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Mary Mazzio is an award-winning documentary film director, Olympian, and former law firm partner. She's also the Founder and CEO of 50 Eggs, Inc. and director of the new documentary, "Contrarian."

Mazzio's new film, "Contrarian," chronicles the life of philanthropist and legendary investor, Sir John Templeton. Mazzio explains Templeton's investment philosophies and he influenced Warren Buffett. 

The film is narrated by former Senator Fred Thompson. Mazzio explains his involvement.

John Templeton was also one of the first to begin investing in advancing spirituality. Templeton also funded research in the concepts around love and forgiveness. 

Find out more about the film, "Contrarian," at www.tennesseecontrarian.com. Visit 50 Eggs, Inc. at www.50eggs.com.

Direct download: ama-72-MaryMazzio.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

"The Cow Guy" Scott Shellady is the Senior Vice President of Derivatives at the Trean Group. He joins the show to discuss where people should start when investing in tangible assets.

Shellady believes in SWAGER for investing, standing for Silver, Wine, Art, Gold, Energy and Real Estate. He thinks SWAGER investments are a good choice for current investors. 

The topic then shifts to how boomers can prepare for retirement. Shellady explains the most common mistakes baby boomers make with their finances and what they do if they were laid off or fired during the recession to protect their retirement.

Visit the Trean Group at www.treangroup.com.

Direct download: ama-71-ScottShellady.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

John J. Murphy is an award-winning author, speaker, business consultant, and “zentrepreneur”. He's the author of, "ZENTREPRENEUR: A Culture of Innovation and Fearlessness."

Murphy joins the show to explain what people can do to combine the power and discipline of Zen thinking with the execution of business and entrepreneurship. 

Murphy believes people can capture good ideas and turn them into great results using kaizen. He explains how they can build trust and develop positive relationships with the gemba method.

Direct download: ama-70-JohnMurphy.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Jeffrey Hirsch is President of The Stock Trader's Almanac, Chief Market Strategist of Magnet Æ Fund, and President of the Hirsch Organization. He's the author of "The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles" and "Stock Trader's Almanac 2014.

Hirsch tells us if we can expect a Santa Clause rally at the end of the year. He also explains whether the market is oversold. 

He shares how traders can navigate political gridlock in 2014 and the effects the mid-term elections will have on the markets.

Finally, Hirsch gives his predictions on the Fed's moves for 2014.

Visit the Stock Trader's Almanac at www.stocktradersalmanac.com. Find out more about Jeffrey Hirsch at www.hirschorg.com

Direct download: ama-69-JeffreyHirsch.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

Jim Bruce is the writer, director, and producer of "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve." He tells Jason some of the mysterious workings of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Janet Yellen is featured prominently in the film. Bruce shares his thoughts on her becoming the next Chair. He also discusses why he was so hard on Bernanke.

For more information on "Money for Nothing," visit www.moneyfornothingthemovie.org.

Direct download: ama-68-JimBruce.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Kevin Armstrong is the former Chairman of the ANZ Group's Regional Investment Committee and former chief investment officer for ANZ Group's private bank. He's the author of, "BULLS, BIRDIES, BOGEYS & BEARS: The Remarkable & Revealing Relationship Between Golf & Investment Markets."

Armstrong explains how the rises and falls in the fortunes of professional golfers, and the emergence and decline of major stars such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, reflected the ebb and flow of the stock market. 

The answer provides a unique and powerful connection between golf and investment markets. The ‘pulses’ of two totally separate activities, golf and investing, have been so synchronized and connected, not just in modern times, but throughout history, and in a manner not found in any other sport? 

Direct download: ama-67-KevinArmstrong.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 2:50pm EST

Brandon Adams is a Teaching Fellow at Harvard and world champion poker player. He recently released, "Setting Sun: The End of U.S. Economic Dominance."

Brandon uses statistics to answer what tattoos, obesity, and America’s shrinking attention span have to do with our growing national debt. He also tells us why the financial choices all Americans make in the next five years will be critical to America’s survival. 

Poker and economics have lots in common, and Brandon explains why he wrote a book on America’s financial collapse.

College graduate at the age of 19, with two Master’s (Finance & Real Estate). Brandon is now working towards his doctorate at Harvard Business School. he is also the of a poker novel called "Broke."

