Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Next time the world ends, it’ll be a bigger shock than we expect, warns Jim Rogers

Now that the Jackson Hole hoopla is behind us, traders can exhale and move on to the next order of business, which, incidentally, isn’t all that different from the previous order of business: Fretting about interest rates.

Or, specifically, as Jeff Miller of the Dash of Insight blog asks in his weekly preview: Will the Fed get the signal to hike rates? The answer, he says, lies in the next crop of economic data, which will certainly get “special scrutiny” this week.

Of course, extra special scrutiny will be reserved for the end of the week, when we get the August employment number. Until then, there’s more than a few notable reports to keep us occupied (more on that in the “The economy” section).

And so we enter another stretch with the market precariously perched near record highs. Despite these lofty levels, there are plenty of bullish analysts out there optimistic about the coming sessions. One of them is Jeffrey Saut of Raymond James. He puts the worst-case scenario for the market at a 5% drop over the next month. What’s more, “if we don’t follow through on the downside with vigor, the S&P 500 could test new highs,” he said.

Don’t count famed investor Jim Rogers among the rose-colored-glasses set. While he had some bullish things to say about Russia and North Korea, of all places, he isn’t giving the U.S. and Europe much love in our call of the day (see below) He’s all about the shocks that are headed our way.

No shocks so far this morning.

Jim Rogers recently shared a wide range of his views on the global investing landscape with Real Vision, and he definitely appears comfortable in the company of the doom-and-gloom bunch. Zero Hedge nicely summed up the lengthy interview, in which Rogers points to Europe, the U.K and the U.S. as markets ripe for a hit. “You should be short the U.S.,” he said. “That’s the market that’s still the highest. It hasn’t gone down yet.”

But don’t bother shorting Japan, it’s already down 75%. Same with Russia. “Who wants to short Russia? I’m long Russia,” Rogers said. “I mean, where are you going to short? Everything’s collapsed.” He even had some positive things to say about North Korea, claiming “we’d all be rich someday” if we loaded up on that country’s currency.

Rogers says he is also optimistic about China, which he described in the promo video below as “the most important country in the 21st Century.” Still, he warned that there will be some wrenching developments along the way. The kicker: “The next time the world comes to an end, it’s going to be a bigger shock than we expect.”

- Source, Market Watch

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Be worried: Serious economic crisis on horizon

Investor Jim Rogers has some sobering words on the future of the global economy. Even though the leading oil producers are working on price stabilization, he warns another significant economic crash could be on the cards within a couple of years.

Oil prices spiked on Monday after Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed working toward market stabilization. The two countries are setting up a working group to help support prices, after the collapse in 2014.

RT: What can the two countries do to stabilize prices?

Jim Rogers: The Saudis have made it clear they don’t want to cut production and they are right, in my view. I am not Saudi Arabian so I can’t tell them what to do. The Russians want to cut production, that’s not what I would do. I would let the market play itself out. It is taking a while but the high cost producers are closing down and going out of business. You are forcing the high cost exploration to stop. There is no exploration. Exploration budgets are cut by ninety percent. This eventually means no oil supply, and the price goes through the roof again. Why would you sell your oil down at these prices if you could wait and sell it later?

RT: People are trying to steady the oil market. A couple of countries are discussing freezing output. But if they freeze output to summer levels, that would ensure the continued flooding of the market and continued low prices, yes or no?

JR: Yes, you are making my case. Why bother? Let the market sort it out. The market is sorting it out. The Canadian oil sands cannot make money right now. The frackers in America cannot. The people in deep drilling cannot make money. The budgets are drying up. Take your time, be patient.

RT: Russia was severely hit by the falling prices, but Saudi Arabia now is trying to make some moves for some sort of sense of normality. What’s prompting Riyadh to make moves these days?

