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

“How to Get Rich” is Not How You’d Expect

Chris Mayer

The first thing you might notice about the life of Felix Dennis is that he devoured crack cocaine during massive orgies with hookers at his mansion. Yet despite his penchant for sex and blow, he admitted, "making money is the one addiction I cannot shake." And thankfully, he wrote a book about it. Chris Mayer explains...


What Back to School Bureaucracy Can Teach You About Markets

Chris Mayer

Public companies operate mostly for their own sake, representing the vested interests of their management teams. So much so that shareholders are often little more than an afterthought. As an investor, it's important for your to seek out those companies that have your interests at the forefront. Chris Mayer explains how to find them...


Why You Shouldn’t Rely On Long-Term Market Trends

Chris Mayer

People assume that markets and financial instruments have some kind of long-term average they tend to flock toward. But in reality, a handful of wild swings in various directions often skew these averages to a point where the "long-term" is not at all reliable, let along predictable. Chris Mayer has more...


3 Words That Will Help You Become a Better Investor

Chris Mayer

With so much financial news media out there, it's hard not to let it influence your opinion. But if you rely too heavily on that info, you're at risk of being your portfolio's own worst enemy. Read on to find out why from Chris Mayer and to learn the simple technique he recommends to protect yourself from your own illusions...


How the American Dream Can Make You 14-Times Your Money

Chris Mayer

Most U.S. citizens subscribe to an idea called the American dream - working hard on a level playing field so you can "get ahead" in life. But that's not what the original "American dream" was all about. As Chris Mayer explains, that term originally referred to a completely different, yet equally important goal. Read on...


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...