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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.

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.

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