David L. Smith


Economist, Futurist, Market Strategist

David L. Smith, an internationally known speaker, author and consultant, offers penetrating insight, accurate forecasts and profitable advice regarding:

  • U.S. and world economies
  • Financial, investment and currency markets
  • International trade and U.S. trade policy Global and domestic energy markets U.S. monetary and fiscal policy
  • Geopolitical events’ economic and financial effects
  • “Lessons of history” relative to current events

David L. Smith’s Mission: “To provide the most valuable information you can use, the most expensive advice to ignore.”


The Upside of the Downside

When the Tech-Dot-Com bubble burst in 2000 and 9/11 traumatized the world economy, we were reminded of the peril as well as profit in today’s new economy. David L. Smith saw trouble coming long before it hit. As the millennium approached and sunshine pundits saw nothing but blue sky ahead, Smith clearly warned his audiences of approaching “clouds in the silver lining,” that could rain on the economy. He also provided strategies to avoid the dangers of crashing stock markets, international crises, and a sagging economy. In this presentation Smith will provide contrarian, in-depth insight into the current and future conditions in the U.S. and global economies and financial markets with specific recommendations on how to avoid loss and capture profits in a challenging environment.

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Long before the Panic of 2008 hit, David L. Smith saw it coming and warned his audiences and Cyclical Investing subscribers of the dangers an impending housing market meltdown and “cascading defaults” posed to the U.S. and world financial markets and economies. He also told them how to protect their assets and position themselves to profit from the approaching financial turmoil. Now that his predictions have materialized, Smith is uniquely positioned to:

  • Explain the causes of the crisis
  • Evaluate the measures taken and proposed by the Fed and U.S. Government to restore confidence, liquidity, solvency and functionality to the U.S. financial system
  • Anticipate the effects of market and economic forces unleashed by the Panic and
  • Present a blueprint for the eventual resolution of the crisis, with recommendations for policymakers


THE “ASIAN CAPER”: Profit and Peril from Across the Pacific
EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST: The Asian-Pacific and/or European Economic Outlook
U.S. MONETARY POLICY: The Greenspan, Bernanke years
PROHIBITION’S HANGOVER: The income tax – why a Graduated National Sales Tax is better
THE ‘CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS’ Christianity vs. Islam Redux.
NICKEL AND DIME: Strategies for investment success
THE CONTRARIAN MINDSET: Key to investment and business success
THE “THIRD OIL SHOCK”: how to avoid loss and capture gains from ‘Peak Oil’

Biographical Information:

David L. Smith has the education, experience and proven track record to reassure audiences he knows what he is talking about. A Dartmouth- and Stanford-trained economist, futurist and market strategist, Smith’s views have intrigued audiences for 25 years in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. A seasoned, compelling speaker, Smith’s informative and entertaining presentations provide stimulating, thought-provoking economic and financial insight, accurate forecasts and profitable strategies highly customized to meet the needs of diverse audiences. 

With singular independence of mind and uncanny insight, Smith explains what is going on in the global economy and financial markets—the good, the bad and the ugly – and how investors and businesses can avoid surprises and deploy resources so as to avoid losses and capture profits in volatile times. If you want “nothing but blue skies” try a sunshine pundit; however if you want to know what is really going on and how to profit from it, listen to David L. Smith.

As an independent economist, Mr. Smith has been praised for his objective and original insight, free of commercial bias. Rejecting the herd instincts of the conventional wisdom, Smith’s uncanny forecasts and profitable strategies have enabled his audiences to reap handsome rewards and avoid substantial losses from numerous major events including:

The 1986 oil price crash and subsequent booming economy and financial market
The 1987 stock market crash and ensuing rebounding economy and stock market
The 1990-91 Gulf War, oil-price spike, stock market slump and recession
The surge in gold prices following 9/11 (buy recommendation at $300/oz.
The Third Oil Shock beginning in 2003 and subsequent economic and financial turmoil
The collapse of the housing bubble in 2007 and the panic in 2008 that followed
The 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2007/2008 stock market declines and subsequent rallies

Born and raised in Argentina, Mr. Smith colors his presentations with a bi-cultural, international perspective. Smith earned his bachelor's degree with honors in economics from Dartmouth College and his master’s degree in finance with distinction from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His broad perspective on the world economy and financial markets was gained through a 35-year career in the financial arena, including securities analysis with Wells Fargo Bank, Shuman Agnew (an NYSE-member firm later acquired by Morgan Stanley) and Capital Analysts, a national NASD-member firm; mergers and acquisitions with Piper Aircraft Corporation; national securities underwriting as president and CEO of Alma Securities, an NASD-member firm, and as author of Cyclical Investing published for the past 24 years and The Cassandra Chronicles since 2003. He is quoted in the print and broadcast press, including national magazines such as Money and Financial Planning, The Financial Times of London’s The Banker and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal Online, television, including CNBC, PBS and many local television and radio stations.

What they say about David L. Smith:

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your presentation, "Profit and Peril in the Third Millennium." Our audience of electric utility senior executives was particularly interested in your observations from a historical perspective, taking them through the megacycles of the human enterprise and the history of the U.S. stock market. Your predictions for the next turn of events in the market were "eye-openers," and, together with the present market volatility, caused significant discussion for several days. We particularly appreciated your efforts to customize the presentation to fit the interests of our members. By doing so, your message was effective in driving home your points.
Len Holland, Manager-AEIC Services Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, Inc.

Mr. Smith has spoken for us several times, and he always brings his best game, never disappoints. He's a great educator as well as speaker whereby everyone walks away saying how much they learned while no one walks away wondering what he was trying to say. His two-hour presentation was very well received by all attendees as evidenced by the following comments taken from the speaker evaluation (on which he received 4.9 out of a possible 5 rating).
Jo Lynne Hutchinson, Executive Director The Financial Planning Association, Phoenix.

Your well-researched presentation on NAFTA was right on the mark. I received many positive comments about the presentation from our members. They particularly enjoyed the customized links you created between NAFTA and the corrugated box industry, creating excellent take-home value.
James F. Nolan, Vice President, Fibre Box Association


Short select list, (complete list in press kit 483K Pdf)


American Association of Individual Investors    
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Society for Training and Development
Association of Petroleum Re-Refiners
Financial Planning Association
National Association of Purchasing Managers
National Association of Federal Credit Unions
National Rural Electrical Cooperative


American Exploration Company
Coca Cola
Clearly Canadian
Envirogas, Inc.
Extreme Logic
Lockheed Missiles and Space
Stanford Research Institute



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