Mr. Chapman is 70 years old. He was born in Boston, MA and attended Northeastern University majoring in business management. He spent three years in the U. S. Army Counterintelligence, mostly in Europe. He speaks German and French and is conversant in Spanish. He lived in Europe for six years, off and on, three years in Africa, a year in Canada and a year in the Bahamas.
Mr. Chapman became a stockbroker in 1960 and retired in 1988. For 18 of those years he owned his own brokerage firm. He was probably the largest gold and silver stockbroker in the world during that period. When he retired he had over 6,000 clients.
From 1962 through 1976 he specialized in South African gold shares. He and his family lived in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and Johannesburg, South Africa from 1970 to 1973. During that time he did a great deal of further study into the South African mining industry.
Mr. Chapman belonged to The Traders Association for 25 years. He did all his own trading. During his South African years some was done directly through Johannesburg, but 95% was done through London brokerage firms. Hence, he has extensive contacts, both in London and on the Continent.
Starting in 1967 Mr. Chapman began writing articles on business, finance, economics and politics having been printed and reprinted over the years in over 200 publications. He owned and wrote the Gary Allen Report, which had 30,000 subscribers. He currently is owner and editor of The International Forecaster, a compendium of information on business, finance, economics and social and political issues worldwide, which reaches 10,000 investors and brokers monthly directly, and parts of his publication are picked up by 60 different websites weekly exposing his ideas to over 10 million investors a week.
In 1976, after the Soweto riots, Mr. Chapman began buying North American shares exclusively for his clients. Up to that point only a handful of American and Canadian issues interested him, due to the high dividends the South African shares had paid out over the years. Between 1976 and 1988 his business surged from 1,000 to 6,000 clients, so the bulk of his business ended up being Vancouver Stock Exchange issues. For this reason he is very conversant with the quality of management, geologists, properties and traders on today¹s North American scene. He is well known.
From 1976 to present he has spoken and given workshops at over 200 business conferences worldwide, and has been on radio and TV hundreds of times. Until his retirement he was always judged by the attendees to be one of the top three speakers and never once was lower than first in workshops due to his vast knowledge of the mining business and his grasp of worldwide financial markets and political scenes.
In June of 1991, at the request of business associates, and due to retirement boredom, he began writing the International Forecaster.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER?
The International Forecaster is a compendium of information on business, finance, economics and social and political issues worldwide. In its present form it has been published since 1991. Prior to that it was published as the Gary Allen Report between 1978 and 1990. Robert Chapman has been writing in the same vane since 1967. He spent 28 years in the stock brokerage business. For 18 of those years he owned his own firm. He was one of the biggest precious metals stockbrokers over those years. The publication has had a number of very successful recommendations over the past ten years, particularly in interest rates and their market effect, currency recommendation, commodity picks and views on market direction. This is a sophisticated publication written in a simple and concise manner. Mr. Chapman does a tremendous amount of research each month in several languages. This is not a highlights publication. It goes into subjects in depth utilizing and weaving finance and economics with the realities of social and political issues bringing about a synthesis, which hopefully determines the direction of different markets. If you are a reader you won't be bored. This publication pulls no punches.