JR: Saudi Arabia is running out of money, too. You may know they just borrowed huge amounts of money. They have a gigantic budget. They are keeping a lot of people on the payroll in Saudi Arabia… But that’s good because that forces the market to adjust eventually. But in the meantime, Saudi Arabia is suffering, Venezuela, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Russia, they all are suffering. But it will come back.

- Source, Russia Today

Thursday, September 22, 2016

JIM ROGERS: I'm not the only person who knows there's turmoil coming

There's economic havoc on the horizon, but no safe haven, says legendary investor Jim Rogers.

"I'm not the only person who knows there's turmoil coming," Rogers said in an interview with Real Vision TV released Friday. "And people are looking for ways to protect themselves."

Rogers is worried about the increasing valuation of gold and the US dollar, as well as the US stock indexes, which he said are up despite most underlying stocks being down.

Meanwhile, many investors are seeking shelter in gold and the US dollar, but neither are safe, Rogers said.

"I own a lot of US dollars, though," he added. "Not because it's a safe haven, but because people think it's a safe haven. And when the world falls apart, people will put their money into the dollar. That's going to mean the dollar's going to go up."

In turn, the dollar's increase is going to hurt a lot of other currencies, Rogers said, including the euro, the UK pound, and the Chinese currency.

Rogers warned against seeing strength in the strong US stock market, which has continued to rise. "Everybody thinks, well, things are great because look at the S&P," he said. "Well, look under the S&P, and you would say, 'Oh, my God, look what's going on here.' We've got problems, and that's happening this year as well."

Rogers joins other notable investors who have raised concerns about potential market turmoil.

Stan Druckenmiller said earlier this year that investors should move their money to gold, and 36 South's Jerry Haworth, who runs a black swan fund, said he also expects chaos to come.

- Source, Business Insider

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jim Rogers on Oil, Gold and Why China Is a Buy

Legendary investor Jim Rogers couldn’t be blamed for always carrying a piece of gold in his pocket given the uncertainty that stalks global markets.

Rogers remains a true believer in the precious metal given his unease with what he sees in global markets. Frankly, he’s worried. He’s not a believer in Wall Street’s rally and is shorting U.S. stocks, though paradoxically for a gold fan he likes the U.S. dollar. And don’t get him started on the U.S. presidential race – he’s not a big fan of either Trump or Clinton.

Barron’s Asia recently caught up with the 73-year-old investing veteran in his adopted home of Singapore. Famed for cofounding Quantum Fund with George Soros in 1973, he’s an avid observer of China, a country whose potential inspired the Alabama native to move his family to Singapore so his two daughters could learn Mandarin. While acknowledging the challenges confronting Beijing, he still believes the 21st Century is China’s century. Reflecting the spirit of his book Adventure Capitalist, Rogers also generously offered an eclectic mix of investment ideas from around the world, with picks spanning lithium and graphene stocks, Russian ruble-denominated debt, Chinese tourism plays and a Colombian marijuana company.

Barron’s Asia: So what’s your big picture view of global markets?

Jim Rogers: People tend to think stock markets are fine because the U.S. averages are okay but the S&P500 is up only because of a few stocks- twice as many stocks on the NYSE are down as those that are up. Amazon ( AMZN ) continues to soar but most things in the world are down. It makes me worried. What seems to be happening now is the U.S. is the only place where you can earn interest or dividends so more and more money is flowing into the U.S. and crowding into a few stocks.

I own a lot U.S. dollars and I’m short U.S. stocks. The dollar continues to be strong and it looks like it’s going to go higher and higher. It’s good for me because I own dollars but it’s causing more distortions in the world. People flee into the dollar to earn returns and to seek a safe haven. It has been a safe haven historically but won’t be in the future because it’s going to get overpriced and might even turn into a bubble depending on how chaotic things get in the rest of the world. Also, the U.S. is the largest debtor nation in history. But given few choices at the moment, people buy into dollars. If it turns into a bubble, I hope I’m smart enough to sell my dollars at that point.

Q: What could shake confidence in the U.S. dollar? Could a victory by Trump in November sap the greenback’s strength?

