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

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT): How Fiat Money Works

Chris Mayer

From time to time, the curious economist in you may wonder, "How does a fiat currency system actually function?" and, further, "Why don't more countries default on their debt?" Well, it turns out there as a nifty little theory that explains exactly why these things happen. And the answers may surprise you. Chris Mayer explains...


Why a Central Bank Can Never Run Out of Money

Chris Mayer

If you were to ask all of the world's economists and financial pundits to explain "modern money," most of them would probably get it wrong. Today, Chris Mayer offers a detailed description of what money really is, and how understanding it puts you one giant step ahead of most economists and investors. Read on...


8 Unusual Rules to Help You Become a Better Investor

Chris Mayer

Maintaining a strong commitment to your investing principles can be difficult, especially in the face of rising (and pricey) stock markets. Today, Chris Mayer discusses one investor who's managed to do this for years, and relays eight of the principles he follows that help him remain a consistent and successful investor. Read on...


The Death of the Dollar Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Chris Mayer

Whether it's from excessive money printing or some other adverse Fed policy, there are plenty of people who are confident the US dollar's days are numbered. Not so fast, says Chris Mayer. Today he explains why the dollar is still king... at least for now. And why gold may not be the answer to your prayers as you may have hoped. Read on...


Sage Advice for Bored Investors

Chris Mayer

It's amazing what some people will do out of sheer boredom. Investors, for example, will often throw money around, simply because they have nothing better to do - as if making MORE moves automatically translates to MORE money. Today, Chris Mayer explains why this emotion is so dangerous and how staving it off can save you a ton of money...


How to Invest in a Strong Dollar World

Chris Mayer

Our friend Jim Rickards and founder Addison Wiggin believe the dollar will soon meet its demise. Chris Mayer, on the other hand, thinks the dollar will only get stronger this year and next. We'll let you decide for yourself. In this featured essay Chris lays out his train of thought and a guide for investing in a strong dollar world. Read on...


“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...


How “Focus Investing” Can Save Your Portfolio

Chris Mayer

Stock diversification is one of the most misunderstood investment concepts. Contrary to popular belief, owning more stocks does not help maximize your returns or minimize your risk. In fact, it may do the opposite. Today, Chris Mayer explains why this is and offers some advice in how to identify your ideal portfolio size...


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...