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 actually holding us back?.

Key Takeaways:

[1:17] How Digits converts your existing credit cards into crypto cards and gives you up to a 1 year hedge on your currency

[4:33] How the 1 year hedge is made possible

[8:47] Every innovation leads people to fear that everyone was going to lose their job and be displaced, but it’s never really happened. Is this time different?

[12:19] What people forget about automation

[16:22] How do the logistics and hard drives of robots work?

[19:33] The plethora of information is making kids more risk averse

[23:15] The two things we get wrong when it comes to education

Website:

www.RainmakersGlobal.com

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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 of food, sugar is added in its place

[10:15] If you eat right and get good sleep you’re 90% of the way to health, even without exercise

[13:39] If eating right isn’t easy and taste good, you’re not going to stick with it

[18:02] What’s the solution to America’s health problem?

[22:33] What the subscription plan entails

[26:45] Keep it simple so it become consistent

Website:

www.JasonHartman.com/Food

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AMA 236 – 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 they following Sharia law or not?

[13:06] Sharia law allows credit sales, you just can’t have a 3rd party solely giving money

[16:18] Islam is about risk participation

[21:06] What is the Islamic view of cryptocurrencies?

[25:03] The law of the land is supposed to trump Sharia law, but that doesn’t seem to be the view of many Muslims who are immigrating

Website:

www.BlossomFinance.com

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. John is excited about what all of this change will mean for the common worker and believes it will lead to higher quality of life for all.

Key Takeaways:

[1:58] How Uber made John realizing something about the Fed

[5:41] The importance of the Fed is vastly overstated

[10:43] The idea that the rest of the world is in on some deal where they hold worthless treasuries isn’t realistic

[13:40] Demographic arguments regarding Japan don’t hold a lot of weight with John

[17:27] Money flows to its highest use, regardless of the Fed

[21:55] Automation is going to lead into a surge in new kinds of jobs

[26:37] The demand for entertainment and service is going to explode

[28:26] Tamny’s Law: as prosperity grows more and more people escape laziness because they find work they love

[30:06] John’s thoughts on Universal Basic Income

Website:

www.RealClearMarkets.com

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 up an ICO?

[14:58] What are the steps to launching an ICO?

[18:35] Develop a budget before going out and hiring

[22:54] The basic customer acquisition cost was $36/person, but it’s bringing in less and less money in investments

[26:18] Are the days of big ICO fundraisers over?

[28:19] Why you should pay your advisers in cash

Websites:

www.AxesAndEggs.com

www.CoinSchedule.com

www.ICOAlert.com

AMA 236 – Curb Government Spending with Adam Andrzejewski

Jason Hartman talks with Adam Andrzejewski, founder & CEO of www.OpenTheBooks.com, 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] Why is Open the Books different from other government spending watchdogs?

[4:56] How is the Trump administration doing when it comes to government spending?

[9:12] Absurd levels of grants ($600 billion) were given out in the final year of Obama

[11:49] Pork barrel spending knows no party affiliation

[15:49] It’s our constitutional right as citizens to see all the expenditures of our government

[20:18] 2016s highest bonuses

Website:

www.OpenTheBooks.com

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 financially?

[13:00] Think of your employer like a customer, you want to keep them happy but you also want to maximize your revenue

[17:17] The entire country is based in debt

[20:00] The true narrative is to be smart with your money, not to get rid of debt

[26:28] Start to focus on the now rather than the mirage of the future, and start by taking the wool off your eyes when it comes to the banking system

Website:

www.HeadsOrTailsIWin.com

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 is going on in options?

[7:15] The main things you should be watching out for to recognize a scam

[12:53] There’s a whole lot more education on cryptocurrencies needed in the general public

[15:47] Some tips to avoid fraud and how to help out others who may be being taken advantage of

Website:

www.SmartCheck.gov

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? Is it just a federal bailout?

[10:53] Jim’s current inflation thoughts

[14:23] How much longer can the US continue to kick the can down the road when it comes to the debt?

