Full List of Speakers to Come
Founder, Dent Research
Harry S. Dent Jr. studied economics in college in the ’70s, but found it vague and inconclusive. He became so disillusioned by the state of his chosen profession that he turned his back on it. Instead, he threw himself into the burgeoning new science of finance where identifying and studying demographic, technological, consumer and many, many other trends empowered him to forecast economic changes. Since then, he’s spoken to executives, financial advisors and investors around the world. He’s appeared on “Good Morning America,” PBS, CNBC and CNN/Fox News. He’s been featured in Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Success, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, American Demographics and Omni. He is a regular guest on Fox Business’s “America’s Nightly Scorecard.” Harry has written numerous books over the years. In his book The Great Boom Ahead, published in 1992, he stood virtually alone in accurately forecasting the unanticipated boom of the 1990s. That same year he authored two consecutive best sellers: The Roaring 2000s and The Roaring 2000s Investor (Simon and Schuster).
Today, he uses the research he developed from years of hands-on business experience to offer readers a positive, easy-to-understand view of the economic future by heading up Dent Research.
Harry received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and was elected to the Century Club for leadership excellence.
Senior Editor, Dent Research
Rodney Johnson works closely with Harry Dent to study how people spend their money as they go through predictable stages of life, how that spending drives our economy and how you can use this information to invest successfully in any market. Rodney began his career in financial services on Wall Street in the 1980s with Thomson McKinnon and then Prudential Securities. He started working on projects with Harry in the mid-1990s. He’s a regular guest on several radio programs such as America’s Wealth Management and Savvy Investor Radio, and has been featured on CNBC, Fox News and Fox Business’s “America’s Nightly Scorecard, where he discusses economic trends ranging from the price of oil to the direction of the U.S. economy.
He holds degrees from Georgetown University and Southern Methodist University.
He is also the editor of our popular service, Triple Play Strategy.
Editor of Forensic Investor
Author of What’s Behind The Numbers: A Guide To Exposing Financial Chicanery And Avoiding Huge Losses In Your Portfolio, John is a forensic accountant at heart. Standing on the shoulders of the great David Tice, James O’Shaughnessy and Dr. Howard Schilit, he built a framework of algorithms and a multi-factor grading system that has made him one of the more successful short-sellers around. John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bryant College with a B.S. in Finance and was awarded Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in September 2001.
John is also editor of our trading service Forensic Investor.
Lance Gaitan graduated from Franklin University in Columbus, OH with a degree in Finance. After graduating, Lance worked as an auditor for an insurance administrator and later attained his securities license and then went to work as a broker for a small firm.
In the mid-1990s Lance managed the futures trading desk for Piper Jaffray, a large regional brokerage firm based in Minneapolis.
After migrating to Florida in early 2000, Lance founded a futures trading firm, GSV Futures, specializing in retail commodity trading strategies. Lance sold that business in 2006 and joined Harry Dent, Jr. and Rodney Johnson at Dent Research shortly thereafter.
Lance is also the editor of our newest research advisory, Treasury Profits Accelerator.
Chief Investment Strategist, Dent Research
As Chief Investment Analyst for Dent Research, Adam O’Dell has one purpose in mind: to find and bring to subscribers investment opportunities that return the maximum profit with minimum risk. He achieves this with his perfect blend of technical and fundamental analysis. Tactically, he does extensive back-testing and probability-based research. It’s the ultimate partner to the exhaustive research that Harry and Rodney do in the exciting realm of the new science of investing.
Adam has worked as a Prop Trader for a spot Forex firm. While there, he learned the fundamentals of trading in the world’s largest market. He excelled at trading the volatile currency markets by seeking out low-risk entry points for trades with high profit potential. Aiming to find the best opportunities across all asset classes, Adam expanded into the commodities, equities and futures markets.
An MBA graduate and Affiliate Member of the Market Technicians Association, Adam is a lifelong student of the markets. He is the editor of our hugely successful trading services, Cycle 9 Alert and Max Profit Alert.
Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA specializes in finding value opportunities outside of the mainstream stock market. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and Straight Talk Money Radio, and has been quoted in Barron’s Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, GuruFocus, MarketWatch and InvestorPlace.com.
Charles holds a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with an International Emphasis from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar.
In addition, Charles is editor of our popular Dent 401k Advisor and Peak Income newsletters and the portfolio manager of Boom & Bust.
