As a 21st-century seeker of personal finance advice, you’ll often find yourself inundated with dubious information and get-rich-quick content that is available 24/7 online and on TV. Let’s face it; we’ve come to expect buzzword-driven money advice in a field littered with over-the-top personalities whose objectives are too often about boosting their own bottom line at the expense of their audience.
Mainstream investment gurus exhort you to invest in the next emerging bubble while fear-spinning proselytizers encourage you to store away pivotal assets for when the always approaching big collapse hits. In a world of high-frequency trading and flash crashes where fortunes are made and futures destroyed with a few keystrokes, their advice seems dangerously outmoded.
It would be nice to find something credible, informative, and different in this techno-finance landscape that was on our side for a change.
Catherine has a unique background in both high finance, as a former partner in monolithic Wall Street firm Dillon, Read & Co., and politics, as Assistant Secretary of Housing in the first Bush administration. This level of insider experience has served to groom her for her current role as an ideas innovator and trends forecaster.
Using her wealth of knowledge and command of detail, she boldly goes where few experts have dared to tread and penetrates the veil that separates the average person from the opaque dealings of the inner sanctum of political and financial chicanery.
The Solari Report, on its surface, is a live, weekly audio briefing that runs approximately 60-90 minutes during which Catherine discusses current events and explores various financial trends and economic data. She offers her distinctive insight into the forces behind the numbers to help the listener navigate the modern market cycle. She also features regular interviews with intriguing authors and personalities from diverse backgrounds that delve deeply into subjects as wide ranging as market fixing, alternative history, digital currency, nutritional routines, municipal bonds, oil manipulation, and a whole lot more.
The website, Solari.com also has a daily blog that runs the gamut of reporting from concise analyses that delve into the smokescreen of financial headlines to investigative inquiries, human interest stories, and even book reviews.
A movie review segment called “Lets Go to the Movies” is often entertaining and thought-provoking. Catherine attempts to link themes and patterns from such popular films as The Truman Show and The Matrix into instructive vignettes to help infuse the somewhat tedious subject of money and markets with dynamic and humorous interpretation.
With two levels of information available, one for subscribers and another featuring lots of free content, Solari’s website satisfies every type of visitor. If you’re just looking to stay informed on emerging issues and skate around the edges of the deeper content, then the blog will help you sort out the real action from the noise. If you want to go more in-depth, then you can become a Solari Report subscriber and you will not only have access to the entire mp3 audio library of reports stretching back 5 years, you also receive full access to Catherine’s video presentations, writings, show transcripts, and Solari resources. That’s a lot of intellectual value for a surprisingly reasonable fee of $275 annually.
Other experts and commentators are fast adopting her addictive pet terms like “slow burn” for current economic conditions, “breakaway civilization” for suppressed advances in technology, and “Mr. Global” the name she gives to the global financial power brokers who are steadily working to rebalance the marketplace. These terms can be described as simply Catherine-isms, but a closer look shows that in her choice of words there are subtle hints within the names themselves to help even a casual observer gain greater insight.
In describing the vast and often incomprehensible terrain of modern-day geopolitical and corporate centralization, her ability to logically and intuitively interpret an ever-changing array of economic statistics and institutional spin emanating from high levels of influence and wealth is impressive. It should come as no surprise though as she had a seat at those tables in her former role as an insider.
It is through her understanding of how the process works at those high levels that The Solari Report helps you to see the effect the larger realm of high finance and technology have within the practical context of your own daily life. But far from suggesting her own version of things is the only correct view, she invites her listeners to use their own observations to sort through the analysis she provides...and in the process become their own best experts.
Whether it’s the world of new technology, like mobile computing, 3D printing, advanced robotics, face recognition software, or emerging market forces like digital currency, crowd funding, the maker movement and social media, Catherine proves equally comfortable conversing on these themes as on personal finance and at times has even dedicated entire shows to these exciting topics.
Being a voracious reader and researcher, she is also an excellent resource on a variety of sometimes controversial issues such as chemtrails as a real health concern, entrainment techniques for marketing purposes, smart meters and RFID privacy worries, GMO food concerns and experimental new health technologies.
