The Grant Williams Podcast
The End Game Ep. 24 - Greg Jensen PREVIEW

The End Game Ep. 24 - Greg Jensen PREVIEW

July 29, 2021

Our special guest on the latest edition of The End Game is Greg Jensen, the Co-CIO of Bridgewater Associates, the $140billion asset manager based in Westport, Connecticut.

Over his 25-year career at the firm, Greg has spent an inordinate amount of time using historical precedents to construct ever-more complex algorithms to help understand and predict evolving market dynamics.

In this fascinating discussion, Greg digs deep into the current macro environment, explaining at length how Bridgewater’s framework helps them evaluate the predicament facing the world’s central banks and formulate a set of likely outcomes in terms of both policy and market response.

The death of the ‘transitory’ narrative, the lessons to be learned from previous periods of disruption and the advantages the shrinking set of options available to policymakers offer investors all come under the microscope as we get an insight into the investment process  behind one of the world’s largest pools of capital.

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Super Terrific Happy Hour Ep. 12 - F-Bombs

Super Terrific Happy Hour Ep. 12 - F-Bombs

July 25, 2021

The Super Terrific Happy Hour returns with Steph Pomboy up a mountain in bear country contemplating all kinds of fascinating data points and dissecting them in her own inimitable way.

The conversation is filled with F-bombs as Grant and Steph ponder a cornucopia of topics from fundamentals to ‘flations to the Fed, froth and flawlessness (or lack of it).

Steph busts out some remarkable stats that will have you scratching your head as you watch markets look through the reality and embrace the fantasy that all is well and there’s nothing to worry about.

The housing market comes under the microscope as does the vital importance of the investing public embracing the idea that inflation is ‘transitory’. There’s something for everyone in this edition of the Super Terrific Happy Hour so dive on in...

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The Grant Williams Podcast: David Dorr, Coro Global, Dorr Asset Management - PREVIEW

The Grant Williams Podcast: David Dorr, Coro Global, Dorr Asset Management - PREVIEW

July 19, 2021

Recently, my journey of understanding has taken me into a few shady corners of the cryptocurrrency universe and this week, I make my last foray into that world (for the time being, at least) as I talk to David Dorr, co-Founder of Coro Global and Dorr Asset management and a man who gave me so much to think about in this enormously engaging conversation.

David explains why the way in which the U.S. correspondent banking system works is perhaps the most underestimated facet of the crypto space, why he believes ‘tokens are broken’, the likelihood that bitcoin will soon be obsolete (though something transformative will rise from its ashes) and the promise offered by tokenless Distributed Ledger Technology.

David’s combination of knowledge, experience and skepticism is tremendously powerful and what he has to say will, I suspect, captivate you the same way it did me.

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The Grant Williams Podcast: The Tether Discussion feat. Bennett Tomlin & George Noble - FULL EPISODE

The Grant Williams Podcast: The Tether Discussion feat. Bennett Tomlin & George Noble - FULL EPISODE

July 11, 2021

My recent foray into the world of the stablecoin tether and the companies and personalities surrounding it has been utterly fascinating. I’ve seen many curious things during my career but the seemingly blatant nature of what certainly seems, at face value, like a gigantic fraud, has astonished me.

In the recent June edition of Things That Make You Go Hmmm..., I dove into Tether (the company), Bitfinex and tether (the coin) and what I found blew my mind.

Much of my research was built upon the work of  a group of tether skeptics, one of whom, Bennett Tomlin, agreed to join me for this discussion to hopefully bring the story to wider attention. It’s worth pointing out that Bennett is not a crypto-skeptic, but  what he’s uncovered is a complex web of deceit and obfuscation that will, I suspect, take your breath away like it did mine.

Joining Bennett and myself is George Noble, a hugely experienced hedge fund manager with an extraordinary track record. Like Bennett, George is not anti-crypto, but his own work on Tether has led him to similar conclusions. Hopefully, this discussion between a stalwart of the financial industry and a man who has immersed himself deep in the crypto world can help both sides understand each other better and you to gain a perspective on what could well become the biggest story in crypto in the coming weeks and months...

As a companion piece to this discussion, for a limited time, I’m making BOTH this podcast, in its entirety, and the June edition of Things That Make You Go Hmmm..., Schrödinger's Coin, free to non-subscribers.

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The Grant Williams Podcast: Dylan Grice, Calderwood Capital - PREVIEW

The Grant Williams Podcast: Dylan Grice, Calderwood Capital - PREVIEW

July 8, 2021

My guest this week is the founder of Calderwood Capital, the author of Popular Delusions and my friend, Dylan Grice.

Dylan’s ability to not only think about the financial world in unconventional ways, but to communicate those thoughts clearly and effectively has placed his writing in the very top echelon of the research world.

