Meet the Experts

Christopher Ruddy

Christopher Ruddy, a noted journalist and entrepreneur, is CEO and president of Newsmax Media Inc., one of the nation's leading news media companies.

In 1998, Ruddy founded Newsmax, a multimedia publishing company that publishes online and offline content in the fields of news, politics, health and finance. Newsmax.com ranks consistently as one of the country's most trafficked news Web sites.

As a journalist, Ruddy previously worked at The New York Post and The Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

A Newsweek cover story named him as one of America's top 20 most influential news media personalities. He also studied as a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

Ruddy sits on the Board of Directors of the Financial Publishers Association, the industry organization representing investment publications that reach 25 million Americans monthly.

He holds a B.A. summa cum laude in history from St. John's University in New York and a master's in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.


Robert Wiedemer

Robert Wiedemer is a managing director of MacroView Investment Management, an investment-advisory firm for individuals with more than $200 million under management.

He is the author of The Wall Street Journal best-seller, Aftershock, with more than 200,000 copies sold.

He is a regular contributor to Financial Intelligence Report, the flagship investment newsletter of Newsmax Media.

He predicted the latest downturn in the economy in his landmark 2006 book, America's Bubble Economy, which Kiplinger's chose as one of the best business books of that year.

Mr. Wiedemer has been featured in the major press, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Dow Jones Newswires, The Hedge Fund Journal, Barron's, Reuters, The Associated Press and others. He is a frequent commentator on TV, including on CNBC's Squawk Box and Fox Business News.


James Rickards

James Rickards is a writer, lawyer and economist with over 30 years experience in global capital markets.

He is Senior Managing Director at Omnis, Inc., a consulting firm in McLean, VA and is the leading practitioner at the intersection of global capital markets and national security. His advice to clients from 2002 to 2006 included early warning of impending financial collapse, the rise of sovereign wealth funds, the decline of the dollar and the sharp rise in gold prices years in advance of these events. His clients include private investment funds, investment banks and government directorates in national security and defense. He has been the interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, has appeared regularly on CNBC's Squawk Box, as well as Fox, CNN, C-SPAN and NPR and is an Op-Ed contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post.


Tom Hutchinson

Tom Hutchinson has had a lengthy career in the financial markets, having been a financial adviser for 15 years. He put together and monitored hundreds of income-oriented investment portfolios, and provided many retirees with a dependable income they could use to pay their bills without having to spend the principal balance.

Tom Hutchinson guided these investors through just about every kind of market and learned what it takes not just to generate a high income but also to preserve and even grow principal.

As a financial writer, Mr. Hutchinson has written income newsletters, created sample income portfolios, and provided his readers with timely market ideas. Studying the markets has been Tom’s full-time job for many years, and he often spends as much as 80 hours per week researching companies and analyzing trends.

He has also spoken about investing at many public events and held several financial licenses.


Bill Spetrino

Bill Spetrino is a professional investor who has made millions for himself and his clients through strategic investing.

A trained accountant, he graduated from John Carroll University in Ohio and spent a decade teaching. A lifelong entrepreneur as well, Spetrino set out to understand and codify a simple dividend investing strategy for amassing a retirement nest egg, an idea that eventually led to the creation of The Dividend Machine newsletter for Newsmax in 2009.

Using his strategy, Spetrino picks the kinds of dividend stocks Warren Buffett or the late Sir John Templeton would recommend — long-term cash generators that also can offer handsome appreciation potential.

Personally, he's used his simple system to such great success that in the course of a little under two decades, his intially modest dividend portfolio of a few thousand dollars grew to generate all of his family's living expenses and more.

He consults with a worldwide base of clients on investing and tax planning from his home in Ohio.


Andrew Packer

Andrew Packer has been an avid investor since childhood. Starting with bullion and collectible coins, he expanded into stocks as a teenager. He has since added options, real estate and bonds to his personal portfolio.

His investment approach is based on value, growth at a reasonable price, special situations and any other opportunities presented by the market.

After earning a BA in economics, Andrew has honed his analytical skills while working at various companies, including real estate research and private equity.

Andrew has written investment services on small-cap value investing, shorting, and contributed big-cap value investments to a monthly publication.


James Davidson

James Dale Davidson is respected investment writer and editor of the Strategic Investments newsletter.

Along with Lord William Rees-Mogg, Davidson co-authored the book The Sovereign Individual, as well as The Great Reckoning, and Blood in the Streets. He also wrote The Plague of the Black Debt - How to Survive the Coming Depression. Davidson is also the founder and former head of the National Taxpayers Union.


Barry Elias

Barry Elias is an economic policy analyst.

He has served as consultant to Dick Morris, former political adviser to President Bill Clinton, and was acknowledged by Mr. Morris in his three most recent books: Catastrophe (2009), 2010: Take Back America — A Battle Plan (2010), and Revolt! (2011). He also served as a policy strategist to Herman Cain during his 2012 Republican presidential campaign.

Mr. Elias, a member of the Newsmax Financial Brain Trust, provides weekly commentary to Newsmax Media’s Moneynews.com.

He collaborated on education policy with S.P. Kothari, Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and he has been in discussions with Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics, to collaborate on a future book release.

Mr. Elias graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a degree in Economics.


Michael Carr

Michael Carr is a subadvisor to a mutual fund family and a chartered market technician.

His work has been published in SFO, Futures magazine, Traders Mag (Europe), and Working Money.

Carr, who wrote “Smarter Investing in Any Economy: The Definitive Guide to Relative Strength Investing,” is the editor of the Market Technicians Association monthly newsletter and is on the board of directors of the MTA Educational Foundation.


Arnaud de Borchgrave

Arnaud de Borchgrave is a noted editor and journalist who covered most of the world's major news events, including 18 wars. He was appointed editor-in-chief of The Washington Times in 1985, a post he held until 1991.


Hans Parisis

Etienne "Hans" Parisis is a Belgian-born bank economist who has advised global billionaires and governments on the financial markets and international investments. Parisis currently resides in Panama City, Panama.


Axel Merk

Axel Merk is the portfolio manager for the Merk Hard Currency Fund, a no-load mutual fund that provides U.S. investors with exposure to a basket of hard currencies from countries with strong monetary policies to seek protection against the depreciation of the U.S. dollar.

He also is founder and president of Merk Investments, an independent investment adviser implementing growth, value, gold, and cash strategies.

Merk closely follows trends that affect world markets and watches global currencies with a macroeconomic approach focused on building long-term value for his clients