With the arrival of elections, many people are voting with economic issues in mind. Here to talk about the economic side of real estate is Sabrina Guler, the Co-Founder of Techvestor. Techvestor is a company that allows you to passively invest in short term rental investment properties, and has raised $21 million in the past 12 months. It runs through Airbnb and VRBO currently has 61 funds in total, over half of which are already active. Sabrina talks about the process of scaling Techvestor and maintaining short-term rentals to ensure the best experience possible. Tune in for more information on some of the exciting things Techvestor is doing, and to learn about the opportunity that lies in short term rental investments.

-Techvestor is primarily on Airbnb and VRBO
-They have 61 funds right now, 30 of which are under contract and in the process of getting launched. They currently have 31 active listings up
-They are primarily leveraged
-When they started, they set a bar for the types of homes they would be buying—which is important within investment
-They focus on larger homes with more amenities
-It’s important to have good people on the ground that know the house very well, and understand your expectations
-It’s the little things that contribute to a positive experience for guests across the board
-As they scaled the business, they were able to move into new markets
-They don’t have their own platform for direct bookings, but they plan to think more about this in the future
-A lot of people (in Florida at least) get tripped up on sales tax, resort fees, etc. This makes accounting all the more important, Sabrina’s company performs this very thoroughly—taking location specifics into consideration

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network

Direct download: Sabrina_Guler_09.Nov.22.mp3
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Heye Daun, CEO of Osino Resources joined us for a sponsor update. Osino is developing the Twin Hills Gold District in Namibia; he’s moving rapidly to build a mine. Daun a native Namibian mining engineer has built several successful companies, which were successfully acquired. He cashed up Osino around 18 months ago, raising $19 million through a private placement and warrant exercise. Osino has been racing ahead ever since. It recently secured a non-dilutive $10 million credit facility to hasten the mine building process.

Earlier in the year Osino acquired the nearby Ondundu project from B2Gold, adding nearly 1 million more gold ounces to the resource. Now it’s just a shade under 4 million ounces, Daun is confident that the company can push it over 5-million-ounce mark.

He is undaunted by the junior sector’s current woes. While he’s open to Osino acquisition by an appropriate suitor, he’s very content to build this mine. Improving the lives of his countrymen is extremely important to him. Namibia is a very stable country that is openly supportive of the mining industry. When combined with the project’s economics the story is quite compelling. Based on $1700 per ounce gold, the company will be generating substantial cash flows upon mine completion, which Daun expects in 2025. Higher gold prices and enhanced exploration potential will make the project that much more profitable.

Everything is looking up for Daun and Osino Resources and so is the share price. It seems that word has gotten out among well-heeled Namibian investors, they have been buying up shares at an impressive rate.

Company website:

Ticker Symbols: OTC:OSIIF  TSXV:OSI  FSE:R2R1

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We sat down for a sponsor update with FPX Nickel’s CEO Martin Turenne. Interest in FPX has increased greatly as major nickel customers line up to secure future deliveries. In addition, FPX built a pilot production plant to prove the efficacy of its nickel sulfate refining process and its ability to produce high-grade metal, without the need for smelting. Results from the first 18 tons of material are expected before year end (or early January) and Martin says the metallurgical results are huge and could be just the catalyst FPX needs for a revaluation of its shares.

Nickel has been hot. A March short squeeze sent it soaring and it has since come back down to earth, but it was still trading at a healthy $11 per pound the day we spoke. That’s a level Martin is very comfortable with.

He’s extremely bullish and for good reason. The recently passed US Inflation Reduction Act has many benefits for the battery metal sector and FPX in particular. The Act provides a $7500 tax credit to EV purchasers, provided that the batteries contained therein were produced in the US with materials from the US, Canada and Australia. This has led to a surge of companies seeking to build battery factories in the US.

Additionally, the Act provides $750 million to junior companies to help them perform the requisite studies and compliance requirements needed to fast-track their production. This is a tremendous boost to smaller companies seeking ever more scarce capital.

