Keiser grew up in Westchester County, New York. After studying theatre at New York University, he took a variety of jobs in stand-up comedy and in radio, a part-time job as a stockbroker in the 1980s at Paine Webber, and at the midtown office of Oppenheimer and Co. Inc. under David Tufts.
Keiser is the creator, co-founder, and former CEO of HSX Holdings/Hollywood Stock Exchange, later sold to Cantor Fitzgerald. Alongside Michael R. Burns, he co-invented the Virtual Specialist platform on which the Hollywood Stock Exchange operates. This technology allows traders to exchange virtual securities, such as “MovieStocks” and “StarBonds”, with convertible virtual currency, the “Hollywood Dollar”. In 1998 Digital Coast Reporter recognized Keiser as one of Los Angeles’ top 50 internet executives for his work on this project
Keiser presented Rumble at the Box Office for NBC’s Access Hollywood. He also produced and hosted the weekly talk show Buy, Sell, Hold for CBS radio’s KLSX in Los Angeles, CA. Currently, he presents The Truth About Markets on Resonance 104.4 FM in London
Keiser produced 10 short documentary films covering aspects of financial markets for Al Jazeera’s series People & Power. The films include Rigged Markets, Money Geyser, Death of the Dollar, Peaked, Extraordinary Antics, Savers vs Speculators, Banking On It, Private Finance or Public Swindle? and Focus on Locusts.
The Oracle with Max Keiser
A pilot episode was produced for Al-Jazeera English titled The Oracle. The show was developed into a series for BBC World News. The series first aired on January 9, 2009. Keiser left the BBC after ten episodes. On Twitter, he said he left because he was ordered not to mention Israel in any context.
On the Edge
A weekly half-hour financial commentary show that started in 2009 and is broadcast on Press TV.
The Keiser Report
Since September 2009, Keiser has hosted The Keiser Report with financial news and analysis, on the RT network. The 30-minute program is produced three times a week. Stacy Herbert (Keiser’s wife) is the co-host; she banters with Keiser on headlines and commentary. Most episodes are divided into two parts. In the first half, Keiser and Herbert alternately discuss a current financial topic, comment on financial media reports, and provide commentary on the actions of bankers. The second half features a guest interview, either face-to-face in the studio or through video conferencing, conducted by Keiser.
An episode broadcast in September 2011 featured an interview with comedian Roseanne Barr, who satirically stated that her solution to the financial crisis was to “bring back the guillotine”.
The show’s guests regularly include advocates for and entrepreneurs working in the cryptocurrency and blockchain fields.
Keiser has appeared as a financial pundit on a number of news networks. Keiser called for a “fatwā” against Hank Paulson on Al Jazeera in response to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). In a later broadcast, Keiser said, “Paulson stinks”. Keiser has advised investors to buy bitcoin and precious metals such as gold and silver, in order to undermine “the banksters”. In November 2012, he predicted that the UK pound was about to collapse. On January 6, 2021, he predicted that the price of Bitcoin is going to surge up to 220,000 $ by the end of 2021.