Articles By Chris Mayer

  • The $50k Manhunt For 100-Baggers

    The $50k Manhunt For 100-Baggers: Turn $10,000 Into $1 Million?

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Dec 8, 2014

    The elusive 100-bagger is a stock that turns a $10,000 investment into $1 million. Does it exist? Or is it some fantastical creature that people only talk about, like the unicorn or Bigfoot? Chris Mayer has launched a $50,000+ investigation to prove that not only do they exist, but he might be able to spot them out just for you. Read on…

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    8 Unusual Rules for Investing

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Nov 4, 2014

    Where do great investors come from? I’m not sure what the hurdle rate for greatness is, but Guy Spier has put up impressive results. His Aquamarine Fund has returned 463% since inception in 1997, versus just 167% for the S&P 500 (a broad proxy for the market). Put another way, $1 million invested at inception […]

     

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    Snoopy Goes to Hollywood

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Oct 6, 2014

    Next year is the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip. And Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the gang will appear in their first full-length feature film in 35 years. One small company has the license to the Peanuts brand. The cash flow due to this company could be enormous. In late […]

     

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    Add These Modern-Day “Treasure Maps” to Your Portfolio

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Sep 4, 2014

    Who can forget Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island? That map, marked with an “x,” is the stuff of high adventure. There is a modern-day equivalent of a treasure map, and it is just as coveted by those who seek reservoirs of oil and gas. It’s called seismic data. What are seismic data? In essence, they’re […]

     

  • Advance Notice of the Next Market Crash

    Advance Notice of the Next Market Crash

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Jul 28, 2014

    Fifty years after the 1929 crash, a group of money managers and investment thinkers put together a collection of essays looking back at that experience. The result was a distillation of some pretty fine investment wisdom. Timely, I think, to review now. One of the contributors was Arthur Zeikel, then with Merrill Lynch. The title […]

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  • The Real Forgotten Man

    The Real Forgotten Man

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Jul 2, 2014

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously used the term “forgotten man” in a 1932 speech to describe those at the bottom of the economic pyramid who, he felt, government should aid. But the originator of the phrase “forgotten man” had a whole different meaning in mind. He aimed to expose the seeming good intentions of government to […]

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    Crime Pays and the American Gulag

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On May 21, 2014

    You can count the number of people who went to jail over the 2008 financial crisis on one hand. Which is strange considering the U.S. loves to put people away in jail. But as one author discovered in his most recent book, having the right connections and a big enough bank account, can protect you from even the worst crimes.

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    The Real Reason the U.S. Dollar Has Value

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Apr 8, 2014

    The U.S. dollar has been the world's reserve currency for almost a century, and already there are signs it may be in decline. But that doesn't mean it's not still valuable. On the contrary... As Chris Mayer explains, there are many reasons the U.S. dollar will remain relevant on the world stage for years to come. Read on...

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    Cash Yields of 12% — The Fundrise.com Story

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Feb 1, 2014

    A creative, flexible, cheaper, and locally rooted investment platform Imagine being able to invest in private real estate deals with the promise of 12% cash returns for as little as $100. Anyone can participate. There is no “accredited investor” status required, and it’s as easy and simple as accessing a website. Proven real estate operators, […]

     

  • The Myth About Money, Credit & Gold

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Nov 8, 2013

    The standard version of how money came to be goes like this: First, there was barter. (A handful of nails for a pint of ale!) Then, along came various forms of money. An evolutionary derby eventually crowned gold and silver as the supreme money. And finally, credit (or debt) was born. This is the apex […]

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    Wealth Secrets of the “Coffee Can Portfolio”

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Nov 1, 2013

    I’ve always hated risk. I despise the thought of waking up poorer than I was the day before. That’s why I’ve crafted my personal investing strategy around deep-value stocks — the same strategies that have proven to grow family fortunes for the world’s best investors. Over the past 2½ years, I’ve shown people all around […]

     

  • Pulling a Mob Job on America

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Sep 19, 2013

    Mobsters shake down, say, a restaurant owner. They drink all the booze and eat all they want and pay nothing. They rob the cash register. They even go out and borrow money against the place and spend it. When they’ve finally bled the thing dry and the business is about to collapse, they burn the […]

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  • Syria and the Perpetual War Economy

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Sep 3, 2013

    Whether you agree or not that the U.S. ought to strike Syria, there is one reason it will: Because it has to. (Indeed, the bombing may already have started by the time you read this.) Perpetual war is one of the pillars of the US economy. According to the Mercatus Center, the U.S. spends more […]

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  • Anarchy: The Basis for a Civilized Society, Part 2

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Aug 30, 2013

    The position that there need be a state is too often taken for granted. The main body of Sartwell’s book Against the State is dedicated to destroying the arguments for a state from the likes of Hobbes, Rousseau and Hegel. In fact, one thing that becomes crystal clear in reading Sartwell’s book is how bad […]

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  • Anarchy: The Basis for a Civilized Society

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Aug 29, 2013

    Crispin Sartwell is someone you should know. He is doing important work in recovering forgotten greats in America’s anti-authoritarian tradition. Among other works, he’s put forward a lean and powerful book titled Against the State. In what follows, you’ll see why he’s my favorite living philosopher. Sartwell will take you on an intellectual tour de […]

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  • Crowds, Mencken and Wisdom from Two Great Investors

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On May 22, 2013

    The study of crowds has always fascinated people in finance. It’s not hard to understand why. Markets can go to crazy extremes, extremes no one can make sense of. So, one favorite way to explain it away is to say that crowds do dumb things that individuals, upon cooler reflection, would never do. In a […]

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  • The Cottage Industrial Revolution

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On May 2, 2013

    The 20th century was an age of big business. And investors did well backing the giant blue chips on their march to glory. But those days are over. In its simplest terms, my thesis is to bet with the small guys. I think of them as cottage industrials. A cottage industry brings up images of […]

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    An Anarchist Squint at the Jobs Report

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Apr 11, 2013

    So the jobs report came out last week and rattled the market a bit. But there is a different perspective to this whole thing that I think is far more important. It also fingers a much more sinister trend afoot. First, the conventional view: The unemployment rate fell to a new four-year low of 7.6%. […]

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    Why You Should Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Mar 13, 2013

    There is one reason why you should oppose the proposed $5.3 billion Keystone XL Pipeline. And it has nothing to do with “green religionists,” as The Wall Street Journal calls the opposition in today’s paper. Instead, it has everything to do with a foreign oil company using U.S. government power to force Americans off their […]

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    In Istanbul:The Rise & Fall of Society

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Mar 4, 2013

    It’s Istanbul, not Constantinople, as the song goes. In this history is an omen for any powerful state (read: the U.S.). A somewhat obscure essayist knew all about it back in 1959. His little book deserves wider circulation. Below, we’ll take a look. Constantinople was once the seat of a vast, rich empire. The successor […]

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  • The American Story… Abroad

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Jan 31, 2013

    In 1881, Dakota Territory had never sold a bushel of wheat to anybody outside of Dakota. Six years later, it sold 62 million bushels. What happened? I recently read Garet Garrett’s The American Story, which came out in 1955. It is a well-written history of America, unusual because of its emphasis on the powerful economics […]

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    Is It Evil to Be Rich?

    Chris Mayer

    by Chris Mayer
    On Oct 19, 2012

    FRANKLIN Delano Roosevelt famously used the term “forgotten man” in a 1932 speech to describe those at the bottom of the economic pyramid whom, he felt, government should aid. But the originator of the phrase “forgotten man” — William Graham Sumner (1840-1910) — had a whole different meaning in mind. Sumner aimed to expose the […]

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