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John Embry: ‘everyone should look at Zero Hedge, Sinclair and KWN’

13 Jun

I had the great privilege recently of speaking to John Embry, the Chief Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management. The interview is below:

Episode 131: GoldMoney’s Andy Duncan talks to John Embry, Chief Investment Strategist at Sprott Asset Management (www.sprott.com), about the “Great Gold Takedown”, the road to hyperinflation, and the Orwellian nature of government economic information.

Along the way they discuss the possible financial fallout from the recent Bilderberg meeting and other clandestine conferences, good sources of truthful information for GoldMoney clients, and when western central banks might run out of precious metal.

They also touch upon black swans, how to remain motivated in the possible face of gold price suppression, and the realistic potential of future world monies based upon gold.

This podcast was recorded on 11 June 2013.

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Dr. Paul Craig Roberts on gold and gangster capitalism

5 Jun

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A couple of days ago I had the great pleasure and privilege of speaking to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, formerly Ronald Reagan’s economic policy adviser at the U.S. Treasury. Although not a fully-fledged Austrian, Dr. Roberts is still very much on the side of the angels, and his thoughts about economics are both deep and interesting. Here’s the interview:

Episode 129: Andy Duncan has the pleasure to interview former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

Andy gets straight to it and asks Dr. Roberts about his view on a manipulated price of gold. Dr. Roberts elaborates on how he sees what has occurred since early April, whom was behind it and the reasons why.

Dr. Roberts sees inherent problems with the US dollar system and expresses grave concerns about the systematic fragility due to excess money printing around the world.

Next Andy poses a question as to what could be done to get things back on track utilising the US political system, which allows Dr. Roberts to express his concerns with the current state of the nation before answering an interesting question regarding his recent book “The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West“.

Dr. Roberts poses some important questions about libertarian ideals versus human nature before offering some advice for listeners regarding the future.

This podcast was recorded on the 3rd of June 2013.

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Catherine Austin Fitts on precious metals, digital currencies and globalised central planning

11 May

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A couple of days ago, for GoldMoney, I had the great pleasure to speak to Catherine Austin Fitts, the author and publisher of the popular Solari report. We talk about gold, quantitative easing, Bitcoin, and much more. Here is the interview:

Episode 122: Andy Duncan has the pleasure of interviewing Catherine Austin Fitts, known for her much-read Solari report. With a wealth of experience on Wall Street and time in Washington politics, Catherine’s insights are extremely valuable and much lauded.

Catherine discusses the background to how Solari Investment Advisory Services begun and her work and research on the corruption that can be found within some aspects of government and the finance industry — with a focus on the mortgage market.

The US economy is reviewed and then Catherine shares her view on gold and silver as money before moving into a fascinating discussion about Bitcoin, digital currencies and the future of currencies. She also discusses the recent market activity in precious metals.

Catherine speculates on the motives of the central planners and how the financial system is evolving, and speculates on whether gold will play a new role in our future monetary system.

Lastly Catherine offers some great advice about what one can do to protect and safeguard their future.

This podcast was recorded on 9 May 2013.

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The Great Gold vs Bitcoin Debate: Casey vs Matonis

12 Apr

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Yesterday, following the Mt. Gox takedown, I acted as referee between Doug Casey, of Casey Research, and Jon Matonis, of Bitcoin Foundation, as they discussed the relative merits of two free market monies, gold and Bitcoin. It was a great contest.

Episode 121: Doug Casey of Casey Research debates e-money researcher and “crypto economist” Jon Matonis on the virtues – or otherwise – of Bitcoin, and how it compares to gold as a form of money.

Casey, a Bitcoin sceptic, notes that Bitcoin satisfies Aristotle’s definition of what constitutes “good” money in all but one important aspect: that it doesn’t have value in any kind of non-monetary sense, unrelated to its use as a medium of exchange. This is in contrast to precious metals, which have unique chemical properties and uses in an industrial context.

Matonis argues that this is unimportant set against Bitcoin’s strengths: notably the ease of transacting in them and its decentralised nature, meaning that there is no central point of attack for its enemies (whoever they may be). He also points out that – unlike gold – physical confiscation of Bitcoin, a la FDR in 1933, is for obvious reasons impossible.

