Robert Appel, B.A., B.C.L., L.L.B

Robert Appel is a semi-retired lawyer-journalist. In his native Canada, he had his own syndicated radio show on CBC RADIO for 11 years, another syndicated radio show on CKO-RADIO, and was a frequent guest on Canada AM and Global Noon news. In the U.S., he authored several consumer books, was a guest on Good Morning America, and had his own regular radio commentary on WKBW Radio. His byline has also appeared in the LA Times.

While still an undergraduate, Robert used to “day trade” by purchasing a security at a nearby brokerage on his way to class in the morning and then selling it on his way home that night. In the 1990s, he managed the communication division of a U.S. firm that had set up shop in Canada. Robert was Editor-in-Chief of the organization’s newsletter, which boasted a paid circulation of more than 30,000 readers. He has also served as editor of a mining and resource-oriented letter for another leading publisher and developed Canada’s first-ever home study course on investing over the internet at a major communications company.

Get to know Robert…

Do you espouse a specific investment philosophy?

I believe I would fall into what is commonly known as the Austrian side, since the alternative, the so-called Keynesians, are, to put it gently, barking mad. To believe that you can encourage growth, free markets, jobs, production, and value—all good things, of course—by following a path of debt, manipulation, off-shoring, and financial parasitism is the very essence of insanity.

Can you give an example?

I could show you using the calculator on an iPhone that the debt load in our society today is incapable of ever being repaid. I am not saying it is incapable of being serviced, much like a Visa statement, but that the principal can mathematically never be repaid. And I am not sure which is the scarier statistic: that this state of affairs exists or that voters in democratic countries have failed to understand that it exists at all.

So what approach do you take to the editorials you write today?

I focus mainly on the gold market for two main reasons. First, gold is the posterchild for everything that is wrong with our current system. More accurately, I refer to the suppression of gold in a controlled, government-approved environment that both directly and implicitly encourages investors at large to invest in anything but the yellow metal. We are told by our betters that gold is in a 5,000-year bubble, it’s just another pet rock, and—this from the U.K. in 1999—it’s taking up space in the vaults that could be better used for other assets. The second reason I focus on gold is the payout that is coming. When gold finds its sealegs again, just like what happened after the last two major gold suppression schemes in the 1960s and again in the 1990s, the returns will be spectacular on a risk/reward basis. I want my readers to be there to enjoy them.

Robert Appel's Articles

Auto Sales Signal Economic Collapse? If the U.S. economy should encounter a major speed bump—again—is it possible that the trigger for the coming economic collapse could be hiding in plain sight? Or, in this case, sitting right in your own driveway? Car Business Possibly Not as “Awesome” as…

Upside for Gold Prices Two months ago, I offered Profit Confidential readers my “Longshot Pick of 2016” and gold price analysis based on a combination of technical and fundamental analyses of my favorite gold mining stock exchange-traded fund (ETF), the Direxion Daily Jr Gld Mnrs Bull 3X ETF…

The Shocking Truth About the Federal Reserve Think the Great Pyramid is mysterious? Compared to the Federal Reserve, a mysterious and reclusive institution that has mastered the art of hiding in plain sight, the Great Pyramid is an open book. Some investors—especially those who have benefited by “following…

A Zerohedge headline that shocked the world this week showed net searches for “moving to Canada” are up more than 1,000% since the “Trump bump.” The same report said that the Immigration Canada web site (one of the most boring sites on the planet) was blown because of…

Over the last century, the central planners who run our world have not only made a mess by their constant interference, but they have made a mess that can only end one way—in total economic collapse. Will the Tide Stop Coming in Because We Tell It To? Cycles…

Gold Mining Stocks Poised for Gains Time flies. A month ago, I offered Profit Confidential readers my “Longshot Pick of 2016” based on a combination of technical and fundamental analysis of my favorite gold mining exchange-traded fund (ETF)—the Direxion Daily Jr Gold Miners Bull 3X ETF (NYSEArca:JNUG). The…

Is the Federal Reserve friend or foe? Recent events have drawn attention to the role and influence of this strange institution—some 103 years after its inception—more so than at any other time in the modern era. But who owns the Federal Reserve? It is a story that author…

Something very interesting happened Friday morning, February 5, 2016. Interesting for most of us. But really interesting if you are trying to understand gold prices so you can make the right (profitable) investment decisions. What happened underscored the fact that, recently, the entire universe of gold writers and…

Those looking for omens and portents that an economic collapse is approaching, that the endgame for Keynesian economics is close at hand, need look no further than the latest “helicopter money” initiative from the once-prudent and conservative Swiss. To classically trained economists—there is no polite way to say…

Looming Economic 'Reset' Should Terrify Investors Although treated almost as gospel in the West, Keynesian theory is a relatively new development in the long history of economics. However, its backwards ideas are pushing the world to a global economic 'reset'. As opposed to traditional economic practice (sometimes referred…

As the saying goes, “even paranoids have enemies.” Regardless of whether the bizarre bear market in gold prices that began in 2011 was manipulated, it now seems undisputed that, once the momentum and “algo” traders twigged to it, it became the safest short of the decade. Whether you…

Gold Prices Are Being Manipulated, Insider Manipulation in the gold pits? It is a topic that makes everyone uncomfortable. Those who espouse this theory are uncomfortable because they cannot readily find a forum willing to discuss it and those who reject the notion are uncomfortable because a growing…

— by special guest Robert Appel, BA, BBL, LLB Newer readers have expressed surprise that we are not more "bullish" on the long-term prospects for the economy and the stock market. First, we prefer the word "aggressive" to "bullish." While other commentators were arguing about whether November was…

CNBC's Rick Santelli, who, some might say, gets too much airtime anyway, caused a minor international stir last week when he launched into an impromptu tirade against any fiscal policy that bails out (for example) his profligate neighbor, the one who purchased more house than he could afford,…