Step-out drilling continues at the Van Deposit. Results will be forthcoming shortly. An updated mineral resource estimate is on the way for the Baptiste Deposit. Therefore, all the steps are in place for FPX to advance its projects and ultimately realize its true value.

Company website:

Ticker symbols: OTC: FPOCF — TSX-V: FPX

Direct download: 067_FPX_Nickel_FSN.mp3
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An undeniable paradigm shift taking place lies in the move towards self sufficiency. This is a major component of the rural lifestyle, and Aaron Clarey comes on the show to talk about some of the things he noticed when transitioning out of urban life in his move to South Dakota. Aaron describes many of these changes as psychological. Leaving a big city means getting used to a slower pace of living, with less hustle and bustle and establishments that shut down earlier. He has found himself less concerned with the US/global economy, and has an interesting perspective on these things in relation to his life in a rural community. Tune in for more insight.

-There are paradigm shifts taking place, and a major trend taking place is the move towards self sufficiency
-Many people experience a shock when they go to less urbanized areas
-Aaron has adapted to the rural lifestyle, having lived in South Dakota for a while now
-One of the biggest adjustments is going from the hustle and bustle of traffic and constant activity to the slower life or rural communities. It’s a psychological adaptation
-Establishments have fewer employees, and thus close down earlier
-Higher end amenities are few and far between
-There is a greater sense of community in more rural areas, which comes with heightened accountability—but this is good thing
-Aaron feels somewhat divorced with the US/global economy, but this comes from his job. He considers himself a contrarian investor
-Aaron is also a minimalist; he doesn’t have many expenses
-It’s good to pay attention to politics and economics, but responding with anger doesn’t accomplish anything.
-Accept what you do and do not control, and don’t let the negative things that aren’t in your control bring you down

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Captain Capitalism
Aaron's Consulting Company

Direct download: Aaron_Clarey_09.Nov.22.mp3
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Are home values and securities/investments going to implode? I sit down and chat with New York real estate expert Andrew Ragusa to get the latest insight on what’s happening in real estate, especially in light of the economy and politics. Speaking from his experience in the industry, Andrew reports that many people are leaving New York City and settling in the suburbs, and this is largely influenced by crime. He also notes that, although people don’t have as much buying power as they once did, people are still buying and there is a lot of inventory on the market. Tune in for more information on what is happening and what is to come in real estate.

-Everyone is concerned about inflation, the price of food, and the prices of homes
-People are headed to the ballots with financial issues in mind
-People are upset with how much money is being spent
-New leadership in Congress could help put some sort of check in place
-Homeowners in NY are also thinking about crime
-Lots of people are leaving the city and relocating to the suburbs
-We’ve seen a 5-6 point increase in a year, and prices have still not budged very much
-New York State could very well shift political views, with many voters going red this time around
-The bidding wars with properties are no longer as drastic
-People don’t have the same buying power they used to, but they are still buying nonetheless. There’s also a decent amount of inventory on the market. Beforehand, many people were settling for a home rather than finding one that fit all of their criteria

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Andrew Ragusa Instagram
Andrew Ragusa Website

Direct download: Andrew_Ragusa_08.Nov.22.mp3
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How do you reach your goals in difficult times? J.D. Frost has asked himself this question, and is coming out with a new book called The Life Ledger to help you make progress and work towards what you want. J.D. believes that writing down your goals and reviewing them each day is essential to reaching your desired life, wealth, and accomplishments. In his book, he introduces the daily ledger practice, which is a way for you to write down your targets and affirmations and track progress towards your goal. If you want to be in the 1%, be sure to tune in to this episode and pre-order J.D.’s book, which is linked below.

