James DiGeorgia, the publisher and editor of Options Index Trader,
ßwas a wunderkind, a self-made millionaire before he
turned 21, turning a hobby of coin collecting he began at
the age of seven into a multimillion dollar business while still a teenager.
Remarkably, James launched his first rare
coin business, Gem Coins, in Connecticut in 1976 in
Danbury’s North Street shopping complex while he was
still a junior in high school.
“I rented offices by saying I was 16 and paying the rent a year ahead.
Then I had to arrange my high school class schedule to end as early as
possible so I could race down to my offices to meet customers who were
either buying or selling precious metals, scrap bullion or rare coins.
I ran classified ads in the local papers. You can’t imagine the incredible
volume of business a little ad in those small papers generated. My mother
was an RN and my father a professional musician. They had no clue what I
was doing and how much money I was making. It was crazy, at the age of
seventeen I was making more in a month or two than many of my teachers were
being paid in a year. I saw in the local paper what my high school principal
was making, and I was astounded to discover I made more that year than he
made in the previous five. I had to laugh. The only time I ever talked to
him is when a nurse sent me to his office for kissing a girl in the hallway
As the bull market in silver and gold from 1976 through 1980 gained
momentum, James was able to generate over a million dollars in profits
from less than $25,000 he obtained from his childhood collection.
Graduating from the University of Western Connecticut in 1980, completing
a BA in Economics in just 2 ½ years, he went to work over the following
10 years for some of the most prestigious rare coin and precious metals
dealers in the world.
“I couldn’t linger in school. My parents’ health was fading fast and I
needed to help provide for their support. My mother absolutely insisted on
my getting a 4 year degree. She was a strong willed woman. When she insisted,
I decided I would do it, BUT I raced to get the four year degree by attending
as many as four Universities at the same time and gathered credits to accelerate
my graduation. Those years were literally a blur. By the time I graduated, the
bull market in gold and precious metals was over. So, I decided to accept work
at the best firms to gain enough knowledge, and guild my business acumen.”
From 1980 to 1991 James had bought and sold well over a hundred million dollars in
rare coins, and traded much more in precious metals.
“I loved the precious metals and rare coin business. It took me literally all over the world. I made friends in many of the top Swiss, Hong Kong and British Banks. I established business and banking connections in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, China and Thailand, every step of the way deepening my understanding, not only about rare coins and precious metals, but the economics of the world’s financial markets.”
James was instrumental in building a rare coin firm into a hundred million dollar yearly business. In 1992 he was approached by Weiss Research, Inc. to become the editor of the Silver & Gold Report, which at that time, was the single most prominent 100% unbiased and independent precious metals newsletter in the world.
“I wrote the Silver & Gold Report and became a consumer advocate and
precious metals stock analyst. I loved it. I exposed many multimillion
dollar frauds and was featured in Barron’s. I was quoted frequently in
newspapers and magazines around the world including the New York Times, NY
Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times and Changing Times, just to name a few of
the dozens and dozens of media. In 1997, I was convinced the precious metals
market was going to be dead for years. My horizons were broadening and
maturing at Weiss Research, Inc. I started reading and researching about
interest rates, the bond markets and break- through technologies being
developed by emerging companies. I was convinced, barring some exogenous
event, the stock market, particularly the NASDAQ, was going to go berserk. I
persuaded my publisher to allow me to launch 21st Century Investor, a
newsletter dedicated to hunting down high-tech and emerging technology
companies. My publisher was gracious and kind. He let me leave his firm and
made it possible to take 21st Century Investor with me. I will always be
grateful. I traveled the world again setting up offices in Hong Kong and
Manila. I even took an interest in the highly respected Oil & Energy Report
as one of its publishers. Back then the world opened up to me. I was hunting
down investing opportunities in, literally, the four corners of the planet,
and it paid off tremendously. I caught the Internet, communications and
technology boom that lasted through the sudden crash of the NASDAQ in
2000/2001. The crash in technology and communication stocks hurt, but we did
call the recession in 2001 and turned the lemons the market was handing out
into sweet lemonade by recommending many shorts. While many newsletters
died, 21st Century Investor prospered. Subscribers recognized I wasn’t just
a bull. I could generate profits both in a bear and bull market. In 2000, I
launched 21st Century Alert. My vision was simple; develop a website that
collected the sharpest news and financial analysts from around the world and
present them in one place and at one low price.”
James DiGeorgia is the Author of several best-selling books including,
The New Bull Market in Gold, The Rise of Gold in the 21st Century,
The Global War for Oil, and The Trader’s Great Gold Rush. He currently edits or publishes …
Gold and Energy Advisor,
Superstock Investor, and also publishes
the following investment advisories including … Wall Street Rebel,
Gold and Energy Options Trader,
Options Index Trader,
and is the founder of Finest Known, a rare coin dealership
located in Boca Raton, Florida. James DiGeorgia is often quoted in the media and has been featured on
Fox Business News and CNBC Kudlow and Company.
Among his other interests, he founded Renaissance Health Publishing, LLC, a
company dedicated to bringing legitimate anti-aging products and
information to the public at the lowest possible price and can be seen at
Renown Health Products.
“Bottom line: The longer my subscribers live, the better my business. There are
some great ways to make sure you improve your life expectancy. I consider it
an obligation to provide the most accurate information and the best products
on the market at the lowest possible price.”
James holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Ju Jitsu and a 2nd degree Black Belt in
Judo and has taught and trained in more than a dozen countries.
“I grew up in New York; you needed to find some way to fend off the bullies and
survive. But, I soon fell in love with sport judo and trained as many as 4 days
a week, winning many of the tournaments I entered. Getting thrown around and
grappling toughened me up enormously. Anyone wanting to become a better
businessperson or investor would do well to study a martial art.”
James lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife, Lisa, and twins,
Danielle and Alexander.
“I base my whole professional and investing life on one precept: If you
have the right information at the right time, making profitable investments can be very easy.”