The “Indiana Jones” Of International Finance Talks About His Adventures

This is an audio interview.

Robert P Smith was bored being a collections lawyer. He wanted to live an adventurous life and do work he could feel passionate about. So when found an opportunity to create a new finance company that allowed him to travel the world and trade debt, he jumped on it.

I invited Robert to Mixergy to talk about how he built his business and what he learned.

I need to be upfront with you and tell you that my connection on this interview wasn’t very good. It was my first interview from Buenos Aires and the office here hadn’t yet set up my lines properly. If you really want to get into the stories of Robert’s adventures, I recommend getting his book, Riches Among the Ruins.

Robert P Smith

Robert P Smith

Robert P Smith is the founder and managing director of the Boston-based Turan Corporation, which specializes in trading emerging market sovereign debt and evaluating creditor claims against foreign governments. He is also the author of Riches Among the Ruins.

 

Full program includes

– How Robert discovered and created the job of his dreams.

– A story about two Brits who were rescued by the cops and the surprising thing the police did to them after.

– A pretty bad phone connection. (Really, you should get Robert’s book instead.)


  • Andrew I just wanted to download the audio version of the interview to listen in while I'm at the gym but is not working. Please check.

  • Matt

    Hi, the MP3 link is not working. Thanks.

  • Thanks for telling me! I fixed it.

  • Thanks Matt. It should work now.

  • kr

    My feedback: The audio was ok. The interview was good for anyone interested in finance. It's a good teaser for what's in the book. I once read Jim Rogers' book Investment biker, I loved it, and I went to Argentina on vacation because of it. Robert's book may very well be another one just like it but slightly different. The content of the interview was so so, but I did listen to the entire interview so it wasn't bad, it just wasn't exceptionally good. Imo there should have been more info in the interview about the bond market.

  • Great interview Andrew. Best of luck as you get things sorted out in your new place. Glad to see you have taken Neil's advice to do full transcripts. Robert Smith is a fascinating guy and I'll look forward to reading his book. As far as Haystack, perhaps next time you could do a comparison with 99 Designs???

  • MrBonds

    Smith's claim that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt in the 1998 crisis is untrue. Only domestic debt and ruble-denominated government bonds (which were not available to foreign investors until changes in the law in 1997) were restructured. The government didn't touch obligations in foreign currencies.

  • chrismanfrank

    Really enjoyed this interview, Andrew. I love it when you have people on who are outside the whole web start-up world. It's a different mental model, and I love it when sites like Mixergy can expose me to new ways of thinking that would be outside of my normal reading.

  • chrismanfrank

    Really enjoyed this interview, Andrew. I love it when you have people on who are outside the whole web start-up world. It's a different mental model, and I love it when sites like Mixergy can expose me to new ways of thinking that would be outside of my normal reading.

  • Excellent interview. This was my #1 gifted book when i was in grad school in ’09. i actually tracked Bob to his office to try and meet him a couple times but he was always away. Nevertheless, a master storyteller and a very amazing life.

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