It’s early Saturday morning – and I do mean early – and I have a lot to say, about a great many things. I’ll try to be as brief as possible – but irrespective, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Starting with a brief description of my “voting history” – starting with November 1988, when I had just turned 18 years old. A freshman at SUNY Albany in upstate New York, I was still living in Long Island – in a broken, but decidedly Democratic household. I didn’t know much about anything; and thus, the decision to vote for Michael Dukakis was a no-brainer.
In 1992, the beginnings of “Ranting Andy” were evident – as I not only voted for Ross Perot, but passionately so. And anyone that doesn’t realize just how great a man Perot was, I strongly urge you to read Ken Follett’s On the Wings of Eagles – about how, during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Perot snuck into Iran, at great personal peril, to visit imprisoned EDS employees in Iranian jails.
Andrew (“Andy”) Hoffman, CFA joined Miles Franklin, one of America’s oldest, largest bullion dealers, in October 2011 and serves as Marketing Director. For a decade, he was a US-based buy-side and sell-side analyst, most notably as an II-ranked oil service analyst at Salomon Smith Barney from 1999 through 2005. Since 2002, his focus has been entirely on precious metals, and since 2006 has written free missives regarding gold, silver and macroeconomics. Prior to joining the company he spent five years working as an investor relations officer or consultant to numerous junior mining companies. Andy’s articles can be found on the Miles Franklin Blog, at www.milesfranklin.com.