Our 2017 Speaker Faculty


Gary Alexander

Gary Alexander is currently Senior Writer for Navellier & Associates. For the previous 20 years (1989-2009), he was Senior Executive Editor at InvestorPlace Media (previously known as Phillips Publishing). From 1983 to 1989, he edited Gold Newsletter and Wealth magazine for Jim Blanchard. This is Mr. Alexander’s 33rd consecutive appearance at the New Orleans Conference.  (His first conference was 1981, but the string started in 1983.

Omar Ayales

Omar Ayales is the Editor of GoldChartsRUs, a weekly trading service founded by legendary investment advisor Sir Harry Schultz. GCRU has an excellent track record and is utilized by private and institutional investors around the world. Omar has worked for many years as an investment analyst at Aden Research. He is a licensed real estate attorney in Costa Rica for the past 13 years, an entrepreneur and business investor and advisor.

Peter Boockvar

Peter is the Chief Market Analyst for The Lindsey Group, a macro economic and market research firm. He is also the Co-Chief Investment Officer at Bookmark Advisors, an asset management firm. Prior to this Peter spent a brief time at Omega Advisors, a New York based hedge fund, as a macro analyst and portfolio manager. He also was an employee and partner at Miller Tabak + Co. for 18 years, where he was the equity strategist and a portfolio manager with Miller Tabak Advisors.

Thom Calandra

Thom Calandra is the investor behind The Calandra Report. TCR is a subscriber service for a network of large and small investors. Thom started CBS MarketWatch in the 1990s – it is still the world’s largest financial news service on the Internet! His favorite commodities right now are platinum, gold, children and time. The Calandra Report charges a yearly fee of $139. More about Thom at www.thomcalandra.com. He and his family live in California.

Doug Casey

Doug Casey, Founder and Chairman of Casey Research, is the best-selling author, world-renowned speculator, and libertarian philosopher who has garnered a well-earned reputation for his erudite (and often controversial) insights into politics, economics and investment markets. Doug is widely respected as one of the preeminent authorities on “rational speculation,” especially in the high-potential natural resource sector.

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson is the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, airing on primetime on FOX, and founder of The Daily Caller, one of the largest and fastest growing news sites in the country. Carlson was previously the co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend. He joined FOX from MSNBC, where he hosted several nightly programs. Previously, he was also the co-host of Crossfire on CNN, as well the host of a weekly public affairs program on PBS.

A longtime newspaper and magazine writer, Carlson has reported from around the world, including dispatches from Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and Vietnam. He has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader's Digest. Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. His most recent book is entitled, Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News. He appeared on the third season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

In this penetrating look at today's political climate, Tucker Carlson takes audiences behind closed doors, offering a candid, up-to-the-moment analysis of events as they unfold. From a look at Congress and the agenda ahead for the next Administration, to behind-the-scenes stories from his time following Donald Trump and his campaign during the 2016 race for the White House, you can always count on Tucker for a witty, informative and frank take on the future of the Republican party and all things political.


Eric Coffin

Eric Coffin has been publishing the Hard Rock Analyst (HRA) newsletters for 20 years. HRA specializes in finding discovery plays and resource growth opportunities in the Junior Resource space.  The average return for over 118 stocks sold from the HRA list from 2003 to 2016 is over 185%.  Thirty one of those “sells” resulted from larger companies taking over HRA list companies to get access to their discoveries.  Eleven companies have been added to HRA coverage in the past 12 months. The average gain to date for those eleven companies exceeds 300%

Brent Cook

Brent Cook, a renowned exploration analyst and economic geologist, is the co-author of Exploration Insights, (www.explorationinsights.com). He has over 35 years of experience providing economic and geologic evaluations and opinions to major mining companies, resource funds and investors. He was principal Mining and Exploration Analyst to Global Resource Investments from 1997 through 2003, where he provided analysis to retail brokers and two in-house funds managed by Rick Rule. He has worked in over 60 countries on grassroots through mine feasibility projects, evaluating virtually every mineral deposit type. Exploration Insights is an independent newsletter that discusses what Brent and Joe Mazumdar are buying, selling and avoiding in the junior mining and exploration investment sector.

Adrian Day

Adrian Day is a British-born writer and money manager, a graduate of the London School of Economics, and president of his own money management firm, Adrian Day Asset Management, where he specializes in global diversification and resource equities. His firm is also the sub-advisor to the Euro Pac Gold Fund.  He has been a frequent guest on CNBC and Wall Street Journal radio.  His latest book is Investing in Resources: How to Profit from the Outsized Potential and Avoid the Risks (published by Wiley & Sons).

