Marc Faber Says There is a Gigantic Worldwide Asset Bubble
Faber lamented the “gigantic asset bubble around the world,” for instance in high end real estate such as the Hamptons, Mayfair London, Hong Kong, and Singapore. There will be massive wealth destruction as Faber foresees, “one day this asset inflation will lead to a deflationary collapse one way or the other. We don’t know yet what will cause it.”
Faber said the Fed didn’t know in 2007, despite their easy money policies, property prices in some areas would fall by 50%. “At the present time in the emerging markets there is practically no growth – growth has slowed down to a trickle.” Faber sees this flat growth in the emerging economies leading to lower demand for oil.
Regarding Fed policy, “the question is not ‘tapering’,” Marc Faber exclaimed to the CNBCs Squawk Box crew, “the question is at what point will they increase the asset purchases to say $150 [billion] , $200 [billion], or a trillion dollars a month.” QE-4-EVA is here to stay, Faber explained. “Every government program that is introduced under urgency and as a temporary measure is always permanent.” Simply put, “The Fed has boxed itself into a position where there is no exit strategy,” and while inflation may not be present in the ‘chosen’ indicators, Faber said, there’s been incredible asset inflation – “we are the bubble. We have a colossal asset bubble in the world [and] a leverage or a debt bubble.”
Back in early August, Faber predicted a 20% stock market decline citing the diminishing number of stocks hitting new 52 week highs [link].