-J.D. Frost has a new book coming out called The Life Ledger, and talks about how he has prevailed in difficult times
-The way you spend your time each day dictates how you spend your money. Additionally, your intentionality with your time is a lead indicator of your wealth
-Every 30 minutes, take account of what you are doing
-Ask yourself: is what you are doing an asset or liability
-Time management alone won’t lead you to success. Writing down your goals every day and reviewing them will help you get to where you want to be
-To stay in the coveted “1%,” you have to always keep in mind that the tasks you do every single day contribute to your situation. Daily effort is required to reach your goal
-The daily ledger: write down your targets, which are short term daily confirmations that you can achieve your goal
-We spend a lot of time thinking that we’re busy rather than being productive or focused
-Define what wealth is for you, and determine what you really want
-Intentionality and focus are crucial to create the wealth that you desire
-Find somebody that has done it before you, and use them as a benchmark of where your focus should be. Seek mentors in people that want the same things as you and are working towards similar goals
-Affirmations are also part of the daily ledger
-If it’s not working yet, keep doing it

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
The Life Ledger: How to Build a System to Reach Your Goals
J.D. Frost

Direct download: JD_Frost_07.Nov.22.mp3
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Maturing debt in a higher interest rate environment is spiking everyone's debt-carrying cost. US now spends more on interest than defense. 

Meta is firing thousands of employees this week. Lots of other tech companies doing the same on a smaller scale. 

Mortgage rates at 7.5%, mortgage demand plunging. The housing bubble has definitely burst. 

Huge shift in stock market leadership from tech to energy.

Twitter take over by Musk and the fallout. 

Gold and silver had a massive up day on Friday.  Meanwhile, central banks are buying gold at a record pace, some of them in secret. 

Can we talk about the Atlantic "covid amnesty" article and the response to it?

Is a Red Wave coming on Tuesday? 

Direct download: John_Rubino_07.Nov.22.mp3
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Looking for a breath of fresh air outside the corporate world? A startup company or small business environment might just be exactly what you need. I have Adam Tank on the show to undertake this topic, and he points out some of the benefits of this transition, which he made in his own career. After working in the corporate world, Adam made the decision to bet on himself and hasn’t looked back. He encourages people to create a product or service that lends itself to the skills they already have, and to target the more resilient/essential industries.

-When you look at what’s happening in real estate and the markets in general, it’s a bit disappointing. Perhaps you need to become a startup junkie
-Adam used to work in the corporate world. His primary goal was to get paid every two weeks and earn benefits, and rely on big companies rather than himself
-He wishes that he would have bet on himself a lot sooner. There is a lot of risk management that happens when you bet on yourself
-We’re now seeing massive rounds of layoffs within tech companies
-Create a product or service that lends itself to the skills that you already have as a creator
-Look at industries that are resilient (i.e. water, power, etc.)
-Is college still worth it?
-Go out and do things; rather than just absorbing information, involve yourself in projects and gain real world experience
-Adam wishes he would have transitioned to the small business environment or started his own business sooner
-The best time to be greedy is now; its’s buying/investment season
-We’re probably going to see a lot of new startups cropping up in the next year

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Adam Tank

Direct download: Adam_Tank_07.Nov.22.mp3
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Gold has been lagging, but recently showed a bit of life. To get the proper gold forecast, I invite Gary Wagner to come and discuss this topic with me. There are multiple factors influencing the price of gold, a crucial one being dollar weakness. This weakness was the preemptive force in moving gold prices, but future gold prices will be largely determined by other reports, including third quarter GDP. Tune in for more insight.

-Dollar weakness was the preemptive force moving gold prices
-The question becomes: how much have the intense rate hikes impacted inflation?
-The third quarter GDP is going to be key
-Will this be the last raise, or are we near the end?
-Putin is not just fighting Ukraine, he is fighting the West
-$17 in gold price were attributed to dollar weakness
-We’re seeing resistance at 16.80

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
The Gold Forecast
The Gold Forecast YouTube

Direct download: Gary_Wagner_30.Oct.22.mp3
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How much lower can markets go? Perhaps the answer is in the futures market. To better understand the trends being exhibited in futures, I sit down and chat with Phillip Strieble, the Chief Market Strategist of Blue Line Futures. He explains that the Fed and central banks are not going to stop tightening any time soon, and these decisions are made retrospectively. Using data of the past to pave the way for the future is not always successful, and we can expect to see rates rise until late 2023/early 2024. Tune in for more insight.