Gerardo Del Real

Based in Austin by way of Chicago – Go Cubs! – and Alaska… for the past decade Gerardo Del Real has worked behind-the-scenes providing research and advice to large institutional players, fund managers, newsletter writers and some of the most active high net worth investors in the resource space, including those who count in billions.

With the resource space near a bottom, Gerardo writes and publishes Resource Stock Digest Premium as a newsletter for independent, financially sound individuals and funds to evaluate opportunities presented in the context of their own portfolio.

His general market commentary can be found in his weekly Outsider Club column and at his sister site, Resource Stock Digest.


Dennis Gartman

Mr. Gartman has been directly involved in the capital markets since August of 1974, after his graduate work at the North Carolina State University. He was an economist for Cotton, Inc. in the early 1970s, analyzing cotton supply/demand in the U.S. textile industry. From there he went to NCNB National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he traded foreign exchange and money market instruments. In the late 70s, Mr. Gartman became the Chief Financial Futures analyst for A.G. Becker & Company in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Gartman was an independent member of the Chicago Board of Trade until 1984, trading in Treasury bond, Treasury note and GNMA futures contracts. In 1984, Mr. Gartman moved to Virginia to run the futures brokerage operation for the Sovran Bank, and in 1987 Mr. Gartman began producing The Gartman Letter on a full time basis. He continues to do so today.

Clients of The Gartman Letter, L.C. include many of the leading banks, broking firms, mutual funds, hedge funds, energy trading companies and grain trading companies. Mr. Gartman has lectured on capital market creation to central banks and finance ministries around the world, and has taught classes for the Federal Reserve Bank’s School for Bank Examiners on derivatives. Mr. Gartman served a two-year term as an outside Director of the Kansas City Board of Trade from 2006-2008. He has been a member of the Suffolk Industrial Development Authority, and now serves on the Investment Committee of both the University of Akron and the North Carolina State University. Mr. Gartman appears often on CNBC Television and Bloomberg Radio, discussing commodities and the capital markets, and speaks before various associations and trade groups around the world.

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg guides you to appreciate the essential nature of politics by examining the underpinnings of liberal and conservative ideologies, economic policy and the changing role of modern-day media.

As senior editor of the National Review, Jonah firmly established himself as a prominent analyst with the publication of two New York Times best-selling books, including “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.”

Named one of the top 50 political commentators in America by The Atlantic magazine, Jonah’s informed and thoughtful perspectives spark indispensable dialogue and debate. Whether discussing the intellectual history of the Left or the hazards posed by political clichés, he scrutinizes prevailing opinions and generates new insights.

As Jonah regales listeners with his trademark passion and humor, listeners come to recognize the power of ideas to shape a movement as well as individual beliefs.


James Grant

James Grant, financial journalist and historian, is the founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly journal of the investment markets. His new book, The Forgotten Depression, 1921: the Crash that Cured Itself, a history of America’s last governmentally unmedicated business-cycle downturn, won the 2015 Hayek Prize of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

Among his other books on finance and financial history are Bernard M. Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend (Simon & Schuster, 1983), Money of the Mind (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992), Minding Mr. Market (Farrar, Straus, 1993), The Trouble with Prosperity (Times Books, 1996), and Mr. Market Miscalculates (Axios Press, 2008).

He is, in addition, the author of a pair of political biographies: John Adams: Party of One, a life of the second president of the United States (Farrar, Straus, 2005) and Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Mr. Grant’s television appearances include “60 Minutes,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “CBS Evening News,” and a 10-year stint on “Wall Street Week.” His journalism has appeared in a variety of periodicals, including the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Grant, a former Navy gunner’s mate, is a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Indiana University. He earned a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University and began his career in journalism in 1972, at the Baltimore Sun. He joined the staff of Barron’s in 1975 where he originated the “Current Yield” column.


Lindsay Hall

Lindsay Hall served 15 years in the Financial Markets both trading and teaching others how to strategize in stocks, commodities, options, and foreign currency.  Her efforts included over 2,500 hours of live television, a Telly award winning solo show dedicated to foreign currency trading, thousands of pages published and dozens of international speaking engagements.  Current mission: Teach people how to use the right building blocks to achieve their wealth building goals, protect their assets and restore what might be lost in the face of catastrophe.

Steven Hochberg

Steven Hochberg is the co-editor of The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, a monthly financial newsletter, as well as editor of The Short Term Update, a three times a week online market forecasting service. Mr. Hochberg is a sought-after speaker and has been widely quoted in various media outlets such as USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Barron’s, Reuters and Bloomberg, and has been interviewed numerous times for his market views by CNBC, MSNBC and Bloomberg Television.