Direct download: ama-66-BrandonAdams.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

Ed D’Agostino is the GM of the Hard Assets Alliance and Publisher of Mauldin Economics. He joins the show to discuss the impacts he's seeing given recent developments in the buying and selling of gold and silver.

Despite the bear market in precious metals, demand for physical is still incredibly strong. Ed breaks down the difference between the paper and physical metals markets and talks about premiums for metals in this turbulent market. The Hard Assets Alliance is one of the few vendors that is able to control premiums from skyrocketing.

D'Agostino began his career in finance at a boutique investment house and later joined his largest client as Vice President of Business Development. In this capacity, Ed directed strategic growth initiatives while providing investment analysis and advisory services to the company’s principals. 

Prior to joining Mauldin Economics, Ed was Managing Director at a consultancy focused on business development in the financial sector. He has been instrumental in the start-up and expansion of several businesses. Ed’s clients, including hedge funds, lenders, and investment publishers, relied on him to recruit and mentor analysts, develop controls and systems, and implement growth strategies. 

In early 2012, Ed consulted with John Mauldin to develop the business plan for Mauldin Economics, and subsequently joined the company to build a strong editorial, research and analytical team. Ed and the growing team of analysts and financial editors at Mauldin Economics share a single-minded purpose—to produce the highest quality investment publications in the industry. 

Find out more about the Hard Assets Alliance at www.hardassetsalliance.com. Visit Mauldin Economics at www.mauldineconomics.com.

Direct download: ama-65-EdDagostino.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Lewis Schiff is the Executive Director of the Inc. Business Owners Council and author of, "Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons."

Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer recently laid down the jackhammer: all her employees must now report to the office... no more working at home. Schiff discusses this debatable cultural phenomena. He also breaks down entrepreneurship and how important ideas are to entrepreneurial success. Apparently, doing what you "love" will not necessarily give you the best return. 

Lewis Schiff is the chairman and executive director of Inc. Business Owners Council. His new book, Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons, was released in March, 2013. His new book, as well as his previous books, The Influence of Affluence and The Armchair Millionaire are based on research on best practices of high net worth and high-performing households. 

Visit Lewis Schiff's website at www.lewisschiff.com/. Check out Inc.'s Business Owners Council at www.inc.com/.

Direct download: ama-64-LewisSchiff.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 11:16am EST

Joe Peta is the author of, "Trading Bases, A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball. He was a fifteen-year all-star Wall Street veteran trader, but decided to give up that lifestyle. Instead, he chose to improve on Moneyball's famed sabermetrics to place bets that would beat Vegas odds on Major League Baseball games. He ended up making a 41% profit over the 2011 season. Peta shares his strategies with Jason. He believes there is a far greater chance of making money betting on baseball than on football or basketball. Peta also talks about the influences Bill James and Nate Silver had on him and his work. 

On the financial side, Peta explains Dick Fuld's rough charm as CEO of Lehman Brothers. As a former Lehman employee, he think the U.S. should have rescued Lehman. Now, it looks like Las Vegas should turn to Wall Street for ideas on ways to increase interest, traffic, and, ultimately, bets in their sports books.

Raised in West Chester, PA by a first generation Italian-American father who adopted baseball as a symbol of his love of America, Joe Peta quickly learned the joy of following the sport --- and the pain of being a 1970s-era Phillies fan.  By the time he was a teenager, Joe felt certain that his heroes Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Steve Carlton, et al would one day be his co-workers. While his father instilled a love of baseball in him, sadly, Joe inherited his mother’s throwing arm, so by the time he was in college he turned his career ambitions toward the glamorous and fast-paced life of a Certified Public Accountant.  His new heroes were men like Bill James and Warren Buffett and Joe parlayed his love of numbers into an MBA from Stanford University.  Even in business school, sports were never far from his mind.  At Stanford, Joe penned columns in The Stanford Daily and The Reporter that earned him a following in spite of the constant references to Melrose Place, and his turning down the opportunity to interview campus golfer Tiger Woods to fruitlessly pursue an interview with Olympic Gold Medal winning swimmer Summer Sanders.

In 2011, while recovering from a massive leg injury which curtailed his trading career on Wall Street, Joe began writing Trading Bases, A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball.

Joe lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.

Direct download: ama-63-JoePeta.mp3
Category:Audio Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EST