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 Grow Your Wealth by 60% Overnight

Chris Mayer

Every year, the U.S. government spends billions of dollars. And though most of it adds little or no economic value, it nevertheless boosts GDP numbers higher. Today, Chris explains why this is such a dangerous practice, and why almost no one recognizes it. Read on...


A Simple Way to Sidestep High-Frequency Traders

Chris Mayer

A lot has been made of high-frequency trading lately - particularly how it's a shining example of Wall Street greed. But is it really all that bad? And if so, how can you insulate yourself from it? Chris Mayer reports from the Value Investing Congress, in Las Vegas, offering one sure-fire way to avoid the negative effects of these HFTs...


The Real Reason the U.S. Dollar Has Value

Chris Mayer

The U.S. dollar has been the world's reserve currency for almost a century, and already there are signs it may be in decline. But that doesn't mean it's not still valuable. On the contrary... As Chris Mayer explains, there are many reasons the U.S. dollar will remain relevant on the world stage for years to come. Read on...


Why Central Bankers Struggle to Stimulate Growth

Chris Mayer

The European Central Bank recently said that it was willing to establish negative interest rates to spur bank lending and, in turn, stimulate economic growth. There's just one problem: That's not how bank lending works. Today, Chris Mayer explains why banks simply cannot lend out excess reserves on a macro level. Read on...


EROEI: Economics Without the Money

Chris Mayer

Some people love to tout the importance of energy return on energy invested (EROEI) statistics. But this ratio leaves out one crucially important component when deciding what makes a good investment: money. Today Chris Mayer explains why you should be skeptical of any analysis of the economy that removes money from the equation. Read on...


Warren Buffett: World Class Hypocrite

Chris Mayer

Warren Buffett is a great investor. Perhaps the greatest investor in history. But the most impressive thing about Warren Buffett isn't his portfolio... It's convincing mom and pop investors he's just like them. Chris Mayer explains why this couldn't be further from the truth, and offers a warning to those who are vulnerable to The Oracle's folksy charm...


Surprise! A Profitable, Low-Risk Gold Company

Chris Mayer

Generally speaking, gold miners are bad businesses. They bury perfectly good cash in the ground and tend to issue lots of shares just to stay afloat. So when one comes along that actually turns out to be a good business, it's important to take note. Chris Mayer has found just such a company. Read on...


The Ripple Effects of the QE Debt Binge

Chris Mayer

The Fed may be in charge of the global financial system, but it is by no means in control of it - no matter what the Fed Heads tell you. Just look at the mess quantitative easing (QE) has created, and why any reversal of current monetary policy by the Fed could have unknown and far-reaching consequences. Read on...


U.S. Dollar: Still King of Fiat Currencies

Chris Mayer

The financial world floats precariously on a vast sea of money. And since the world's leading economies conduct transactions in U.S. dollars (the world reserve currency), the health and stability of the global financial system relies on the strength of the ol' greenback. Translation: The U.S. dollar is still king. Chris Mayer expounds...


When Emerging Markets Stop Emerging

Chris Mayer

The current crisis in emerging markets is reminiscent of the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. Today, Chris Mayer examines how, similar to that crisis, it may begin with a brush fire... but it may just as quickly turn into an inferno. Read on...