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Exploring the nexus of capital, technology, policy, economics, and regulation, the Digital Dollar podcast takes the deep dive into seismic shift taking place as digital transformation is now the only way smart leaders and organizations will survive.

Hosts Michael Hiles & Jonathan Dever explore the impact of recent capital markets changes and global events, as well as the effort to pave the way towards the next economy.

Digital Dollar Michael Hiles & Jonathan Dever

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Exploring the nexus of capital, technology, policy, economics, and regulation, the Digital Dollar podcast takes the deep dive into seismic shift taking place as digital transformation is now the only way smart leaders and organizations will survive.

Hosts Michael Hiles & Jonathan Dever explore the impact of recent capital markets changes and global events, as well as the effort to pave the way towards the next economy.

    #31 David Hunter, Chief Macro Strategist at Contrarian Macro Advisors

    #31 David Hunter, Chief Macro Strategist at Contrarian Macro Advisors

    Jonathan and Michael hang out with David Hunter, famed contrarian macro strategist to discuss the current macro economy, policy, and debt.

    ABOUT DAVID HUNTER

    David is an investment professional with 25 years of investment management experience and 20 years as a sell-side strategist with strong expertise in macroeconomic analysis and portfolio management. His strong macro capabilities combined with a contrarian philosophy have allowed him to forecast economic cycles and spot market trends well ahead of the consensus. He's an intellectually honest, independent thinker comfortable with charting a course apart from the crowd. David is an accomplished stock picker and value-oriented portfolio manager.

    FOLLOW DAVID ON TWITTER @davidhcontrarian

    ABOUT CONTRARIAN MACRO ADVISORS

    At Contrarian Macro Advisors, David provides forecasts and input regarding the economy, equity markets, interest rates, commodities, precious metals and currencies to both institutional and high net worth investors. He is the author of an investment letter entitled the Contrarian Value Advisor which is in its twentieth year of publication. Strong macro skills and contrarian philosophy developed over many years have allowed David to make many successful calls, often at odds with a consensus that focused in the wrong direction.

    ABOUT DIGITAL DOLLAR

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    For more information about our sponsor, visit https://10xts.com for digital asset compliance solutions for financial services and capital markets.

    Follow us on Twitter @GoDigitalDollar


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    • 54 min
    #30 George Selgin, Cato Institute Senior Fellow & Director of Center for Monetary & Financial Alternatives

    #30 George Selgin, Cato Institute Senior Fellow & Director of Center for Monetary & Financial Alternatives

    Michael & Jonathan are joined by George Selgin. The discussion focuses on what is money vs. currency, considerations for monetary policy, Bitcoin, and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

    ABOUT GEORGE SELGIN

    George Selgin is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives at the Cato Institute and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Georgia. His research covers a broad range of topics within the field of monetary economics, including monetary history, macroeconomic theory, and the history of monetary thought. He is the author of The Theory of Free Banking (Rowman & Littlefield, 1988); Good Money: Birmingham Button Makers, the Royal Mint, and the Beginnings of Modern Coinage (University of Michigan Press, 2008); Money: Free & Unfree (The Cato Institute, 2017); Less Than Zero: The Case for a Falling Price Level in a Growing Economy (The Cato Institute, 2018) and, most recently, Floored! How a Misguided Fed Experiment Deepened and Prolonged the Great Recession (The Cato Institute, 2018). He also contributed a chapter to libertarianism.org’s Visions of Liberty.

    Selgin is one of the founders, with Kevin Dowd and Lawrence H. White, of the Modern Free Banking School, which draws its inspiration from the writings of F. A. Hayek on denationalization of money and choice in currency. Selgin has written for numerous scholarly journals, including the British Numismatic Journal; the Economic Journal; the Economic History Review; the Journal of Economic Literature; and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; and for popular outlets such as the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

    Selgin holds a BA in economics and zoology from Drew University, and a PhD in economics from New York University.

    Follow George on Twitter @GeorgeSelgin

    ABOUT DIGITAL DOLLAR

    SUBSCRIBE TO THE EMAIL INBOX UPDATES! https://digitaldollar.substack.com 

    For more information about our sponsor, visit https://10xts.com for digital asset compliance solutions for financial services and capital markets.

    Follow us on Twitter @GoDigitalDollar


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    #29 Louis Curran, Global FX Trader & Strategic Advisor JST Capital in "Will the global digital currency cold war go hot?"

    #29 Louis Curran, Global FX Trader & Strategic Advisor JST Capital in "Will the global digital currency cold war go hot?"

    Jonathan and Michael are joined by Louis Curran, global finance specialist, FX trader, and currency strategist. This is a whopper of an episode -- literally a massive brain dump (more than usual) discussing the global currency market and monetary battle lines from an international perspective. Louis has a unique perspective and brings in-depth experience and insight.

