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Chris Mayer

Chris Mayer learned the art of valuing companies the hard way — clocking a decade as a corporate banker while also earning his MBA. He never lost money on a single deal. In 2004, he founded Capital & Crisis, making his one-of-a-kind research available to the general public. His second letter, Mayer’s Special Situations, launched in 2006, expands his coverage and focuses on spinoffs, thrift conversions, stocks from around the world and more.

Chris has been quoted many times by MarketWatch and has been a guest on Forbes on Fox, Fox Business, CNN Radio and Russia Today TV and has made multiple CNBC and radio appearances. He’s also contributed to The Washington Post. Chris travels the world looking for great ideas and insights for his readers.

Chris shared his investing wisdom in two books. His first, Invest Like a Dealmaker: Secrets From a Former Banking Insider, covers time-tested essential principles of investing. World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents takes you on a round-the-world journey from Brazilian farmlands to Dubai’s gold souks, from Chinese shopping malls to South African markets. His big ideas will power your portfolio in the years ahead.


Have We Seen a Bottom In Commodities?

Today I want to cover the hot question of the week: Have we seen a bottom in commodities? With prices across the board lower for most commodities this year, savvy investors are waiting for the “all clear” sign to start bargain hunting. In fact, if you’re paying attention to the financial media, we may have just got it…

The Next Energy Sector Collapse — Coming SOON…

These days the energy sector is filled with pitfalls. Oil? Natural Gas? Uranium? Coal? These sectors have faced immense pressure over the last few months – and the bloodletting may not be over. But what if I were to tell you there’s another energy sector on the verge of collapse? Major players – seemingly safe investments -- may soon be at risk.

How The Mainstream Is Wrong About The Oil Market

There is a lot going on all of the sudden… normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba… the collapse of the ruble… Fed policy chatter that sent the markets into a frenzy… and more. But as Chris shows, the biggest story of the year has to be the collapse of oil prices…

What the Fed Is Really Doing to Your Money

Think you understand the Fed's stimulus program? Think again... Of the many effects of the Fed's "quantitative easing" program, one that's often overlooked is its indirect support of gold prices by spurring gold buying abroad. But that's not even half of it... Today Chris Mayer peels back the layers on QE and explains why most people have it all backwards.

EROEI: Economics Without the Money

Some people love to tout the importance of energy return on energy invested (EROEI) statistics. But this ratio leaves out one crucially important component when deciding what makes a good investment: money. Today Chris Mayer explains why you should be skeptical of any analysis of the economy that removes money from the equation. Read on...

Surprise! A Profitable, Low-Risk Gold Company

Generally speaking, gold miners are bad businesses. They bury perfectly good cash in the ground and tend to issue lots of shares just to stay afloat. So when one comes along that actually turns out to be a good business, it's important to take note. Chris Mayer has found just such a company. Read on...

When Emerging Markets Stop Emerging

The current crisis in emerging markets is reminiscent of the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. Today, Chris Mayer examines how, similar to that crisis, it may begin with a brush fire... but it may just as quickly turn into an inferno. Read on...