Deutsche Bank – Code Blue


The analogy to Lehman Brothers strengthened overnight (09.28.2016) as Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan sounded the all clear for the bank in an interview with Germany’s Bild magazine.

So everything must be fine, right?

For those who might be inclined to take Cryan at his word, consider that we’ve seen this exact scenario play out before. In 2008, Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld incredulously bellowed that the bank was fully capitalized and that he would punish the shorts who were betting against the stock. Soon after, Lehman was no more.

But what could we expect Cryan to say?

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The Amateur Society: Let’s Get Ready To Rumble – Presidential Debate #1



Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 9/26, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at

Tonight marks the first presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. This is being billed as the most important and most watched political event in the history of history. In today’s culture attention is one of the most sought after currencies, and based on all indications the stakes are high in terms of influencing the perceptions of an audience across the globe. We will spend the first hour discussing our expectations, hopes, dreams, and reservations before going live and simulcasting the debate for all those who are interested on remaining with us. This is going to be a unique special broadcast of The Amateur Society; don’t miss it!

Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!


New All Time Lows for Deutsche Bank – Critical $10 Threshold In View

For those who may be tired of hearing about the woes of Deutsche Bank, I unfortunately cannot apologize at this time. It is necessary for me to continue cataloguing the adventures of the systemically important German bank because it is one of the key signposts that trouble is brewing. More accurately, trouble is being poured out with another batch brewing right behind it.

Despite reassurances from Deutsche Bank’s latest CEO, all is not well. The stock has lost almost 50% of its value in 2016 after a dismal performance in 2015 as well. So why is this happening now?

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Special Announcement: The Amateur Society Articles on The Hagmann Report



I am extremely pleased to announce that selected articles from The Amateur Society will now be appearing on the website of The Hagmann Report. Articles and meeting announcements will still be published in their entirety here, but you’ll also be able to find content there by running a search for Steven Menking or The Amateur Society. I’m giving the glory to God for opening up the door to this incredible opportunity. In addition, I owe a debt of gratitude to my brother in Christ and good friend Jon Robberson for arranging the green light on this exciting, new phase of The Amateur Society. Thank you all so much for your continued love and support.

God bless,


PS. Stay tuned for more exciting developments, weekly meetings, and actionable content! There are some awesome things in the works that I will announce when they are fully confirmed.

Soaring Eagle Radio Episode 61 – A Conversation With Ratio Christi President Dr. Cory Miller


Check out the link below for another fantastic episode of Soaring Eagle Radio with Pastor Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chapel of Lima, Ohio. Follow the links to listen to and view more material from Pastor Mike including on YouTube here.


Ratio Christi – which is Latin for ‘The Reason of Christ’ – seeks to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students at universities around the world through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics while sharing Christ’s message and love to those that have yet to receive it.

Ratio Christi looks for opportunities to partner with Christian students to place Christian apologetics clubs at secular, liberal, religious, public, and private universities around the world in order to take part in the battle for the mind, and begin to reverse the Humanist trend of thought by providing and equipping students with the answers, or means of getting the answers, to the pressing questions of life that shape our worldview.

Stay tuned for my conversation with Ratio Christi President Cory Miller in this episode of Soaring Eagle Radio.

Corey Miller BIO

Dr. Corey Miller is the President/CEO of Ratio Christi (2015). He grew up in Utah as a sixth generation Mormon, and came to faith in Christ in 1988. Since then he has been a youth and college pastor, a Bible college and university professor, campus minister, lecturer, and first and foremost an evangelist. From 2009-15 he served on staff with Cru directing the Christian Faculty, Grad, and Staff Network ( at Purdue. He is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions at Indiana University-Kokomo. He is variously published and is co-editor of Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science, and Rhetoric (2014). He holds masters degrees in philosophy, biblical studies, and in philosophy of religion and ethics. His PhD is in philosophical theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Ratio Christi website –

Click here to listen to Pastor Mike Spaulding interview Dr. Cory Miller on Soaring Eagle Radio

1,000 Views and Counting!



Thank you for participating with us at The Amateur Society. We have now reached over 1,000 views on this blog! In today’s world where thing are measured in billions and trillions that doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but it certainly does to me. I refuse to despise humble beginnings. Each and every one of you is critical to furthering the mission of The Amateur Society: to provide an open forum where a vibrant exchange of ideas can take place and questions can be asked without the fear of reprise. Please continue to check in with us as I will be updating the site with new articles and content on a regular basis. Stay tuned for a major announcement as soon as the end of this week!

A special hello to the international readers in the UK, India, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Israel, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Japan, Chile, and Macedonia!

I’ll resist the temptation to go off on how the Federal Reserve Note with Grover Cleveland’s superlative mustache on it is gold backed. You can read the fine print yourself. In the meantime, thanks again to you all! Stay up to date with The Amateur Society by checking in with the blog here, following us on Facebook, and by joining in on our weekly conference calls every Monday at 8:00pm eastern via Skype. Just send me a contact request at amateursociety and we’ll see you there!