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Jun 4, 2024

This premiere episode of “At the Corner of Main St. & Wall St. episode is a gripping reminder that when it comes to the economy, inflation, personal finances, and politics, we are in virgin territory. Staying informed and flexible is key and hosts Ira S Wolfe, Mat Van Alstyne, and John Aidan Byrne share a few game-changing insights on where we may be headed next. They are joined by this month’s special guest Nathan Lewis, co-author of “Inflation.”

Here are a few must-know takeaways about our economy, inflation, debt, and where we might be headed next:

1. **The Inflation Impact**: Inflation is hitting hard, and Americans are feeling it. Everything from your groceries to your gas tank is affected, and it’s a top concern for everyone from Main Street to Wall Street.

2. **Debt Overload**: The American consumer is swimming in over $1 trillion of credit card debt—yikes! Combine that with the housing gridlock and border crisis, and you get a potent financial cocktail that's hard to swallow.

3. **Deficits Without Fixes**: Nathan Lewis points out that governments, including ours, are running bigger deficits but fixing zilch. It’s like putting more holes in a sinking ship and wondering why we’re taking on water.

4. **Treasury Troubles**: Rising treasury yields could spell trouble. There’s chatter about fiscal dominance and even the looming specter of the US Treasury defaulting if no one's buying those bonds. 

5. **Inflation and Politics**: Inflation is shaping up to be a big player in the next election cycle. Whether it’s Trump’s tariffs or Biden’s relief acts, these policies are influencing everything from the value of the dollar to the cost of living.

6. **Gold as a Safety Net?**: With currency values wobbling, some experts are looking back at gold. Remember, it’s been a fallback since ancient civilizations and could be the safe harbor we need amid the storm.

7. **Monetary Mayhem**: Leaving the gold standard in 1971 might’ve been the root of our currency’s instability. It’s like pulling the rug out from under the dollar, as Nathan Lewis reminds us.

8. **International Shifts**: The global scene is shifting with countries like China and Russia questioning the US dollar’s dominance. 

9. **The Future's Uncertain**: High levels of unpredictability surround what the Fed and central banks will do next. Navigating this complex maze requires keen insight and adaptability.

Mat Van Alstyne: Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Odeon Capital Group, brings insights from the heart of Wall Street. Odeon Capital Group is a leading full service boutique broker dealer to institutional clients.Many of you know Mat from his commentary and outlook on the highly rated Odeon Capital Conversations Podcast, the number one podcast on Capital Markets in the US and top ranked across the globe. Odeon Capital Conversations will return soon for another season. 

John Aidan Byrne: Veteran Wall Street business journalist, editor, filmmaker, and successful podcast host of Odeon Capital Conversations and Dig Life Deep! I want to wish Good luck to John on his two movie projects, one on the legendary life of a Wall Street CEO and scholar and the other on Norman Rockwell.  Hopefully we’ll be walking the red carpet soon at their premiere!

Special Guest:
Nathan Lewis: Renowned monetary policy and economic history expert, Discovery Institute Fellow, co-author of The Magic Formula: The Timeless Secret to Economic Health and Prosperity; and Inflation: What It Is, Why It's Bad, and How to Fix It, and author of several other highly-acclaimed economic tomes.

You can order “Inflation” here.

More about Nathan Lewis.

***This episode was sponsored by Security Traders Association (STA). 

STA is a grassroots organization with 20 Affiliates across the U.S. and Canada, representing financial services professionals. 

STA educates its members on market structure issues and advocates for their interests with legislators and regulators, promoting goodwill and integrity with the principle "my word is my bond."

You can join STA at their flagship event: The 91st Annual Market Structure Conference . This year's theme is "Shifting the Landscape," and is scheduled for September 18-20 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando. You can learn more about STA and the conference at the STA website: