently working on her newest book, Artisans of Money, which will be out later in 2017.
Nomi's review of 2016 and 2017 political/markets predictions: http://www.nomiprins.com/thoughts/201...
During this interview, Jason asks Nomi about the effects a strong US Dollar on the US Dollar Index can have on the global economy and how much damage it can do to the global economy?
Jason and Nomi discuss how the amount of foreign government denominated debt in US Dollars and foreign corporate debt denominated in US Dollars has basically risen an order of magnitude in the last few decades.
Jason then asks Nomi about if anything has been fixed in the banking system since the 2008 financial crisis?
Jason and Nomi also discuss if central banks have the ability to continue expanding the balance sheets, why China is also doing currency swaps with its trading partners and some of the risks Donald Trump runs by implementing a tariffs and a large protectionist trade policy on China.
To wrap up the interview, Jason asks Nomi, who was a supporter of Bernie Sanders and on his team of economic advisors how angry she was that Hillary Clinton got the Democratic Party nomination instead of Bernie given the information that came out in Wikileaks Podesta emails and the DNC Leaks.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, former software entrepreneur turned hedge fund manager, Erik Townsend. Erik also hosts the popular Macro Voices podcast https://www.macrovoices.com/
To start off the interview, Jason asks Erik about the damage a strong US Dollar can do to the global economy?
Erik thinks the Dollar Index will continue to increase until global central bankers sit down and agree to another Plaza Accord https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaza_A... to manipulate and intervene in currency markets with exchange rates.
Jason and Mo of Wall St for Main St discuss 2016 including the Federal Reserve, interest rate increases, the 35+ bond bull market, a strong US Dollar, Donald Trump and Dow 20k.
Wall St For Main St welcomed back Eric Hadik, he is a cycle and technical analyst and editor of INSIIDE Track Trading.
To check out Eric's newsletter go to, www.insiidetrack.com
Topics discussed in this podcast:
1. A review of the gold/silver market in 2016 and what to expect in 2017. Why did the precious metals market correct in the second half of 2016?
2. What caused the U.S. dollar at make 14 years highs and what should we expect in 2017?
3. With the Dow Jones approaching 20,000 and S&P 500 making all time high, should we be worried or bullish for stocks in 2017?
4. Is the bull market in bonds over? Will the bubble finally burst and what does that mean for housing market and the credit market?
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, Cornell University Chemistry Professor, David Collum. Dave writes an annual review which is considered one of the more comprehensive reviews of markets.
Jason and Dave talk about why Donald Trump won the election, the potential end of the 35 year bond bull market, why bankers weren't put in jail for fraud after the 2008 financial crisis, censorship on college campuses and how the mainstream media is on a witch hunt.
Jason Burack and Eric Dubin are back for Episode #30 of Welcome to Dystopia.
In today's show they discuss:
1) Gold and Silver markets including the news of Deutsche Bank agreeing to settle both the London silver fix manipulation and London gold fix manipulation cases, rising premiums in India and China for physical metal, and how silver rebounded quickly today
2) Whether the 35+ year bond bull market is over?
3) What's this Dollar Shortage people are talking about?
4) Whether Donald Trump being elected means the elites' war on cash/cashless society stops in the US?
5) India's demonetization scheme- is it a test run for a global war on cash and a war on gold?
6) DOW 20k
7) Worsening stagflation coming in the US?
To wrap up the show, Jason and Eric discuss the mainstream media's continued efforts to label The News Doctors, Zero Hedge, etc as fake news and part of a sophisticated Russian propaganda scheme.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, Senior Editor of International Man http://www.internationalman.com/, Nick Giambruno.
Nick's full bio is available here: http://www.internationalman.com/autho...
During this 40+ minute interview, Jason asks Nick about his recent article about the Italian referendum vote that appeared on Zero Hedge http://www.internationalman.com/artic...
Jason asks Nick if after Brexit, DOnald Trump wining the US election and the "No" vote on the Italian referendum if he thinks globalism is losing battles and is in retreat mode?
Nick thinks globalism is indeed in retreat but the globalists won't give up on inflation, controlling politicians and trying to implement a cashless society (for more taxes and control).
