Addison Wiggin is the executive publisher of Agora Financial, LLC, a fiercely independent economic forecasting and financial research firm based in Baltimore, Md. He’s the creator and editorial director of Agora Financial’s daily 5 Min. Forecast and editorial director of Agora’s flagship publication The Daily Reckoning.
Agora Entertainment & I.O.U.S.A
Wiggin is the founder of Agora Entertainment, and executive producer and co-writer of the highly acclaimed documentary film I.O.U.S.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature and was also shortlisted for a 2009 Academy Award. He is the author of the companion book of the film I.O.U.S.A. and a three-time New York Times best-selling author.
In late 2010, Mr. Wiggin became the president of Laissez Faire Books, the nation’s premier Libertarian bookseller, when the company was acquired by Agora Financial.
As such, he is credited by Newsmax.com for “calling it first and calling it right” with respect to the current and ongoing global financial crisis. Wiggin offers his analysis “with confidence and steady aplomb,” says The New York Times Magazine, and offers “a clear, cogent and compelling primer on contemporary American economics,” according to the Toronto Star.
The film I.O.U.S.A. was inspired by the international best-sellers Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt, which Mr. Wiggin co-authored with William Bonner in 2003 and 2005, respectively. To the delight of many, both books were fully revised and released in the summer of 2009. Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: The 10th Anniversary Edition is a timely guide to protecting and growing your wealth in this turbulent financial climate. Casting a wide-angle lens through history, the second edition of The New Empire of Debt depicts the rise — and fall — of our epic financial bubble.
Wiggin also authored the international best-seller The Demise of the Dollar… and Why It’s Even Better for Your Investments, which was revised, updated and re-released in January 2008.
Addison is a native of Stratham, N.H., founded in 1630 by Thomas Wiggin, a direct ancestor. But perhaps as an accidental consequence, he gained his most clear insight into free market capitalism while following the legendary rock band The Grateful Dead. Then, after several years as a “ski bum” in Telluride, Co., he earned an undergraduate degree in English and French from Western State College of Colorado in Gunnison and a master’s degree in philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. and Annapolis, Md.
His career at Agora, Inc. – the world’s leading financial newsletter publisher – began in 1993, when he was trained as a copywriter by industry legends Bill Bonner and Michael Masterson, ultimately earning the prestigious and coveted Ouzilly Award for Writing Excellence at a ceremony in Ouzilly, France, in 2003.
In the ensuing 16 years, Addison has been an avid student, writer and commentator on financial markets and governments. He spent a year in the fundraising and communications department at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and several years living and traveling abroad —including a four year-stint in Paris, where he worked side by side with Bill Bonner establishing Agora’s French subsidiary, Publications Agora, and founding the U.S. and U.K. editions of The Daily Reckoning in London.
In 2004, Wiggin returned to Baltimore to assume the helm of Agora Financial, LLC, one of Agora Inc.’s largest U.S. based businesses and publisher of a number of award-winning investment newsletters, including Outstanding Investments, ranked #1 by Hulbert Financial Digest for coverage of the natural resource and precious metals markets. Agora Financial also publishes the maverick e-letters Whiskey & Gunpowder, Penny Sleuth and Rude Awakening. As Executive Publisher of the group, Wiggin has forged successful relationships with the leading publishers in the newsletter industry, including Casey Research, Prudent Bear, Motley Fool, Forbes, The Oxford Club, Stansberry & Associates, Newsmax.com, Weiss Research, Financial Sense Online, Eagle Publishing, John Mauldin, EverBank, Asset Marketing Strategies and others. He also founded The Agora Financial Reserve, a members-only exclusive club of Agora Financial’s most active — and, consequently, highest net worth — readers.
Through it all, Addison has acquired a unique macroeconomic perspective on the markets. His body of published work has been translated in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian. In a joint venture with EquityMaster.com, a Mumbai-based investment publisher, he’s currently developing a worldwide network of analysts for an innovative service covering the BRIC — Brazil, Russia, India and China — economies. And working closely with contacts in Dubai, UAE, to establish the global Richebacher Society. In 2009, he will begin work on a new documentary exploring wealth, risk and entrepreneurship in an increasingly difficult political environment in the West.
Wiggin’s work has brought critical acclaim from The New York Times Magazine, CNN/Money, The Economist, Worth, The New York Times, The Washington Post and others. Addison has been seen on CNN, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV and many others. He has presented his ideas at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and at both the Democratic and Republican national party conventions during the 2008 campaign, as well as in speaking engagements in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Beijing, Paris, London, Bonn, Sydney and other places. His work has included interviews with many of the world’s leading financial and economic thinkers, from all points of view, including Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Ron Paul, Robert Rubin, Paul O’Neill, Paul Volcker, former comptroller general of the U.S. David Walker, Arthur Laffer and others.
Each year, Wiggin “and the economic brain trust at Agora Financial” (Baltimore Sun) convene a who’s who of investment analysts at the Agora Financial Investment Symposium in Vancouver, B.C. The event in 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of both The Daily Reckoning and The AF Investment Symposium. Past speakers have included Steve Forbes, Jim Rogers, Doug Casey, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Rick Rule, and James Howard Kunstler. On July 20-23, 2010, many of these speakers return. In addition, Wiggin will welcome new speakers like, President and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, Peter Schiff and Eric Kraus, an American-born, Moscow-based fund manager that will offer a completely unique perspective on international investing.