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AMA 245 - The Winner Take All Society with Ross Baird

Jason Hartman talks with Ross Baird, President at Village Capital Group and author of The Innovation Blind Spot, about where all the startup money is going these days. Venture capital is flowing to tech and everyone's trying to hit a home run, not a bunch of singles. Ross discusses the danger of our current "winner take all" mentality, some options for what to do with the big companies like Google and Facebook, and why sometimes looking in your back yard for an investment is the way to...


AMA 244 - Inflation's Impact on the Economy and Consumers with Thomas Young

Jason Hartman takes today's episode to look at inflation, the trade war, and how the economy lags behind things like these. To help him with that dissection he brings in one of the new additions to his team, in house economist Thomas. Thomas helps Jason decipher his charts that show how the home sales change along with inflation and mortgage rates. All of these things add up to important tools you can use as you prepare your portfolio for the next recession we all know is going to show up...


AMA 243 - What Can Trigger the Next Business Cycle Recession with Matthew Gardner

Jason Hartman talks with Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist at Windermere Real Estate. The two discuss what's going on in the macro US economy, what's going on with home inventory levels, some of the easiest ways to lower home prices, and the Millennial's (mostly futile) quest to save up for a down payment and more. Key Takeaways: [1:34] What's Matthew's take on what's going on in the macroeconomy [4:22] What's going on with new home development? Will there be any break in inventory...


AMA 242 - Government on the Demand Side of the Economy with Bill Janeway

Jason Hartman talks with Bill Janeway, an active venture capitalist, director of Magnet Systems and O'Reilly Media, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cambridge in America, and author of the recently revised and updated book Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy. The two discuss the 3 player game and the government's role on both the supply and demand side of the market, the digital revolution and the coming green revolution. Key Takeaways: [1:27] How the thesis of the 3 player game...


AMA 241 - Jobocalypse: How Robots Will Replace Us with Ben Way

Jason Hartman talks with Ben Way, CEO of Digits, about how the future is going to look in the first part of their interview. The two start off discussing how Digits is going about turning regular credit cards into Cryptocards that allow you to spend your cryptocurrency but also hedge that purchase for a year. Then the two discuss the changes that automation is going to bring to our society, from dating to working, to risk aversion. Information is more available than ever before, is that...


AMA 240 - Easy, Healthy Food with Mike Starks

Today's 10th episode features Jason Hartman talking with Mike Starks about the state of America's health and how most of it can be solved with our eating habits. The two discuss the dangers of sugar, the importance of sleep, and the most important aspects of a diet that don't involve exactly what you're eating. Key Takeaways: [4:12] America is the most nutritionally educated culture in the world, yet we're the most obese due to getting it wrong 40 years ago [6:34] When fat is taken out...


AMA 239 - Microfinancing Under Sharia Law with Matthew Martin

Jason Hartman talks with Matthew J Martin, founder & CEO of Blossom Finance, about how Islam views cryptocurrencies and what Sharia law says about debt and investing. The two examine what exactly Islam says about various actions, and how that impacts all facets of life for around 20% of the world. Key Takeaways: [2:24] How Matthew views micro financing [6:23] Why is it important to know what Muslims think about debt and cryptocurrencies? [8:56] What about the Muslim investors today? Are...


AMA 238 - How Important is the Fed? with John Tamny

Jason Hartman talks with John Tamny, director for the Center for Economic Freedom, Editor of Real Clear Markets, and author of Who Needs the Fed?: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money about why he believes the Fed doesn't have anywhere near the power they're given credit for, why their policies aren't effective in today's world, and why demographics may not be as useful as they're believed. John & Jason also discuss the impact of automation on all aspects of our life....


AMA 237 - ICO vs ITO & Initial Coin Offering Scams with Samson Williams

Jason Hartman talks with Samson Williams, co-founder at Axes and Eggs, about the state of cryptocurrencies, especially in regards to fundraising. Samson discusses the current thoughts of the SEC on utility tokens, and explains the steps you need to take to launch an ICO, how much customer acquisition is running these days, why you SHOULDN'T pay your advisors in cryptcurrency, and more. Key Takeaways: [5:10] Is the SEC going to come after utility tokens? [9:17] How long does it take to set...


AMA 236 - Curb Government Spending with Adam Andrzejewski

Jason Hartman talks with Adam Andrzejewski, founder & CEO of, about wasteful government spending and how President Trump is doing at stemming the tide. Open the Books' mission is to track "every dime, online", even going so far as to have an app where people can follow the money in as close to real time as possible. Adam discusses how pervasive the pork barrel spending is, how large the trough has grown, and what areas are most ripe for trimming. Key Takeaways: [1:16]...


