Cast of Characters


Callum NewmanCallum Newman

Callum Newman originally studied Communications (Journalism) before deciding financial markets were far more fascinating than anything Marshall McLuhan ever came up with.

Ever since he’s been studying to discover why currencies, commodities and stocks move like they do.

In 2014 he launched Cycles, Trends and Forecasts with Phillip J. Anderson under Port Phillip Publishing. In 2015 he tapped his network of contacts to create The Newman Show Podcast, which become the Number One financial podcast on iTunes in the States.

He also launched PPP’s hugely popular daily Money Morning Trader service, profiling the hottest stocks on the ASX each trading day. Over this 18-month period he regularly pinpointed certain stocks that later moved in large percentage gains for his subscribers.

Today, he proudly takes the mantle at Agora Financial Australia as The Daily Reckoning Australia’s chief editor.


James G. Rickards

James G. Rickards is the global strategist of Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence, the flagship advisory newsletter from Agora Financial Australia.

He is a lawyer, economist, and investment banker with 35 years of experience working in capital markets on Wall Street. He was the principal negotiator of the rescue of Long-Term Capital Management by the US Federal Reserve in 1998.

His clients include institutional investors and government directorates. His work is regularly featured in the Financial Times, Australian Financial Review, Evening Standard, New York Times, The Telegraph, and Washington Post, and he is frequently a guest on BBC, RTE Irish National Radio, CNN, NPR, CSPAN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, and The Wall Street Journal.

He has contributed as an advisor on capital markets to the US intelligence community, and at the Office of the Secretary of Defence in the Pentagon. Rickards is the author of The New Case for Gold (April 2016), and three New York Times best sellers, The Death of Money (2014), Currency Wars (2011), and The Road to Ruin (2016) from Penguin Random House.


Shae RussellShae Russell

Shae Russell’s first foray into the wide world of financial markets began more than a decade ago. An analyst at a derivatives brokering firm, she helped clients navigate the complex world of derivatives and technical analysis.

Over the past eight years, Shae has worked as an analyst on some of Australia’s most widely-read financial investment newsletters, including Strategic Intelligence, Gold Stock Trader and Markets & Money.

Now at Agora Financial Australia, Shae works alongside Jim Rickards as his Australian analyst, translating global macro trends for Aussie investors and showing them ways to take advantage of these trends.

Drawing on her extensive experience, Shae is also the editor of The Daily Reckoning Australia. Each day, Shae examines the broader trends playing out around the world, offering a unique insight into global events through the prism of her distaste for central banks and irrational love of all things bullion.


Mat Spasic

Mat has spent the past three years rubbing shoulders with some of the best minds in the investment industry in Australia and abroad, including Jim Rickards, Greg Canavan and Vern Gowdie.

With a view to exploring and informing readers about the latest macro trends affecting Australian investors, Mat has been contributing editor of The Daily Reckoning and Markets & Money since 2015.

In addition to supervising The Daily Reckoning Australia’s editorial, he a regular contributor to the flagship newsletter’s weekend edition.