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Peter Grandich

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Peter Grandich, Chief Commentator of, is an internationally-acclaimed financial expert who has made a 25-plus-year career out of his knack for uncannily-accurate market predictions. Labeled the “Wall Street Whiz Kid” by Good Morning America, Grandich gained national notoriety by being among the very few who not only forecasted the 1987 stock market crash just weeks before it happened, but on the very next day he predicted that within two years the market would reach a new all-time high – which it did.

Proving his market calls are no fluke, The Wall Street Journal recently included Peter in an article about the few analysts that picked the March 2009 lows. What his readers know is that Peter also called the October 2007 stock market high on his blog and went short on the entire market.

His ability to analyze and forecast financial happenings has resulted in hundreds of media interviews including GMA, Neil Cavuto’s Your World on Fox News, The Kudlow Report on CNBC, and every major financial media outlet including Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Post, Globe and Mail, US News & World Report, New York Times, MarketWatch, Business News Network and dozens more. He has spoken at investment conferences around the globe and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost market strategists. He has edited and published four widely-read investment newsletters and contributed to numerous national publications.

Peter is also the founder of Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management a firm with a Christian perspective which he started in 2001 with Lee Rouson, former NY Giant and two-time Super Bowl champion. The firm offers services to celebrities, athletes and average folks.

He was also the founder and managing member of Grandich Publications, which was acquired by AGORACOM in 2009. Each day, tens of thousands of people follow Peter’s commentary on his blog Grandich also provides a variety of services to publicly-held corporations on a compensation basis.

Peter Grandich is a member of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants, and a long-standing member of The New York Society of Security Analysts and The Society of Quantitative Analysts.

You can follow his free public commentary via his blog or Twitter


Barry L. Ritholtz

Title: How Bailout Nation Took Us Down … And Where It Is Taking Us Next (Click Here to Watch Presentation)

A frequent commentator on economic data and financial markets, Barry L. Ritholtz is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, and C/SPAN. He has appeared on many shows, including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, Fast Money, Kudlow & Co, and Power Lunch, and has guest-hosted Squawk Box on numerous occasions.

His market perspectives are quoted regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, Smart Money, Kiplingers, and many other print media.

Beyond his commentary and published articles, Mr. Ritholtz also authors The Big Picture a leading financial blog that has quickly amassed over 50 million visitors and was named as one of the Top 3 Business Blogs in the world. Media accolades include the WSJ ("What the In-Crowd Knows"), which it cited his blog as the Economic “Blog Insiders Read to Stay Current;” Business Week noted its “insightful calls on the direction of the stock market” (Blogging For Dollars). CNBC’s Larry Kudlow described it as “very helpful and addictive — the best stock market blog there is.”

In his day job, Mr. Ritholtz is CEO and Director of Equity Research at Fusion IQ, an online quantitative research firm. The firm makes its institutional strength number crunching available to individual traders and investors. This marks the first time an institutional grade quant research product is available to the public at an affordable price.

Mr. Ritholtz is the author of the book Bailout Nation, published by Wiley & Co. summer 2009. It has become the best reviewed book on the bailouts to date. Accolades include The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

You can follow his free public commentary via his blog


Paul Kedrosky

Title: Where The Global Economy & Markets Go From Here .. And Why (Click Here to Watch Presentation)

Dr. Paul Kedrosky is an investor, writer, and entrepreneur. He is a sought-after speaker; an analyst for CNBC television; a columnist for TheStreet/RealMoney; and the editor of Infectious Greed, one of the best known business blogs that was named as one of the Top 3 Business Blogs in the world.

He is frequently quoted in major publications around the world, including influential columns and articles for the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Harvard Business Review, and others. He has also appeared on many media outlets, including CNN, PBS Newshour, ABC Nightline, and the New York Times.

Dr. Kedrosky is currently a Senior Fellow at the $2 Billion Kauffman Foundation, where he is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the future of risk capital. He is also Senior Research Advisor to Ten Asset Management, a southern California institutional money management firm using innovative quantitative techniques in capital markets. He is also a fellow and on the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Innovative Financial Technology. He is an advisor to various other companies, institutional investors, and venture capital firms.

Dr. Kedrosky has also a professional seed investor, having run an innovative seed capital program based out of the highly-ranked University of California, San Diego. He has also been a venture partner at Ventures West, a large institutional venture capital firm.

He has a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, an M.B.A. from Queen's University, and a B. Engineering from Carleton University.

You can follow his free public commentary via his blog or Twitter


Eric Coffin

Title: Interest Rates and Currencies Driving Metals Markets (Click Here to Watch Presentation)

Responsible for the “financial analysis” side of HRA, Eric has a degree in Corporate and Investment Finance. He has extensive experience in merger and acquisitions and small company financing and promotion. For many years he tracked the financial performance and funding of all exchange listed Canadian mining companies and has helped with the formation of several successful exploration ventures.

Eric Coffin is one of the most respected resource market commentators in the industry. Eric and his brother David produce the Hard Rock Analyst publications, newsletters that focus on metals explorers, developers and producers as well as metals and equity markets in general.