Jason and Nick discuss central banking, capitalism, inflation and how people can cheaply acquired a 2nd passport.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed first time guest, former Federal Reserve insider Danielle DiMartino Booth http://dimartinobooth.com/.
Danielle worked on Wall St for years and she predicted the 2008 housing crisis in advance. She then left Wall St and wrote a popular financial column for the Dallas Morning News for years as well. Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President, Richard Fisher, read her financial column and loved it and hired Danielle to work for the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. She spent 9 years as a Senior Financial Analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas & Advisor on monetary policy to Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President, Richard Fisher. Danielle left the Federal Reserve in 2015 to start her own consulting and newsletter publishing company, Money Strong. She also has a new book coming out soon called, Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America!
Her full bio is here: http://dimartinobooth.com/bio/
To pre-order her new book, Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Fed-Up-Insider...
Read her free financial newsletter here: http://dimartinobooth.com/latest-week...
During this 30+ minute interview, Jason starts of by first asking Danielle if she thinks the Federal Reserve will be run differently under Donald Trump than if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election?
Jason also asks Danielle if the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in December, why the Federal Reserve seems to keep doubling down on monetary policy ideas with broken economic models and about the pension fund crisis all across the US.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed first time guest, former top lobbyist, author, lawyer and whistle blower, Jack Abramoff http://abramoff.com/.
Jack Abramoff's book, Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist https://www.amazon.com/Capitol-Punish...
During this 30+ minute interview, Jason starts off by asking Jack about the documentary, The Best Government Money Can Buy, about lobbying and if large corporations get a 100 to 1 return on investment (ROI) or greater when they hire lobbyists in DC?
Jason then asks Jack about DC corruption and how difficult it will be for Donald Trump to drain the swamp?
Jason asks Jack about if the levels of corruption has increased in the last few decades? Jack says there's been pervasive corruption in DC for a long time but most Americans just didn't notice.
Jason and Jack discuss Trump's call with Taiwan, some of Trump's cabinet picks, if Trump will try to copy Ronald Reagan and what efforts can be done to try and clean up the massive amounts of corruption in DC.
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Wall St for Main St welcome back Brent Johnson. He is a former Wall Street analyst and founder of Santiago Capital.
What did we talk about?
1. We did a review of 2016 and discussed major events that happened in the economy and market such as Brexit, Federal Reserve raising the interest rate, Trump winning the election, stock market making all time highs, Euro banks collapse and precious metals surge.
2. An overview of what to come in 2017 with Trump's pro-growth economic policies, precious metals market, the possibility of the Feds raising rate again and much more.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, former financial industry veteran, financial commentator and precious metals expert, Craig Hemke aka Turd Ferguson of the popular TF Metals Report website http://www.tfmetalsreport.com/.
During this 30+ minute interview, Jason starts off by asking Craig if he thinks the elites, TPTB and the mainstream media will try to get Donald Trump impeached soon after he takes office in January and if the Federal Reserve will intentionally allow a large stock market crash soon after Trump takes office?
Craig has a contrarian view that the elites don't want the stock market to crash and that gold went down almost entirely because of the Dollar/Yen trade and how exchange rates have changed.
Jason also asks Craig about if he thinks Deutsche Bank got off far too easy settling its Silver Fix Manipulation Case, about what havoc a strengthening Dollar can cause to the global economy and if he's upset his popular website didn't make the Washington Post's "Fake News" list?
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St welcomed back returning guest, respected former value investor on Wall St and one of the top forensic accountants on Wall St, Charles Ortel http://charlesortel.com/.
Charles was warning people about accounting problems in GE, GM and the large Wall St banks well in advance of the 2008 financial crisis and his warnings proved prescient. Charles has been on a long and time consuming crusade for the truth about the Clinton Foundation and exposing the "largest ever charity fraud" in world history in excess of $100 billion.
During this 50+ minute interview, Jason starts off by asking Charles about the news today how Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said that the Trump administration won't pursue additional investigations about the Clinton private email server/Clinton Foundation. Links to stories:
Charles thinks Trump is playing poker, doing a rouse or intentionally doing a head fake. Notice how the Trump camp didn't say the FBI, DOJ and IRS have stopped current investigations of the Clinton Foundation?
