The American Monetary Association is a non-profit venture funded by The Jason Hartman Foundation that is dedicated to educating people about the practical effects of monetary policy and government actions on inflation, deflation and freedom. Our goal is to help people prosper in the midst of uncertain economic times.
Jason Hartman talks with Kelly Alexander, founder of Great American Tax Remedy, about how Kelly has been able to avoid paying Federal income tax since 2014. Kelly's method hasn't had to hold up against an IRS audit, but she's confident that what she's doing is completely legal and can help anyone out.
[2:39] How Kelly's tax plan to avoid income taxes works
[6:17] Who else is using Kelly's technique?
[7:38] What Kelly does when she gets paid in order to avoid income tax
[17:35] How to report your income on your taxes under Kelly's format
[27:48] Why Kelly's strategy works for both state and federal taxes
Jason Hartman talks with Dr. David D Friedman, son of Milton Friedman, former professor at Santa Clara University in the Law School, and author of books such as The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism and Law's Order: What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters. The two dissect what role the government should have in society: what it's capable of and what it need to steer clear from, while also delving into the 4 problems that need to be addressed in a feud system.
[1:47] How David's thinking is similar and different than his father's
[4:00] Can the government actually be out of everything?
[8:21] One of the mistakes that supporters of free markets make is implying that things won't ever go wrong
[11:51] Market failure is a mark for and against government
[17:43] What David learned about feud law when looking at various legal systems
[21:38] Making the tort claims transferable would make our legal system much better
Jason Hartman talks with in-house economist Thomas about how interest rates in the past 10 years have compared to one another. The two explain why interest rates can be so difficult to predict and how these past 10 years are compared to the past.
[2:53] Interest rates aren't completely unpredictable, but they're driven by things where you can't know exactly what's going on
[6:10] Interest rates back in 2010
[15:49] #5 on Thomas' list is 2017, when interest rates dipped under 4%
[20:24] 2015 makes up the #3 spot on the list with interest rates averaging 3.85%
[24:18] The #1 year for interest rates in the past decade
[28:32] Remember that real estate deals can be renegotiated
Jason Hartman and Kerry take today to look at some of the signs in our economy today that don't point toward a rosy future. But don't take that to mean the sky's falling and we're headed for a doomsday scenario, we've still got some runway left.
The two also discuss how self-management can show you things that you wouldn't have known just sticking with a property manager. You don't HAVE to self-manage, but it's important to know how to self-manage so you don't get taken advantage of by your current manager.
[1:27] There are ominous signs out there for the economy, so we'll see how much longer it can hold them off
[4:36] For the first time in a long time, Kerry is bullish on the New York real estate
[12:01] Where will the next recession come from?
[15:53] There's an urgency that you need to do something now rather than waiting around
[19:52] Why Kerry thinks Indiana has been the longest running market for Jason's company
[24:07] Utilize your tenants as your assets
[29:39] If you choose to self-manage, remember to track ALL of your expenses
Jason Hartman talks with Patri Friedman, Executive Director of The Seasteading Institute, about creating new countries using the seasteading technique. Patri discusses how the concept would work in today's environment and why it's not absurd to think of a country being created on the water. It's coming sooner than you expect.
[1:12] What is seasteading?
[6:05] Why not just buy land from a country rather than doing everything out at sea?
[10:04] Patri's goal is seeing governments competing for citizens by treating them best
[13:41] How do you deal with security when you're in the middle of the ocean?
[18:02] What are these seasteads going to do for currency?
Jason Hartman talks with Jeff Ferry, Chief Economist at the Coalition for a Prosperous America, about what's going on with the US trade war. Jeff has some ideas on how to close the gap between the US and the rest of the world, but Jason has some questions about whether they would cause inflation. They also look into America's manufacturing sector and why we need to ramp it back up.
[1:15] Jeff's thoughts on the current trade situation
[5:31] One of Jeff's solutions for helping cure the trade imbalance is to reduce the value of the dollar
[9:25] How would devaluing the US economy impact our purchasing goods from other countries and how would it impact the economy at home?
[12:37] You have to have capital formation for a society to create wealth
Jason Hartman talks with Rich Dad Advisor and multifamily property investor Ken McElroy about his recent sale of $300 million worth of property, as well as supply levels of multifamily properties, why Ken is still bullish on real estate and the future of interest rates.
- Why did Ken choose this time to sell his properties and how did he do it?
- Cap Rate fails to take appreciation into account
- Is there an oversupply of multifamily that's causing rents to not grow as quickly?
- What Ken has learned about his facilities for the 55+ community
- Why Ken is still bullish on real estate
- Capital always looks for safety in the US
- The impact things like ride sharing and autonomous cars are having (and will have) on real estate
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.
[1:54] 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
[4:51] Case study: How much can you pull out if you were to have a $100,000 house with a $50,000 mortgage?
[11:06] Why Quantum Real Estate goes through the hassle of creating a REIT and tokenizing them equity share
[15:49] The effective "interest rate" for homeowners who realize their equity
[19:59] Quantum Real Estate revalues their portfolio every 3 months so the secondary market can trade
Jason Hartman talks with Dr. Randy Wray, one of the foremost experts in Modern Monetary Theory, about why Minsky the philosopher is important, what exactly MMT is and why it's relevant in today's monetary society. They especially tackle the job guarantee program that MMT espouses and what's coming up for the US in the economy for the next few years.
[1:26] Who is Minsky and why is he someone we should concern ourselves with?
[4:43] What is Modern Monetary Theory and why is it applicable?
[10:31] The governments going back to the colonies spends money into existence and then taxes it back to avoid causing inflation
[13:38] Has all the money that was put into the economy during Obama's term been taken back out by taxes or is it causing inflation?
[17:51] The test you need to use to discover if you're doing monetary policy correct
[21:48] Spending during The New Deal greatly helped move our nation forward and allowed us to become the richest, most developed nation on Earth
[25:49] The job guarantee that Dr Wray is focusing on now would involve a lot of care work, and it would be decentralized
[28:58] What's coming up, economically, for the United States
After a tour of an Amazon fulfillment center, Jason Hartman has an "investigative report" from the inside of a ride-sharing trip talking with a former employee of Amazon on how we have been misled a little by the company.
[2:23] Amazon pickers are walking at least 10 miles a day to get orders together
[4:08] The pay raise that Amazon gave their warehouse employees was offset by a slash in benefits