-We are still in the midst of a tightening cycle; the Fed and central banks will continue to over-tighten into the new year
-Things are essentially going to go from bad to worse
-The GDP increased by 2.6%, but this data is in the rearview
-The Fed bases their decisions with raising rates on the past
-The unemployment rate is going to continue to tick up
-Will the Fed be successful in bringing down inflation?
-Energy costs in the UK will be up in the winter; in turn, the costs of other goods have to go up
-The last quarter of 2023/first quarter of 2024 is when the Fed is expected to finally cut rates
-There are a lot of things we can do to get oil prices lower
-With the environment, we’re not going to see real change unless other countries around the world are involved as well

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Blue Line Futures

Direct download: Phillip_Streible_02.Nov.22.mp3
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Economic growth is slowing, and with all of the economic instability, it’s necessary to rethink your plan for success. Jennings Smith comes on the show to talk about how you can do this with real estate—specifically the commercial realm. Real estate is one of the best ways to protect yourself from inflation because you can use debt as a lever; cash left sitting around is going to inevitably erode. Jennings provides some information on what’s happening in the commercial real estate industry, and gives tips on how to establish yourself whether you’re new to commercial real estate or already involved. Listen in for expert insight.

-We’re seeing rising inventory in real estate, and rents are peaking in many markets
-He has built up a real estate portfolio of over $60M
-Rents are peaking and even dropping. Is this a good time to invest in real estate?
-Jennings primarily focuses on commercial real estate. Real estate is one of the best ways to protect ourselves from inflation because you can use debt to lever yourself
-This is a great time to get into multi-family real estate; if you leave your cash sitting around, it is going to erode
-Prices have cooled off a little bit in the commercial space, but we haven’t seen the drastic “fall off the cliff” we saw back in 2010
-Don’t sit around waiting; actively look for creative/non-retail price deals
-Many people are not incentivized to sell right now
-There is a lot more inventory flooding the market with multi-family real estate, but Jennings has not witnessed massive motivation
-Many sellers are not willing to take a cheaper price unless they have to
-More sellers are open to seller financing and other options
-If you don’t have a track record, you should probably start with a single family home
-Building your reputation amongst brokers can help you generate more deals
-If you see a property in your town that is overgrown, this indicates that someone is not happy with their property. Calling the number on the sign and talking to the owner is a great start to sealing a potential deal

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Jennings Smith

Direct download: Jennings_Smith_30.Oct.22.mp3
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-In spite of lower earnings, we’re getting a market bounce. Avi Gilbert comes on the show to give us an idea of what’s going to happen. Moving in the opposite direction of what was expected, we’re seeing a rally that could last a few more weeks. During a time like this, it’s easy to get swayed by the news, but Avi asserts that following charts and markets can help you pinpoint the highs/lows. Tune in for more insight on what’s to come.

-We’ve done the opposite of what everyone expected, and we could rally for a few more weeks
-Avi is watching how the rally takes shape in order to determine if we’ll see a higher high over 4800 or not
-Tune out of the news and listen to the charts and markets
-It’s the interpretation of the market participants that will drive what happens
-Silver possibly has a lesser potential for already hitting its low
-With energy, Avi is questioning if the low has already been struck
-Avi doesn’t believe that bonds are completely dead right now, but this is subject to change

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Elliot Wave Trader

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How much longer will we have to endure the treacherous economic waters? Adrian Reid comes on the show to give us some insight on the how these trends will play out in the near future, reminding us of some of the factors that contribute to a bear market. It’s more important than ever to study market history and know what the markets are capable of in these conditions. Tune in for more knowledge and tips from Adrian.

-We’re in a category five economic storm around the globe, creating treacherous waters for investors
-How much longer will this trend continue?
-If we don’t get inflation under control, bad things are going to happen
-The biggest up days and strongest rallies occur in bear markets. It’s important not to be fooled; be wary of jumping on board
-Many traders/investors lack patience, which is their biggest downfall. In the markets, you have to adopt a long-term view\
-Look for long-term change in a trend and lower volatility
-Market volatility remains high, but we’re not in a bull market
-Knowledge of market history is crucial. It’s important to look at charts (i.e. DOW, S&P) and study them at a granular level
-Eventually, we’re going to have to start looking for a bottom, but it’s important to be patient

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Enlightened Stock Trading

Direct download: Adrian_Reid_29.Oct.22.mp3
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Inflation is here to stay, and Lobo Tiggre comes on the show to talk about why this is the case. Countries like China are paying the price for their totalitarian form of governing, as well as countries/states that were more strict during the pandemic. Additionally, we are in the midst of a bear market that is a product of the Fed raising rates, and the US consumer is still spending in hopes that the Fed will beat inflation. Tune in For more insight.

-Things look bad right now, but fear not—we’ve been here before, and we’ve gotten out of it
-China is now paying the price for having totalitarian power; they are still struggling as a result of the lockdowns
-The states that were more ‘free’ during the pandemic are doing better now
-We’re in the midst of a bear market that is a reaction to the Fed’s raising of rates
-In the US, the consumer is still spending
-The average person still things the fed is going to beat inflation
-Triple digit oil prices are probably going to be the new normal
-If you don’t like the price of gasoline, buy some oil companies and profit on the upside
-Utilities are regarded as a safe investment, but they don’t have control over their pricing—they’re governed by politics
-In regard to currency, the dollar will be the last man standing

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Independent Speculator

Direct download: Lobo_TIggre_29.Oct.22.mp3
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If you’re interested in real estate and/or home flipping, you’ll want to tune in to this episode. Glenn and Amber Schworm have done a thousand home flips and brought in thousands of dollars of revenue from this business venture. They come from humble beginnings, entering the industry with no money but a surplus of determination and drive. They are passionate about helping everyday people create wealth through real estate investing, and you can hear more of their story and ambitions in this episode.

-Glenn started his first company at 19, and him and Amber were in networking/marketing companies
-They were in debt and had to decide what professions to undertake
-They went to a real estate seminar, and the speaker made them consider the concept of flipping homes
-The first flip is always the hardest. Glenn and Amber used a bank loan to buy the house, and credit cards to do all of the flips. After they flipped it, they brought in $17k
-In 2008, they lost all of their funding for their houses under contract, and started utilizing private lenders

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Glenn & Amber Schworm

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We sat down for a sponsor update with Fury Gold Mines’ CEO Tim Clark and SVP of Exploration Brian Atkinson. The company recently concluded an 18,000 meter drill program and has received half of the results to date. Drill results from two holes came in particularly strong, with the first (drill hole 22EC-055) intercepting eight zones of mineralization across 290m, including 4.0m of 5.75 g/t gold, 1.0m of 9.81 g/t gold and 3.0m of 1.93 g/t gold and with the second (drill hole 22EC-049) intercepting six zones of gold mineralization across 350m including 1.0m of 21.40 g/t gold and 4.50m of 1.09 g/t gold, at the Hinge Target.

This resulted in mineralization being extended by nearly 25%. SVP Atkinson explained, “We have now stepped out over 450m from the defined Eau Claire Resource and have yet to find the limits of the mineralized system…further drilling may potentially lead to a substantial increase in defined gold ounce resources. The goal is to find 2 million ounces.”

CEO Clark added that he is very pleased with the results and the company is looking forward to next year’s drill program. The recent partial sale of Fury’s shares in Dolly Varden Silver, together with other earlier transactions has left Fury with C$13 million in the treasury. Thus next year's drill program is in the bank. The company's stability continues to attract additional institutional investors and interest from major producers. While many of its peers have had to put things on hold, Fury continues ahead unabated.

The junior mining sector finds itself in a paradox. Institutions are following the sector closely, while individual investors are all but ignoring it. Quite clearly there is a disconnect and this could be the pathway to large profits, which is why we own shares in Fury and are committed to the sector.

