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David L. Smith's speaking fee falls within range: $10,000 to $15,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
Born and raised in Argentina, Mr. Smith colors his writing and presentations with a bi-cultural international perspective.
Mr. Smith earned his bachelor′s degree with honors in economics from Dartmouth College and his master’s degree in finance with distinction from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
His broad perspective on the world economy and financial markets was gained through a 35-year career in the financial arena, including securities analysis with Wells Fargo Bank, Shuman Agnew (an NYSE-member firm later acquired by Morgan Stanley) and Capital Analysts, a national NASD-member firm; mergers and acquisitions with Piper Aircraft Corporation; national securities underwriting as president and CEO of Alma Securities, an NASD-member firm.
As author of Cyclical Investing for 24 years he achieved an uncanny record of accurate predictions, including:
He ceased publishing Cyclical Investing in July 2008, in order to dedicate his full attention to writing geopolitical commentary in David L. Smith′s Cassandra Chronicles (An invitation to think outside the box by “studying the present in light of the past for purposes of the future.” – J.M. Keynes), a publication he began writing in April 2003.
He is widely quoted in the print and broadcast press, including national magazines such as Money and Financial Planning, The Financial Times of London’s The Banker and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal Online, television, including CNBC, PBS and numerous local television and radio stations.
When the Tech-Dot-Com bubble burst in 2000 and 9/11 traumatized the world economy, we were reminded of the peril as well as profit in today’s new economy. David L. Smith saw trouble coming long before it hit. As the millennium approached and sunshine pundits saw nothing but blue sky ahead, Smith clearly warned his audiences of approaching “clouds in the silver lining,” that could rain on the economy. He also provided strategies to avoid the dangers of crashing stock markets, international crises, a sagging economy and “sticky” long-term interest rates.
His contrarian resource allocation strategies-- recommending a 3-year exit from the stock market beginning January 4, 2000 and ending in April 2003 -- proved to be the most valuable information his audiences could use and the most expensive advice to ignore. Long before Chairman Bernanke uttered the “R” word in April 2008, Smith warned of the dangers of the “D” word, potentially another Great Depression caused by “cascading defaults” stemming from a meltdown in U.S. housing and recommended winning investment strategies.
Today, with singular independence of mind and uncanny insight, Smith explains what is going on in the global economy and financial markets—the good, the bad and the ugly. He discusses current and projected economic conditions; monetary and fiscal policy; international trade; currency, energy, financial and investment markets.
Recognizing the ancient Chinese wisdom in the definition of “Crisis,” namely “Danger” and “Opportunity,” Smith always finds the “Upside of the Downside,” clearly establishing a blueprint for profit in times of financial peril. Learn how to avoid surprises and deploy business and personal resources to avoid losses and capture profits in volatile times.
If you want “conventional wisdom” try the punditocracy. However, if you want to know what is really going on and how to profit from it personally and professionally, listen to David L. Smith.
The Asian Caper
How to Surf the Coming Financial Tsunami
Following the massive devaluations in the wake of the “Asian Flu” in 1997, the economies of Asia have aggressively accumulated vast trade surpluses with the U.S., in particular. Asians have recycled their dollar surpluses back into the U.S. economy, producing bubbles in the U.S. stock and housing markets, which in turn have stimulated U.S. demand for Asian exports. Former Fed Chairman Paul Volker has warned that “This seemingly comfortable pattern can’t go on forever,” adding “Altogether the circumstances seem to me as dangerous and intractable as any I can remember.”
Smith addresses four critical related questions:
The answers might just be the most valuable information you can use, and the most expensive advice to ignore.
The “Third Oil Shock”
Avoiding Loss and Capturing Gains from the Developing Oil Crisis
The economic outcome for the foreseeable future will be largely determined by the contest between the interests of industrial capital and petroleum over the price and availability of oil. As a raw material, lubricant and primary source of energy, oil is the global economy’s most critical commodity. Consequently, an understanding of current and projected oil prices, availability, sources and uses over the next decade is essential for decision-makers in both the private and public sectors.
In his ground-breaking presentation, Houston-based economist and oil-market commentator David L. Smith assesses global oil supply and demand conditions, citing respected authorities in the field, enabling his audiences to anticipate how the price and availability of oil will affect their business and personal lives. Oil prices have quintupled in the past five years, fulfilling Smith’s longstanding predictions of a “Third Oil Shock.” What’s ahead for global oil markets?
By revealing the dynamics of the international oil market on the world economy, Smith shows how to position resources to avoid losses and capture gains in a world dominated by volatile oil prices.
Other Presentations Include:
— Len Holland, Manager-AEIC Services, Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, Inc.
— Jo Lynne Hutchinson, Executive Director, The Financial Planning Association, Phoenix
— Frank J. Bavendick, CPL, President, American Association of Petroleum Landmen
— James F. Nolan, Vice President, Fibre Box Association
— Newsletter, IAFP/Financial Planning Association
— S. Levi Pearson, P.E., President, National Lubricating Grease Institute
— Lyn Fisher, Financial Forum
Associations American Association of Individual Investors American Association of Petroleum Landmen American Institute of Certified Public Accountants American Society for Training and Development Association of Petroleum Rerefiners California Credit Union League Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants Decorative Laminate Products Association Fibre Box Association Financial Planning Association Greater Houston Partnership Institute of Management Accountants International Association of Drilling Contractors National Association of Purchasing Managers National Association of Federal Credit Unions National Lubricating Grease Institute Office Business Center Association International Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Sales and Marketing Executives
Corporations American Exploration Company Coca Cola Envirogas, Inc. Five States Energy Company Formica Lockheed Missiles and Space Magic Circle Parker and Parsley Maxwell Energy Company (Canada) Nextel NCE Resources (Canada) Paine Webber/Geodyne Performance Technologies, Inc. Purina Mills Stanford Research Institute St. Luke′s Hospital, Houston Swift Energy The St. Paul Companies Veritas Software
Educational Institutions, Universities Chautauqua Institution, N.Y. College for Financial Planning, Denver, CO Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Economic Roundtable of San Francisco, CA Institute of Certified Financial Planners Kingwood College, Kingwood, TX Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA The Aga Khan Development Network
Investment Broker-Dealers American Investors American Pacific Securities Associated Planners Asset Management & Timing Services, Inc. Delta Life and Annuity Interbank Capital Partners Kavanaugh Securities Mutual Service Corporation North American Financial Group Private Ledger Financial Services Raymond James/Investment Management & Research Southmark Financial Securities Vantage Securities (Canada)
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