An American Decline is Not an Apocalypse

Alasdair Macleod, Michael Oliver and Chen Lin return as guests this week on the radio program.

Apocalyptic thinking and prepping are common among some libertarians. While complete annihilation is always a possibility given human kind’s self-destructive nature, overreaction may also be a form of self destruction. Yes, we are on the verge of some major changes, not the least of which is a decline in the American Empire.

We might be better served to consider more likely less drastic outcomes for the sake of optimal planning for our futures and the future of our loved ones. To help prepare, Alasdair discusses developing geopolitical and monetary trends. Michael provides his usual prescient market insights for stocks, bonds and gold based on his momentum and structural analysis and Chen Lin talks about a couple of his favorite bio tech stocks he thinks have the chance for extraordinary gains.

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Alasdair Macleod has a background as a stockbroker, banker and economist. He is a Senior Fellow at the GoldMoney Foundation and Head of Research at Goldmoney.  His weekly articles written for GoldMoney are posted on his blog at



Michael Oliver entered the financial services industry in 1975 on the Futures side, joining E.F. Hutton’s International Commodity Division, NYC. He studied under David Johnson, head of Hutton’s Commodity Division and Chairman of the COMEX.

In the 1980’s Oliver began to develop his own momentum-based method of technical analysis. In 1987 Oliver, along with his futures client accounts (Oliver had trading POA) technically anticipated and captured the Crash. Oliver began to realize that his emergent momentum-structural-based tools should be further developed into a full analytic methodology.

In 1992 he was asked by the Financial VP and head of Wachovia Bank’s Trust Department to provide soft dollar research to Wachovia. Within a year Oliver shifted from brokerage to full-time technical research. MSA has provided its proprietary technical research services to financial and asset management clients continually since 1992. Oliver is the author of The New Libertarianism: Anarcho-Capitalism.

Chen Lin, had been a doctoral candidate in aeronautical engineering at Princeton. However, Chen found his investment strategies were so profitable that he put his Ph.D. on the back burner to devote full time to private investing and writing a newsletter titled “What is Chen Buying? What is Chen Selling?”  Chen’s track record has been phenomenal!  In one account we track in which he used no leverage, he was able to grow $5,411 starting in 2002 to over $2.2 million by the end of 2012.  You can visit his website at

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