A: Well, if Donald Trump blows up Mexico or goes to war with China then it would scare people. But even then people are going to think America is going to blow up the world so they would buy more dollars. If Trump wins and he does what he says he’s going to do such as wage trade wars then it’s going to be bad news for all of us. Trade wars have led to bankruptcy and bankruptcy has often led to war. At that point, you’d better own a lot of gold.

Q: So you’re no fan of Trump. How do you rate Hillary Clinton?

A: With all due respect, Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a clue. The only difference between Clinton and Trump is it’s going to take Clinton longer to force us all into bankruptcy. What happened in the Middle East under Hillary Clinton was a total disaster for America and what will happen under Hillary Clinton as president will be even more of a disaster. Perhaps the only worse disaster for America is Donald Trump. It’s one of the few times in history where both candidates running for the presidency of a major country are disliked by everybody. I’m not going to vote for either of them.

Q: How concerned are you about the dislocations in the global economy and the evolution of more sharply divided and populist politics?

A: There are a lot of similarities to the late 20s, where there were strange politicians saying strange things and coming to power with strange ideas. At the same time, you have financial dislocations left over from previous financial dislocations. In the late 20s, a lot of money flowed into the U.S. because that’s where you could earn interest. The Federal Reserve raised rates and America drew more money and it led to a huge stock market bubble that collapsed and you may know the rest of the story: we had a depression and we had war. And I see some of the same kinds of personalities and some of the same financial dislocations. In 1927, the U.S. economy peaked but stocks kept going higher while the rest of the world was coming down because of these artificial flows of money. I don’t want to paint too sharp a picture here but the same thing may be happening, and if it is, think about buying a farm in New Zealand or Australia.

Q: Gold is up 30% since the beginning of the year. You’ve been a long time bull but are you still buying?

A: I own gold but I haven’t been buying. The commitment of traders shows that gold speculators own more gold than they ever have in history. I don’t want to be buying gold because this has always been a contrarian indicator. But if gold goes back down, I hope I’m smart enough to buy a lot more gold. Before this is over, gold is going to go through the roof and could turn into its own bubble – more and more people will lose confidence in governments and currencies and when that happens, they always turn to gold. I’d like for my children to have my gold someday but if a bubble takes shape – everybody owns gold and is regularly buying more – then I’ll have to sell and put my money into something else.

Q: What other commodities are you bullish on?

A: I’m optimistic about agriculture. Sugar, rice – just list the agricultural commodities that are down and I’m interested. I have some exotic metals but as far as the commodities themselves go, they aren’t liquid. I own a little uranium stock. I’m also a director atCrusader Resources ( CAS.AU ). It’s an Australian mining company that’s recently found lithium so it’s now a triple play on iron ore, gold and lithium. I have a lot of options in Crusader. Electric vehicles will need my lithium. I’m also invested in graphene throughMason Graphite ( LLG.CA ) in Canada. Graphene was discovered about 10 years ago and it’s incredibly light but stronger than steel.

Q: You started looking at Russia three years ago after having been pessimistic about the unloved market for almost five decades. What have you been buying?

A: I own Aeroflot (AFLT.RU) and Moscow Exchange (MOEX.RU). I also ownPhosAgro (PHOR.RU), which is a very large fertilizer company – I’m optimistic about agriculture and I’m optimistic about Russia so it was the perfect combination. All three have been making all-time highs – a shocking statement even to someone who owns the stocks – but I plan to hold onto them because I bought them for almost nothing and Russia can only get better. Unfortunately, Russia and China are being pushed together, which is great for them but not good for America and Europe.

I also own Russian government bonds in rubles and I plan to buy more when they go down again. They have very high yields and are a double play on the ruble and Russian interest rates. The ruble will go down with oil but when oil makes its bottom, the ruble will go higher. Oil is having its dead cat bounce and it will go back to test the lows – that’s usually what happens. My view is the lows will hold – maybe $24 a barrel, maybe $32 a barrel – and at that point, the ruble will make its bottom and Russian interest rates will undoubtedly be making their tops. Russian government bonds in rubles may be one of the best buys right now.

