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Affluent Investor | April 28, 2017

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AboutTodd Wood, Author at Affluent Investor

Todd Wood

Todd Wood

Born in Georgia and raised in Savannah, Todd spent his early summers in Carp Lake, Michigan listening to the vivid stories of his grandparents recalling their youth in the northern wilderness. Ever since his earliest days, he loved story telling. Todd left Savannah in 1982 to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO where he studied aeronautical engineering. Upon graduation in 1986, he immediately left the Academy for flight school. His initial assignment was flying Combat Search and Rescue helicopters at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. In the UHAE (Unique Harsh Arctic Environment-pronounced "Yoo Hay" by Alaskans) he flew local rescue missions and was also deployed throughout Asia. During this time he was credited with saving many lives and even more assists. In addition to flying exciting missions, Todd also managed to graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an M.S. in Engineering Management. In 1990 he volunteered for Special Operations and went back to flight school. In 1991 he was assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, FL, flying MH-53J Pave Low helicopters. Immediately he was deployed to Kuwait. Over the next three years he was active in classified missions in support of counterterrorism under the control of the National Command Authority and deployed throughout the world. His customers included SEAL Team Six and Delta Force. He left the Air Force as a Captain in 1994. During this hectic period in his life he found time to write his first novel, The Ultimate Solution which was never published. He did publish an article in the Armed Force's Journal in 1994 on Special Operations Aviation. 1994 found Todd joining an investment bank and earning a chance to expand his knowledge of his other passion, Finance. During this second career he became highly knowledgeable in Emerging Markets Fixed Income and traveled a great deal internationally with a focus on the Caribbean. He has conducted business in over forty different countries. He became acutely aware of the consequences of economic decisions and their effect on national and economic security. However, Todd.'s love of storytelling was uncontrollable. He left the financial business in 2011 to write. Currency was published in December of that year. Once he began typing, he never stopped. Todd lives on a three-hundred year old farm in Connecticut deeded by King George of England with his children.

Posts By Todd Wood

July 24, 2013 |

Detroit is the Canary in the Coal Mine for Munies

I have pleasant memories of Detroit.  For almost fifty years, I have been making the summer drive to the Mackinaw City area of Michigan near the Upper Peninsula.  Until I was a teenager, we used to pass through Detroit on … Read More

July 18, 2013 |

Dodd-Frankenstein Set to Go Global: Investors Beware

Three years after Dodd-Frank came alive, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission was set to enforce its cross-border derivatives rules on July 12th, 2013. The CFTC has primary responsibility for overseas derivative trades (a small slice is reserved for the … Read More

July 10, 2013 |

Todd Wood to Moneynews: Interest Rate ‘Shock’ Is Coming

Todd Wood Born in Georgia and raised in Savannah, Todd spent his early summers in Carp Lake, Michigan listening to the vivid stories of his grandparents recalling their youth in the northern wilderness. Ever since his earliest days, he … Read More

July 10, 2013 |

Russian Realpolitik Could Lead to Higher Oil Prices

The civil war in Syria and its many moving parts have Americans confused as to what should be the proper response from the United States.  Especially confusing is the nature of the Russian involvement in the conflict; ie, their motivation … Read More

July 9, 2013 |

One Way to Play the Coming Interest Rate Storm

To continue on the theme of an interest rate shock, I thought I would put out an idea of how to make money from this scary scenario. It seems to me we have a plethora of negative trends in … Read More

July 8, 2013 |

Trouble with the (Yield) Curve


As I’ve said before, interest rates only go from twenty percent to basically zero once in a lifetime. I’ve also discussed here my view that an interest rate shock is in store for the United States in the … Read More

July 6, 2013 |

The Cooling of Global Warming and How to Profit From it

Poll after poll is being released that points out the obvious: The public is just not that worried about global warming.  I think that’s probably because human-caused global warming doesn’t exist!  Yes, the climate changes–it has changed for millions of … Read More

July 3, 2013 |

Ma, There’s a Storm a Comin’

I laughed at the talking heads’ reaction to the sell off in the bond market over the last few weeks; there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth over a fifty basis point rise in the ten year.  Yes, it … Read More

July 2, 2013 |

Blood in the Streets

I was never any good at timing the market and picking intra-day winners.  However, I have developed a keen sense of when an asset class is really out of whack pricewise.  The NASDAQ closing in on 5000 comes to … Read More

February 11, 2013 |

Yield on US Treasury Bonds Increases, Inflation Looms

I have found out over the years that I have a good nose for large macro trends in the markets.  I’m not one of those people who can sit and day trade and make money on tiny market fluctuations because … Read More

February 2, 2013 |

300,000 Jobs to be Lost in Financial Services

Morgan Stanley announced today they will be laying off 1600 workers, primarily from institutional sales, trading and investment banking. Back office operations will also be affected, as the Wall Street Journal explained today.

This is a continuing trend in the financial services business that … Read More

February 2, 2013 |

Will It Take A Constitutional Crisis?

“The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” – George Washington

I found myself wondering during the fiscal cliff negotiations — who made this deal? Conservatives said to the president last year, if … Read More

February 2, 2013 |

Germans and Their Gold: U.S. Dollar No Longer Reserve Currency

“We Spaniards know a sickness of the heart, that only gold can cure.” – Hernando Cortez

The mainstream media did their duty this week and duly reported that the German government was beginning the process of repatriating their gold reserves stored in … Read More

February 2, 2013 |

Is PM David Cameron Britain’s Version of John Galt?

You can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the capitals of Europe across the pond, and from the White House as well. The Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, promises to hold a referendum in the near future to allow the British people to make … Read More

February 2, 2013 |

The 4th Quarter: More “Bad Weather”

A common excuse on Wall Street made by company management when their earnings disappoint is the weather.  You hear it time after time offered up on conference calls to explain why the number came in a few pennies below the consensus estimate.  The … Read More

February 1, 2013 |

Defense Cuts are Worrisome

The United States historically has played a very needed role in the world.  We have not seen the type of aggression and global conflict that we did in the early twentieth century since America emerged from WWII as a global power.  … Read More

February 1, 2013 |

“But What Can We Do?”

Last Saturday I was invited to speak at an event in Asheville, NC and discuss the book.  I spoke for about fifteen minutes on my background and why I wrote “Currency and then opened it up for questions.”  My girlfriend … Read More

February 1, 2013 |

Billions and Billions!

So the venerable J.P. Morgan with the fortress balance sheet and exemplary risk control posts a $2B+ loss.  Quite a shocking number but not surprising.

The banks are scrounging for ways to make money.  With the Fed printing money and … Read More

February 1, 2013 |

Emporer Has No Clothes

I recently shot a video segment for a national online news outlet in which we discussed the debt burden of the United States and possible solutions.  The host of the segment was rather young and kept firmly stating that the … Read More

February 1, 2013 |


As I mentioned in an earlier tweet, there are big layoffs coming to the bond market.  We are in the midst of a radical transformation of our capital markets.  The extreme levels of new regulation, the continued malpractice by Wall … Read More

February 1, 2013 |

The Country with the Golden Gun (James Where Are You?)

Oh man, wouldn’t this make a great Bond flick?  Let’s lay out the screenplay.

Western nations are awash in debt as the consequences of the welfare state play themselves out.  The European Union establishes a common currency with no political … Read More

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