This podcast was recorded on 11 April 2013.

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Gerard Casey: ‘No property is safe in the EU’

9 Apr

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I spoke recently to the splendid Professor Gerard Casey about his philosophical notions of property, before moving this on to talk about money (as property), Cyprus, Iceland, Ireland, and other related issues…

Episode 120: The GoldMoney Foundation’s Andy Duncan talks to Professor Gerard Casey of University College Dublin (www.ucd.ie/philosophy/staff/gerardcasey­/). They discuss the philosopher’s views on property and the implications of the recent levy on Cypriot bank deposits.

Professor Casey explains why there is a need for property and how the notion of property evolved historically. They go on to talk about how this relates to money and legal tender laws which are essentially the monopolisation of counterfeit.

Talking about Cyprus, Casey states that wealth confiscation can come in different guises — upfront via taxes or hidden via inflation. He points out the unintended consequences of the Troika’s strategy in Cyprus as the taxation of depositor’s bank accounts is leading to a flight from the banks which the confiscation was supposed to rescue from insolvency. It also reveals that no property is safe in the EU.

Finally they discuss the chances of a euro break up; Casey’s book on Murray Rothbard; and the appointment of the new pope.

This podcast was recorded on 23 March 2013.

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Jon Matonis on Bitcoin and crypto-currencies

29 Mar

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While trying to find out as much as I can about the BitCoin revolution, for my latest GoldMoney podcast I throw every conspiracy theory I could think of at Jon Matonis – of the BitCoin Foundation, and also a writer for Forbes magazine – and he comes up smelling of digitally encrypted roses…

Episode 118: GoldMoney’s Andy Duncan talks to Jon Matonis of the Bitcoin Foundation who is also a contributor to Forbes Magazine. They discuss Bitcoin’s latest price spike and whether crypto-currencies are a credible alternative as a medium of exchange.

Though the price for Bitcoins has risen from $15 to $95 at the time of the podcast, Matonis does not think that it is a speculative bubble. With a fixed supply of Bitcoin and rising demand – in part due to fears related to Cyprus — surging prices are only logical. As there is no futures market for bitcoins yet, there is no leverage, which makes Bitcoin also suitable for investment purposes.

They discuss whether Bitcoin could become a serious rival to precious metals when it comes to alternatives to national currencies. He points to the complimentary nature of physical bullion and Bitcoin. While Bitcoin has advantages in the digital world, nothing beats the security of tangible metal as it is not reliant on the existence of electricity and internet connectivity.

Matonis sees a bright future in crypto-currencies and especially values its possible impact on capital controls and taxes. For Bitcoin the important question will be whether it will be introduced by big merchants and whether governments will impose regulation against such acceptance.

This podcast was recorded on 28 March 2013.

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GoldMoney podcast: David Howden on Europe and fiat currency

28 Mar

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I speak to the excellent Professor David Howden about the future of the euro, how Cyprus changed everything, and what’s happening in Iceland…

Episode 117: The GoldMoney Foundation’s Andy Duncan talks to David Howden; Chair of the Department of Business and Economics, associate professor of economics at St. Louis University and co-author of Deep Freeze. They discuss the debt crisis in Europe and the race to the bottom between fiat currencies.

Howden thinks that the Euro will hold together in the short term, but he is rather pessimistic on the long term outlook of the common currency. One at a time countries which were formerly regarded as “stable” are being dragged into the debt hole. Though he assesses the problems in the United States to be even greater than Europe’s, he points out that whenever Euro fears start to creep up the US is benefiting due to the depth of its Treasury market.

They go on to talk about the situation in Iceland and Ireland, bank bailouts and the adverse effects of capital controls. With regards to the possibility of a global fiat currency Howden states that such a push would only happen under American involvement which he deems unlikely. Both men express their hopes that the coming currency crisis will make visible the flaws of monopolised money and lead to popular demand for the idea of competing currencies.

This podcast was recorded on 22 March 2013.

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