Q: So where is the next Russia?

A: Kazakhstan. It’s also a former Soviet country that’s affected by oil. It’s realized that it can’t play by the old rules anymore. Foreign investors are now subject to English law so it’s a place where good things are happening. Nigeria is the same thing - another oil depressed country. I opened an account in Nigeria last year but haven’t bought anything yet. Colombia’s had a horrible civil war for a long time but there’s now a ceasefire. Marijuana is becoming legal in more countries around the world, for medicinal purposes and also recreationally, so I’ve invested in a marijuana company in Colombia. Colombia has the perfect climate, soil and rain for growing the plant. If the medicinal studies about marijuana are right then it’s going to change everything.

Q: You’ve said China will be the most important nation of the 21st Century. What’s your view on China’s slowdown and its ability to handle challenges like overcapacity?

A: I own Chinese shares and my children speak Mandarin – they’re not going to stop speaking Mandarin if China starts having economic problems. There will be problems in parts of the Chinese economy. The manufacturing sector isn’t going to be in such great shape, especially exporters and companies with lots of debt. But there are also industries that will do well no matter what happens in the wider economy. China is spending so much money to clean up pollution that environmental protection will continue to do very well. Health care is another because China needs more health care and it needs better health care. China has also invested a lot of money into One Belt, One Road and may have the best railway technology in the world. Then there’s agriculture. Beijing is doing a lot of things to help farmers in the country side and has directed banks to give loans to the agricultural sector but to cut back on loans for property in cities. I own stocks in all of these areas. Sure, parts of the Chinese economy will go bankrupt and it will shock and scare the socks off people. The headlines will be that China’s collapsing, but underneath, there will be companies that will do very well. A key to successful investing is to own recession resistant stocks that do well in a bear market – that’s how you make a lot of money coming out the other side.

China’s going to have problems, which doesn’t really surprise me, but my kids aren’t going to start learning Danish when we see problems in China because China is going to come out the other side as the most important country of the 21st century. America, which became the most successful country in the 20th century, has lived through depressions and a horrible civil war. Every individual, company or country that rises has problems along the way – that’s how the world works.

Q: You’re also upbeat about the Chinese travel industry. Why?

A: One of the great growth industries of our time is going to be Chinese tourism because the Chinese have not been able to travel for decades, but now it’s easy to get a passport and it’s easy to take out money to put towards your travel. There are 1.4 billion Chinese who want to see their country and the world. I remember living in New York in the 80s and we all said “where did all these Japanese come from?” There are 10 times as many Chinese as there are Japanese. So I own Chinese airline stocks. I own most of them except the budget airlines.

Q: How would a weaker renminbi affect Chinese tourism?

A: The renminbi will continue to fall. Not for any special reasons but simply because the U.S. dollar is going up. The dollar is so strong that everything else will look bad compared to it. Plus, the renminbi has been the strongest currency since 2005 – it went up every year until 2014. Anything that goes up for such a long time usually has a correction. But remember, if the renminbi goes down, China becomes more attractive for foreign visitors and the Chinese who can no longer afford to fly to Paris will go to Xi’an or Xiamen instead.

- Source, Barrons

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The FED is Pushing the World Towards a Collapse that Will Make 2008 Look Like Childs Play

Jim Rogers warns that the economic shocks felt in 2008 were just the warm up. He talks about the continuing problems that the global markets face. What is coming for the world? Are we prepared or will this be the collapse that makes all other collapses look small? Jim Rogers discusses.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

It's Time to Prepare - July 2016 will be bad for the US Dollar, US Economy & Stock Market!

Jim Rogers states that it is time to prepare. Not now, not tomorrow, right now. The July 2016 elections are going to create global economic uncertainty of epic proportions. He is ringing the alarm bell, are you listening?