About Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.

bitcoin cryptocurrency

Bitcoin: Just a Game

This territory might be uncharted, but it feels familiar: boom…bubble…bust. The pattern applies to many things, empires as well as markets.
GOP tax bill

The GOP Tax Bill Is a Deep State Scam

With Mr Trump in the White House…Congress in session…the ‘Eye in the Sky’ of 17 spook organisations…three generals at Mr Trump’s right hand…and Janet Yellen and her merry band of crack economists on his left...what’s to worry about?
bonds

A Long Bear Market in Bonds Is Coming

All investors today have known — at least, most of those who are under 70 years old — is rising bond prices and falling yields. Investors haven’t noticed yet, but the water is already rushing onto their feet. Bond yields are going up; prices are going down. And it’s still better to sell at a top than a bottom. Sell stocks and bonds. Buy gold…and maybe, just for fun…a little bitcoin.
wealth

You Can’t Print Real Wealth

There is no reason to believe that just adding ‘money’ — dollars, euro, or bitcoin — adds to real wealth. Real wealth must be earned…by someone. It can’t be printed.
bitcoin

Bitcoin — Even Grandma Is In

Tellingly, nothing is going up like nothing itself… Bitcoin, that is. It’s up tenfold this year. ‘Even Grandma Is In,’ revealed another WSJ headline last week. Gee, who’s left to get in? We wonder. Crazy is what it is. But these are wild and crazy times. And of course, this is just the beginning of the craziness.
work

Why Work Is More Important Than Money

The young have no idea or appreciation of the work that goes into making money. And the old know a deeper truth: It scarcely matters. Besides, 'It’s work, challenges, and struggles that give meaning to our lives, not money.'
bitcoin

Slapstick Comedy for the Bubble Epoch

We regard bitcoin not as an asset class…but as an entertainment class. Slapstick comedy for the Bubble Epoch. It’s fun to watch. But don’t forget to duck when they start throwing pies.
homes

Why Are the Homes of the Elite So Ugly?

What you get is a $16 million pile in Arizona and a huge palace for $45 million in Santa Barbara. One rich man builds; another buys. They advertise their wealth and bad taste simultaneously.
bitcoin

Does Making Money Make You Dumb?

If the point of life is to learn, what have we learned? Not much. Bitcoin goes up. No one knows why. Or suppose the point of life is to do good…by adding to the world’s wealth. What does bitcoin add? Not a penny.
Can You Live Well on Social Security Alone?

Can You Live Well on Social Security Alone?

The trouble with money for measuring status is the same as having money as a foundation for an economy. You can add it up. Numbers give you the quantity of beer bottles consumed or sleeping pills manufactured. But numbers do not tell you anything about the quality of the beer or the peacefulness of the sleep.
bitcoin

Bitcoin: Headed to the Stars?

The typical story has its hero…and its villain. The hero bought bitcoin when everyone told him not to. Now he’s regarded as a genius. From what we can tell, bitcoin is headed to the moon. Or to Hell. Weightless…frictionless…why not?
fake money

A Bedtime Story

Fake money is giving grossly distorted information to everyone. In Manhattan, we are told that an ordinary apartment is worth $2 million. But in Geneva — where interest rates have turned negative — we are told that $2 million is worth nothing… You will have to pay one of the banks to take it off your hands...