Chris Mayer

Chris Mayer

Chris Mayer is managing editor of the Capital and Crisis and Mayer's Special Situations newsletters. Graduating magna cum laude with a degree in finance and an MBA from the University of Maryland, he began his business career as a corporate banker. Mayer left the banking industry after ten years and signed on with Agora Financial. His book, Invest Like a Dealmaker, Secrets of a Former Banking Insider, documents his ability to analyze macro issues and micro investment opportunities to produce an exceptional long-term track record of winning ideas. In April 2012, Chris released his newest book World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents

Chris Mayer's Recent Articles

The US Debt Crisis that Will Never Happen

Chris Mayer

One of the most heated political battles raging across the western world is debt versus austerity. In the U.S. this debate reached it's apex in 2011 when the U.S. credit rating was downgraded by Standard and Poor's. In today's essay, however, Chris Mayer throws the debate out the window, explaining why he thinks a U.S. debt crisis will never happen...


Advance Notice of the Next Market Crash

Chris Mayer

News flash: The future is uncertain. (Gasp!) But given this uncertainty how are you supposed to invest successfully? It would be nice to ride stocks on the way up... and bow out before the crash... but few are able to do it without sheer luck. Chris Mayer, searching for a successful method, looks back to the 1929 market crash for clues...


New Index Points to a Steep Drop in Asset Prices

Chris Mayer

Wouldn't it be convenient to know how fragile or how prone to cracking up the stock market... bond market... and housing market are? Well, Chris Mayer recently created a new index that does just that. And it's signaling that a sharp drop in asset prices is a high possibility. Read on...


The 5 Greatest Investment Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Chris Mayer

Whether it involves copious amounts of research and analysis or blindly picking a stock and hoping for the best, every investor has a strategy they like to use. Chris Mayer prefers the former approach... Today, he details 5 books that have helped shape his own investment strategy and why he considers them so valuable. Read on...


Laissez FaireForgotten Victims of Government’s Good Intentions

Chris Mayer

You're probably familiar with the phrases "pay your fair share" and "you didn't build that." They're used by people who want to justify taking your money to pay for someone else's government benefit. But when you try to object, no one pays attention. Today, Chris Mayer discusses this phenomenon and why it's "not wicked to be rich." Read on...


The Good and the Bad in an Ancient Emerging Market

Chris Mayer

Chris Mayer recently went on an "investment tour" of the Balkan and Mediterranean regions with a handful of his loyal readers. Herewith is his travelogue - an account of what he saw while traveling through one of the oldest and most interesting countries they visited during the entire trip. Read on...


Tap Into a CEO’s Million-Dollar Bonus Check

Chris Mayer

Surveys out this morning reveal that CEO median pay crossed $10 million for the first time in 2013. That in mind, Chris Mayer puts a the question to you: "Do you think executive pay correlates with stock performance?" Even if you think you know the answer, you may be shocked by what Chris reveals...


Fed QE Has Nothing to Do With Rising Stock Prices

Chris Mayer

The Fed's QE program has helped create a stock market rally. Everyone knows that. It's a proven and indisputable fact. Except that it's not true. In fact, the relationship between QE and stock prices is about as relevant as the one between U.S. crude oil imports and the per capita consumption of chicken. Chris Mayer explains...


Laissez FaireA Crime That Pays Huge Dividends With No Consequences

Chris Mayer

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 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. Chris Mayer explores...


What the Fed Is Really Doing to Your Money

Chris Mayer

Think you understand the Fed's stimulus program? Think again... Of the many effects of the Fed's "quantitative easing" program, one that's often overlooked is its indirect support of gold prices by spurring gold buying abroad. But that's not even half of it... Today Chris Mayer peels back the layers on QE and explains why most people have it all backwards.