|Occupation||Financial writer, publisher|
|Alma mater||St. John's College|
|Notable works||Empire of Debt, I.O.U.S.A.|
Early life and education
In an interview with The Daily Bell, Wiggin described a childhood spent renovating homes with his parents in New England and time dabbling in the "black market" while following the Grateful Dead on tour as experiences that helped him "gain respect for 'economics' in the real human sense – saving, investing and speculating."
Wiggin describes his studies as a college undergraduate as focusing on "the classics—languages, history, philosophy and religion. I never believed any of it would give me the skills I needed to get a job one day, but those were the subjects that interested me. Ironically, today, I don't believe I could do the writing or publishing of ideas that we do at Agora without the language skills or the increasingly unique perspective a classical education brings."
Financial writing and analysis
Wiggin has asserted that private investment, not government funding, is the crucial factor in advancing economic recovery.
The narrative Wiggin spun out for me over lunch is repeated, nearly verbatim, by almost everyone in the gold community. "This is the blow-off phase for the Great Dollar Era. We're in an unsustainable trend right now," Wiggin told me, ticking off the miscalculations that have brought us to the brink of an economic apocalypse. To begin with, the U.S. has become the world's biggest debtor, with three outstanding obligations at alarming highs: consumer debt, or our mortgages and credit cards; the federal deficit; and our current account deficit with foreign countries. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Wiggin continued, has simply shifted one bubble -- the 90's bubble in stocks and bonds -- into another, in real estate and "overconsumption," or the American propensity to pay for an ever-more-lavish lifestyle on credit.
In a June 2011 interview with America's Radio News, Wiggin expressed concern about a series of asset bubbles and related trends in government spending.
...The financial markets in 2001 and 2002 got crushed because of the dot-com bubble, and then we saw that again in 2006 and 2007. Expected revenues from rising house prices never materialized, because the housing market fell apart. The country is addicted to these asset bubbles. And politicians, while making their budgets—it happens at all levels, at state, local, federal and with all the agencies—they kind of plan the spending based on anticipated revenues from these rising asset bubbles. But when the asset bubbles fall apart, when the housing bubble crashes, and when the stock market goes down, those revenues never materialize, but the spending continues.
Publishing work at Agora
In his role at Agora Financial, a subsidiary of Agora Inc., Wiggin is editorial director of publications such as The Daily Reckoning and 5-Minute Forecast, and several financial newsletters including Outstanding Investments and Capital & Crisis.
Another Agora Inc. subsidiary, Agora Entertainment, was created to finance the production of I.O.U.S.A., a feature-length documentary film directed by Patrick Creadon. Wiggin served as executive producer of the film and co-authored a companion book of the same title with Kate Incontrera. The documentary was entered in the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Film critic Roger Ebert named I.O.U.S.A. one of the top five documentary films of 2008.
- Financial Reckoning Day: Surviving the Soft Depression of the 21st Century (with Bill Bonner). John Wiley & Sons. 2004. ISBN 0-471-44973-3.
- Empire of Debt: Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis (with Bill Bonner). John Wiley & Sons. 2005. ISBN 0-471-73902-2.
- Demise of the Dollar: And Why it is Great for Your Investments. John Wiley & Sons. 2005. ISBN 0-471-74601-0.
- I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt. (with Kate Incontrera). John Wiley & Sons. 2008. ISBN 0-470-22277-8. Companion book to the I.O.U.S.A. film.
- The New Empire of Debt: The Rise and Fall of an Epic Financial Bubble (with Bill Bonner). John Wiley & Sons. 2009. ISBN 0-470-48326-1.
- The Little Book of the Shrinking Dollar: What You Can Do to Protect Your Money Now. John Wiley & Sons. 2012. ISBN 1-118-24525-3.
- Kaul, Vivek. "We’re reflating a bust bubble." Daily News & Analysis India. October 26, 2009. 
- "Hardcover Nonfiction." Best-Seller Lists. New York Times. December 11, 2005.
- "Addison Wiggin on the Founding of Agora, the Empire of Debt and the Agora Outlook: Deflation Now, Inflation Later." The Daily Bell. September 13, 2009. 
- Jonsson, Patrik. "Obama's New Deal is on a smaller scale." The Christian Science Monitor. March 12, 2009. 
- Metcalf, Stephen. "Believing (and Believing and Believing) in Bullion." The New York Times Magazine. June 5, 2005. 
- "Debt: America’s Bi-Partisan Blame Game." America’s Radio News. June 11, 2011. Republished by Business Insider. 
- "Addison Wiggin: Great Expectations." Forbes.com. 
- Ahrens, Frank. "Indebted Ever After." Washington Post. August 7, 2008. 
- "I.O.U.S.A." Sundance Institute Archives. 
- Ebert, Roger. "The best films of 2008... and there were a lot of them." Chicago Sun-Times. December 5, 2008.