Veteran Broadcast Journalist, NY Times Bestselling Author and Former CNBC’s Co-Creator of Fast Money
Dylan Ratigan is a New York Times Best-Selling author, sustainability entrepreneur and the former host of MSNBC’s highest-rated, non-prime time show.
Host and Journalist
Prior to his three years at MSNBC, Dylan spent six years at CNBC, where he created “Fast Money,” co-hosted “The Closing Bell,” and was outspoken about the financial crisis leading up to his resignation at CNBC in 2009, in the process becoming one of the most trusted names in broadcast journalism. He resigned at MSNBC in 2012, on the eve of the Presidential Election in order to partner with returning veterans who went to war for global security and realized the path forward for global security is a revolution in global resource systems. Climate change and global conflict are the existential threat of our era. Ratigan left a comfortable life as a broadcaster to establish a construction and engineering firm to address this threat.
Before joining NBC in 2003, Dylan spent nine years at Bloomberg LP, serving as Global Managing Editor of Corporate Finance. Ratigan established the global group for the first time in Bloomberg’s history, in the process consolidating and supervising more than 120 reporters in more than 30 countries over 10 time zones, worldwide covering investment and commercial banking, insurance, hedge funds, private equity, capital markets, securities trading and underwriting.
Additionally, he co-created and hosted Morning Call on Bloomberg and the USA Network and in the process conducted countless interviews around the world with notable business and political leaders. Before moving to television, Ratigan wrote for Bloomberg News. He created the mergers and acquisitions beat and established Bloomberg News’ capital markets and equity derivative coverage. Ratigan has also worked as a contributor to ABC News and has published articles in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and the Chicago Tribune. He began his career at The Portsmouth Herald in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Greedy Bastards was released in January 2012, spending five consecutive weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List. The book connects misaligned personal interests with misaligned systems, arguing that a critique of broken systems must also deliver a healing of our own relationships to create a foundation for natural, sustainable reforms.
Noted Keynote Presenter
Ratigan speaks regularly at major events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for CNBC’s coverage of the Enron scandal in 2004. Ratigan holds a Bachelor of Arts in political economics from Union College.
Active Investing vs. Passive: Truth & Myth
Despite advertising to investors to use a passive buy-and-hold approach to stocks, data shows this is poor way to generate wealth even long term. The random nature of stock prices means that inflation-adjusted returns significantly underperform investment targets and exposes investors to greater risk than they realize. Active trading is NOT stock picking or “day-trading” rather it is the use of equity options to reduce the cost of owning any given investment, which reduces risk and increases the probability that any given investment will increase in value. This strategy has yielded a 16% higher inflation adjusted returns since 2000, with 2/3 the risk of a passive fund.
How to Change American Politics Forever
Two political parties that have no constitutional right to be the only organizations that control the American government have dominated American politics for decades. Billionaire Peter Ackerman and Dylan Ratigan are on a crusade to make American politics more competitive by opening up the Presidential Debate stage and changing the way people vote. In this speech Dylan explains how they are going to do it.
Why Resource Technology Not Weapons Will Secure the World
As founder of Helical Holdings, Ratigan knows first hand the ability for modern resource technology to secure the world. In this speech he tells stories of his travels in China, Myanmar, the Middle East and rural North America to provide evidence of just how valuable large networks of solar powered, hydroponic farming systems can be to resolve poverty, create jobs and improve health.