“Status quo, you know, is Latin for, ‘The mess we’re in.’”
— Ronald Reagan
Over the weekend, President Joe Biden joined other world leaders at the G-20 Summit in Rome to pretend that a global minimum tax (GMT) is the best way to spur economic growth and fix income inequality.
Now it’s off to Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (aka COP26), where everyone will pretend they’re taking action to save the planet.
Please don’t get the wrong idea, though.
Our talk with Reserve member John Englander earlier this year offered plenty of reasons to believe that Earth is getting warmer. If it weren’t for COVID travel restrictions, I would have gone with him to Greenland in August to see the evidence myself.
So we’re willing to entertain the idea that we need to prepare for a “new normal” when it comes to extreme weather. But I think the problem is much bigger than a bunch of politicians can solve, especially when most of their ideas involve unfeasibly fast changes to how we live our lives… and crushing new taxes to pay for these schemes.
The result could be a brand-new energy crisis — one that will hit your bank account from multiple angles. And the best way to protect your wealth from any inane promises or policies that come out of Glasgow is to understand what’s coming, then get ahead of it.
That’s one of the reasons I tracked down Mark Moss for this week’s Session.
Mark has worn several hats over his long career: entrepreneur, business owner and investor — though he says the lines between them “get very blurred.” He launched an “e-commerce business at the bottom of the dot-com crash.” Then he started a “a high-tech medical equipment business.”
But in the mid-2000, he went all-in on real estate — just before that market completely crashed. “When 2008 came,” he recalls, “I got pretty much wiped out.”
A lot of people don’t recover from that kind of setback. Mark, however, had other ideas. He tells me, “I just dug deep and started investing in my own education.”
Part of that education involved our publications. “Some of your newsletters were some of those things that really were working well for me,” he says. Always nice to get a compliment.
He didn’t just blindly follow the recommendations, though. He also dissected them to figure out why certain investments worked better than others. Applying what he learned helped him rebuild his career and assets. Now he’s looking to help other investors figure it out, too.
Mark is on a mission to teach anyone who cares to listen, “what’s going on in this world today, how to navigate it properly, how to protect themselves from it.”
Sounds like a mission we can get behind, hmm?
One of Mark’s most insightful realizations is that “money is like energy.” That is, “it doesn’t disappear, it transfers.” So an investor’s goal is to figure out how to be on the receiving end. From there, Mark began researching “the type of market cycles that cause these wealth transfers to happen.”
He believes we’re at the point in an 80-year cycle where “the financial system’s ready to be reset.” At the same time, we’re at the cusp of a 50-year cycle of technological revolution. “We kind of have this perfect storm brewing,” Mark says.
The convergence he sees ahead is the impetus for his upcoming Market Disruptors Live 2021 event, being held in Miami, Florida, Nov. 12-14.
This week, we’ll be discussing why you should consider joining Mark and his guest speakers in two weeks. (If you can’t join Mark in person, there is a live streaming option.)
We’ll also be discussing how what’s happening in Glasgow plays into Mark’s idea that money and energy have a lot in common…
Founder, The Financial Reserve