AMA 140 – Connecting to the World through Wearable Technology with Chris Dancy

Chris Dancy is touted as “the Most Connected Man on Earth,” and the world is watching those connections carefully. For 25 years, Dancy has served in leadership within the technology and healthcare industries, specializing in the intersection of the two.

Chris entered the public dialog concerning digital health as the media started to focus on wearable technology. He earned his moniker by utilizing up to 700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize his life–from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being. This quantification enables him to see the connections of otherwise invisible data, resulting in dramatic upgrades to his health, productivity, and quality of life.

A noted keynote speaker and executive workshop retreat facilitator, Chris guides organizations and audiences on a journey–a disruptive, breathtaking journey–into the future of computing, when behavior becomes the ultimate interface.

Key Takeaways:

[3:27] Every major corporation is surveilling you, they just have a different name for it to make it sound better

4:27] Chris tells Jason how he went about starting to collect data on himself and how he decided what to do with it

[7:13] How Chris’ background as a Database Analyst led him to be able to collect all his data on himself

[9:07] The one piece of equipment that’s already doing tracking for you, whether you know it or not

[10:29] How categorizing your purchases by feeling rather than type can change the way you view your habits

[11:35] Wanting to collect data is good, but data isn’t very high on the food chain of your life

[12:28] The internet is turning into the INNERnet

[14:06] What could cause the death of apps

[16:42] As technology improves, we’re heading towards devices that can track anything we want, from blood oxygen to reading blood with spectral imaging

[18:29] How marketing could be changed as companies are able to get more and more data about our lives and the one place on Earth that’s ALREADY doing this

[20:02] The new world of data collection and surveillance is new and, admittedly, scary

[21:00] Whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic about the direction we’re headed with technology and surveillance

[23:11] What is singularity and how far off it might be

[24:45] The people who are going to be the most important as we move into quantum computing

Websites Mentioned:

www.chrisdancy.com
www.twitter.com/chrisdancy

Tweetables:

[6:32] “there’s this interesting relationship about our lives when you experience everything through a connected interface, that you realize there’s filtered information that you can benefit from”

[8:03] “We’re entering an age very rapidly, in the next 4 years (and I’d say we’re already, it’s done), where you can’t afford to live without the internet”

[18:08] “Disney’s probably the most surveilled, convenient, safe space on Earth”

[19:57] “People don’t have the ability to not weaponize facts, and we live in a world full of facts and data”

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AMA 139 – A Force for Good, How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism, with John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management

John G. Taft is CEO of RBC Wealth Management in the U.S. Mr. Taft is responsible for RBC’s wealth management growth strategy in the U.S. which consists of helping clients achieve their financial objectives through a full- service wealth management offering (investment management, retirement planning, cash management, credit and lending, insurance trust, estate planning and other solutions); and enhancing the productivity of financial advisors and relationship managers in RBC’s Private Client Group, Correspondent Services, Advisor Services and U.S.-based international businesses.

Mr. Taft has worked in financial services since 1981. He has served as Chairman-Elect and Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the leading securities industry trade group representing securities firms, banks and asset managers in the United States. He is an industry thought leader who frequently speaks at government and industry events and who is widely quoted in the media. He is also executive sponsor of the firm’s PRIDE group, representing the interests of LGBT employees and clients.

He is the author of “A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism,” for which Mr. Taft gathered more than 20 industry leaders to share their fresh perspectives on creating solutions for positive social outcomes and a sustainable financial future. He is also the author of “Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street,” which explores the importance of stewardship as a core principle.

Jason talks with John about the state of the financial services industry today, what it COULD be, and how we can get it there again.

Key Takeaways:

[4:10] Why Wall Street falls into the cycle of corruption at least once every generation

[5:22] If anyone actually goes to work on Wall Street to help people

[6:39] John gives a surprise example of a country whose financial sector is doing what we want ours to do, but with a lot fewer financial institutions

[7:33] Why financial services institutions actually exist (hint: it’s not to make money for the share holders)

[8:56] Why the original reasoning for Wall Street is so important, and where you can look today to prove that it’s still true

[10:22] The important fact about capitalism that gets lost in the income inequality discussion

[12:37] Real markets vs the expectations market and the importance of keeping them separate

[15:36] Trying to find a solution to the reoccurring financial services industry problems, whether that be more regulation, less regulation, or something out of left field

