Brian Adams

CI 249: Brian Adams – Inflation, Commercial Real Estate, Demographics

Founder of Excelsior Capital, Brian Adams joins Jason Hartman today to discuss everything from millennials moving to the suburbs to the office market and how it’s changing post-pandemic. Public transportation is likely to continue its trend downward as the car will regain popularity in need for social distancing and health. 

Key Takeaways:

[2:30] Millennials, it’s not all Brooklynn bars and avocado toast, now they are trending towards suburban areas. 

[7:00] Speaking on the logistical challenges of a vaccine for COVID-19

[9:15] What do you see for the office property market?

[11:30] Suburban offices have a better chance of surviving the pandemic than high-density urban areas.

[14:15] Companies moving more towards mothership and hub and spoke models. 

[15:15] Are any new deals going on in the office market?

[16:00] How far through this pandemic do you think we are?

[17:20] The fed and congress have been flooding the capital market system with liquidity. 

[21:45] Will the development of tech push non-techies into a need for UBI? 

[22:25] Discussing office reuse. 

[25:45] Inflation will more than likely hit back.

[27:00] While the supply chain might be lacking, the price of construction seems to be substantially lower.


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CI 248: China’s Global Trust Post-Pandemic, Brendan Ahern

What are the relations with China looking like for the US and for the rest of the globe? Brendan Ahern of the blog updates Jason Hartman on what he sees with China’s economy. Brendan touches on China’s ability to re-establish trust moving forward and how they might change from being such a largely export dependent country.

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] Where is China now, in regards to reopening?

[3:15] How will China re-establish trust moving forward?

[6:15] How have the trade negotiations changed before and after COVID-19?

[9:45] “Even investing has become politicized”

[13:45] China realized that being very export dependent made them susceptible to downturns.

[20:30] Tourism has stopped, and not just in Hong Kong.


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Inflation Balloon

CI 247: Inflation Sectors & Rent Collection

Nobody wants to live in high-density areas anymore. It’s gone beyond the fear of coronavirus. Investment counselor, Doug, talks with Jason about Inflation, Inflation, Inflation. As well, Doug and Jason discuss the middle-class fiction. What is happening to our middle-class, and how can we learn to create wealth? Finally, rent is due, and residential tenants are paying, but are commercial real estate landlords having the same good fortune through pandemic times? Everyone is working from home, and most people are enjoying it.

Key Takeaways:

[2:30] Nobody wants to live in high-density areas anymore. It’s more than just coronavirus urging persons to move to suburban areas.

[5:00] We are watching the ultimate collapse of the “middle-class fiction.”

[9:30] The whole middle class is being hollowed out. 

[12:45] Rent stability seems to be almost on par with previous years.

[16:00] Commercial tenants are having a much bigger problem paying rent when compared to residential tenants. 

[20:00] Inflation, Inflation, Inflation. 

[26:45] If you give the government unlimited authority to deal with the climate, it won’t fix the climate. Instead, you’ll have an authoritarian government with an equal or worse climate. 

[31:30] People can work remotely, and they like it!


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Richard Wolff

CI 246: Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens, Global Economic Meltdown by Dr. Richard D. Wolff

Dr. Richard D. Wolff, professor of economics and author of Understanding Marxismjoins Jason Hartman today, discussing the global economic meltdown. Wolff shares his interpretation of marxism and why he believes that is has been poorly applied. As well, Hartman and Wolff discuss capitalism in America, the perception and the reality. 

Wolff and Hartman discuss the disproportionate pay between CEO and workers. The CEO to worker compensation ratio has changed dramatically. Wolff states that a cooperative/directorship might work using the example of The Mondragon Corporation. 

Key Takeaways:

[2:15] Was Karl Marx’s ideas applied wrong?

[8:45] “A liberal and a marxist are not the same things.”

[10:30] What is a Marxist? 

[12:45] Capitalism didn’t make the break from fatalism and slavery that it thought it did. 

[16:45] Did any country have genuine pure marxism?

[20:30] “There’s a reason that a very small number of people are capitalists (entrepreneur) and a very large number of people are workers” – Wolff

[20:45] How do we solve the issue of disproportionate pay between boss/worker, redistribution? 

[24:00] How would a company run with a representative republic, cooperative, or directorship?

[25:10] Successful Co-op, The Mondragon Corporation. 

[31:45] What is the Yellow Vests Movement?


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Josh Simon

CI 245: Commercial Real Estate & Covid-19 with Josh Simon, Simon CRE

Jason Hartman talks with Josh Simon, distinguishing different types of commercial real estate, and how they were affected by Coronavirus. Most of the media was publishing that commercial real estate is suffering, but it’s important to distinguish what kind. Commercial spaces have shifted from experiential to essential, but most successful companies are making adjustments along the way. 

New York and California, and similar high-density areas are having trouble enforcing social distancing. How will this affect possible migrations away from densely populated areas and the commercial property surrounding? As these changes are made, and commercial spaces are being reused, what kind of zoning problems might come up?

Key Takeaways:

[3:45] While the news has published what they call disaster in retail spaces, Josh Simon clarifies exactly which retail areas are struggling the most.

[5:15] Commercial space has mainly moved from experiential to essential.

[11:25] The grocery store will likely get smaller over time, with the center store’s needs shrinking. 

[13:45] Discussing the trend of businesses adapting to the drive-thru, curbside and to-go services. 

