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BMG graciously receives articles from guest authors who write commentaries that we feel you might enjoy. This allows us to expand our knowledge base and makes it possible to provide you with educational columns covering the entire financial industry. If you are interested in becoming a contributing writer, please contact us.

Louis Boulanger

Founder and Director of LB Now Limited | view listings

Louis holds a B.Sc. from Laval University in Canada; is a Fellow of both the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the New Zealand Society of Actuaries; and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to coming to New Zealand in 1986, Louis worked for nine years with a global consulting firm based in Montreal, Canada. In New Zealand, Louis worked for another global consulting firm for 18 years, including as Chief Executive of New Zealand operations for five years.

In 2004, Louis took time off to study, be with his family and travel around the world. In 2006, he launched his private practice. Louis provides independent investment advice to private and institutional clients, as well as sits on a number of investment funds governance boards as an independent expert. He also speaks regularly at international conferences, principally in Asia Pacific, and is a member of CFA Institute’s Speaker Retainer Program. Louis has participated actively in the ongoing development of Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) for over ten years. Louis has recently been elected Chairman of the global GIPS Council. The GIPS Council is a forum of representatives from 32 countries sponsoring the GIPS standards. His two-year term as GIPS Council Chair is from 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2012. He was the founding President of the CFA Society of New Zealand from 2000 to 2003 and remains a Director and an active member of the CFA Society.

His firm, LB Now Ltd, also helps firms come into compliance with GIPS and facilitates the purchase of bullion for private and institutional clients, as an authorized dealer for BMG BullionBars.

Louis lives in Auckland with his wife Louise and two sons.

Stewart Dougherty

Inferential Analysis Specialist | view listings

Stewart Dougherty grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Tufts University and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in two majors, English and History. He started a company after college that distributed household goods to large buying groups (labor unions; government and private corporation labor groups). He sold this successful company to attend Harvard Business School. After his first year, based on academic excellence, he was invited by the school to write case studies (Harvard's teaching method), and was named a Fellow. The case studies he wrote were published in several languages, and taught in business schools around the world. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1982.

He founded a strategy consulting firm that served companies in the telecommunications and financial services industries. He was subsequently hired by client MCI Communications Corporation, and became Vice President of International Strategic Planning. In this position, he traveled extensively throughout the world. When British Telecommunications announced plans to acquire MCI, he was named to the integration team, and commuted between London and Washington, DC for over a year. In an upset, Worldcom defeated British Telecommunications and acquired MCI Communications. His expertise in strategic analysis gave him grave concerns about Worldcom's viability, and directly after MCI's acquisition by Worldcom, he returned to his private consulting practice, where he has worked since. He is a Life Member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Catherine Austin Fitts

Founder of Solari Inc. and Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC | view listings

Catherine Austin Fitts offers a unique perspective on the global financial system and on the political economy. Her background includes Managing Director and member of the Board of Wall Street investment bank Dillon Read & Co. Inc., Assistant Secretary of Housing - Federal Housing Commissioner in the first Bush Administration and President of Hamilton Securities Group, a Washington DC investment bank. Catherine has designed and closed over $25 billion of transactions and investments to-date, has led portfolio strategy for $300 billion of financial assets and liabilities and has participated in the private and public workout and turn around of billions in mortgage, real estate and banking fraud.

Through Solari, Inc. (solari.com), Catherine and her colleague publish The Solari Report, a weekly briefing, Solari Audio Seminars and Catherine’s blog focused on financial markets and preserving family wealth. Catherine provides investment advisory services through Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC (solariadvisors.com),

Catherine serves on the board of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (www.gata.org), a non-profit civil rights and educational organization which advocates and undertakes litigation against illegal collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial securities. Catherine publishes a column “Mapping the Real Deal” in Scoop Media (www.scoop.co.nz) in New Zealand.

Stephen Gollop

CEO, Tyche Group Ltd. | view listings

Stephen.P. Gollop is CEO of the Hong Kong regulated independent investment company, Tyche Group Ltd. Stephen has spent more than a quarter of a century in the financial arena, mostly operating in positions providing independent advice. This route was a very deliberate choice taken early in his career which provided the opportunity to gain a wide spectrum of experience in areas as diverse as corporate retirement counseling to individual portfolio design to forensic accounting.