Byron King

Byron King is a Harvard-trained geologist, with a strong background in geochemistry and mineralogy.  He’s also a former naval officer who served on the staff of Chief of Naval Operations.  Now Byron  writes about precious metals and mining for Agora Financial. His newsletter is called the Rickards Gold Speculator With Byron King.

Byron uncovers investable opportunities in precious metals, looking for asymmetric trades with minimal down-side and strong upside.  He focus on applying high tech to classical geology, and writes with a common-sense approach that’s easy to understand.


Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer writes a syndicated column for The Washington Post which appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide and for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize. He is a FOX News commentator, appearing nightly on FOX’s evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.

His latest book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, has sold more than a million copies.

Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, Krauthammer was educated at McGill University (B.A. 1970), Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar in Politics) and Harvard (M.D. 1975). While serving as chief resident in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he co-discovered a form of bipolar disease.

In 1978, he quit medical practice and came to Washington to help direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration. In 1980, he served as a speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale. He joined The New Republic in 1981. Three years later his New Republic essays won the National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism.

From 2001 to 2006, he served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is president of The Krauthammer Foundation and chairman of Pro Musica Hebraica, an organization dedicated to the recovery and performance of lost classical Jewish music. He is also a member of Chess Journalists of America.


Brien Lundin

With a career spanning four decades in the investment markets, Brien Lundin serves as president and CEO of Jefferson Financial, Inc., a highly regarded producer of investment-oriented events and publisher of investment newsletters and special reports. Under the Jefferson Financial umbrella, Mr. Lundin serves as publisher and editor of Gold Newsletter, the publication that has been the cornerstone of precious metals advisories since 1971, and as the host of the annual New Orleans Investment Conference, the oldest and most respected investment event of its kind.

As editor of Gold Newsletter, Mr. Lundin covers not only resource stocks, but also the entire world of investing, from small-caps of every type to macroeconomics and geopolitical issues that ultimately affect every investor. As host of the New Orleans Investment Conference, Mr. Lundin has annually brought the giants of investing, economics and geopolitics together in intimate presentations with many of today’s most sophisticated private investors. In all of these endeavors, Mr. Lundin has striven to burnish the brilliant legacy of the late James U. Blanchard III, his great friend and the founder of both Gold Newsletter and the New Orleans Investment Conference.

In addition to his responsibilities with Jefferson Financial, Mr. Lundin is an active investor and speculator in the mining and technology sectors. He is a co-founder, and the Chairman, of Natcore Technology, Inc. (NXT.V), which controls a revolutionary new film-growth technology that promises to transform the solar energy, semiconductor and optoelectronic industries.


Robert Meier

Robert Meier has been a conference speaker since 1976, and a Gold Newsletter contributing editor since 1979. The Rutsen Meier Belmont (RMB) Group specializes in “Big Move” option strategies in precious metals, interest rates, stock indexes, agricultural commodities and foreign currencies (FX).  The RMB Group has served New Orleans Conference attendees since 1984. Their client advisory services,  “Options Edge” and “Currency Trader” are highly respected. Their individual managed account division offers a wide selection of accounts – from single markets, such as gold to those trading dozens of world class commodities

Bill Murphy

Bill Murphy, chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA), has an extensive commodities and futures background with some of the world’s most well-known Wall Street firms. However, those firms probably wish they’d never heard of him. That’s because GATA has since compiled a vast body of evidence implicating some of them in what he says is a scheme to manipulate the price of gold and silver. GATA has held four international conferences, the most recent being held in August of 2011 at The Savoy Hotel in London, with 400 attending from 38 countries. Bill is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and was a starting wide receiver for the Boston Patriots in 1968.

Chris Powell

Chris Powell is managing editor of the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, where he has worked since 1967. His political columns are published in a dozen newspapers in Connecticut and Rhode Island. He and LeMetropoleCafe.com proprietor Bill Murphy founded the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee in 1999 to expose manipulation of the gold market.

Robert Prechter

Robert Prechter’s 1978 book, Elliott Wave Principle, forecast a 1920s-style stock market boom. His 2002 title, Conquer the Crash, predicted the global debt crisis. His firm, Elliott Wave International, forecasts stocks, commodities and currencies from intraday to long term. Prechter has co-authored academic papers on financial theory and predicting election outcomes, which you can access at SSRN.com. Read more at www.robertprechter.com.
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Gwen Preston

After years with The Northern Miner and alongside Marin Katusa at Casey Research, in 2014 Gwen Preston saw mining hit bottom and knew she wanted to participate in the pending rally independently and proactively. Thus was launched Resource Maven, a chronicle of Gwen’s market insights and portfolio moves. Gwen knows mining’s people and projects; she understands how to turn big picture trends into specific investment opportunities. But it’s not all buying: Gwen often advises partial sells on performing stocks, managing risk by lowering costs and increasing upside potential. With a technical background, a strong network and years of experience, Resource Maven knows how to find and hold value in this cyclical sector.

