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Bud Conrad

Bud Conrad

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


Bud Conrad holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. He has held positions with IBM, CDC, Amdahl, and Tandem. Currently, he serves as a local board member of the National Association of Business Economics and teaches graduate courses in investing at Golden Gate University. Bud, a futures investor for 25 years and a full-time investor for a decade, is also a regular lecturer for American Association of Individual Investors. In addition, as chief economist at Casey Research, he produces original analysis for Casey Research, including unique charts and research on the economy and investment markets.

  • Paper Gold and Its Effect on the Gold Price

    Published 13 November 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Gold dropped to new lows of $1,130 per ounce last week. This is surprising because it doesn't square with the fundamentals. China and India continue…

  • The Fed's Stealth Tightening

    Published 23 June 2014 | viewed 0 times

    As expected, the Fed tapered its purchases of mortgage-backed securities on Wednesday to $15 billion per month and its purchases of longer-term Treasury securities to…

  • Now Is the Time to Buy Gold

    Published 03 February 2014 | viewed 0 times

    Gold has been in a downturn for more than two years now, resulting in the lowest investor sentiment in many years. Hardcore goldbugs find no…

  • Evidence on Why Gold Is Falling on the Verge of a Dollar Implosion

    Published 04 December 2013 | viewed 0 times

    Bud Conrad, Casey Research chief economist, predicts in this fascinating interview with Future Money Trends that the US dollar will implode and be replaced with…

  • Despite Declining Deficit, Foreigners Aren't Bailing Us Out, So the Fed Will Keep QE Going

    Published 26 July 2013 | viewed 0 times

    The basic imbalance driving our economy is the government deficit, which spun out of control as a result of the Credit Crisis of 2008/9. But…

  • Physical Gold vs. Paper Gold: The Ultimate Disconnect

    Published 23 April 2013 | viewed 0 times

    How can we explain gold dropping into the $1,300 level in less than a week? Here are some of the factors: George Soros cut his…

  • The Coming Crash in the Bond Market

    Published 08 March 2013 | viewed 0 times

    It is my contention that the 70-year debt supercycle has come to an end. To put the current financial situation in perspective, here's a long-term…

  • The Fiscal Cliff Was A Wasted Opportunity

    Published 24 January 2013 | viewed 0 times

    The label "the fiscal cliff" evoked the fear that something terrible was about to happen if the previously legislated spending cuts and tax increases came…

  • The Fed Resumes Printing

    Published 07 February 2012 | viewed 0 times

    The Federal Reserve recently announced important policy changes after its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Here are the three most important takeaways, in its…

  • Is Gold Still the Answer for Investors?

    Published 22 November 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Though late to the party as usual, the proverbial man on the street - along with members of mainstream media and Wall Street heavyweights -…

  • The Coming Currency Crisis

    Published 13 September 2011 | viewed 0 times

    Poor Ben Bernanke. The greatest financial train wreck in history is going to happen on his watch, and it will be mostly his predecessor's doing.…

  • Has the Fed Started QE3?

    Published 26 August 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The Fed surprised the market by extending its policy of 0 to 0.25% Fed funds rate to mid-2013. The way the Fed manages to drive…

  • The 'Recovery' in Consumer Loans Isn't Real

    Published 01 February 2011 | viewed 0 times

    The amount of loans being provided by our banking system is a good reflector of the strength of our economy. Below is a big-picture view…

  • Bernanke Is Making the Crisis Worse

    Published 23 November 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The Fed is a corrupt and powerful institution, and Chairman Bernanke is making the global crisis worse. His new speech given last week in Europe…

  • Beyond the Point of No Return

    Published 14 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    "We're heading toward government devaluing its currency to devaluate its debt in order to survive. That means you need to protect yourself. You can't just…

  • Battle for the Budget

    Published 23 March 2010 | viewed 464 times

    Recently the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published its scoring of President Obama's budget for the next 10 years. It shows a budget deficit of $9.8…

  • The Taylor Rule: A Tool for Predicting Fed Policy

    Published 19 March 2010 | viewed 382 times

    On March 3, I heard John Taylor over lunch at the San Francisco Federal Reserve. In his talk he reviewed the government's bailouts and their…

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    Published 25 August 2009 | viewed 3,111 times

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  • The FDIC Is in Trouble

    Published 05 August 2009 | viewed 12,206 times

    As we all know, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) guarantees depositors that they'll get their money back if a bank fails, at least up…

  • Foreign Investment in the U.S. - Going Down, Down, Down

    Published 28 July 2009 | viewed 3,340 times

    Here at Casey Research, we've been watching the actions of foreign holders of U.S. dollars as closely as a Las Vegas pit boss watches a…