Company website

 Ticker Symbol: TSX/NYSE American: FURY

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What can you do to accomplish your goals and lower your risk within the current economic environment? Russ Morgan from Wealth Without Wall Street comes on the show to talk about how you can make sound investments in uncertain times, and ultimately mitigate your risk. Russ emphasizes the importance of monthly cash flow investments, and recommends the non-typical investments. Tune in to hear more about how you can manage your risk and make wise decisions in uncertain economic circumstances.

-Inflation is showing no signs of letting up, everything is getting more costly, and we’re seeing heightened geopolitical risks
-You can’t live off of fixed income without it being impacted whenever the government makes changes
-You can’t eliminate the effects of inflation, but you can creatively mitigate your risk in a few ways
-Russ has been investing for cash flow very heavily over the last 2-3 years
-Passive income greater than monthly expenses is financial freedom
-Rents in the real estate are going up rather than down
-It’s helpful to invest in multiple cash flow sectors—especially non-typical investments
-Russ recommends The Art of Passive Income Podcast if you’re curious about land investments
-How long is this down cycle going to last?
-Interest rates will probably raise for the next 12-18 months, and then come down sharply
-This makes sense if you consider that the commercial banks own the Federal Reserve
-Find investment opportunities that make cash flow on a monthly basis. Everything can lose money, but making cash monthly puts you in a more secure position
-Investing for rate of return and not understanding what you’re investing in are some of the greatest mistakes, according to Russ
-Many people invest in things that they can’t touch, with no access to their cash flow

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Wealth Without Wall Street

Direct download: Russ_Morgan_25.Oct.22.mp3
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Could the Yen be the currency to collapse and set off a domino effect? I sit down and chat with John Rubino about all of the economic factors that are contributing to the state of flux we are in. At the most basic level, it is a problem of currency and inflation, but extends to relations with Russia, the prospect of war, and the major mindset shift that is taking place. We are in a time of immense change, and numerous issues are contributing to this change. Tune in for more insight.

-What’s going on with the Yen? It’s all the talk right now
-For the past 30 years, the Japanese has been borrowing large amounts of money and using it to finance infrastructure programs
-For a long time, this worked, and they could take debt at extremely low interest rates. Now, they are facing large inflation, and are struggling to support the currency
-Could the Yen be the currency to collapse and set off a domino effect? Time will tell
-China is the only major economy that is cutting rates, but their currency is falling as well
-Previous bubbles have been sector specific, but this one is centered around money
-Europe is stocking up on natural gas in preparation for the Russian cutoff
-There is zero inflation in the commodity space
-Used cars and home sales are also down
-The people in charge right now seem to want a war
-Elections are coming up as well, and we’re seeing people settling for candidates they may not normally prefer
-States have changed their political alignments, with generational shifts. We may be on the verge of one now
-These things change for a number of reasons. It looks as if we are now focused on things like crime and the declining country
-The Republicans have shifted their rhetoric to appeal to working people rather than corporate CEOs
-Groups such as Latinos have shifted their alignment
-There is a shift in the voter profile that is taking place. This is a necessary shift; we should be focused on class issues and increasing the wealth of the working people

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Dollar Collapse

Direct download: John_Rubino_24.Oct.22mp3.mp3
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If given the choice, why wouldn’t you reduce the risk of your home getting broken into? Thankfully, you DO have the choice, and Robert Siciliano comes on the show to talk about how this type of risk reduction is massively underutilized. We live in a society where people are preoccupied with information security measures, and yet, these same people neglect to install security systems in their own homes. These extra measures are not synonymous with paranoia; rather, they instill preparation for the criminal activity that can occur anywhere—no matter how safe you perceive your neighborhood to be. Tune in to hear more about why home security is especially important now, and to learn about how you can start taking extra measures.