Next, Jason asks if/when Obama and/or Trump pardon Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton if the pardon will cover all the crimes from the Clinton Foundation? Charles says absolutely not. He says the Clinton Foundation is most likely being investigated by state tax agencies in the US, foreign tax agencies (for setting up unregistered Clinton Foundation subsidiaries) and the Clinton Foundation has so many potential counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and solicitation (more than Corrine Brown received over 300 years in prison for!) that a blanket pardon can't cover everything.
Jason also asks Charles about any additional information that came out about the Clinton Foundation when Julian Assange and Wikileaks released the 36 batches of Podesta Emails?
It appears that the accounting firm for the Clinton Foundation has acted like Arthur Anderson did in covering up the massive accounting fraud at Enron.
8 Laws HRC could be indicted for breaking: http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/21/eig...
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed first time guest, Managing Director of Global Wealth Protection http://www.globalwealthprotection.com/, Bobby Casey. Bobby has traveled to over 70 countries and he's an American expat.
Bobby's business is growing nicely and he was interviewed by Jamie Tardy of the popular Eventual Millionaire podcast in 2012: http://eventualmillionaire.com/2012/0...
Download a free report about protecting your privacy in the US: http://www.globalwealthprotection.com...
Global IRA: http://globalira.com/
The goal of Bobby's business is to help clients internationalize their business, their wealth and their life.
During this 40+ minute interview, Jason starts off by asking Bobby for his perspective on the 2016 Election and the US mainstream media's coverage of the election as an American expat?
Bobby tells Jason has has zero faith in any politicians or any political parties. He hates both parties and both candidates and tells listeners they should be highly skeptical of any politician and should instead focus on themselves and improving their own lives.
Jason and Bobby discuss the corruption of the US media, Hillary Clinton, the Wikileaks revelations and how George Soros is funding violent paid protests.
Jason then asks Bobby about the news stories coming out of India and Australia and where they fit into a narrative for more government control over people's money?
Bobby talks about how capital controls are increasing globally and taxes are going up.
Jason asks Bobby if he likes Bitcoin and block chain technology?
Bobby thinks block chain technology has the potential to drastically reduce the power governments hold over their citizens.
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Wall St for Main St welcomed back Dr. Mark Thornton, he is an Austrian economist and Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute.
What did we talk about?
1. What is supply side economic and what does the Austrian school of economic think of it?
2. Discuss Trump's economic policies and if it is enough to revamp the stagnant economy.
3. Why Reaganomics worked well in the 1980s?
4. Will Trump's economic policy cause more inflation?
4. How government subsidies contribute to the Skyscraper Curse?
Plus much more!
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St and independent financial journalist and managing editor of The News Doctors, Eric Dubin, are back for Episode #29 of Welcome to Dystopia.
Jason and Eric start off the show talking about the gold and silver markets. Eric thinks gold and silver bottomed on Monday. Jason talks about how there's not enough capital available to build a lot of new gold and silver mines to offset depletion from producing mines. This means there will be future supply problems that will be solved with higher prices.
Jason and Eric then spend most of the rest of the show talking about the 2016 Presidential Election and how and why Donald Trump won.
Jason's exclusive article on why he thinks Hillary Clinton lost the election http://thenewsdoctors.com/the-real-re...
Don't miss this show for extensive coverage of Trump's cabinet and his potential economic policy. Jason and Eric also discuss the shameful way in which the mainstream media handled the 2016 Presidential election.
1) George Soros for paying protestors after the Trump election win (among many other crimes)
2) Hillary Clinton for being a sore loser and blaming Obama and Comey for her election loss
3) The Podesta Brothers and their "spirit cooking" obsession
4) Mainstream media for their one sided PR/propaganda coverage promoting a Hillary Clinton win prior to the election
5) The hypocrites in Hollywood and hypocritical politicians on the left who often have double standards for what they say compared to what they actually do
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St welcomed back returning guest, former top Wall St investment analyst, author and owner/writer of the popular Dollar Collapse http://dollarcollapse.com/ website, John Rubino.
