#26 – Luke Gromen, CFA, in “The politics of currency economics”


Jonathan & Michael host Luke Gromen, CFA, for a deep chat about our debt-based currency vs. asset-based currency like our pre-1971 gold standard. Luke is an investor and wealth manager who shares his thoughts about the politics of currency, the sustainability of our national debt, the China One Belt, One Road initiative, and much more!


Luke Gromen began his career in the mid-1990s in the Research Department at Midwest Research before moving over to institutional equity sales and becoming a partner. While in sales, Luke was a founding editor of Midwest’s widely-read weekly summary (“Heard in the Midwest”) for the firm’s clients, in which he aggregated and combined proprietary research from Midwest with inputs from other sources.

In 2006, Luke left FTN Midwest to become a founding partner of Cleveland Research Company. At CRC, Luke continued to work in sales and edit CRC’s flagship weekly research summary piece (“Straight from the Source”) for the firm’s customers.

In 2014, Luke left Cleveland Research to found FFTT, LLC (“Forest for the Trees”), a macro/thematic research firm catering to institutions and individuals that aggregates a wide variety of macroeconomic, thematic and sector trends in an unconventional manner to identify investable developing economic bottlenecks for our customers, as we have found that excess investment returns tend to accrue to economic bottlenecks over time.

Luke also provides strategic consulting services for corporate executives.

Luke Gromen is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He earned the CFA designation in 2003.

Follow Luke on Twitter: @LukeGromen

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