Introduction: Peter Schiff is CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. and Euro Pacific Precious Metals, LLC. He is an internationally recognized economist specializing in the foreign equity, currency and gold markets. Mr. Schiff frequently delivers lectures at major economic and investment conferences, and is quoted often in the print media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Time, and Fortune. His broadcast credits include regular guest appearances on CNBC, FOX Business, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel, as well as hosting a daily radio show, The Peter Schiff Show. Mr. Schiff is also the author of several bestselling books, including: Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse and the illustrated parable, How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes. His latest bestseller, The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy – How to Save Yourself and Your Country, was released in May 2012.
Daily Bell: Peter, thanks for sitting down again with us again. Please introduce yourself and your firm for those who don’t know you.
Peter Schiff: My name is Peter Schiff. I have several companies; the largest one is Euro Pacific Capital and also in the US I have Euro Pacific Precious Metals.
Daily Bell: Talk about your father, who is now in jail as a tax protestor. How is he doing?
Peter Schiff: He’s hanging in there. He’s 84. He turns 85 next month. I think he’s a political prisoner. He’s in jail not because he really violated the law but because he represented a threat to the government’s illegal collection of income taxes. So I think it’s very unfortunate that my father is in jail and I think it says a lot about the character of our country when we can have a political prisoner.
Daily Bell: You ran for office, but it didn’t work out. Are you finished with politics? What do you think of the political system?
Peter Schiff: I ran for office once. I was in the primary for the US Senate. I ran in a pretty blue state, Connecticut, so even if I had won the primary it would have been a difficult challenge to win the general election. The person who beat me, Linda McMahon, lost. In fact, she lost twice. She spent about $100 million and still couldn’t win the election.
I have no idea whether or not I’ll try it again and whether or not I’ll try it again in Connecticut or maybe I’ll try from another state. I certainly might move out of Connecticut. They’re raising taxes here in Connecticut so one day I might live in a more tax-friendly state. And also, those states might tend to have a greater chance of electing somebody like me. But you never know; you never say never. I have no immediate plans to run for anything.
Daily Bell: Bring us up to date about Euro Pacific Capital Inc. [a broker/dealer based in Westport, Connecticut] and its ongoing success.
Peter Schiff: Euro Pacific Capital is a brokerage firm. We work with mainly American investors and help them diversify globally, invest in foreign stocks and bonds. We also work with US opportunities as well. But I think the biggest threat that most Americans face is a collapse in the value of the dollar and so I think to mitigate the loss of purchasing power that will result from that you really need to look abroad and concentrate in countries that have currencies that will hold more of their value, where the governments are not pursuing policies that are as destructive as the ones that we’re pursuing here. I think universally, though, politicians in all countries are doing foolish things. We don’t have a monopoly on stupidity here in America but we’ve certainly raised it to a higher level than most countries. So I think Americans have to protect themselves. We also deal with commodities and precious metals, things of that nature.
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