John's bio is available here: http://dollarcollapse.com/about/
John's 2 most popular books he co-wrote with James Turk are:
1) The Collapse of The Dollar and How to Profit from It
2) The Money Bubble
During this 25+ minute election, Jason and John discuss Donald Trump winning the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton and what it means for the US economy, ending corruption in DC and whether Trump can stop or fix anything?
Jason and John also discuss whether Trump will fire Federal Reserve Chairwoman, Janet Yellen.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, credit analyst, natural resource investor and President and CEO Sprott U.S. Holdings Inc., Rick Rule http://sprottglobal.com/
Rick has over 30 years experience investing in natural resources.
Rick's bio is available here: http://sprottglobal.com/our-team/rick...
During this 35+ minute interview, Jason started off the interview by asking Rick about his call on BNN in September where he said he's short term bearish and long term bullish on oil.
Jason asks Rick what he means by that and if OPEC's behavior is affecting his call and whether he thinks there's a major oil bust coming soon?
Rick talks about OPEC's poor track record for getting anything they want done done in the oil market with respect to production quotas and also oil prices.
Jason follows up by asking Rick if oil companies are making free cash flow at the current oil price? Rick says many are not.
Rick says many oil companies are drastically under-reporting their costs and compares them to primary gold and silver miners. Rick says that many primary gold and silver miners are still significantly under-reporting their all in sustainable costs (AISC) to produce gold and silver.
Jason and Rick discuss the gold mining industry and common mistakes retail investors make when buying junior mining stocks. Jason also asks Rick if gold mining companies are making free cash flow at current prices and if new primary gold and silver mines will be built at current prices?
Rick talks about the Sprott Gold Miners ETF and the Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETFs.
Next, Jason asks Rick about Sprott Inc and how Sprott has partnered with the ICE Exchange in order to try and create a new gold futures contract that will only settle in physical gold. Rick talks about how this new venture also aims to go after large pools of capital (pension funds and institutions) and offer them similar services to Gold Money.
To wrap up the interview, Jason asks Rick about the craziness of the Federal Reserve and academic, PhD Keynesian Economists, the 2016 election and when markets like uranium and copper will bottom?
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St welcomed back returning guest, oil and energy expert Robert Rapier http://www.energytrendsinsider.com/co...
Robert writes multiple paid investing newsletters for oil investors available here: http://www.investingdaily.com/experts...
Jason and Robert discuss how many oil producing companies are generating free cash flow at current oil prices, they talk about the supply/demand picture of the oil market, income opportunities for investors in oil and energy, the US' transition to exporting massive amounts of LNG and what effect Donald Trump winning the presidency would have on the US' oil production?
Robert's Forbes article from August about E&P Oil Producing Companies with Over $1 billion in annual free cash flow http://www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2...
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, best selling author, James Rickards http://www.jamesrickardsproject.com/.
Jim's past best selling books include:
1) Currency Wars https://www.amazon.com/Currency-Wars-...
2) The Death of Money https://www.amazon.com/Death-Money-Co...
3) The New Case for Gold https://www.amazon.com/New-Case-Gold-...
James' full bio available here: http://www.jamesrickardsproject.com/a...
Jim is back on for an interview to discuss his new book, The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan For The Next Financial Crisis https://www.amazon.com/Road-Ruin-Glob...
During this 25+ minute interview, Jason starts off the interview by asking Jim about what happens to markets and the real economy if Donald Trump wins the 2016 Presidential Election coming up on November 8th?
James talks about how Donald Trump will most likely end up using Larry Summers' $2 trillion infrastructure plan to create jobs and how that will most likely continue to add to the US' debt problems.
Jim talks about how the elites are setting up the SDR and will grow the SDR exponentially in size after the next financial crisis to create a lot more inflation.
Next, Jason asks Jim if large currency swaps are part of the plan along with the massive increases in SDR usage to prop up asset prices with inflation?
Jim talks about the importance of owning at least some gold and how high gold could go? Jim expects gold to ultimately end up as part of the global financial system to restore confidence.
To wrap up the interview, Jason asks Jim what's the endgame goal for the elites? Is it to start WWIII? Is it to make the middle class poor and create a large class of serfs?