[18:11] The “Future of Finance” initiative being done by the Charter Financial Analysts to try and bring morality back into the financial services industry

[19:03] Why the term “financial innovation” doesn’t have to make you cringe and shield your wallet

[20:48] RBC Wealth Management’s views on their belief that we’re in a long term secular bull market for equities

Websites Mentioned:

www.cfainstitute.org
Robert Shiller’s book – Finance and the Good Society
www.rbcwealthmanagement.com

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AMA 138 – Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Dare to Serve, How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others with Cheryl Bachelder

Cheryl Bachelder is the author of the new book “Dare to serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others”. Cheryl has served as CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. since 2007. Ms. Bachelder has led a remarkable turnaround of the company’s financial results with a compelling strategic roadmap for growth and an inspiring purpose and set of principles. The results – industry leading performance for the franchise owners and the shareholders. Ms. Bachelder has more than 35 years of experience in brand building, operations and public-company management at companies like Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and The Procter & Gamble Company.

At the time of Ms. Bachelder’s 2007 appointment to CEO, Popeyes’ guest visits had been declining for years, restaurant sales and profit trends were negative. The company stock price had dropped from $34 in 2002 to $13. The brand was stagnant, and relations between the company and its franchise owners were strained. Ms. Bachelder and her team created a workplace where people were treated with respect and dignity yet challenged to perform at the highest level. Silos and self were set aside in favor of collaboration and team play. And the results were measured with rigor and discipline.

By 2014, average restaurant sales were up 25 percent, and profits were up 40 percent. Popeyes’ market share had grown from 14 percent to 21 percent, and the stock price was over $40. In 2012, Ms. Bachelder was recognized as Leader of the Year by the Women’s Foodservice Forum and received the highest industry award, the Silver Plate, for the quick service restaurant sector, presented by the International Food Manufacturer’s Association. She was also recognized as a 2012 Nation’s Restaurant News’ Golden Chain Award recipient.

Key Takeaways:

[4:23] Why the mom and pop restaurants seem to be fading away and being replaced by franchises

[6:52] How restaurants are starting to implement analytics and technology to get ahead in the marketplace

[10:19] How Popeye’s is starting to forecast demand of their customers

[12:20] What a $15 minimum wage would mean to companies like Popeye’s

[17:18] How having Louisiana roots has led to Popeye’s differentiate from the competitors

Websites Mentioned:

www.cherylbachelder.com
www.daretoserveleaders.com

AMA 137 – How to PROSPER! As the World Falls Apart with Chris Martenson

Chris Martenson, PhD (Duke), MBA (Cornell) is an economic researcher and futurist specializing in energy and resource depletion, and co-founder of PeakProsperity.com (along with Adam Taggart). He is also author of the book “Prosper!: How To Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting” As one of the early econobloggers who forecasted the housing market collapse and stock market correction years in advance, Chris rose to prominence with the launch of his seminal video seminar: The Crash Course which has also been published in book form (Wiley, March 2011). It’s a popular and extremely well-regarded distillation of the interconnected forces in the Economy, Energy and the Environment (the “Three Es” as Chris calls them) that are shaping the future, one that will be defined by increasing challenges to growth as we have known it.

Key Takeaways:

[4:22] How Brazil’s debt and dropping commodity prices are destroying the nation

[8:10] Japan’s population peak and what will become of their nation once all the youth leave

[12:21] What would actually happen to our economy if we actually normalized interest rates

[19:26] How exposed banks might be because of their use of derivatives

[24:57] Unsustainable trends that are going to have to stop, but when will the ball drop?

[30:52] Why Chris has been out of the market for a few years and when he’ll consider getting back in

[34:00] The coming robotic revolution and how it will reshape our society

[37:12] What’s going to happen by 2030 that should really make us consider what we’re investing in as a country

[40:35] Why emotional capital is going to be so important moving forward

Website Mentioned:

www.peakprosperity.com

AMA 136 – Political Speech with Eric O’Keefe, Citizens for Self-Governance, Wisconsin Club for Growth (WCFG), Health Care Compact Alliance

Eric is from Detroit, Michigan.  He was politically interested from an early age, and in the late 1960s, he began to follow political developments through magazines and the Wall Street Journal. In 1976, he attended a speech in Detroit by economist Milton Friedman. It happened to be the day that Friedman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

From late 1973 to early 1976, Eric worked running drill presses at Detroit Broach and Machine where he was a member of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 7489. Eric’s direct political activities began in 1976 with a contribution to the Libertarian Party presidential campaign of Roger MacBride. Eric read about the sweeping regulations of campaign activities based on the 1974 Federal Election Campaign Act amendments, which were sold as a response to Watergate.  Their actual intent, and the result, was to handicap challengers and therefore entrench incumbents.  Many aspects of the law were ruled unconstitutional in the 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decision, but unfortunately the Supreme Court decided to rewrite the law rather than reject it.