    ABOUT LOUIS CURRAN

    Louis joined JST Capital in October 2018 and is responsible for Business development, primarily in Asia but also with a global outlook. JST Capital is a financial services firm offering three primary products offerings in the Digital Asset space. Asset Management, Market Making & Treasury Management services. In his former roles, Louis has worked in Institutional FX sales since 1992. Most recently Louis served as the Head of Asia FX business for Jefferies & Co, preceding this he was Head of Asian Institutional FX Sales for UBS Singapore. Louis has long standing relationships with Institutional Real Money Clients, Global Macro Hedge Funds and Central Banks and is now bringing his relationships and connectivity to bear in the crypto space. Louis still manages his own family office and actively trades crypto and macro markets. his experience in the Digital Asset space has been across a spectrum of activity. He has raised capital for some of Europe’s highly regarded names in the Blockchain sector and counted the likes of Polkadot, Ocean Protocol and Energy Web Foundation as clients.

    Follow Louis on Twitter @CurrencyWar1

    ABOUT DIGITAL DOLLAR

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    For more information about our sponsor, visit https://10xts.com for digital asset compliance solutions for financial services and capital markets.

    Follow us on Twitter @GoDigitalDollar 


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    #28 Hester Peirce, SEC Commissioner in "The Evolution of Securities Regulation in the U.S."

    #28 Hester Peirce, SEC Commissioner in "The Evolution of Securities Regulation in the U.S."

    Securities & Exchange Commissioner Hester Peirce joins Jonathan and Michael to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to the evolution of securities regulation in the United States.

    Topics include the most recent vote to amend the rules around capital formation and crowdfunding projects to facilitate better outcomes for U.S.-based businesses trying to raise funding and grow. Also discussed were topics such as the recent ATS no-action letter and secondary market considerations for digitized assets, regulatory enforcement, and cross-agency cooperation for crypto and tech regulation.

    ABOUT COMMISSIONER HESTER PEIRCE

    Having earned her nickname "Crypto Mom" for her interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain, Hester Peirce is an American attorney specializing in financial market regulation. Peirce currently serves as a Commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She previously served as the director of the Financial Markets Working Group at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. Peirce is a former staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and of the SEC. On August 6, 2020, the Senate confirmed Peirce by voice vote for another five-year term expiring on June 5, 2025. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Commissioner Peirce earned her B.A. in economics from Case Western Reserve University in 1993 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997.

    Follow Commissioner Peirce on Twitter: @HesterPeirce

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    • 57 min
    #27 Michael Hiles & Jonathan Dever in "Back at it, firing up the engine again!"

    #27 Michael Hiles & Jonathan Dever in "Back at it, firing up the engine again!"

    After a bit of a hiatus, Michael & Jonathan are back at it discussing recent events like Michael testifying in front of the House Committee for Small Business with a ruptured appendix and nearly kicking the bucket afterwards, the SBA & the PPP, the continuing evolution of digital assets & banking, Bitcoin's recent run up, and upcoming guests.

    SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO JOE STRECKER

    Joe is a radio producer for iHeart Media who does podcast production as well. We've hired him to be our post production editor and he's super fast and a total pro. If you're a podcaster, talk to Joe about helping you out with your show! https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-strecker-0b48616/

    ABOUT DIGITAL DOLLAR

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    • 39 min
    #26 Luke Gromen, CFA in "The politics of currency economics"

    #26 Luke Gromen, CFA in "The politics of currency economics"

    Jonathan & Michael host Luke Gromen, CFA, for a deep chat about our debt-based currency vs. asset-based currency like our pre-1971 gold standard.  Luke is an investor and wealth manager who shares his thoughts about the politics of currency, the sustainability of our national debt, the China One Belt, One Road initiative, and much more!

    ABOUT LUKE GROMEN

    Luke Gromen began his career in the mid-1990s in the Research Department at Midwest Research before moving over to institutional equity sales and becoming a partner. While in sales, Luke was a founding editor of Midwest’s widely-read weekly summary (“Heard in the Midwest”) for the firm’s clients, in which he aggregated and combined proprietary research from Midwest with inputs from other sources.

    In 2006, Luke left FTN Midwest to become a founding partner of Cleveland Research Company. At CRC, Luke continued to work in sales and edit CRC’s flagship weekly research summary piece (“Straight from the Source”) for the firm’s customers.

    In 2014, Luke left Cleveland Research to found FFTT, LLC (“Forest for the Trees”), a macro/thematic research firm catering to institutions and individuals that aggregates a wide variety of macroeconomic, thematic and sector trends in an unconventional manner to identify investable developing economic bottlenecks for our customers, as we have found that excess investment returns tend to accrue to economic bottlenecks over time.

    Luke also provides strategic consulting services for corporate executives.

    Luke Gromen is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He earned the CFA designation in 2003.

    Follow Luke on Twitter: @LukeGromen

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