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Dennis Gartman- Editor of The Gartman Letter

Mr. Gartman has been directly involved in the capital markets since August of 1974, after his graduate work at the North Carolina State University. He was an economist for Cotton, Inc. in the early 1970’s, analyzing cotton supply/demand in the US textile industry. From there he went to NCNB National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina where he traded foreign exchange and money market instruments. In the late 70’s, Mr. Gartman became the Chief Financial Futures analyst for A.G. Becker & Company in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Gartman was an independent member of the Chicago Board of Trade until 1984, trading in treasury bond, treasury note, and GNMA futures contracts. In 1984, Mr. Gartman moved to Virginia to run the futures brokerage operation for the Sovran Bank, and in 1987 Mr. Gartman began producing The Gartman Letter on a full-time basis. He continues to do so today.

The Gartman Letter is a daily commentary on the global capital markets, distributed to subscribers by 6:00 am EST (11:00 GMT) each business day. The Letter addresses political, economic, and technical trends from both long-term and short-term perspectives.  Clients of The Gartman Letter, L.C. include many of the leading banks, broking firms, mutual funds, hedge funds, energy trading companies, and grain trading companies. Mr. Gartman has lectured on capital market creation to central banks and finance ministries around the world, and has taught classes for the Federal Reserve Bank’s School for Bank Examiners on derivatives. Mr. Gartman served a two-year term as an outside Director of the Kansas City Board of Trade from 2006-2008. He has been a member of the Suffolk Industrial Development Authority. He now serves on the Investment Committee of both the University of Akron and the North Carolina State University. Mr. Gartman appears often on CNBC Television and Bloomberg Radio, discussing commodities and the capital markets, and speaks before various associations and trade groups around the world.

 

Grant Williams- Portfolio and Investment Strategist

Grant is the author of one of the most popular and widely-read financial publications in the world with Things That Make You Go Hmmm… This newsletter combines history and humor along with keen financial insights that help investors make sense of a misunderstood and ever-changing financial landscape. Grant is the co-founder of Real Vision TV, which is the world’s only video-on-demand channel for finance. Real Vision’s content features exclusive interviews and presentations from the world’s best hedge fund managers, independent analysts, geopolitical strategists, and economists. Guests have included Jim Grant from Grants Observer, Kyle Bass, Jeffrey Gundlach, and Jim Rogers.

Grant is currently a portfolio and strategy advisor to Vulpes Investment Management in Singapore and is an advisor to Matterhorn Asset Management in Switzerland.

He has over 30 years in finance, during which time he held senior positions at a number of investment banks and brokers in locations as diverse as London, Tokyo, New York, Sydney, and Singapore. Grant is a frequent speaker at conferences across the globe and has the keen financial insight to produce unique presentations, which have been enthusiastically received by audiences everywhere.

 

Michael Swanson- Agriculture Economist, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo

Michael Swanson is Wells Fargo’s chief agricultural economist and analyzes the impact of energy on agriculture and forecasts key agricultural commodities and livestock. Michael holds undergrad degrees in economics and business and earned his masters and doctorate degrees in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota.

 

 

 

Steve Goreham- Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America

Steve Goreham is a speaker, an author, a researcher on environmental issues, and an independent columnist. He’s the Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America, a non-political association of scientists, engineers, and citizens dedicated to informing Americans about the realities of climate science and energy economics. Goreham is the author of three books, including his latest, Outside the Green Box: Rethinking Sustainable Development. More than 100,000 copies of his books are now in print.
Goreham holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He has more than 30 years of experience in Fortune 100 and private companies in engineering and executive roles.

 

Bob Collette- Executive Director of the Insitute for Shortening & Edible Oils

 

Bill Lapp- President of Advanced Economic Solutions

Lapp graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1979 with a B.A. in Mathematics, and from Purdue University in 1981 with an M.S. in Agricultural Economics. Lapp has over 25 years of experience in analyzing and forecasting economic conditions and commodity markets and has a wealth of experience in providing comprehensive economic analysis of commodity markets. He has been a featured speaker at numerous national forums, including the restaurant industry’s semi-annual Supply Chain Management conference, Sosland’s Annual Purchasing Seminar, the National Institute of Oilseed Products, the Canola Council of Canada, and the USDA Annual Outlook conference.

Prior to forming Advanced Economic Solutions, Lapp was Chief Economist for ConAgra Foods. He has served on numerous boards, including the Kansas City Board of Trade, Kansas City Federal Reserve Board’s Center for the Study of Rural America, the Farm Foundation, and the Food and Agriculture Committee of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Lapp is a former member of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Advisory Board and participates in the Harvard Business Industrial Economists’ Round-Table.