Our Contributors

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage knows a thing or two about seeking fortune and freedom. In his political life, he spent 20 years campaigning for one thing: letting Britain decide whether to leave the EU in a referendum – and have the freedom to follow its own path.

He took on the political establishment – and won. Something that saw him ridiculed and caricatured by many sections of the press. But set aside the cloth cap, the corduroys and his beer and fags persona, and there’s a lot more to Mr Brexit than meets the mainstream eye.

You see, at heart, he is an anti-establishment radical, someone who actually occupies a space beyond left and right… a bit like his hero from school, John Wilkes, the 18th-century parliamentary agitator and pamphleteer. Wilkes and Liberty became a toast for radicals just as his name became anathema to moderates. You’ll note the similarities. Like Wilkes, Nigel was educated privately. The son of a stockbroker, who in turn was also the son of a stockbroker, Nigel went to Dulwich College where he loved sport and political debate.

He also founded an investing group (it is still going). But instead of going to university, he left to spend 20 years in the City as a broker in the metals markets, much like his father and grandfather before him. And 2020 sees him come full circle. He believes Britain can run its own affairs politically, and he believes you can take a closer look at your own financial affairs too.

If you are an independent thinker, why is your money, so important to your quality of life, being managed by someone else? Nigel strongly believes it’s time to wake up or millions may face financial disappointment. His most urgent mission to date is now to help you improve your own knowledge and take back control and some monetary independence from the financial establishment.

Rob Marstrand

Rob Marstrand

Rob Marstrand is the investment director of Fortune & Freedom and an experienced private investor.

Rob grew up in the middle of rural Sussex and went to university in Durham. After that, a career in finance seemed as good an idea as any.

He ended up spending 15 years working for UBS, a leading investment bank and the world’s largest wealth manager. During that time he was based in London, Zurich and Hong Kong and worked in many countries around the world.

Rob’s main role was in corporate strategy, working closely with the bank’s top management. This gave him a unique insider’s view into how big corporations are run and the inner workings of the global financial industry (both good and bad). Along the way he worked on a number of large acquisitions and complex joint ventures. In particular, he gained expertise in Asia, a huge and fast-growing region of the world.

After that he spent five years as Chief Investment Strategist for a business aimed at helping wealthy families, mainly from the USA and Europe, to keep and grow their money.

Later Rob founded OfWealth, where he wrote investment newsletters for private investors. His aim was (and is) to demystify complex financial issues through the use of clear language and common sense analysis.

Rob moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008. After returning to London from Hong Kong in 2005, he became fed up with the ever-increasing petty bureaucracy in the UK, which accelerated after Tony Blair came to power in 1997 (no doubt goosed along by the EU). Plus, two of his favourite things are great steak and red wine.

Given Argentina’s long history (and present) of economic turmoil, it’s the perfect place to learn about financial crises, and how the well-practiced locals protect themselves.

He misses pints of proper English beer, Lincolnshire sausages and Marmite. But he frequently visits the UK to satisfy the cravings.

Nickolai Hubble

Nick Hubble

Nickolai Hubble is the editor of Fortune & Freedom, Jim Rickards’ Strategic Investment in Australia and a contributing editor of The Daily Reckoning Australia.

After finishing his degrees in finance and law at Bond University in Australia in 2009, working for an investment bank didn’t seem so enticing any more. An internship with his scholarship provider Goldman Sachs during the height of the financial crisis was quite enough of that.

Instead, Nick went to work for the company which allows its analysts to predict the financial crises that investment bankers cause. A network of publishing businesses dedicated to bringing you ideas that are too controversial to get a hearing in the mainstream press. And that’s where Nick found a very comfortable home.

In 2012 Nick exposed the sub-prime practices of Australian banks to his readers at The Money for Life Letter. His accusations that bankers and mortgage brokers routinely manipulate their customers’ loan applications were vindicated by a Royal Commission in 2018.

In 2018 Nick predicted Italy’s budget battles would lead to “Bloody October” and successfully warned his subscribers about the worst period in financial markets since 2008. In August he compiled his predictions into a book called How the Euro Dies.

Nick doesn’t just investigate financial markets and predict crises and opportunities. He’s also a flying trapeze, juggling and chin balancing performer and instructor. He’s lived in England, Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Australia, Thailand and Japan, stubbornly refusing to identify with any nationality.

John Butler

John Butler has 25 years experience in international finance. He has served as a Managing Director for bulge-bracket investment banks on both sides of the Atlantic in research, strategy, asset allocation and product development roles, including at Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. He has advised some of the world’s largest institutional and private investors in matters ranging from wealth preservation to enhancing returns through a wide variety of innovative strategies, and he has been a #1 ranked Investment Strategist by Institutional Investor magazine. His past publications include his popular Amphora Report investment newsletter, The Golden Revolution (John Wiley and Sons, 2012) and The Golden Revolution, Revisited.