Money is an ever-present part of our lives, but its ubiquity doesn't make it any easier to understand! Breaking the Dollar is a podcast that uses fascinating stories and real-life examples to reveal valuable insights about investing, financial markets, gold and silver, and trends in our monetary system. Precious metals expert Everett Millman shares his unique perspective from nearly a decade of first-hand experience working in the industry.There are many fundamental questions about money we tend to take for granted: What gives money value? What kinds of things have been used as money historically? Are gold, silver, and precious metals still considered money? Will cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin revolutionize the way money works? Find all of these answers on Breaking the Dollar -- and have some fun along the way!
Who Owned the Most Gold In History?
In this episode of Breaking the Dollar, Everett examines a fascinating historical anecdote about Mansa Musa, the king of the Mali Empire in West Africa during the late-13th and early-14th centuries. Was he really the richest man of his time? How much gold did Musa have? The story also brings up interesting points about the economics of gold as money.
Wall St Gone Wild! (Part II)
This episode picks up on the previous discussion of moral hazard, fraud, and accounting shenanigans on Wall St. Everett challenges the notion that small speculators and Robinhood traders are the cause of the problem. He wraps up by catching up on some questions from the audience.
Wall St Gone Wild! (Part I)
A lot of outlandish frauds and comical ethical conundrums have been cropping up in the financial markets of late. Perhaps more concerning, this type of behavior on Wall St is becoming normalized -- especially with everyone distracted by covid-19. In this two-part episode, Everett walks through several of the most prominent cases of companies "gone wild" on Wall St in 2020. He explains how these unethical acts are interconnected with several economic issues that have been discussed on Breaking the Dollar in the past.
The Great Coin Shortage of 2020
One of the unexpected side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been a lack of coins circulating around the economy. Pocket change is at a premium as many businesses remain closed and the United States Mint operates at limited capacity. This development lends itself to a related discussion: the long-overdue elimination of the one-cent coin, which loses tens of millions of dollars for the Treasury each year, and the broader "war on cash."
Someone Found the Million-Dollar Forrest Fenn Treasure!
For a decade, treasure hunters have been scouring the Rocky Mountains to find a chest full of gold and gemstones hidden there by an art dealer named Forrest Fenn. The treasure was finally discovered last month -- but only after many years of controversy. Find out more about the backstory of Fenn's treasure and why it stirred so much dissension in the local press.
Is Gold Confiscation Really Coming?
A prominent European hedge fund manager recently predicted that governments will soon seize their citizens' privately held gold in order to stave off a financial collapse. Is gold confiscation really going to happen again, like it did in 1933? Everett confronts this ever-present bogeyman and what it can teach us about the nature of how the government controls its currency.
Two for the Money
Money is an illusion the value that it has is what we give it we started with a stick and have come a long way
Finally something I can follow
Great podcast for newbs and pros alike. Enjoyed the way each topic is presented