Eric is currently a part of The Wisconsin Club for Growth and Citizens for Self Governance.

Key Takeaways:

[4:07] How governmental resources are being used to shut down political speech

[9:13] The impact of Citizens United and the truth behind it

[14:06] How we can stop the entrenched politicians and impose term limits

[20:31] The monologue vs dialogue media

Websites Mentioned:

www.selfgovern.com

AMA 135 – Talking Crowdfunding with Risk Media’s Real Esate Tech Titan, and one of Swanepoels 200 most powerful people in residential real estate, Marshall Saunders

Real estate was not Marshall’s first business avenue. At the age of 14 he started a successful vending business, growing to over 400 machines in 4 years. In college, Marshall ran a lawn-mowing business, servicing over 200 foreclosed home through a government contract with the Veteran’s Administration.

In September of 2014 Marshall Saunders sold his half ownership of RE/MAX Results to his business partner to pursue his interest in community funded real estate. Marshall was a Broker/Owner in RE/MAX Results since October 2008, in which time the company doubled its number of agents and offices and grew to become the largest RE/MAX franchise in the world. Before being Broker/Owner, Marshall was a Sales Executive with RE/MAX Results for 10 years, specializing in investment property, corporate relocation, and transitioning first-time homeowners from renters to buyers.

Key Takeaways

[4:29] How crowdfunding is changing the rules of investing

[8:04] How the Jobs Act changed over 100 years of law and changed everything

[13:13] If crowdfundings growth and use in real esate will push prices higher

[19:02] Why banks might just end up loving clients who use crowdfunding

[21:56] How crowdfunding investments with real estate would look

[24:53] Why banks seem to let homes go into foreclosure rather than helping borrowers

Websites Mentioned:

www.saundersdailey.com

AMA 134 – John Addison – Addison Leadership Group, former CEO of Primerica

John Addison has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his relatable leadership message for more than two decades.  As former Co-CEO of Primerica, John has worked side by side with many of the titans of American business: Art, Williams, Sandy Weill, Jamie Dimon, Bob Lipp, Pete Dawkins, and Joe Plumeri – to name a few. John has a magnetic stage presence and is highly sought after as a public speaker.

Key Takeaways:

[5:31] The biggest competition Primerica faces as they target the middle class workers

[9:23] How complicated your financial future actually needs to be

[14:20] Buying homes and avoiding “ghost houses”

[18:26] How John was able to take Primerica public in the time of no IPOs

[24:58] John’s views on the economy today and how the middle class’ views of the system are impacting it

[30:51] How reactions to bad events grow the government and how we should maybe look at it instead

[34:58] The challenge to America that no politicians are talking about right now

Websites Mentioned:

www.johnaddisonleadership.com

AMA 133 – Charlie Munger, The Complete Investor with Tren Griffin

Tren Griffin is a Senior Director at Microsoft, doing strategy, competitive analysis and business development, with a focus on software platforms and business models. He creates and helps execute “go to market” plans, working closely with the engineering and marketing teams. Before that, he was a partner at Eagle River, a private equity firm controlled by Craig McCaw with investments in software, communications and other technology industries including Nextel, Nextel Partners and many start-up firms. During some of this time served as an officer of portfolio companies XO Communications (VP Strategy) and Teledesic (VP Business Development).

Tren recently released his new book, Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor. The book presents the essential steps of Munger’s investing strategy, condensed from interviews, speeches, writings, and shareholder letters, and paired with commentary from fund managers, value investors, and business-case historians. Derived from Ben Graham’s value-investing system, Munger’s approach is straightforward enough that even novices can apply it to their portfolios. Not simply about stock picking, it’s about cultivating mental models for your whole life, but especially for your investments.