Typical financial experts have likely never heard of, much less discussed, these challenging subject matters in an open forum. Yet the Solari approach is that these topics are indeed important and must not be ignored if we are to understand how to thrive in the modern era. She seems to reaffirm often the need for us to go beyond our comfort zone to seek out inconvenient and unconventional truths: “We need to leave Miceland” is a regular Catherine mantra.
When reading Catherine’s entries on these and other topics you may wonder, “What do these things have to with my financial future?” After careful study, it is gradually revealed in The Solari Report that these seemingly disparate subjects, which are often splintered in modern life and placed under different categories with unrelated labels, actually all have an underlying connection: they are slowly but surely dominating the landscape of our economic future.
Authentic success, according to Catherine, means that we should not align ourselves with institutions or enterprises that generate economic gains by contributing to the dissolution of other communities. Instead, we have the opportunity to increase our own net worth by shifting our support from these entities and investing in a new economic model of local and global interests that are aligned with our core values.
Can we be economically prosperous while having a positive impact on our community? Catherine’s answer is a resounding Yes! In order to do this we need to begin with personal accountability. We must be willing to look honestly at where we are spending our money and time, understanding that each purchase either supports building that better future we desire or it is helping to undermine it…there is no middle ground.
One of Catherine’s optimistic phrases, often delivered in a reassuring tone, may give us some encouragement on this: “If we can face it—we can fix it.”
Catherine’s rare combination of money smarts, practical wisdom, and political savvy makes The Solari Report a holistic and grounded education for people who ask themselves, “what’s going on?” in this time of vast transformation and challenge. It’s also fun, upbeat, and engaging on a number of levels beyond mere money advice.
She invites us all to start co-creating our own reality to build a better tomorrow rather than just reacting to events that are often controlled by those few who pursue power and profit at any cost. To lighten up the dark side of her investigations, Catherine ends every show with her mischievous little self-styled haiku “Don’t worry if there is a conspiracy: if you’re not in a conspiracy you need to start one.”
After spending time with The Solari Report you may be inspired to do just that.
Find out more about Solari here: www.solari.com
Apple Market News:
The Federal Reserve has just launched QE3, a half trillion of titanic money tinkering, worth less in cash terms than Apple, which is worth half the US monumental budget deficit. It's a complex world, but Apple's rise in share price is simple. Apple is the sacred cow of western capitalism. When normality resumes, it will be a savage turn of events as it was when Dotcom came unglued.
While the West, indebted beyond the point of no return celebrates its Apple stock running, an unstoppable juggernaut continues to crush all doubters under its wheels.
Apple: iPhone 5 Cometh
After a disappointing quarter, Apple is now at an all-time high. The bulls are looking towards the launch of the new iPhone 5, iPads, and the chance the Apple iTV might rewrite the rules of television. Meanwhile, the bears simply divide Apple's market cap by the world population and don't see how a maker of computers and gadgets can be worth so much.
The First Trillion Dollar Company
Bulls expect Apple to become the first trillion-dollar company and see it as inevitable, while bears don't see that there are enough people in the world for that valuation to make sense, seeing how there are only seven billion people. The calculation is whether Apple can keep out ahead of the competition and continue to pull off another string of format-shattering successes.
There is a limit to even Apple's rise, but where that is, no one really knows. The launch of the iPhone 5 will be critical. Even the heartiest of Apple fans will find it hard to withstand a disappointment.
As Apple has grown it has in effect become highly correlated with the Nasdaq, and perhaps vice-versa is true. This correlation means that many of the day-to- day moves of Apple stock are linked to other factors little to do with i/Pod/Pad/Phones and all to do with the Euro crisis, oil, and the dollar to yen rate--and soon.
This makes Apple stock a financial instrument in its own right and, as with gold, somewhat detached from its actual primary purpose. This is good news for Apple stockholders, but potentially bad news for the Nasdaq index, which has already deemphasized the stock once to try and keep its value independent of a single dominant equity.