Now, with the founding of Calderwood Capital, Dylan has an investment vehicle through which he can take advantage of his unique, idiosyncratic ideas.

In this conversation, we hear Dylan’s views on the inflation/deflation debate, his thoughts on Uranium’s place in the ESG debate and how, in order for investors to take advantage of the opportunities currently presented by the markets, they likely need to get more creative and go to places which might make them feel uncomfortable. We also take advantage of Dylan dropping the C-bomb to discuss you-know-what...

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The Grant Williams Podcast: Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. - PREVIEW

The Grant Williams Podcast: Liz Ann Sonders, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. - PREVIEW

June 21, 2021

My guest in the latest episode of The Grant Williams Podcast is someone I’ve been dying to interview for a very long time – the wonderful Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab.

My anticipation was rewarded with what turned out to be one of my favourite conversations to date as Liz Ann talked about her formative years working for the late, great Marty Zweig, the seismic changes she’s seen in the investment industry during her two decades with US Trust and Schwab and the importance of trying to help educate a new generation of investors in an environment which seems more and more to want to lure them away in the short term from the disciplined practices which will serve them best over the long term.

Oh, and of course, we talk about markets in general, growth vs value, inflation vs deflation and all the other stuff about which you’d want to hear Liz Ann’s thoughts plus, we get to hear exactly where Liz Ann was in March 2009 when she and her husband heard the bell ring... 

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The End Game Ep. 23 - Daniel Oliver Jr. PREVIEW

The End Game Ep. 23 - Daniel Oliver Jr. PREVIEW

June 15, 2021

Dan Oliver, the founder of Myrmikan Capital and author of the upcoming book, Golden Tears: A History of Credit Bubbles, joins Bill and Grant for an absolutely spellbinding conversation about, well, the history of credit bubbles.

Using John Law and The Mississippi Bubble as a backdrop, Dan lays out the eerily familiar path taken centuries ago by France as it tried to extend the seeming prosperity enjoyed by its citizens in the wake of a switch to fiat currency and highlights the problems faced by the French within the context of today’s central bankers.

What do credit bubbles past have to teach us about the potential End Game for our current environment? How can a very familiar final chapter be avoided? What role do cryptocurrencies potentially play and why might a total collapse be the best solution?

If, as Shakespeare wrote, what’s past really is prologue, you won’t want to miss this conversation.

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The End Game Ep. 22 - Simon Mikhailovich PREVIEW

The End Game Ep. 22 - Simon Mikhailovich PREVIEW

June 11, 2021

Founder of The Bullion Reserve, Simon Mikhailovich joins Bill and Grant for the latest episode of The End Game to discuss the idea of a failed state being a potentially unexpected resolution to the current financial and geopolitical turbulence enveloping the world.

Drawing on his formative experiences in the Soviet Union and his family’s subsequent expatriation to the United States, Simon explains how the collapse of an empire felt for those living under its umbrella, the parallels he sees in the West of today and the signs he’s looking for to suggest an acceleration of the move towards a catastrophic failure.

Simon discusses the role played by gold in similar events throughout history and answers the question ‘has the West moved past the point of no return?’ in a way that may surprise you...

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The Grant Williams Podcast: Tavi Costa, Crescat Capital - PREVIEW

The Grant Williams Podcast: Tavi Costa, Crescat Capital - PREVIEW

May 28, 2021

Otavio ‘Tavi’ Costa is the latest guest to grace The Grant Williams Podcast and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience – earned from both from his personal background and his professional journey.

Beginning with his childhood in Brazil, Tavi shares the events in his personal life which shaped his worldview and recounts the lessons he learned as his family’s business struggled to mitigate the effects of globalization and the perils of leverage.

From there, Tavi shares his views on the current market environment, offers his thoughts on the inflation vs deflation debate and then digs into the precious metals mining sector – explaining why companies long-ignored are likely about to become the focus of many investors’ attention.

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The Grant Williams Podcast: Demetri Kofinas, Hidden Forces Podcast - PREVIEW

The Grant Williams Podcast: Demetri Kofinas, Hidden Forces Podcast - PREVIEW

May 25, 2021

In this episode of The Grant Williams Podcast, I’m joined by a dear friend and a man who has, in many ways, inspired my own journey down the podcast rabbit hole – Demetri Kofinas, the host of the always-excellent Hidden Forces podcast.

For some time, I’ve been wanting to chat to Demetri about a concept he laid out for me in a conversation dating back to January 2020 when I appeared as a guest on his show – financial nihilism.

In the intervening months, that concept has continuously strengthened its grip on my mind as we’ve seen the world lurch from one crisis to another against a backdrop of YOLO and wanton gambling amongst market participants.

What follows is an intimate and deeply insightful conversation with a man who spends far too much time on one side of the mic, and not nearly enough on the other.

Hopefully this will begin to redress that balance.

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