October 14, 2021
I’ve met some really interesting, dynamic people thanks to my job here at American Consequences… journalists, writers, political figures, finance gurus.
But the man I recently sat down with might be the most remarkable yet.
See, a new expert finance analyst, Matt McCall, has joined Stansberry Research, and I interviewed him to write the feature story I’m about to share with you today.
But it ended up being much more than just your standard discussion… I was blown away by Matt’s story… his passion for helping folks with investing, his expertise in finance, and most importantly, his incredible track record for impressive gains.
Matt likely has more 1,000% winners (over 40 of them) than any other analyst in America over the last decade…
Now, you may recognize his name… He’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Fox Business, Bloomberg, CNBC, and CNN thousands of times in part because of these huge stock gains.
Incredibly, Matt says the coming 10 years will “be the greatest decade ever in financial history,” and has the stocks to back it up.
Next Wednesday, on October 20, Matt is holding a free online event where he’ll reveal the secret to his wildly successful personal investment strategy… and announce what he’s calling “the biggest prediction of his career.”
This online event is free to watch, but a reservation is required, so click here to sign up. You don’t want to miss this… I’ll be attending, and I can’t wait to hear what Matt says.
In the meantime, check out my essay on Matt below…
(You’ll be surprised to learn that despite Matt’s success, he has an atypical story… He grew up poor in a blue-collar town and didn’t even discover stocks until he was in college.)
The Inevitable Optimism of Matt McCall
A blue-collar chip on his shoulder, he says the coming 10 years will be the greatest decade EVER in financial history… And has the stocks to back it up
Matt McCall’s got something to prove…
A mile-a-minute talker oozing charisma and a magnetic personality, Matt is a passionate self-made entrepreneur, whose big-gains track record and penchant for teaching and helping investors just landed him with Stansberry Research.
I recently sat down with Matt to find out what’s behind his insatiable drive…
Poverty Breeds Ambition
Matt grew up poor in a very small town outside Philadelphia, next to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His whole family worked for Bethlehem Steel – Matt’s father, grandfather, and uncles.
And for much of the 20th century, Bethlehem Steel was one of the world’s largest steel-producing and shipbuilding companies, a Dow 30 stock, a powerful symbol of American industrial manufacturing leadership. Until it wasn’t…
When Bethlehem Steel went bankrupt, it devastatingly rocked many families in Pennsylvania, and Matt’s was no exception. He remembers that after the company’s layoffs, they had to leave their nice house for a much smaller one “on the wrong side of the tracks in the city.
When Matt was 12 years old, his father left. And being the oldest of five kids, Matt had to grow up quickly… He worked any odd job he could find – at one point, making tartar sauce every day after school at the fish shop across the street from his house.
The first glimmer of Matt’s entrepreneurial drive appeared when he was 15 and started his own lawn-care business. He created and posted flyers on everyone’s doors and car windshields in his neighborhood.
“And when it snowed, it was the best,” he tells me. “Other kids might have been building snowmen or having snowball fights, but I was knocking on doors… ‘Five bucks, I’ll shovel your driveway.'”
Matt says he’s always been motivated by money and wanting to prove himself.
“Other kids had nice, expensive shoes, like Nikes and Adidas, but my mom couldn’t afford them. So I wore these cheap sneakers. They were called MacGregors, and I got made fun of for wearing them. I hated it. I knew I was better than them, even in my Dollar Store shoes.”
“I’ve always been told I’m not good enough, so I always have to prove them wrong. Probably why I’ve been hustling ever since grade school… selling football cards, cutting lawns, you know, up to something,” he says with a smile.
This Philly blue-collar chip on his shoulder still drives him today…
“My biggest fear in life is being considered mediocre. 80% of the people I grew up with are still in the same town, living within a 10-mile radius of the house they were born in. I knew I had to get out to be successful.”
Betting on His Future
Besides working, sports were also a kind of escape for Matt, who adamantly followed and played football through high school. He got a football scholarship to a small, local college but flunked out after the first year.
He repeated this three more times at three other undergrad colleges – landing football scholarships but then failing out of school – until he blew out his shoulder and couldn’t play anymore. He finally landed at the state school Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he planned on getting his degree and becoming a gym teacher.
Still hustling, Matt had a bartending gig in the evenings, making fistfuls of cash on the regular. Coming home with $200 after a shift one night, a light bulb went off: “Holy shit, it would take me more than a week to make this kind of money as a gym teacher.”
As Matt wrestled with the decision on whether to continue to pursue his college education or not, his grandmother passed away. She left Matt $10,000, but before Matt’s father would give him the check, he first begged him to do something “productive” with it.
A self-proclaimed “degenerate gambler” at the time, Matt loved sports betting…
It made sense – he was a football fanatic and was also always hungry for cash, and sports gambling seemed like the solution. Except when you lose… And we all know gambling is just that… a risky bet on an uncertain outcome. The house always wins.
So Matt took his 10K inheritance and tried a new kind of gambling… He put it in the stock market.
Matt fairly quickly doubled his money… and was hooked.
Matt McCall the investor was born.
Wearing the Stifling Suit of Corporate Finance
Matt suddenly had a new purpose and passion for college, although he claims his first stock market win was beginner’s luck because he didn’t know hardly anything about investing at all…
“My family, we’d read the sports pages cover to cover – I could tell you the stat of any player in any league… But I didn’t know the first thing about the Dow Jones or the NYSE. We didn’t learn that stuff at home or in school.”
But like so many times the odds were stacked against him, Matt switched his major to finance, busted his ass, and took many 21-credit semesters to graduate with a degree in finance from Kutztown University.
He landed his first job at Charles Schwab as a stockbroker in Denver. Matt stayed there for a couple of years and managed to simultaneously get his MBA from the University of Colorado.
But the finance world, at least as it played out at Charles Schwab, wasn’t all that Matt dreamed it would be…
“Schwab kind of sucked… It just wasn’t fun, and it wasn’t for me. They were very corporate, and my interactions with clients were so scripted… I went into this line of work to help people, to teach people, but when clients would call and ask for my opinion or my help, I wasn’t free to speak my mind or tell them the raw truth – I had to stick to the script.”
Matt started going out in the evenings with his then-boss, and the two of them became ”investment junkies” – huddled at the bar, jotting notes on sticky cocktail napkins for various options strategies and how to play different market scenarios.
Frasier and Tuna Helper
Eventually, he left Schwab and joined a startup called Wall Street Radio that had a national radio show in various major cities around the country.
Within a year, Matt worked his way up to president of the company.
One fateful day, the radio host was sick, and Matt was asked to fill in. Even though he had never done a radio show and felt extremely anxious about speaking live on the air, Matt jumped in and helped…
“By the end of that first show, I was like Frasier – my feet up on the desk, taking live calls, answering investment questions.”
He then became co-host and spent the next couple of years traveling around the country doing shows and live conferences. “I loved connecting with people, engaging with them in real time about the stock market,” he says.
In 2004, Matt decided it was time to begin his own venture and fulfill his entrepreneurial dream of starting and owning his own company. He founded Penn Financial Group, eventually growing it to a multimillion-dollar advisory firm that worked with individual investors to help them achieve their financial goals.
But it wasn’t all gravy at first…
The second half of Matt’s riveting story will be published online tomorrow morning.
Don’t forget to register here for Matt’s upcoming free event, where he will share exactly how he’s made these life-changing gains on stocks… as well as give away the name and ticker of the tiny company he believes could grow to be the No. 1 stock in his entire track record.
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Managing Editor, American Consequences
With Editorial Staff
October 14, 2021