[17:49] Why double inflation arbitrage is fantastic for real estate investors

[21:03] What the next downturn is going to look like

[26:21] Jason’s new theory

Website:

www.FinancialSense.com

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 coming. Alan also gives his thoughts on the recent tariffs and tax reform.

Key Takeaways:

[4:16] What’s coming in the economy next

[6:15] What is “virtuous” and “non-virtuous” inflation?

[9:17] In 12 years there will be 30 million more people drawing down on Medicaid and Social Security

[13:24] Every single industry is having problems finding enough people, so the future isn’t as bleak as you might think

[16:49] The 5 sources of inflation

[20:24] We’re in a golden age with stable energy

[22:40] The 3 reasons Alan’s excited about where we’re headed

Website:

www.ITREconomics.com

Prosperity in The Age of Decline: How to Lead Your Business and Preserve Wealth Through the Coming Business Cycles

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 expect

[11:35] The debauchery tax & unintended consequences

[15:13] Awareness is step 1, what’s step 2?

[18:43] The smaller the municipality the easier it is to get rid of the tax

[23:54] How did Kristin get into this line of work?

Website:

www.TheLibertarianChick.com

www.Twitter.com/KristinBTate

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 sign of trouble and how you can be part of the 2% of people who actually achieve change.

Key Takeaways:

[1:44] Money problems aren’t usually about money

[6:14] The questions you need to ask yourself when you’re trying to change your bad habits

[9:44] You need to connect with your negative emotions surrounding an idea because emotions, by nature, need to be expressed

[12:04] Remember, you’re not working for money, you’re working for what the money will buy

[16:27] The people who are successful are problem solvers who see problems as opportunities

[20:44] What can you do about people who give up at the first hint of trouble?

[23:33] Only 2% of people who want to change actually make the change

Website:

www.ProsperityPlace.com

AMA 229 – How CloudCoin Provides Trustworthy Data 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] Sean’s new definition of money

[5:11] Money MUST work as trustworthy data in order for the economy to work

[8:21] The story of the Island of Yapp

[11:13] Money tells us what to do and how to act, so it needs to have integrity

[16:23] Cloud Coin is the money that Sean has created, which just gets created into existence

[19:27] Cloud Coin’s market cap is currently 17 million, and people are actually spending it

[24:36] Why Cloud Coin is a big development over Bitcoin

[29:41] Sean’s thoughts on why governments won’t be able to shut down cryptocurrencies

Website:

www.DigitalFrontierNews.com

AMA 228 – Hedge Funds & 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 seeing two worlds collide: the old guard of people who are buying and holding versus the hedge funds coming in to trade and make money quickly

[12:12] G7 might put Bitcoin into their currency baskets because they’re anti-inflationary

[15:07] Can cryptocurrencies overcome any potential opposition from governments and central banks?

Website:

www.LDJCapital.com

AMA 227 – Time to Regulate the Cryptos? 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 being addressed

[9:25] What is Wirex?

[13:03] Pavel doesn’t believe cryptocurrencies will replace fiat currency

[14:41] Bitcoin 50k in 2018?

[20:38] Who has to have a license to deal in cryptocurrency?

Website:

www.Wirex.com

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 at all?

[6:32] The challenge for financial institutions to deal with technology and change

[11:04] The most critical breakthrough coming in the next decade is a Digital Identity Scheme

[15:57] Do the big companies need to be regulated like utilities or be required to publish their algorithms?

[19:17] What’s going on in cryptocurrencies today is equivalent to what happened with the World Wide Web in the 90s. We’re trying to figure out which one will come out on top

[23:03] When will blockchain actually be used in commerce on a large scale

[29:02] How will the blockchain change how we love?

Website:

www.TheFinanser.com

AMA 225 – Global Sports Financial Exchange and AllSportsMarket & Actor in A Christmas Story, Ed, Wild America, Almost Famous, Freddy vs. Jason’s Zack Ward

Gambling has destroyed many lives, and it’s something that actor Zack Ward thinks needs to be dealt with in our society. That’s one of the reasons he’s CEO of Global Sports Financial Exchange, the first investing platform for sports leagues, as well as determined to teach financial literacy.

