Nicholas Jones has spent several years researching and preparing for the ripsaws in today's financial markets. Through independent research focused on commodities markets and free-market macroeconomics, he brings a worldly and brutally honest perspective to The Real Deal. Nick was educated at the University of Minnesota in economics, statistics and mathematics. He took his educational background to the wheat futures pits at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Currently Nick is an independent trader of commodities and financial futures.