CI 143 – Popular Economics 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:

[2:15] How Uber made John realizing something about the Fed

[5:59] The importance of the Fed is vastly overstated

[11:01] The idea that the rest of the world is in on some deal where they hold worthless treasuries isn’t realistic

[13:58] Demographic arguments regarding Japan don’t hold a lot of weight with John

[17:44] Money flows to its highest use, regardless of the Fed

[22:13] Automation is going to lead into a surge in new kinds of jobs

[26:55] The demand for entertainment and service is going to explode

[28:44] Tamny’s Law: as prosperity grows more and more people escape laziness because they find work they love

[30:24] John’s thoughts on Universal Basic Income

Website:

www.RealClearMarkets.com

CI 142 – How Automated Valuation Models Will Change The Way You Invest with Dr Andy Krause

Jason Hartman talks with Dr Andy Krause, Principal Data Scientist at Greenfield Advisors and AVM Analytics, about the state of automated valuation models (AVMs), the potential future for AVMs, how they work, and what practicalities are slowing their development down. The two also discuss the wide range of uses AVMs have, how they’re going to be changing moving forward, and how short-term rentals are impacting housing markets across the country.

Key Takeaways:

[1:16] The biggest AVM people know about is Zillow

[2:18] The science (and accuracy) behind current AVMs

[5:11] 2 things that are stopping a database from happening that would significantly improve appraisals

[9:42] How does the AVM come up with a value?

[15:17] What the AVMs do outside of simply valuing individual homes

[17:38] The future of AVMs

[20:57] The effects of the short-term rental market on the overall housing market

Website:

www.GreenfieldAdvisors.com

www.AVMAnalytics.com

CI 141 – How the Blockchain Can Secure Your Real Estate Transactions with Propy’s Natalia Karayaneva

Jason Hartman talks with Natalia Karayaneva, founder of Propy, about how the blockchain can be used in real estate transactions. The main purpose of doing so is that it can drastically reduce closing costs, and potentially eliminate the need for title insurance in the future (if states allow it). Jason and Natalia look at the uses for Propy and how it can be used both in and outside of the United States.

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] How can the blockchain be used in the real estate world?

[8:26] Do countries outside the US needs this more than the US does?

[13:04] Propy is mostly going to be cutting down on closing costs

[14:12] How do you use Propy in real life?

[18:54] What’s the future for Propy?

Website:

www.Propy.com

CI 140 – Have We Exported Our Pollution? The Caring Society with Dr Robert Whaples

In this 10th episode, Jason Hartman talks with Dr. Robert Whaples, Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics, Wake Forest University and co-editor and managing editor of The Independent Review. The two discuss the current Pope’s world view and the nature of the Catholic church today.

Key Takeaways:

[2:58] What is Pope Francis’ world view?

[7:23] How the economy is connected to the environment in the Pope’s world view

[13:02] Do we need environmental regulations and taxes?

[14:49] Have we just exported our pollution?

[20:05] Where does the Catholic church come in on the uneven playing fields of markets and oligarchies

Website:

www.Independent.org

CI 139 – Hunter Thompson – Intricacies of Commercial Real Estate

Jason Hartman talks with Hunter Thompson, Managing Principal at Cash Flow Connections, about his work in the self storage arena and what kind of opportunities are available there. Hunter gives listeners some tips on easy ways to drastically increase your properties worth, as well as some key metrics to look at when evaluating potential deals.

Key Takeaways:

[1:33] Hunter’s back story that led him to be in the real estate market he’s in

[5:29] Why invest in self storage?

[8:49] One of the key metrics you need to look at when considering a self storage facility

[13:31] The strategy an individual investor should have when it comes to getting in on a storage facility

[17:33] Some of the quick, easy (possibly even free) ways to raise the value of your self storage facility

[20:20] Self storage hasn’t reached the point of complete automation

[23:52] How to find, vet, and underwrite a deal

[28:00] The financials you should look through when vetting a deal

Website:

www.CashFlowConnections.com

CI 138 – Avoid Investment Fraud Artists 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

CI 137 – Tenant Screening & Rent Collection with American Apartment Owners Association Rent Recovery Service Jeff Cronrod

Jason Hartman talks with Jeff Cronrod, founder of the American Apartment Owner Association & founder of Rent Recovery Service, about his new program called Lease Guarantee, and how landlords need to take a more aggressive approach toward tenants who don’t pay. They focus today on property management best practices and tenant screening.

Key Takeaways:

[1:40] What is Lease Guarantee?

[3:56] How much does the Lease Guarantee cost and what exactly does it cover?

[8:09] The steps you have to go through when a tenant misses their rent payment

[11:17] What judgement do you need to get for Lease Guarantee to pay out?

[13:56] Jeff’s property management best practices, and proper tenant screening

[18:12] What sort of reports are available for landlords?

[20:02] Jeff’s property management best practices, and proper tenant screening

[24:18] What sort of reports are available for landlords?

Website:

www.AAOA.com

www.TenantAlert.com

CI 136 – 5 Sources of Inflation & an Age of Stable Energy 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

CI 135 – ICOs and Government Regulation 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:

[3:53] What kind of regulations do ICOs have?

[8:33] 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

[12:32] G7 might put Bitcoin into their currency baskets because they’re anti-inflationary

[15:27] Can cryptocurrencies overcome any potential opposition from governments and central banks?

Website:

www.LDJCapital.com

CI 134 – Transforming Your Commercial Property Into a Short-Term Rental with SpaceCadet’s Steven Quintanilla

Jason Hartman talks with Steven Quintanilla, co-founder of SpaceCadet, about the short-term rentals. But this time, however, we’re not talking about short-term residential property, but short-term commercial property rentals. Steven tells Jason about how the process works and the arrangement can benefit both sides in certain situations.

Key Takeaways:

[8:24] What is a micro-rental?

[15:13] Are there any places to go to browse available properties?

Website:

www.SpaceCadet.io