Jason Hartman and Zack discuss how All Sports Market can help curb gambling by giving a new outlet more akin to the stock market, why they’re trying to get more regulation, how they’re using blockchain technology, and more.

Key Takeaways:

[3:22] What’s the difference between AllSports and gambling?

[6:43] Where is the All Sports Market going?

[7:38] Why All Sports is openingly welcoming regulation

[12:01] The unholy alliance between sports and gambling

[14:32] All Sports trading platform is based on blockchain technology

[17:50] Zack’s mission to promote financial literacy, and how his company’s learning center does that

Website:

www.AllSportsMarket.com

www.Twitter.com/TotalZackWard

www.Instagram.com/TotalZackWard

AMA 224 – The Quits Ratio Importance to the Economy with Ali Wolf

There is a lot of talk in the news lately about a possible downturn in the US economy, yet Jason’s guest, Ali Wolf of Meyers Research is staying bullish. She says the important indicators to watch aren’t showing the normal warning signs of a market drop. Ali also discusses the trends of Millennials with regards to renting vs. buying a home, their purchasing cycles and what they are willing, and not willing, to pay for.

Key Takeaways:

[01:03] Are we at the end of a business cycle?

[04:30] Ali uses the Quits ratio to judge the state of the economy.

[06:39] Three critical indicators to use as early warning signs to a possible market drop.

[09:29] Wiil Millennials be staying put and buying homes or are they the rental generation?

[16:33] Why modern, prefab homes may offer Millennials more amenities than space.

[27:34] Inventory of existing, resale housing is lower in every single market Zondo tracks.

Website:

www.RealEstateTools.com

www.JasonHartman.com/Ask

www.MeyersLLC.com

www.Zonda.co

AMA 222 – Inflation vs Deflation Pressures with Pragmatic Capitalist Cullen Roche

Jason Hartman talks with Cullen Roche, founder of Pragmatic Capitalism, about macroeconomic events going on today, how Cullen studies the markets, why bonds are more attractive than many believe, and the investment strategy you have to adopt when investing in cryptocurrencies today. The two also take a look at the banking industry, money supply, and asset inflation.

Key Takeaways:

[1:53] What does Pragmatic Capitalism really mean?

[10:26] The macro-economy still looks healthy

[13:40] Cullen looks at the economy like an engineer in order to try and understand what’s going on

[17:18] Bonds are probably more attractive than most people believe

[20:10] Cryptocurrencies have become a “greater fool theory” investment

[24:32] Asset inflation is real and it’s becoming harder and harder to get into the investor class

[28:50] The banking industry is what creates most of the money in our economy

[31:08] One of Cullen’s outlandish theories

Website:

www.PragCap.com

AMA 221 – Sunspots vs The Economy with Harry Dent

Jason Hartman talks with Harry Dent, author of the new book Zero Hour, about current demographic trends and what they means for our society (assuming fiscal and monetary policy doesn’t go haywire), as well as how long technology takes to go mainstream and impact society, the impact of sunspots on our economy, environment, and psychology, why the new tax reform is the cure for the problem that doesn’t exist, and more.

Key Takeaways:

[1:55] What does Harry learn by looking at sunspots?

[6:10] There’s both global warming and cooling going on right now thanks to sunspots

[8:08] Harry does NOT believe this is the time to be cutting taxes

[11:08] The greatest BS economic recovery in history

[14:12] How much does money trickle in this consumption driven economy that needs growth?

[17:05] Nobody takes downturns into consideration when planning the future

[20:39] When are we likely to see a spike in life expectancy?

[23:50] The wild card in predictions using demographics is the government’s monetary & fiscalpolicy

[27:19] Why we’re going to have a big revolution if things don’t change

Website:

www.HarryDent.com