Eric reviews data from hundreds of companies seeking strong management and finance teams in undiscovered companies for HRA's readers. In 2007, they were awarded the Cambridge House Award for Market Analysis.

Eric has been interviewed on CBC Television’s Business News, as well as, national and local radio throughout North America for his opinions on resource trends. He is a frequent contributor to several third party publications and a number of resource, gold, metals and market related Internet sites.

He regularly speaks at a number of North American gold and resource conferences. He was one of the first analysts to point out the disastrous effects of gold hedging and gold loan capital financing (1997) and to predict the start of the current secular bull market in commodities based on the movement of the US Dollar (2001) and the acceleration of growth in Asia and India.


Gregor Macdonald

Title: Coal World: Will Energy Transition Deliver Us to a World of Green Energy, or Return us to a World of Coal? (Click Here to Watch Presentation)

Synopsis: With the global supply of crude oil unlikely to increase in the future, the world must face an expensive buildout of new energy power generation. But energy transitions are not easy, and the current energy transition will require difficult decisions. Renewables are expensive. Coal is cheap. In this presentation, Gregor Macdonald shows that the risk of the world making a new call on the world's coal resources is therefore much higher than most anticipate.

Gregor Macdonald is an oil analyst and energy sector investor, who also focuses on the coming transition to alternatives. He has written for the Financial Times of London and been cited in the New York Times, The Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, and the Oil And Gas Journal.

In addition, he recently appeared on MSNBC in the United States and BNN in Canada.

Gregor produces two newsletters: a big picture take on global energy and economics available from this site, Monthly, and a new global macro and model portfolio service via the StockTwits financial network, Gregor Weekly

You can follow his free public commentary via his blogTwitter or StockTwits TV


Jean-Francois Tardif

Title: The Upcoming Multi-Year Cycle Of Inflation vs. Deflation (Click Here to Watch Presentation)

Prior to his retirement in June 2009, Jean-François Tardif was the Lead Portfolio Manager for the Sprott Opportunities Hedge Fund LP, Sprott Opportunities RSP Fund and Sprott Opportunities Offshore Fund with combined assets over US$450 million.

In 2007, Mr. Tardif was recognized at the HFM Week's US Performance Awards Ceremony as the Best Canada-Based Hedge Fund Manager and was nominated for the Best Long/Short Hedge Fund Manager award. In addition, Barron's ranked his Sprott Opportunities Fund as the #18 Hedge Fund on the planet.

In 2007 and 2008, he won Globe Investor's My One and Only stock-picking contest in both 2007 and 2008.

For the five year ended April 30, 2009, his Sprott Opportunities Hedge Fund posted a blistering average annual return of 21 per cent

Mr. Tardif has been frequently interviewed and quoted on the AGORACOM Blog where many investors benefited from heeding his advice concerning the effects of deleveraging. We are very pleased to have him back for our conference.


Jim Letourneau

Title: Do you believe we are running out of oil? (Click Here to Watch Presentation)

Jim Letourneau, P.Geol. is an inspiring speaker, geologist, investment newsletter editor and communications specialist living in Calgary, Alberta.

Jim has created a powerful social media web that integrates the power of Facebook, Twitter, a 5200 person email list, and his blog. He routinely makes the Facebook and Twitter Elite lists.

Jim frequently conducts property visits as part of his due diligence and he has toured mining and exploration projects in many parts of the world. He regularly meets with oil and gas executives in Calgary, Canada.

With the unique perspective of geologist and investor, his expertise is sought all over the world. Jim has served as an expert witness in front of the Canada’s National Energy Board and he’s frequently quoted and interviewed in national media including CBC, CNBC, Resource World Magazine, Business in Calgary Magazine, The Korelin Economics Report,,, and

Jim has received several professional awards including:

  • Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Link Award – 2005
  • Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Tracks Award – 1995

You can follow his free public commentary via his blog or Twitter


Victor Goncalves

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Victor is a Newsletter writer, consultant and speaker that focuses on the green and resource sectors. He is the Editor of The, whose basic thesis is that green technologies will lead the charge in a new industrial revolution.

Over his past 7 years in the financial markets Victor has developed a keen eye for the resource markets and the green space. Some of his research areas have included the Uranium and Coal Markets, the Oil Industry and OPEC, and Macro Economic Indicators. Victor currently writes for various magazines and websites including Barrons Magazine, Kitco, CIM and Western Standard. He has been featured on BNN, Mining Industry TV and various other TV programs and is invited to speak at many leading industry events and conferences.

You can follow his free public commentary via his blogTwitter or Website


Peter Spina

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Peter Spina’s experience with the precious metals market started back in the mid-1990s, which led to the creation of in 1995. Today ranks within the top three most visited gold-related websites in the world. Its sister site,, is the most visited silver website in the world. When a secular bull market in precious metals was taking shape, Peter established the technically focused subscription newsletter, Gold Seeker Report; early in 2005, he merged it into the more comprehensive service. In addition to the newsletter and websites, Peter frequently appears in the media, including Investor's Business Daily, Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, Reuters and

Visit Peter's website here.

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