Founder, Disruptive Tech Research
Founder, Disruptive Tech Research, a technology research and advisory firm focused on pinpointing the most promising disruptive technology investments. Early.
For the last decade, Louis has been providing independent economic and equity research for individual and institutional clients.
A former Morgan Stanley investment consultant, Louis helped direct over $1 billion in institutional capital before leaving and co-founding Wall Street Daily, which quickly became one of the web’s largest financial publishers. During his tenure as Chief Investment Strategist of Wall Street Daily, circulation topped 700,000 daily readers.
Louis’ expertise has earned him regular appearances on CNBC’s Closing Bell, as well as other media mentions, including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Morningstar, MarketWatch, TheStreet.com and MSN Money.
A contrarian investor at heart, Louis loves to shoot holes in Wall Street’s conventional “wisdom” – and has won high praise for his speeches at numerous investment conferences. Louis holds an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.
As the Executive Vice President of Hoisington Management Company, Lacy manages over $5 billion dollars’ worth of pension funds, endowments, insurance companies, and others. He holds a hard line against the excessive debt that grips the global economy. And he shares our view that government has furthered our current predicament. Instead of using sound fiscal solutions to “right the ship,” we’re fanning the flames by taking on more debt and aggravating the problem.
At the summit, Lacy will reveal his top 5 impediments to all the growth promised by Trump policies as well as his latest research.
Howard’s the visionary whose angel investments were key to the launch of Ticketfly, Buddymedia, Golfnow, Lifelock, Stocktwits and many more. He’s also shepherded lucrative deals with Twitter, Ebay, Pandora, Comcast, and CBS Interactive to name just a few. He’s one of the most sought-after entrepreneurs, experts and angel investors in the world today.
But what if I told you that Howard Lindzon’s incredible success has hinged on just a single, simple, overlooked profit indicator that historical analysis shows since 1995 would have predicted 1,324 triple-digit winning stocks?
Or that it would have handed you windfalls from Apple, Google, Amazon and hundreds of other millionaire-minting companies?
At this year’s Irrational Economic Summit he’ll show you how it’s entirely possible to capture as much as one-third of all stock market gains just by using this indicator to not only invest in the industry leaders of today… but also how he uses it to identify the private market startups that will either challenge those leaders… or get snapped up by them before they even get the chance.
This little-know profit tool is called the Peloton Effect.
Everyday people are already using this incredibly simple indicator to capture gains from 105% all the way up to 575%.
And not only will Howard reveal how the Peloton Effect works, he’ll also give you details on how to use it for yourself… Inside his new newsletter, Peloton, Howard will virtually give you total access to his expertise in discovering the next tech superstars… and the safe, unique way to play them… through actionable recommendations each month.
Founderm The Smart Option Seller
Lee Lowell, founder of The Smart Option Seller, has been trading stock & commodity options for 26 years.
He began his option trading career in 1991 on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in New York City. He traded in the Crude Oil and Natural Gas options and futures pits for both a small firm and then his own company.
He continued to trade off-floor in 1998 from the beautiful island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i, where he combined his exchange floor knowledge with the new frontier of computerized internet trading.
Specializing in both stock and commodity options, Lee began his wildly successful flagship put-option selling newsletter – The Instant Money Trader – in 2008, during the throes of one of the worst economic recessions since the Great Depression.
Lee is also a best-selling author. His book, “Get Rich With Options”, still remains on Amazon’s best-seller list ten years after its release and is in the top five books at Investimonials and WallStreetMojo.
JC Parets is the founder of Allstarcharts.com, a research platform for market investors around the world that uses a top-down technical analysis approach.
Before starting Allstarcharts in 2010, Parets worked on the sell side as a broker, analyst and investment banker. He started his career as an intern at Merrill Lynch and while attending Fairfield University, where he graduated in 2004 from the Charles Dolan School of Business. In 2008, he earned his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation and in 2012-2013 served as a co-chair of the New York City chapter of the CMT Association.
His research has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business, Traders Magazine, CNN, Barron’s, ABC, Yahoo Finance and Business News Network. Business Insider chose his twitter handle @allstarcharts as one of the “Top Finance People To Follow On Twitter”.
After 16 years as an Executive Publisher, Barry Potekin, VP of the Rutsen Meier Belmont (RMB) Group Managed Accounts Relations, has been involved in a wide range of commodity research and trading activities since 1985, with an emphasis on client support. Due to his many accomplishments, Barry has appeared on The Today Show, David Letterman, and CNN News. He was on the cover of Success Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. The subject of a Wall Street Journal article, he has been written about in Money Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today and Fortune. A very popular speaker and teacher, he makes the fine points of alternative asset investing quick and simple to understand.
Founded in 1984, the RMB Group brings a high level of personal service and professional expertise to assist clients in making prudent alternative asset diversifications.
Technologist, entrepreneur, and founder of LikeFolio
LikeFolio provides investors and companies with actionable research based on data derived from consumer actions on social media. LikeFolio scans Twitter for mentions of 30,000 brands and consumer products owned by over 2000 publicly traded companies. It scores those mentions on consumer sentiment and purchase intent. Through this unique process of gathering consumer data, LikeFolio’s proprietary approach lends itself to providing accurate predictions of revenue reports, and ultimately the direction of a stock. LikeFolio has been named to Fast Company’s most innovative in finance and its unique research is consistently featured on CNBC, Yahoo Finance and Barron’s.
David Stockman is the ultimate Washington insider turned iconoclast. He began his career in Washington as a young man
and quickly rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
under President Ronald Reagan. After leaving the White House, Stockman had a 20-year career on Wall Street.
At the podium, Stockman’s expertise and experience cannot be matched, and he has a reputation for zesty financial straight
talk. Stockman’s career in Washington began in 1970, when he served as a special assistant to U.S. Representative, John Anderson of Illinois. From 1972 to 1975, he was executive director of the U.S. House of Representatives Republican Conference. Stockman was elected as a Michigan Congressman in 1976 and held the position until his resignation in January 1981. He then became Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1981 until August 1985. Stockman was the youngest cabinet member in the 20th century. Although only in his early 30s, Stockman became well known to the public during this time concerning the role of the federal government in American society. After resigning from his position as Director of the OMB, Stockman wrote a best-selling book, The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed (1986). The book was Stockman’s frontline report of the miscalculations, manipulations, and political intrigues that led to the failure of the Reagan Revolution. A major publishing event and New York Times bestseller in its day, The Triumph of Politics is still startlingly relevant to the conduct of Washington politics today. After leaving government, Stockman joined Wall Street investment bank Salomon Bros. He later became one of the original partners at New York-based private equity firm, The Blackstone Group. Stockman left Blackstone in 1999 to start his own private equity fund based in Greenwich, Connecticut.
In his 2013 New York Times best-seller, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, Stockman lays out how the U.S. has
devolved from a free market economy into one fatally deformed by Washington’s endless fiscal largesse, K-street lobbies and Fed sponsored bailouts and printing press money. His 2016 book, Trumped!: A Nation on the Brink of Ruin… And How to Bring it Back, Stockman brings us an insider-turned-iconoclast’s report on how 30 years of financial and political misrule by the Washington/Wall Street elites have brought the U.S. to the brink of ruin.
Michael is the co-founder and chairman of BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups. BitAngels currently has over 600 members and has made more than 25 investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies.
Michael is one of the leading “go-to” experts on bitcoin and he’s spoken all over the world on it, including Bitcoin 2014, Satoshi Roundtable, South by Southwest, and TEDx Hollywood. He sees a huge future in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for a variety of reasons, as he told the Business to Freedom podcast earlier this year:
“These days it only makes sense to use digital currencies. A penny in the United States costs two pennies to make. It’s possible that 20 years from now we won’t ever need to walk into banks to make transactions and file checks…”
“Cryptocurrencies are great because they allow users to track their spending and allow digital marketplaces to be fully accountable. This is a huge reason why nations with unstable economies, especially those that rely on other currencies (ie. the US dollar), are looking to make their financials more transparent.”
Michael is also the co-founder and managing partner of bCommerce Labs, the first technology incubator fund focused on e-commerce companies for bitcoin and the blockchain, and a partner at Flight VC, where he helps run the AngelList Bitcoin Syndicate with legendary super-angel Gil Penchina.
On top of all that, he’s also known as a public relations genius. He founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006 for $35 million. Michael’s been in on cryptocurrencies since the beginning… and hardly anyone else in the world has their finger on the pulse of the industry.