-We’re in a post-pandemic inflationary environment. How do you survive and thrive in this world?
-Lots of people are resorting to violence and theft. Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen increases in substance abuse, domestic violence, and more division than we’ve ever seen
-There has been an increase in crime all across the board
-Taking extra security measures is especially important right now
-Security begins with the person; you need to understand personal security practices
-15-20 million homes are going to be burglarized in the next decade
-Most people don’t have a home security system because they believe they live in a “safe neighborhood.” Safe is an absolute; there is no such thing as a 100% safe neighborhood
-Crime may be less frequent in certain locations, but it still occurs
-People often perceive those that engage in extra security practices as paranoid
-Most people are in denial about the level of risk they expose themselves to
-It’s crucial to understand your risk and put various levels of security in place. When you do this, you are a much more difficult target
-We know that the “it can’t happen to me” mentality is unrealistic, and this is why we take precautions in everyday life (i.e. putting on a seatbelt in a motor vehicle)
-The people that are preoccupied with information security are the same individuals that don’t have home security systems
-If you could cut your odds of being burglarized, why wouldn’t you?
-Security is ongoing, and it is a process you need to be engaged in
-As humans, we trust by default, and this trust is necessary for our society to function. But it is important to recognize risk

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Protect Now

Direct download: Robert_Siciliano_21.Oct.22.mp3
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The inflationary genie is out of the bottle…will we ever be able to get it back in? Here to weigh in on this is Mark Skousen, infamous economist and producer of FreedomFest. In regard to inflation, we are seeing some of the expected effects based on past inflationary periods, but some unexpected conditions for the dollar and gold. It is becoming more clear that, while our current circumstances resemble the 1970s, things are different this time around. We also discuss the global implications of the dollar, and look to the future of digital currency as our other currencies become increasingly unstable. Tune in for more insight from Mark.

-Inflation and interest rates are never neutral; they affect certain sectors more than others
-The Fed’s hands are full, and we are in a time of instability
-A recession in the stock market was inevitable
-Inflation is not going away any time soon, but it will go down as the Fed tightens. Money supply growth is also down to 5-6% a year
-The Fed is serious about fighting inflation
-In the 70s, the dollar was weak and gold was going through the roof. We are currently seeing the opposite of this situation
-This is having global effects; everything is priced in dollars
-With high inflation, you would think that gold would be higher
-Supply chains have been disrupted
-There has been a slowdown in China, and real estate has been in turmoil as well. People are refusing to pay mortgages
-They are also experiencing a population growth collapse
-It’s easier to call a top in Bitcoin because they are obvious. The bottoms, on the other hand, are more sublime
-It still doesn’t fall into the definition of a currency
-They need to eliminate the tax disadvantages tied to digital currency transactions

Useful Links:
Financial Survival Network
Mark Skousen
FreedomFest Memphis 2023

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Alejandro Szita comes on the show to give us the latest insight on what’s happening with real estate. He touches on the confusion in the real estate market right now, and stresses that it is better to not focus so much on rates; rather, it’s important to get your mortgage to a point where you can live with the monthly payment. Listen in for more useful insight from Alejandro.

-There is a lot of confusion in the real estate market right now; many people still need a place to live, and lots of people are still trying to sell
-There is a lot of pressure on the housing market—especially sellers
-People are focusing on rates rather than their goals
-You need to bid aggressively and take advantage of the market
-Since rates will probably go higher, now is the time to negotiate
-It’s not about what the Fed can or cannot do; the inflation in place is for the scarcity of goods
-Holding a physical asset can get you through a situation like this
-Get your mortgage to a point where you can live with the monthly payment, and stop worrying so much about the rate

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Direct download: Alejandro_Szita_19.Oct.22.mp3
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Property values are going down, interest rates are increasing, and it looks as if a recession is around the corner. What does this mean for your credit? I sit down and chat with Paul Oster about strategies for managing your credit during times like this; he emphasizes that it’s crucial now to budget and lower your expenses. He recommends a few online tools that you can utilize to pay your bills on time and manage everything in one place, and you’ll find that keeping your credit under control may be easier than you imagined. Tune in for more information.

