Financial Sense Staff


Cathlyn Harris's picture
Sales/Marketing Manager
cathlyn@puplava.com

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Sales, Marketing, & Customer Relations Manager
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense
Co-Host Financial Sense Newshour Lifetime Income

Cathlyn graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. Cathlyn joined PFS Group in 2004. Her professional designations include FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam, and her financial services background includes over 12 years working with financial products, including managed futures and hedge funds. She enjoys the time she spends discussing our investments with current and potential clients. In her current position, Ms. Harris has helped to "brand" PFS Group with updated and improved marketing materials, and streamlined client service and back office procedures. Cathlyn is a voracious reader and loves the outdoors, singing with choral groups, and experimenting with recipes.



Chris Puplava's picture
Portfolio Manager
cpuplava@puplava.com

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Portfolio Manager
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense
Columnist

Chris graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He joined PFS Group in 2005 and is currently pursuing the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. His professional designations include FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam. He contributes articles and Market Observations to Financial Sense and co-authors In the Know—a communication for Jim Puplava's clients only—with other members of the trading staff. Chris enjoys the outdoors.



Cris Sheridan's picture
Senior Editor, Webmaster
cris@financialsense.com

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Research Assistant
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense
Senior Editor, Webmaster

Cris joined PFS Group in 2002. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from California State University San Marcos. His professional designations include FINRA Series 7 and Series 63.



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fswebmaster @ financialsense.com

FS Staff articles are written by the Financial Sense Senior Editor and Webmaster, Cris Sheridan.



James J Puplava CFP's picture
President, Chief Investment Strategist
fsnewshourprogram @ financialsense.com

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
President & CEO
Chief Investment Strategist
Puplava Securities, Inc.
President & CEO
Registered Representative

Financial Sense & Financial Sense Newshour
Author & Host

Mr. Puplava is an asset manager and financial professional who has been interviewed by The Wall Street JournalBarron'sABC News: NightlineThe Wall Street TranscriptThe Huffington Post, and the documentary film, "The End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless," among other publications and media sources. His experience in financial media began in 1988, with his hosting of Financial Sense Talkradio on various radio stations in San Diego. Today, he continues his weekly Financial Sense Newshour broadcasts and writes thought-provoking commentary for Financial Sense online, and oversees the portfolio management team at Puplava Financial Services, Inc. and Puplava Securities, Inc.

Mr. Puplava graduated cum laude in Political Science from Arizona State University. He then went on to graduate with honors with a Master's Degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Among his many awards and achievements, in 2007 and 2009 Jim was nominated by his clients and professional peers as one of the San Diego area's best wealth managers.

Jim Puplava's professional designations include Certified Financial Planner; FINRA Series 7 and Series 24; and Life, Disability and Variable Insurance licenses. Mr. Puplava has been President of Puplava Financial Services, Inc. (PFS) since 1985. For twelve years, James Puplava held a position as Branch Manager for LPL Financial Services, LLC. In 1996, Mr. Puplava established the broker/dealer firm, Puplava Securities, Inc. (PSI) and is its President.

Jim and his wife, Mary, who live in San Diego near their three sons and their grandchildren, are involved in a number of philanthropic enterprises through their charitable foundation. Jim loves historical documentaries, sailing his Hanse 385, and is an avid reader.

Click here for Jim's historical archive



Ryan Puplava CMT's picture
Portfolio Manager, Technical Analyst
ryan@puplava.com

Puplava Financial Services, Inc. 
Portfolio Manager
Technical Analyst
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative
Financial Sense & Financial Sense Newshour
Columnist & Guest

Ryan joined PFS Group in 1995. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from San Diego State University. His professional designations include FINRA Series 4, Series 7, Series 53, and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Exam. He earned the Chartered Market Technician's designation in 2007. Mr. Puplava is Senior Trading Manager. He co-authors In the Know—a communication for Jim Puplava's clients only—with other members of the trading staff; he also contributes Market Observations to Financial Sense and is a frequent guest on Financial Sense Newshour. Ryan enjoys sailing, kite surfing, and playing his guitar.



Thomas J Smith CFA's picture
Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager
tom@puplava.com

Puplava Financial Services, Inc.
Senior Vice President
Senior Portfolio Manager
Puplava Securities, Inc.
Registered Representative

Mr. Smith graduated with a BS in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Mr. Smith's professional designations include FINRA Series 7. Mr. Smith joined PFS Group in 2010. He oversees the activities of the Research & Trading Team. He co-authors In the Know—a communication for Jim Puplava's clients only—with other members of the trading staff, and contributes Market Observations to Financial Sense.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the investment management industry—including 10 years with Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, as well as other asset management and administration experience at Wells Fargo Bank, Dean Witter Reynolds, and Dunham & Associates—Mr. Smith's expertise with comprehensive wealth management solutions is a significant asset to the firm's growing institutional and high net worth clientele.

Tom is a fitness enthusiast and coaches a number of youth sports.


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