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Where are the customers’ yachts? The title of the legendary book in finance by Fred Schwed points to the inefficiency of financial markets and the way they often benefit the administrators more than the investors. Olav Dirkmaat wasn’t about to accept that status quo, so he started a new online stock market, based in the Netherlands.

Now an economics instructor at Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala, the stock market he got rolling is Nxchange. Also the the vice president of Market Trends, he explains the case for a broker-less market, to cut out the middleman, and how bringing this approach to fruition can be done.

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Meet the hosts

Fergus Hodgson is the chief executive of Antigua International, a consulting firm that connects the Americas, and he is the roving editor of Gold Newsletter. Originally from New Zealand, he has been a nomad for the past eight years, and his personal blog is the Stateless Man.
Brien Lundin is president and CEO of Jefferson Financial, which publishes Gold Newsletter and hosts the New Orleans Investment Conference. He has four decades of experience in investment markets.

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  • There are some ways in which buying a house can be a path to independent living.   On the other hand, we’re expecting currency devaluation and the housing market is propped up on limbo rates. Is it worth taking on debt to buy? Will inflation eat away at the principal, or would you have been better off in PMs?   Have you bought recently? What factored into your decision?

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  • Perhaps you will find this magnificent BBC documentary interesting. It tells the story of the ancient city of Caral, a little north of Lima on the coast of Peru, which is arguably the oldest city in and the beginning of civilization in the Americas. The Lost Pyramids Of Caral There are two points I would like to make about the story told therein of Caral which I think are relevant to libertarians. 1) The early civilization of Caral apparently arose purely out of commerce. This confirms the insights of the Austrian school of economics. And it may be an example of a commercially organized cooperative human society that antedates the rise of any state. 2) This contradicts the presumptions brought to the study by the archaeologists. For one example, at 7:20 one states the following. You can’t build … on the basis of consensus. You have to have leaders and followers. You have to have specialists. You have to have people who are in charge. People who can tell individual groups, alright, today you will be doing this. This group you are going to be doing something different. In other words, in his academic world, the possibility is inconceivable of that human cooperation could be organized by trade — the marketplace — rather than authority.

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  • Please share your suggestions on a good sources of a passive income.

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  • Dear Liberty.me’ers: I thought I’d reach out and see if any of you would be interested in a project I’ve been working on. I have set up a way to make a gold account interface with the modern electronic banking system. You get all of the convenience of modern banking, without the inherent, umm…. risks, difficulties, dare I say, fraudulence? You keep your savings in gold, and you pay everyone else in dollars. And that’s always a good principle: keep your assets in a sound currency, and your liabilities in an unsound one. The gold is vaulted in Switzerland. So instead of going through lots of rigamarole selling gold, going to a dealer, paying a big percentage, etc., you can just *spend your gold*! Instantly! My company is Midas. I’ve set up a bare-bones placeholder site at: http://Midas.gold Here’s a rough informational brochure I made: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mdz6ev6pqua61lw/Midas%2Belectronic%2Bbrochure.pdf?dl=0 Let me know if you would be interested in getting such a card.  I am just looking for a few beta-testers.

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  • Hey Everyone, I am relatively new to investing in the market and am looking for any solid stock recommendations you could give me to look into. I’m not necessarily looking to buy now, but I would like a few stocks to keep an eye on that might be good performers. I am also looking for good reference material that I can use to self-educate myself in trading and the stock market. Thank you.

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