[17:30] Discussing Commercial real estate stats for rent collection.

[23:45] How will New York and California, or any other high-density area, enforce social distancing? 

[28:35] How will specialized asset classes do through Coronavirus, like self-storage?

[30:00] Are we going to see zoning issues turning some of these commercial spaces into alternative uses?



Brent Johnson Dollar Milkshake

CI 244: Gold & Dollar Milkshake Brent Johnson, Santiago Capital

What is the “dollar milkshake theory”? Brent Johnson joins Jason Hartman to share his ideas and concepts on macroeconomics. Particularly, what’s the strength of the U.S. dollar, and how does it compare to gold and other currencies? Brent also shares his thoughts on modern monetary theory and the possibility of its presence in the future, and potential problems.

Brent Johnson also discusses the broad term currency as it pertains to gold, the U.S. dollar, and many other currencies around the world. Brent shares his views on gold and the role it plays. As well, Brent and Jason discuss what is needed for money to be loaned into existence.

Key Takeaways:

[2:00] Dollar milkshake theory.

[4:00] Discussing MMT Modern Monetary Theory

[5:30] Until a new system is designed, there is no place to go, other than the U.S. dollar.

[9:10] Does MMT work or is a pipe-dream?

[12:35] Let’s talk about gold and the role it plays.

[19:00] Because money is loaned into existence, you need monetary velocity or credit expansion to be taking place. 

[22:00] What about military tensions?

[26:45] How delicate is our economy that corporate giants need bailouts as bad as family-owned restaurants?


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Harry Dent

CI 243: Harry Dent Rants, Coronavirus Cover-Up, China Peaked

Jason Hartman with guest, Harry Dent, for the rant of the year! “This is a bubble that is waiting to pop,” says Dent as he opens up about the Coronavirus just being a cover for some underlying economic issues. “This is much worse than a debt-bubble; it’s a financial asset bubble.”

Harry speaks on his thoughts about gold, cryptocurrency, and inflation. Specifically, asset vs. consumer inflation. What causes inflation? What’s to be expected in the future when it comes to commercial real estate? What will happen to the once sought after McMansions?

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] This is a bubble that was waiting to pop, and Coronavirus was just the cover.

[2:00] All of this money printing does not stop the virus. 

[6:00] There is no going back to normal after 25% of restaurants, and some areas closed down. 

[12:45] China has already hit its peak. They’re going to have trouble keeping up with India.

[14:30] What is Harry Dent’s opinion on cryptocurrency, bitcoin? 

[17:45] Gold correlates with one thing, inflation. 

[19:30] Money printing doesn’t necessarily cause inflation.

[20:30] What does cause inflation?

[23:15] Asset vs. consumer inflation, that’s the bubble. 

[25:00] This is way worse than the debt bubble; this is a financial asset bubble.

[29:30] Commercial real estate and McMansions will collapse while the 3/2 will go on to thrive. 

[35:00] The first billionaires were born of the great depression.


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CI 223: Using Blockchain to Release Equity with Matthew Sullivan

Jason Hartman speaks with Matthew Sullivan, founder & CEO of Quantm Real Estate, about how his company is using blockchain and tokens to help homeowners pull equity out of their homes (whether owner occupied or investments). Matthew uses a few case studies to explain how much money you could extra, what you would owe his company, and how the secondary market works for the equity stake his company receives.

Key Takeaways:

[2:10] Matthew’s company allows you to get equity out of your house without taking out another loan with a bank by buying some of the future value of your house

[5:07] Case study: How much can you pull out if you were to have a $100,000 house with a $50,000 mortgage?

[11:22] Why Quantum Real Estate goes through the hassle of creating a REIT and tokenizing them equity share

[16:05] The effective “interest rate” for homeowners who realize their equity

[20:15] Quantum Real Estate revalues their portfolio every 3 months so the secondary market can trade


CI 222: Supreme Court Decisions That Matter with Garrett Sutton, Rich Dad Advisor

Jason Hartman talks with Garrett Sutton, Rich Dad Advisor and author of Loopholes of Real Estate, about some recent Supreme Court decisions that will impact your life in a positive way. No matter what you think about the political division in the court, there are some things on which everyone can agree, and that’s the case with these two cases. They also discuss the pros and cons of Series LLCs and the Economic Berlin Wall Jason’s been lamenting for years.

Key Takeaways:

[1:53] The Supreme Court unanimously cracked down on excessive civil forfeiture

[5:42] Why you should actually CARE about the civil forfeiture decision

[8:35] Another unanimous Supreme Court decision that protects trusts

[14:01] California is trying to create an Economic Berlin Wall to avoid a brain drain

[18:14] There’s a new development for Series LLCs

[22:41] There’s not a lot of case law for Series LLCs, which can make it a sketchy area


CI 221: 5 Mysteries of Capital with Hernando de Soto

Jason Hartman talks with Hernando De Soto, founder and President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy and author of The Mystery of Capital:, about the elements of capitalism that are most important and how property rights are absolutely essential. They also discuss the growing sentiment toward socialism in the United States and what impact that could have.

Key Takeaways:

[2:00] The 5 mysteries of capital

[6:50] Capitalism is one of the few (if not only) systems that gives the lower classes a chance against the rich

[13:07] What we do as capitalists does not translate to what we do in politics

[17:53] The issue of equal opportunity for capital has to be addressed for capitalism to regain its popularity