Key Takeaways:

[3:57] What you’re looking for as a value investor

[8:42] How FOMO is hurting investors and how value investing avoids it

[13:35] If the corruption on Wall Street is impacting the Munger’s and Buffett’s of the world

[19:09] If the level of intelligence and activity on Wall Street makes it impossible for the average investor to have an edge

[24:03] Why the Warren Buffett’s of the world don’t care what the market is doing right now and in the near future

Websites Mentioned:

www.25iq.com
www.twitter.com/trengriffin

AMA 132 – The August Forecast – Technocracy Rising, The Trojan Horse Of Global Transformation with Patrick M Wood

Patrick Wood is a leading and critical expert on Sustainable Development, Green Economy, Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and historic Technocracy.

He is the author of Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation (2015) and co-author of Trilaterals Over Washington, Volumes I and II (1978-1980) with the late Antony C. Sutton.

Wood remains a leading expert on the elitist Trilateral Commission, their policies and achievements in creating their self-proclaimed “New International Economic Order” which is the essence of Sustainable Development on a global scale.

Key Takeaways:

[5:36] Where Orwell and Huxley fit into technocracy

[10:41] Why sustainability, while it sounds good, is a dangerous road

[15:53] What’s solving our problems (hint: it’s not government, charities or communism) and externalities

[19:33] What current threats we’re facing

[24:41] The quest for immortality

Websites Mentioned:

www.technocracy.news

AMA 131 – Red Hot Lies, How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud & Deception to Keep You Misinformed with Chris Horner

Christopher C. Horner is the author of “Red Hot Lies, How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud & Deception to Keep You Misinformed”. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. An attorney in Washington, DC Horner has represented CEI as well as scientists and Members of the U.S. House and Senate on matters of environmental policy in the federal courts and the Supreme Court.

He has been a contributor in the Washington Times, National Review Online and Washington Examiner opinion pages, a guest columnist for United Press International, Energy Tribune and Spain’s Actualidad Economica, and regularly contributed to the Brussels legislative news magazine EU Reporter. He has also written in Investor’s Business Daily’s opinion and the Wall Street Journal’s letters pages.

Key Takeaways:

[5:22] England’s soaring energy prices and how many seniors are dying each winter due to the inability to heat

[10:01] The belief of environmentalists that people are the scourge of the Earth and what they’re missing

[15:37] The media’s role in the climate change debate

Website Mentioned:

www.cei.org

AMA 130 – Ready, Fire, Aim – Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat with Mark Ford

Jason Hartman talks with Mark Ford, an American author, entrepreneur, publisher, real estate investor, filmmaker, art collector, and consultant to the direct marketing and publishing industries.

Ford is the author of essays and books on entrepreneurship, wealth-building, economics, and copywriting. He has also written a book of poetry and a book on word use titled Words that Work.

Ford’s business writing is published under the pen name Michael Masterson. His books, Automatic Wealth and Ready, Fire, Aim, were recognized on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times Best Sellers lists.

Ford is active in real estate development both in the United States and abroad.

Key Takeaways:

[3:07] The history of the financial newsletter

[10:04] Breaking down “Ready, Fire, Aim”

[13:33] His movie making ventures

[17:42] Finding your optimal selling proposition

[23:05] Real estate investing

[28:53] How we let some industries teach us terribly

Websites Mentioned:
www.palmbeachgroup.com

AMA 129 – Thumbtack Sharing Economy, Associate Director at the White House economic adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell with Jon Lieber

Jason Hartman talks with Jon Lieber, Chief Economist & Policy Research at Thumbtack about the entrepreneurial state of the USA, the sharing economy and more.

Key Takeaways:

[5:01] The ability of entrepreneurs to find ways to improve society that we didn’t see we needed

[10:31] What’s going on with governmental regulation in the sharing economy

[15:57] Why the sharing economy is helping workers and employers

[20:21] How governments create monopolies

Website Mentioned:

www.thumbtack.com
www.twitter.com/lieber2k

AMA 128 – The United States Economic Status with Megan Greene, Chief Economist of Manulife & John Hancock Asset Management

Jason Hartman talks about the current state of the American economy, stock market and housing market with Megan Greene, Chief Economist of Manulife & John Hancock Asset Management.

Key Takeaways:

[4:06] If high frequency traders really bring liquidity into the market

[10:57] The cure all for our economic inequalities, and why you’ll never see it come to fruition

[13:10] Why we may not want to be relying on housing for our economic revival

Website Mentioned:

www.johnhancock.com

 

AMA 127 – Raving Capitalist & Stock Investing For Dummies with Paul Mladjenovic

 

Paul Mladjenovic is a CFP, national seminar leader, author and consultant. Since 1981, his specialties have been investing, financial planning and home business issues. Paul has written Stock Investing For Dummies (all four editions), Zero-Cost Marketing, Precious Metals Investing For Dummies, the Job Hunter’s Encyclopedia and the latest book, Micro-Entrepreneurship For Dummies.