-Hopefully this doesn’t last long, but there’s no doubt we’re headed down a rabbit hole—if not a recession, a slow-down
-In this environment, it is that much more important for people to pay attention to their credit score
-Banks and creditors can use whatever score model they want to use
-Focus on paying high interest credit cards off now
-The only solution is to budget and lower your expenses; you need to run your household like a small business
-Now is the time to change your behavior—you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results
-Put your bills on autopay
-He recommends which puts all of your bills in one place and gives you alerts/spending analysis is also a good resource

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Better Qualified

Direct download: Paul_Oster_19.Oct.22.mp3
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It’s a new era for crypto, and I sit down and chat with Collin O’Brien to get the latest insight on digital asset prices, regulation, and long term feasibility when competing with other sovereign currencies. The company Collin works for, Rubic, is assisting with cryptocurrency transactions and making digital trading more fit for everyday use. He is helping to build the future of cryptocurrency, so be sure to tune in and hear some of his expert knowledge.

-What can you say about cryptos that you can’t say about other investment bubbles? Cryptos always go up, but it’s a new era
-At the end of the day, it’s just a market
-Collin looked at Bitcoin when it was priced around a dollar
-He wanted to buy a thousand at $1.79, and everyone told him it was a waste of money
-Six years later, the industry peaked his interest again
-Bitcoin is a bit of a libertarian construct paradise
-In terms of regulation, the authorities are behind the curve
-We need the people in charge of writing crypto legislation to be very involved and tech savvy
-Can independent cryptos compete with sovereign currencies? We don’t know if this will be the case in the long term
-If you have credits for an application on one network, it is extremely complicated to use them on another network
-Collin’s business is removing the middle men from the process of moving credits over
-Rubic makes the process of moving values amongst blockchains easier

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Direct download: Collin_OBrien_14.Oct.22.mp3
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Inflation numbers are coming out at 30 year highs, and CPI isn’t going down any time soon. What indicators should we analyze in order to explain the current economic circumstances? I sit down and chat with Eddie Yoon, who attributes some of the trends in labor force participation and unemployment to an unusual number of baby boomers working for decades and now retiring. We are trying to solve for something systemic by implementing short term solutions, and businesses ultimately have to shift gears to cater to one two two person households rather than the nuclear family. Tune in for more insightful remarks from Eddie.

-Inflation numbers are coming out at 30 year record highs
-Unemployment numbers look good, but these are lagging indicators
-CPI is not going down; is this good or bad? This is also a lagging indicator
-We are causing inflation in order to fight inflation with interest rates
-Consumer sentiment is trending up, which is a good sign
-The number of travelers is still trending upwards
-Labor force participation is low in comparison to the last 40 years
-If unemployment was higher, the Fed may back off
-There may be something simpler going on that explains what is going on
-Baby boomers retiring may play into labor participation
-It’s not that things are problematic in the near term, it’s that we had an unusually large work force for about three decades, and these people are now retiring and leaving
-We’re solving for something systemic with short term solutions, which is going to cause more damage
-The businesses that are going to do better will be less volume dependent and more premium oriented
-Companies designed around the nuclear family will struggle, while businesses designed for one to two person households will be more successful

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Direct download: Eddie_Yoon_18.Oct.22.mp3
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When is the capitulation going to come by the central banks? Gordon T. Long comes on this episode to talk about our current economic problems—including energy, central bank issues, and the progression of inflation. There’s no easy way out of the current inflationary environment, and it looks as if the Fed is going to have to hold rates up longer than we want in order to reach capitulation. Tune in for Gordon’s analytic perspective and more information on what’s to come.

-We’re nowhere close to solving the energy problem, and now it has become a geopolitical issue
-The implementation plan for green energy in the US makes no sense
-Energy in Europe is a massive issue, and we are in a cycle
-Pushing green energy without the market being ready/able would push us back to brown energy at this rate
-Force feeding creates bad policies
-We’re seeing central banks with serious problems that spring out of gyration that accompanies inflation
-Too many people have their eyes on the Fed
-The only way to get inflation under control is to hold up rates longer than people want and to get the capitulation to happen
-The current situation is unique because, as things are breaking, the treasury is taking actions
-If inflation pivots too quickly, people will turn against the Federal Reserve in a massive way
-How do you make money in these circumstances? Sometimes it just takes patience; you have to establish the trends

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Direct download: Gordon_T._Long_17.Oct.22.mp3
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