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Season 3, Episode 24: The Lessons From Iceland’s Financial Collapse, From One Who Was There

With Jared Bibler, Author of ‘Iceland’s Secret’

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Jared Bibler joins the podcast to discuss his book ‘Iceland’s Secret’ and his experience living through that country’s financial collapse in 2008.

It was a very dark period in Iceland’s history, with individuals losing homes and savings and not being able to buy food. The author experienced this first-hand, initially as an asset manager and later working for regulators seeking to bring the responsible parties to justice.

The crisis in Iceland shocked the world but was quickly overshadowed by the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the U.S. Today it is largely forgotten outside of Iceland. But the author says his experience holds many lessons for the present day.

If nothing else, his experience holds lessons for those interested in hedging against a total collapse of capital markets and civil society.

Content Highlights

  • Why Iceland’s financial crisis remains misunderstood and not discussed while still holding important relevance to global capital markets today (2:36);

  • Iceland as an extreme example of the contemporary world (7:51);

  • Corruption unfortunately remains ‘fairly endemic’ worldwide in the guest’s experience, which transcends several countries (12:43);
  • The next crisis will make 2008 ‘look like a walk in the park’ (14:27);

  • Lessons for the prepper community: hard currency retains its value quite well in such crises (18:57);
  • The crypto world is ripe for fraud and ‘tethered’ coins do not seem to offer the protection claimed (23:30);

  • Background on the guest (29:21);
  • How he’s spending his days now and why ESG has the attention of global regulators (36:54);
  • Insider trading, especially around M&A deals, is rampant (38:36);

  • What has changed in Iceland, other than a tourist explosion (43:50).

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Season 3, Episode 23: The Long Term Bull Case for Oil (Updated)

With Todd Sullivan, ValuePlays.com

(Updates with second video below).

Todd Sullivan of ValuePlays.com joins the podcast to discuss his long term bullish views on oil.

The guest also provides his favorite stocks — all portfolio holdings of his — for investors to take advantage of this trend.

Content Highlights

  • Big picture elements of supply, demand, and infrastructure that are driving the long term bull case for oil (2:50);

  • What about the potential for an economic slowdown in the U.S. and more importantly China? How might that impact things? (7:39);

  • Background on the guest and how he turned his passion as a blogger and investor into his current position (11:17);
  • The three energy names he really likes right now (18:51);
  • Energy has been unpopular for some time and people are under the illusion that gas and oil are going away. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” (25:28);

  • Why transport companies are more of a pure-play on energy prices than drillers (29:30);

  • $100/barrel oil is a “realistic scenario” and prices could stay high after that as the macro outlook remains constructive (37:17);

  • The bullish outlook for the cannabis industry in the U.S. — this will be the topic of a future episode (42:49).
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Season 3, Episode 22: The Transformation of the Hedge Fund Industry (Updated)

With Dominique Mielle

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Dominque Mielle joins the podcast to discuss the transformation of the hedge fund industry, as encapsulated in her book ‘Damsel in Distressed: My Life in the Golden Age of Hedge Funds.’

Mielle’s career in hedge funds spans three decades, a period of dramatic growth that has culminated with many investors today questioning whether it still makes sense to allocate to the asset class — to the extent that it can even be called an asset class.

The guest says hedge funds still have value in certain circumstances, but there are many forces working against them.

She also has some views on markets and even cryptos that are discussed in the back end of the episode.

Content Highlights

  • Her reasons for writing the book: very few women in hedge funds and the critical growth periods she observed in the industry (2:05);
  • So does the hedge fund industry have a future? (5:15);
  • What exactly has changed in the last 20+ years to make hedge funds less compelling? (8:02);
  • There is certainly less mystique around hedge funds, and the media now reports returns and other things regularly — something the host himself has been guilty of. How has that affected things? (13:54);
  • Okay, so what is the value proposition for hedge funds? (18:58);
  • Background on the guest (25:36);
  • What if a woman wrote a ‘Liar’s Poker’ of the hedge fund world? And why aren’t there more women in finance? (31:30);
  • The guest’s view of markets at present. Tapering is critical (40:23);
  • Her views on cryptocurrencies (44:47).

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