Stephen enjoys frequent appearances on TV/Radio and writing, contributing to media and the Tyche newsletter ‘Market Truth’. He keeps himself permanently challenged by setting an impossible goal: Make finance fun!

Martin W. Hennecke

Investment Advisor with Tyche Group Ltd. | view listings

An investment adviser with Tyche Group Ltd. based in Hong Kong, Martin W. Hennecke is a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NDTV, TVB Pearl, RTHK Radio 3 and writes for several newspapers and magazines including the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Benchmark Magazine and Hong Kong Securities Journal.

David Morgan

Editor of the Silver Investor | view listings

Seduced by silver at the tender age of 11, David Morgan started investing in the stock market while still a teenager. A precious metals aficionado armed with degrees in finance and economics as well as engineering, he created the Silver-Investor.com website and originated The Morgan Report, a monthly that covers economic news, overall financial health of the global economy, currency problems ahead and reasons for investing in precious metals.

David considers himself a big-picture macroeconomist whose main job as education—educating people about honest money and the benefits of a sound financial system—and his second job as teaching people to be patient and have conviction in their investment holdings. A dynamic, much-in-demand speaker all over the globe, David’s educational mission also makes him a prolific author having penned "Get the Skinny on Silver Investing" available as an e-book or through Amazon.com. As publisher of The Morgan Report, he has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business, and BNN in Canada. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Futures Magazine, The Gold Report and numerous other publications.

Additionally, he provides the public a tremendous amount of information by radio and writes often in the public domain. You are encouraged to sign up for his free publication which starts you off with the Ten Rules of Silver Investing where he was published almost a decade ago after being recognized as one of the top authorities in the arena of Silver Investing.

David Ranson

President and Director of Research H.C. Wainwright @ Co. Economics | view listings

Prior to becoming a general partner of Wainwright in 1977, Mr. Ranson taught economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He has been an assistant to then Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, and a member of George P. Shultz’s personal staff at the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to his service in Washington, he was a member of the Boston Consulting Group. David Ranson has addressed audiences and published articles on a wide range of economic and investment topics, and has provided testimony to a number of Congressional committees. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. He holds an M.A. and B.Sc. degrees from Queen’s College, Oxford, and an M.B.A. in finance and a Ph.D. in business economics from the University of Chicago.

Rob Kirby

Proprietor, Forensic Macro Economic Research | view listings
Rob Kirby, kirbyanalytics.com

Rob was born in 1960 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto, Ontario with his parents when 11. He received his post secondary education at York University [Economics] in Toronto. When he finished his degree, he went to work in the financial district [Bay St.] in Toronto. He worked on an institutional trading desk for most of the 1980s and right up until 1996. He also worked for 11 years at Prebon Yamane, an international inter-dealer broker of foreign exchange and interest rate products. He spent an additional year at another money/bond broker called Freedom Bond Brokers [which has subsequently been bought out by Cantor Fitzgerald], then spent two years at Garban Inc., another inter dealer bond brokerage in Toronto - and left the industry in 1996.

He started writing in 1997, and was involved in a number of entrepreneurial pursuits from marketing Buffalo meat to a part time stint in the giftware business. In 2002, he went to work for Investor's Group, the largest Mutual Fund Company in Canada. He worked there up until September '04 when he resigned to write about the markets - and his book - from a "gold bug's" point of view.

Julian Philips

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Julian Philips' history in the financial world goes back to 1971 when Julian joined the London Stock Exchange, qualifying as a member. He specialized from the beginning in currencies, gold and the "Dollar Premium", Britain’s Exchange Control system at the time. After the floating of the US$ and the Pound Sterling, the gold/currency world exploded into action. He wrote on gold and the US$ premium in Accountancy and The International Currency Review.

Julian moved to South Africa, where he was appointed a Macro economist for the Electricity Supply Commission, guiding currency decisions on the multi-billion dollar, foreign Loan Portfolio. He then joined Chase Manhattan for a period, until moving to the U.K. Merchant Bank, Hill Samuel, in Johannesburg, specializing in gold and fund management.

He then shifted his sights to Capetown, where he established the Fund Management department of the Board of Executors, which later became part of one of the four, big South African banks.

Julian returned to the "gold world" over four years ago, establishing, Gold - Authentic Money. He currently contributes to Global Watch - The Gold Forecaster and the Silver Forecaster.