Jim Puplava's Blog

President, Founder
fswebmaster [at] financialsense [dot] com ()

Financial Sense® Advisors, Inc.
Financial Sense® Securities, Inc.
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 Journal, Barron's, ABC News: Nightline, The Wall Street Transcript, The 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 Financial Sense® Advisors, Inc. (FSA) 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, Financial Sense® Securities, Inc. (FSS) 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.

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...

Fast and Furious: Time to Buckle Up (2019 Outlook)

Jan 25 – We expect volatility to be greater than last year and to be fast and furious when it happens. Think of February last year when record gains in January were given back in just six days. A different example is the price of oil which went from a bull market to a 40 percent...

These Year End Tax Strategies Could Help You Save Money

Dec 20– It's easy to let things slip as we enter the holiday season. Everybody's thinking about office Christmas parties, family get-togethers and warm weather vacations. However, it’s important to consider these year-end tax moves as they could end up saving you money...

Thanksgiving and the Family Glue

Nov 21 – It’s no secret that the greatest source of wealth in the U.S. is contained in privately held businesses. But here's a sad fact: Many of the great fortunes never make it down to the third generation, and that’s what we’re talking about today with author Mitzi Perdue...

The Four Horsemen of the Retirement Apocalypse

There are close to 76 million baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) alive today representing 28% of the total US population. Starting in 2011, an estimated 10,000 Boomers have been retiring every day and that trend will continue for at least another 10...

Feast or Famine

While the short-term trend in stock prices appears to be higher and investors remain sanguine about the US stock market’s prospects, longer term trends look less promising and indeed worrisome. GMO’s seven-year returns for stocks here and abroad remain negative outside...

The Inheritance

On January 20th Donald J. Trump will assume the office of the presidency to become the 45th president of the United States. Unlike his predecessors, his presidency will begin under circumstances far different than those before him. He will inherit an aging business cycle...

The Oracles

The word oracle stems from the Latin verb orare, meaning “to speak,” and typically referred to a priest or priestess making a prediction. In ancient times, oracles were thought to be the portals through which the gods spoke directly to the people. They were considered...

Oil, Money, & War - Introduction

In this timeless and re-released article Jim outlines three major power shifts of the 21st century stemming from the ongoing struggle of resource scarcity. Both historical and forward-looking, "Oil, Money, and War" analyzes the dynamic...

Shareholder Value: Getting Rich Slowly

Earnings season is upon us. Expect a lot of jumping around this quarter as companies miss or exceed estimates. Although earnings are important, they are also fickle and easily manipulated, which is why it’s always good to remind ourselves, as shareholders, of some of the long-term time-tested ways in which companies deliver value not merely over one quarter to the next, but over years and years to come.

With Markets in Transition, Value and Fundamentals More Important Than Ever

After hitting all-time highs last week, the markets quickly sold off ahead of first-quarter earnings, with Alcoa kicking things off Tuesday. Both the S&P 500 (SPY) and Dow (DIA) were down a little over 1% on Monday’s close.

Get Out of the Bunker! Economy Set to Improve This Year

Set aside the gloom and doom and make hay while the sun shines, advises Jim Puplava in his recent Big Picture broadcast, “As Good As It Gets—And It’s Getting Better.”

When Will the Bubble Burst?

When should investors start worrying about another major correction and bear market in stocks? Ironically, says Financial Sense Newshour host Jim Puplava, when things start to get better, not worse.

The Granddaddy of All Bubbles Is Here

Doug Noland, a credit bubble historian and analyst, spoke with Financial Sense Newshour about the global credit bubble now forming, which he calls the "Granddaddy of all bubbles."

The Petro Business Cycle, Part II

The Economy and Markets React

Some have called it the “New Normal”, others have difficulty explaining it. Economists are bewildered, as the old economic prescriptions don’t seem to work. Policy makers are equally perplexed.