Louis James' background in physics, economics, and technical writing prepared him well for his role as senior editor of the International Speculator and Casey Investment Alert. Like Doug Casey, Louis constantly travels the world, visiting highly prospective geological targets, grilling management and company geologists, and interviewing natives in a variety of languages to find out what they really think (he's fluent in French and Spanish, and speaks a little German and Russian). Whether it’s days of back-to-back meetings with mining company executives in Vancouver, pounding on rocks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, examining drill core in Argentina, or eating food with names he can't pronounce with local miners in China, Louis is constantly looking for the next double-your-money winner. He evaluates dozens of companies every month, conducts due diligence of only the best, and then compares notes with Doug in order to bring only those most likely to provide rapid high returns to our subscribers’ attention. Louis also reads all the press releases, financial statements, and an enormous quantity of related information to keep track of all of our mineral companies and has become something of a walking database on same.
born in Zurich in 1950
school and studies in Zurich and London
bachelor in business administration and management
trainee in natural resources global tade with Bunge
career starting as financial editor for FuW Finanz und Wirtschaft
Marketing and Communication Officer for swiss industry associations (beverage, electriticity)
Senior Marketing and Communication Cosulting Manager and Group Leader for T....Group worldwide, specialised in financial and political campaigns
Co-owner/Partner of F+L Marketing and Communication Consulting, associated to Omnicom Group
Owner of L...C.... Marketing and Communications Campaining consultancy with swiss and international mandates , fincial advisor and IR Consultant for swiss and international companies, focused on natural resources companies in the Americas, Australia and Asia.
COO International of a Chinese Biotech company doing in new technologies
My interest in economics and investing began when I was twelve, about five years ago. It began with reading a book by Richard Maybury titled ‘Whatever Happened to Penny Candy’. This book opened my eyes, and gave me the basic understanding of inflation. I was fascinated by the effects of inflation. The book was written for twelve year olds, hence the reason why I was able to understand it at the time.
That book began my obsession in economics. Before I knew it I was into it, both in search of knowledge and investment opportunity. Like I mentioned, I purchased my first silver bullion in 2009 at $12. I wanted to test my knowledge on monetary system and economics. When silver climbed to near $50 back in 2011, I sold. It was my first investment, a 350% gain. I became obsessed, not in making money, but what really fascinates me is the “why” or “how” markets work. I have never had an interest in wealth, but I am obsessed with economics. It is my absolute passion describing to people how the monetary system works.
On January 12, 2012 I began my Facebook page with an initial intent to spread my knowledge to my peers. Unfortunately my peers have little interest. For the longest time I blogged on my page I gained a few followers, but overall I was more interested in my own studies of investing.
It was at the start of this year that I began to put ridiculous work into my passion for economics. First it started with working about 4 hours every day after school mostly reading and taking over 200 pages of notes on investing in one month. Before I knew it I was working six to seven hours digging through raw data and hundreds of spread sheets from The Federal Reserve, World Gold Council, The CBO, World Bank, Treasury, etc.
Wanting to connect with my peers I began programming my website back in May this year. I went through an 800 page book on html, css, and java script programming in two weeks! I programmed my entire html myself in six weeks, and I got the css from a template provider. It was all very time consuming and on some weekends I was working as much as 12-16 hours in a day researching economics and programming!
I have an article out about every two weeks on my website. By establishing more connections, new opportunities have come into my life.
Ron Acoba is the co-founder and managing partner of LaidTrades.com. He has been involved in the financial market since 2002. Technical analysis is his main tool in forecasting price action of equities and forex but he is also versed in fundamentals and financial analysis.
He has an MBA degree from the University of the Philippines. Presently, he is also pursuing a CFA and a CMT charter.