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Marc Faber: The Economy Will Not Return for Years

Palisade Radio, 8/13/20

Marc feels, “The economy is currently in a dead-cat bounce and that peak economic levels seen in 2018-2019 will not come back for a long-time… and by a long-time… years.”

Time Stamp References:
1:10 – Recovery and risks.
2:40 – Long-term Fed Policy consequences.
8:20 – Fed paving the way for more socialism.
11:10 – Money printing, asset prices, and unemployment.
14:50 – Contrasting China Vs. the West
24:10 – Investing where you have an edge.
31:00 – Expectations for gold and silver
36:43 – Book recommendations.

Tom welcomes an always popular guest back to the program, Marc Faber.

Marc questions the belief that government and central banker actions create prosperity. This may be true in the short-term, but it likely has very negative consequences in the long-term. Governments are not very productive, and most things can be done far more efficiently in the private sector.

Marc discusses how he has seen firsthand the socialist and communist systems of the world and how they are a disaster for personal and economic freedom. He says, “Socialism always brings less freedom and unpleasant rulers.”

The Fed finances the state, and today many people are earning more staying at home than actually working. The government will undoubtedly have to institute further programs to support the populace.

The problem with rising assets is that it further increases wealth concentration. This, in turn, increases social tensions, and this instability can cause further hardships for the populace. It’s vital for a society to due what is right and not do things like make the stock markets go up.

He discusses the changes that have occurred in South-East Asia to create prosperity, particularly over the last twenty years. In terms of relative success, many Chinese are now as prosperous as Americans. Also, China’s infrastructure is quite new and modern in comparison to other countries.

Dr. Marc Faber was born in Zurich, Switzerland and obtained a PhD in Economics at the University of Zurich. Between 1970 and 1978, Dr. Faber worked for White Weld & Company Limited in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong. From 1978 to February 1990, he was the Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert (HK) Ltd. In 1990, he set up his own business, Marc Faber Limited which acts as an investment advisor and fund manager. Dr. Faber publishes a widely read monthly investment newsletter, “The Gloom Boom & Doom Report,” which highlights unusual investment opportunities, and is the author of several books including Tomorrow’s Gold: Asia’s age of discovery which was a best seller on Amazon. Dr. Faber is known for his “contrarian” investment approach and charismatic personality. He became infamous after calling the 1987 crash in US equities.

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