Amazing video. Erin Ade sits down with famed investor Jim Rogers to talk about Russia, agriculture and China. Rogers is bullish on agriculture and likes China. But he sees the Chinese purchase of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel as a top of the market kind of “trophy” acquisition. Jim also comments on whether a US equity bear market is on the horizon.
Market breadth is waning as evidenced by the lower number of stocks hitting new highs and trading above their 200-day moving averages. Small cap stocks have already corrected over 10 percent and almost half of the Nasdaq is down 20 percent – a bear market already. Where is this headed? Consolidation is the bare minimum. But, depending on the real economy, it could be worse. Take a look!
“Any pension plans, endowments, etc., are suffering because they invest for the futures and are finding that their situation has gotten worse,” he says. “We are doing this at the expense of people who save and invest. We are doing it to bail out the people who borrowed huge amounts of money. The consequences are already being felt.” Rogers also boldly predicts that North Korea and South Korea will merge within the next five years.
Rogers explains that the current North Korean leader has a different view of the world than his father and grandfather due to his upbringing in Switzerland. He also said the combination of cheap, educated labor in North Korea would be a boon for Eastern markets.
The interview, which also covers his take on Bitcoin, the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency and the timing of the next credit event, Switzerland is to hold a referendum on November 30 on gold. If passed, it would mandate the Swiss central bank to hold a minimum of 20 per cent of foreign reserves in gold against a level of 7.7 per cent today.
As the central bank had reportedly sold 60 per cent of gold reserves over the last decade, it is expected that the country would need to buy around 1,500 tonnes of gold over the following three years to have a stronger gold-backed currency. The move away from the U.S. dollar is yet another reaction to Western sanctions placed on Russia since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March. Russia and Iran have also agreed to use their own national currencies in bilateral trade transactions rather than the U.S. dollar.
An original agreement to trade in rials and rubles was made earlier this month in a meeting between Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh. Similarly, Russia and China also agreed to trade with each other using the ruble and yuan in early September, following a Russian deal with North Korea in June to trade in rubles.
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