In the first episode we take a look at the major financial market themes of 2017 and delve in to what 2018 might have in store.


Dave Russell interviews GoldCore CEO Stephen Flood and world renowned precious metals commentator and GoldCore's Director of Research Mark O'Byrne.


Touching on a wide range of macro-economic and geo-political developments in an attempt to assess the risks of a global financial shock in the coming year.


Cutting through the financial markets jargon and looking at risk to your investment portfolio that aren't spoken about in the mainstream media.


Listen to the full episode or skip directly to one of the following discussion points.


2:20 What had the biggest impact on financial markets in 2017


6:12 What we need to watch for in 2018


6:25 Is a sharp correction on the cards for financial markets?


6:59 "The Everything Bubble!"


8:30 The effect of zero percent interest rates


8:45 The effect of "Algos" - algorithmic trading


9:35 The markets awash with liquidity. What this means and what it's doing to financial markets


10:40 Turning away from fundamentals - stopping the markets pricing risks


11:20 Why investors now have to second guess central bankers


12:10 The markets are running blind because of the official sector


12:19 The effect of passive trading on the market


13:30 Is gold still capable of playing the role of Canary in the coalmine. Why is it not reacting to the increases in risk?


15:00 We are no longer creating the same level of return in the form of GDP growth


15:50 What is going to be the banana skin for the bull market


16:00 The brewing trouble with Italian banks - what no one is talking about


17:40 The search for yield driving markets higher


18:00 The rise of populism - will the trend continue


19:25 The need for central banks to raise rates - running out of tools


21:10 The rise of corporatism - and the continued rise of inequality


21:30 The political manipulation of money


22:20 Central Banks reaching the end point?


23:02 Bitcoin and the impact on the monetary system


24:25 Bitcoin and the search for yield


25:15 The importance and the impact of cryptographic ledger, the technology behind Bitcoin


26:35 Are we seeing a tulip bulb style mania in Bitcoin - how high will it go, when will it crash?


29:25 Why the psychology of bubbles may suggest that this is not a bubble


30:55 Will we see an official representation of cryptographic currency


31:55 Where are precious metals going in 2018? What will break this sideways cycle?


32:40 What are the reasons to continue to hold gold in 2018


33:25 What the smart money is doing


34:40 The nature of gold as financial insurance


35:25 The impact of China on the gold price


37:45 The production costs of gold as a floor to the gold price


38:55 Why Stephen hopes the price of gold falls


40:10 Stephen, Mark and Dave's ones to watch for 2018!


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