The Real Estate Guys

The Real Estate Guys™ radio show is an investing talk show featuring hosts Robert Helms and Russell Gray.  Broadasting on conventional radio since 1997, the podcast version is heard in over 190 countries.  Notable guests include Steve Forbes, Peter Schiff, Donald Trump, James Rickards, Mark Skousen, Robert Kiyosaki and many others.  To listen online and subscribe to the free newsletter, visit www.realestateguysradio.com.

Peter Ricchiuti

Peter Ricchiuti (Ri-Chooty) is the business professor you wish you had back in college. His humor and insight have twice made him the top professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. In a recent competition, Peter’s teaching delivery skills placed atop a field of 500 universities representing 43 countries.

Peter is a graduate of Babson College, started his career at the investment firm of Kidder Peabody & Co and later served as the assistant state treasurer for Louisiana. There he successfully managed the state’s $3 billion investment portfolio.

In 1993 he founded Tulane’s nationally acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program (www.burkenroad.org). Here he leads 200 business students in search of overlooked and underpriced stocks in six southern states. He and his program have been featured widely in the financial press including, The Wall Street Journal, BARRON’s and The New York Times.

In 2014 The Financial Times published Peter’s first book, Stocks Under Rocks, and he currently hosts a popular weekly business program called Out To Lunch on National Public Radio in New Orleans.

He served as a director of Amedisys, Inc. (AMED/NASDAQ), the nation’s largest home healthcare company (1997-2015). During this period the stock rose by about 1,000%.

Peter has addressed over 1,000 groups in 47 states. These include groups of nuns, tin can manufacturers, money managers, waterpark owners, insurance professionals and NFL players. He has even done a couple of TED TALKS.


Rick Rule

Rick Rule has devoted over 35 years to natural resource investing. His involvement in the sector is as broad as it is long; his background includes mineral exploration, oil & gas exploration and production, water, agriculture, and hydro-electric and geothermal energy. Mr. Rule is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences, and a frequent contributor to numerous media outlets including CNBC, Fox Business News, and BNN. He founded Global Resource Investments in 1993 and is now a Director of Sprott, Inc., a Toronto-based investment manager with over $7 billion in assets under management, and CEO and President of Sprott US Holdings, Inc., where he leads a team of skilled earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investing.

Peter Schiff

Peter Schiff is the CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, an SEC-Registered Investment Adviser and a full service broker/dealer. He is one of the few widely known economists and investment professionals to have spoken about the financial crisis before it began. As a result of his frequent media appearances and written commentaries on the economy, the stock market, real estate, commodities, gold, currencies and politics he become one of the most recognizable figures in the financial world. He is a widely followed opponent of debt-fueled growth policies and known for his advocacy for emerging market and commodity-focused investments in countries with positive fiscal characteristics.

Mr. Schiff has been quoted hundreds of times in leading news outlets around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Die Zeit, Tokyo Shinbun, South China Morning Post, Investor’s Business Daily, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He regularly appears on CNBC, CNN, Fox News and Fox Business Network. His best-selling book, “Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse,” was published by Wiley & Sons in February of 2007. His most recent book, “The Real Crash – America’s Coming Bankruptcy,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2014.

He is also the owner of SchiffGold, a company specializing in the sale of gold and silver bullion. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Senate in 2010 in his home state of Connecticut. He currently resides there with his wife and two sons.


Mark Skousen

Mark Skousen was recently named one of the top 20 living economists in the world.  In 2014, he was appointed a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University in California.  He has the unique distinction of having worked for the government (CIA), non-profits (president of FEE), and several for-profit companies.  In 2004-05, he taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University.  Since 1980, Skousen has been editor in chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter (www.markskousen.com).  He was analyst for the CIA, a columnist to Forbes magazine, chairman of Investment U, and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York.

He is the producer of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” which meets every July in Las Vegas (www.freedomfest.com).  His investment books include Investing in One Lesson (Capital Press), The Maxims of Wall Street (Eagle Publishing), and A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street:  Austrian Economics for Investors (LFB Publishers). In honor of his work in economics, finance and management, Grantham University renamed its business school, “The Mark Skousen School of Business.”  Based on his work The Structure of Production (New York University Press, 1990, 2007), the federal government is now publishing a broader, more accurate measure of the economy, Gross Ouput (GO), every quarter along with GDP.