James G. Rickards


James G. Rickards is a lawyer and investment banker with over 30 years experience working in capital markets. Rickards advises the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence community on global finance, and served as the facilitator of the first ever financial war games conducted by the Pentagon. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, NPR, and lectures at Northwestern University and at the School of Advanced International Studies.

Rickards is currently senior managing director for market intelligence at Omnis, Inc., a consulting firm.

In 1981, Rickards was involved in the Iran hostage crisis and as former general counsel for the hedge fund, Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), he was the principal negotiator in the 1998 bailout of LTCM by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

An advocate of returning to the gold standard, Rickards has written for periodicals such as the Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post on topics such as the emerging field of "threat finance," national security, and geopolitics.

Rickards is the author of Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis (2011).

Featured Work

FEB 1, 2012 Podcast

Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis

We are already in Currency War III, says Rickards, who sees four possible outcomes--none of them good--that he calls "the four horsemen of the dollar ...