AMA 235 - A Financial Strategy to Reignite the American Dream with Pat Donohoe

Jason Hartman talks with Pat Donohoe, author of the new book Heads I Win, Tails You Lose, about the habit of most Americans to delegate their investing, what we should be doing today financially, the use of debt in our country and more. Key Takeaways: [2:09] The average American has delegated most of their life to 3rd parties [5:21] The drive to save money now for the future and retirement is so that you can achieve freedom [8:09] What should we be doing today for ourselves...


AMA 234 - Cryptocurrency Investing Education with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Dan Rutherford

Jason Hartman talks with Dan Rutherford, deputy director for the Office of Customer Education and Outreach with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, about some incidences of fraud in options trading that his office is seeing, and what signs you can look for to make sure you're not scammed. The rise in prominence of cryptocurrencies has brought plenty of scam artists into the arena, and they're currently focusing education on binary options. Key Takeaways: [3:06] What kind of fraud...


AMA 233 - Kicking the Debt Can Down the Road with Jim Puplava

Jason Hartman talks to one of his podcast mentors, Jim Puplava, host of Financial Sense, about his thoughts on the new tax reform, what's happening with inflation (both today and moving forward), the different motivation of millennials compared to former generations, and more. Key Takeaways: [2:05] Will the new tax plan expedite people and companies leaving high tax states? [6:53] Hidden taxes in states like California [7:59] What's the endgame when states and municipalities go bankrupt?...


AMA 232 - The Future of Inflation & the Demographic Crunch with Alan Beaulieu

Jason Hartman talks with Alan Beaulieu, President & Principal at ITR Economics and author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, about what's going on in our economy when it comes to energy, inflation, and millennials. The two take a look at the difference between virtuous and non-virtuous inflation, how the millennials might respond to seeing actual inflation (and ways you can educate yourself about how times used to be different) and why you should be excited about the things that are...


AMA 231 - Where You Tax Money Is (and Isn't) Going with The Libertarian Chicken Kristin Tate

Jason Hartman talks to The Libertarian Chick, Kristin Tate, about the hidden taxes we all pay in our life, and how to do something about that. Kristin explains that often the taxes that we're paying are not being used for the purpose that you would assume they would be. Key Takeaways: [1:27] Are millenials just not paying attention to fiscal policies? [3:26] We are being taxed EVERYWHERE, even when we don't see it [6:32] Where some of your tax money is going probably isn't where you...


AMA 230 - Build Your Money Muscles with Joan Sotkin

In this 10th episode, Jason Hartman goes off topic with Joan Sotkin, host of the Prosperity Place podcast and author of Build Your Money Muscles, about how to rewire your brain for prosperity and financial freedom. Jane points out that you need to connect with your negative emotions about money because emotions are created to be expressed, as well as remembering that you're not doing it for money but for what the money allows you to do. Joan and Jason look into why people quit at the first...


AMA 229 - Why Money Needs Trustworthy Data, and How Cloud Coin Can Help with Dr. Sean Worthington

Jason Hartman talks with Dr. Sean Worthington, creator of Cloud Coin, about what money really is, why it absolutely must be trustworthy, and why Cloud Coin is the solution for digital currencies. Sean says that Cloud Coin is an enormous development over Bitcoin and actually provides the most secure transactions around. Sean also touches on Jason's belief that government's can shut down cryptocurrencies with his explanation of why that's just not going to be the case. Key Takeaways: [1:00]...


AMA 228 - Hedge Funds Investing in Cryptocurrencies with David Drake

The worlds of cryptocurrencies and crowdfunding can work in harmony, but the world of the long term cryptocurrency lover and day traders may not be so harmonious. Jason Hartman talks with David Drake, founder of LDJ Capital, about what's going on in the cryptocurrency world, regulations on the ICO market, and how currencies like Bitcoin might be incorporated into international currency baskets. Key Takeaways: [3:33] What kind of regulations do ICOs have? [8:13] Cryptocurrencies are now...


AMA 227 - Do We Need Regulation in the Crypto World? with Pavel Matveev

There are new payment systems coming into play in the cryptocurrency world that are about to cause some big disruptions. Jason Hartman talks with Pavel Matveev, CEO of Wirex, about the new technologies, the main problem with cryptocurrencies, where Bitcoin is headed this year, and whether regulation in the crypto world will be a good or bad thing. Key Takeaways: [2:39] The main problem with cryptocurrency right now [5:17] Blockchain hasn't been designed to be scaleable and how that's...


AMA 226 - Are Big Banks on the Verge of Extinction? with The Finanser Chris Skinner

Jason Hartman talks with Chris Skinner, chairman at Financial Services Club, about how cryptocurrencies and blockchain are changing the banking industry, what changes are going to have the most impact in the coming years, if more regulation is needed, and how blockchain is actually used in commerce today. Chris is an expert on financial markets and fintech. He is author of Digital Bank, ValueWeb, and Digital Human. Key Takeaways: [1:08] Are big banks in trouble and at risk of going away...