Key Takeaways:

[4:11] How living in a communist country helped him in investing in a capitalist market

[10:41] What he’s seeing now that concerns him

[18:07] How you need to do some diversifying in more than just your stocks

[26:27] The $50/month investing plan that will make you much better off in the long term

[30:58] The pension danger

[33:51] If the dollars reign as the reserve currency is in jeopardy

[38:08] Why you should own at least some gold

Website Mentioned:

www.ravingcapitalist.com

 

AMA 126 – Who Gets What and Why, The New Economics of Matchmaking & Market Design with Alvin Roth

 

Jason Hartman talks with Alvin Roth, Craig & Susan McGaw Professor of Economics at Stanford and author of “Who Gets What and Why”

Key Takeaways

[5:28] – what aspect of the real estate market surprises him the most

[11:45] – The market of organ donation

[16:24] Repugnant Transactions

[20:51] Government’s role in contracts

[24:56] Signals and two kinds of messages we send

 

AMA 125 – The Rich Don’t Pay Tax! … or Do They? with John Gaver

Jason Hartman talks with John Gaver, editor and publisher of Action America and author of “The Rich Don’t Pay Tax! … or Do They?”

Key Takeaways:

[5:11] What the left is doing that’s making people vote with their feet

[11:15] What data to look at that isn’t corrupted by politicians and economists

[15:52] Discussing the concerns of a national sales tax

[21:40] Who a flat tax would hurt the most (it’s not who you’d think)

Websites Mentioned:

www.therichdontpaytax.com
www.therichdontpaytax.com/calculator

AMA 124 – Due Diligence on Investment Funds with Salvatore Buscemi

 

Jason Hartman talks with Salvatore Buscemi, author of The Art of the Raise about different deal structures in real estate investments.

Key Takeaways

[5:08] Importance of not investing based on personality

[10:03] What you need to do before you even set foot in a deal

[15:21] How different needs in investors change the investment strategy

[27:05] What Jason thinks nobody ever reads

[35:11] Why you need to know the other investors in the deal

Websites Mentioned

www.artoftheraise.com

 

AMA 123 – I Love Real Estate! with David Wood

Jason Hartman discusses 3 different strategies for investing in real estate, what an executive flip is, how to not get caught in the fools game, the difference between an investment and a speculation, the bubble of 2005 with David Wood, from Amplified Living.

Key Takeaways:

[5:30] “I prefer the high end flips because i think the people who are going to buy a million or 2 million dollar house, often lack vision.”

[10:07] “If you’re buying real estate with a long term vision of having complete financial freedom, then the money coming in you shouldn’t be spending.”

[21:02] – Everything about real estate investing involves disciplines

[26:57] – “And i find kindness is one of the great methods of negotiation”

Websites Mentioned:

www.amplifiedliving.com

AMA 122 – The 2016 Republican Presidential Race with Candidate Mark Everson

Mark Everson is currently a Republican presidential candidate for the 2016 election, as well as the former Red Cross CEO and former Commissioner of the IRS, about the current race and how stands out in a field as large as this.

Key Takeaways:

[4:24] I would suggest to you that we’ve lost this traditional approach to our nation

[9:55] Some of the Republicans would knee jerk, just defend Wall Street. I’m not doing that

[14:49] People tell me stories, people have the insurance but they’re not using it!

AMA 121 – Enjoy the Decline of America with Aaron Clarey

Aaron Clarey is the author of 5 books, his most current being Enjoy the Decline of America. He also an economist, running the blog Captain Capitalism. He talks with Jason about the USD status as the world’s reserve currency, the current environment of political correctness, how the old economic building block of society is failing us and more.

Key Takeaways:

[6:25] – “pursuing such socialist and parasitic policies are not good at all for any country and should never be repeated again”

[10:15] – “we no longer value a child or the family as the basic building block of the economy”

[15:05] – if you want to nail it down to one thing, it’s unfunded liabilities

[22:30] – they don’t know that by voting Obama in twice that they have fundamentally shifted the tenor of the United States.

Mentioned in this episode:

CaptainCapitalism.blogspot.com