Agora Financial

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Agora Financial
TypePublishing company
GenreFinancial advice
Founder(s)Bill Bonner
HeadquartersBaltimore, MD
ParentAgora, Inc.
 
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Agora Financial
TypePublishing company
GenreFinancial advice
Founder(s)Bill Bonner
HeadquartersBaltimore, MD
ParentAgora, Inc.

Agora Financial is a privately held publishing company that produces print and email publications, books and conferences directed toward providing financial advice, commentary and marketing predictions. They are based in Baltimore, MD.

History and Executive Leadership[edit]

A subsidiary of the holding company Agora, Inc., Agora Financial was founded in 1979 by financial writer and essayist Bill Bonner, the author of Empire of Debt and Financial Reckoning Day.[1][2][3] Bonner's co-author Addison Wiggin is the executive publisher of Agora Financial.[4] Wiggin served as executive producer and co-writer on the 2008 feature-length documentary film I.O.U.S.A.. A film about the growth of the U.S. national debt, I.O.U.S.A. was based on Empire of Debt, and was financed by Agora Entertainment, another Agora, Inc. subsidiary.[5]

The company publishes a number of financial newsletters focused on advising investors on making money in energy, metals, emerging technologies and small-cap stocks, including the Daily Reckoning, Outstanding Investments, and Capital & Crisis. Agora financial also founded the Richebacher Society, a group focused on continuing the work of the late economist Kurt Richebacher.[6]

Byron King, editor of two of Agora Financial's publications, Energy & Scarcity Investor and Outstanding Investments, has served as an oil industry analysis in the media, specifically in the wake of British Petroleum's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.[7] Other members of the Agora Financial staff have provided analysis for CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg.[8][9][10] In March 2011, Agora Financial acquired Laissez Faire Books, a Libertarian bookseller based out of New York.[11] Established in 1972, the bookseller publishes and distributes libertarian books, with a focus on economics and finance.[12] Jeffrey Tucker, author of Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo, and It’s a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes, as well as former editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, was hired as Laissez Faire's executive editor.[13]

Agora Financial Publications[edit]

Agora Financial Investment Symposium[edit]

Since 1999, the company has hosted the annual Agora Financial Investment Symposium. Held in Vancouver, BC, the conference is Agora Financial's largest event of the year.[35] The conference brings together a large number of speakers discussing emerging financial trends, as well as panels and debates.[36] Past speakers have included Steve Forbes, Jim Rogers, Doug Casey, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and James Howard Kunstler.[37] Each year, the conference is built around a central theme, with "A Tale of Two Americas" the theme selected for 2013.[38]

Options Hotline and 9/11[edit]

In the investigations following 9/11, the SEC determined that an unusual number of investors had purchased put options on American Airlines immediately prior to September 11, 2001. Further investigation found the Options Hotline newsletter and its editor Steve Sarnoff as responsible for faxing some 2,000 subscribers the recommendation to buy put options on American Airlines on September 9, 2001.[39] Sarnoff was investigated for insider trading, and his explanation for the recommendation (which was based on economic reasons) was found to be “innocuous”.[40]

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  2. ^ Financial Reckoning Day: Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century – Will Bonner, William Bonner – Google Books. Books.google.nl. December 20, 2004. ISBN 9780471696582. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis – Will Bonner, Addison Wiggin – Google Books. Books.google.nl. January 6, 2011. ISBN 9781118040546. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ Addison's New Post3 days ago. "Forbes » Contributor Profile » Addison Wiggin". Blogs.forbes.com. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
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