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Jim Puplava is the president of Financial Sense Wealth Management. His professional designations include Certified Financial Planner, Certified Tax Specialist, Certified Income Specialist, Certified Estate and Trust Specialist, Certified Fund Specialist, Certified Annuity Specialist, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Certified Social Security Specialist, FINRA Series 7, Series 24, Series 65 and Life, Disability and Variable Insurance licenses. Jim was a branch manager for LPL Financial Services, LLC for 12 years. He has been the president of Financial Sense® Advisors, Inc. (FSA) since 1985. In 1996, Jim established the broker/dealer firm, Financial Sense Securities®, Inc and is its president. He also oversees the portfolio management team at Financial Sense Wealth Management and Financial Sense Securities, Inc.

Jim’s experience in financial media began in 1988 when he was the host of Financial Sense Talkradio on various radio stations in San Diego. Today, he continues his weekly Financial Sense Newshour podcasts and writes occasional commentary for the Financial Sense blog. Jim has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, ABC News: Nightline, The Wall Street Transcript, The Huffington Post and for the documentary film The End of the Road: How Money Became Worthless, among other publications and media sources.

He graduated cum-laude in political science from Arizona State University and then went on to earn a master’s degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). 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 and his wife Mary live near their three sons and grandchildren and are involved in various philanthropic enterprises through their charitable foundation. Jim also loves reading, sailing and historical documentaries.

Zero-Bound: Going Negative

Jul 15 – The recession has caused interest rates to drop to zero and we expect them to remain there for years to come in order to lower borrowing costs on an exploding national debt. The Fed is being forced to monetize most of the government’s debt...

The End of Money: From Paper to Things

Jun 26 – We are at a key pivot point in investment history. The monetary environment is going to change the investment landscape going forward. I have found there are very few investment cycles in an investor’s lifetime. These are periods or cycles where...

From Supply Glut to Energy Shock

May 18 – Oil demand dropped from a record peak of 100 mbd reached in 2019 to a recent low of 70 mbd. Decades of demand growth were wiped out quickly in a single month. Nothing in the history of oil can compare to the events we have witnessed...

The End of Money: Mountains of Debt

May 1 – The problem with debt levels is that they look good in rising asset markets, such as we saw in the housing and stock market, until recently. The problem arises when asset markets fall and deflate as we saw with stocks between...

Zero-Bound: The Return of Inflation and the Loss of Income

Apr 16 – Government debt could soon rise to 130-140% of gross domestic product. Last year at this time the figure was close to 100% of GDP. Now we will be approaching debt levels last seen after World War II. Debt at these levels is only...

Recession, Depression or Something Else?

Apr 7 – This recession and possible depression are unlike anything we have experienced before. It was not Fed-induced, nor was it preceded by an oil shock as happened in 2007-2008. In fact, oil prices were falling below the cost of production...

The End of Money

Apr 1 – Despite good economic numbers, the budget deficit for fiscal year 2020 ending in September was coming in at over a trillion dollars. Now that deficit will be in the range of multiple trillions. The philosophical or academic justification for this is...

Zero-Bound: Sell, Hedge or Hold On?

Mar 26 – Ten-year Treasury notes are at 0.88%, 30-year bonds are yielding only 1.45%, and short-term Treasury bills are offering negative interest rates on three and six months. To keep money in short-term bills, you now have to pay...

The Things That Matter Don't Change

Mar 2 – Admit it. It’s discomforting. It makes you ill at ease. It makes you question the world around you. In a matter of a few days the markets have plunged into chaos and disorder. What changed? Gone is ebullience, replaced by fear and despair. Such is today’s...

33 AD: There's Nothing New Under the Sun

Feb 13 – The year 33 AD was marked by two disturbances throughout the Roman empire. The first was the crucifixion of Christ who was tried before Pontius Pilot then was crucified, died and buried giving rise to a new world religion...

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