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed returning guest, head of research at Gold Money https://www.goldmoney.com/, Alasdair Macleod. Alasdair has over 20 years experience working in the financial industry.
Alasdair's articles are available here:
Jason asks Alasdair for an update on Brexit and also about the flash crash the British Pound had against the US Dollar where the Pound crashed a record 6% in only 2 minutes!
Jason and Alasdair discuss how central banks have kept loading on debt and other assets onto their balance sheets and how much worse the global debt problem is since 2008. Alasdair says a tiny increase in interest rates could collapse the global financial system because of how leveraged it has become. Nothing was learned from the 2008 crisis.
Jason also asks Alasdair about the gold market and about how Deutsche Bank is only going to pay a $38 million fine for manipulating the London Silver fix in exchange for providing more evidence against its co-conspirators.
To wrap up the interview, Jason and Alasdair discuss the demand side for physical gold.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed first time guest, former Budget Director for President Ronald Reagan, David Stockman http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com
David has 40 years of experience working his way up the Republican ranks in DC and also 20 years working on Wall Street.
David's bio is here: http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/about...
David has also written multiple best selling books including:
1) The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed
2) The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America
and he's here to talk about his new book, Trumped! A Nation on the Brink of Ruin... And How to Bring It Back https://www.amazon.com/Trumped...
During this 35+ minute interview, Jason starts off the interview by asking David about the real economy on Main St, USA and if there was ever a real recovery on Main St after the 2008 financial crisis?
David says there was only a recovery in asset prices and among the people in DC and on Wall St. He says most of Main, St USA is fly over country that the "bi-coastal elites" running the country don't care about.
Jason asks David about inflation in food, rent, healthcare (Obamacare) and other daily necessities.
Jason asks David if the Federal Reserve will get permission to start buying US stocks and US corporate bonds soon? David thinks Congress will block it for now.
Next, Jason asks David about why Bernie Sanders have become so popular?
David says both became popular because of economics and because the economy for the average middle class person is rapidly deteriorating.
David agrees with Donald Trump about all the systems being rigged but he thinks the election is in the bag for Hillary Clinton and she will become the first female president in US history.
Jason asks David about gold and the war on cash before asking him a handful of listener questions to wrap up the interview.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St and independent financial journalist and managing editor of The News Doctors, Eric Dubin are back for (a redo) of Episode #28 of Welcome to Dystopia.
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Jason and Eric start off this show by discussing the correction in precious metals markets, and what may stop the correction?
Next, Jason and Eric talk about the 2nd and 3rd US Presidential debates and how close the race is to the finish line between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Jason and Eric discuss why many college educated Progressives/Democrats are ignoring mountains of evidence from Wikileaks and others about the corruption of Hillary Clinton.
Are you glad the election and media circus is almost over?
1) George Soros- For paying to start race wars and plundering poor and middle class Americans while he pays $$$ to divide and conquer the US among gender, age, class and racial lines.
2) Carrie Tolstedt- former Wells Fargo Bank executive who made over $125 million in salary and bonuses while setting up a culture of pervasive fraud at the bank. Over 5,000 employees participated in the fraud and created 2 million fake accounts to generate higher commissions to meet sales quotas and to get promotions and bonuses. Older people and uneducated people were intentionally targeted as potential victims.
3) CNN or the Clinton News Network for lying and telling regular Americans that it's illegal for them to go to the Wikileaks website and read the Podesta emails. http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2016...
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Wall St for Main St welcome back Doug Casey! He is an speculator, entrepreneur, libertarian philosopher and co-author of a new novel called Speculator.
Be sure to check out Doug's new book on Amazon!
What did we talk about?
1. We asked why Doug thought the Greater Depression will be worse that he thought after releasing his article on International Man web site.
2. How the central banks money printing is now a loss cause and putting the millennial in a rough patch to make it on their own in this economic environment.
3. Discussed Deutsche Bank and if the derivative in their books ($46 trillion) is a cause for concern if the bank collapse.
4. Why he thought Gold/silver bottomed in late 2015 and what made him decide to jump back in.
5. We get his thoughts on the election and the Clintons. Doug was classmate with Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.
6. Discussed Doug's new novel called Speculator and why he picked Africa as the setting for this book.