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hedge fund manager Erik Townsend

Erik Townsend is a retired software entrepreneur turned hedge fund manager. Throughout his career, Erik has capitalized on his ability to understand complex systems and anticipate paradigm shifts far in advance of the mainstream. Read More...

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PROFESSOR STEVE KEEN headshotErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Prof. Steve Keen to MacroVoices. Erik and Steve discuss:

  • Benefits of the U.S. losing its reserve currency status
  • International trade and deindustrialization of U.S.
  • U.S. Government budget and trade deficits
  • Possible fiscal crisis and the increase of US Treasury Yields
  • Devaluation of the dollar, imports and inflation shock
  • Risk of global currency to replace the US dollar as the world's reserve currency
  • Consequences of decrease in demand for US dollar
  • Runaway inflation and runaway trade deficit
  • Government spending, current inequality in income tax system
  • Risks and opportunities of MMT

 

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Howe HeadshotErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Neil Howe to MacroVoices. Erik and Neil discuss:

  • Insights from Neil on how the Fourth Turning is unfolding
  • Climax’s at the end of the Fourth Turning
  • Socialism, populism and extremism in politics
  • What is in store for the second half of the fourth turning
  • Current economic expansion is running out of workers
  • Effect of population composition
  • Late-cycle dynamics and real GDP growth trends
  • Correlations of term spreads and consumer confidence
  • Term spreads, credit cycles and volatility
  • Demographic trends for the long-term future

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Eric Peters HeadshotErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Eric Peteres to MacroVoices. Erik and Eric discuss:

  • Where are the equity markets heading next?
  • What are the biggest risks in the markets today?
  • Considerations on volatility on FX and interest rates.
  • Will the current trend in Treasury yields continue?
  • How will the next 10 years economically look?
  • Eric Peters perspective on MMT
  • Where are the China/US relations going?
  • Rise of populism around the world
  • Growth of U.S. Isolationism

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  • Perspective on the Fed pivot
  • What is the trade in this market environment

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David Rosenberg headshot 250Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome David Rosenberg back to MacroVoices. Erik and David discuss:

  • Thoughts on the Fed policy shift
  • Is the market still in a topping formation?
  • Are we in an earnings recession?
  • How low will yields go on Treasury Bonds?
  • Has the MMT crowd discovered something new?
  • Will we see helicopter money during the next downturn?
  • What can go wrong with the implementation of Modern Monetary Theory?
  • Looking back to the Ben Bernanke playbook from 2002
  • What is in store for the corporate bond market?

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Arthur Berman largeErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Art Berman back to MacroVoices. Erik and Art discuss:

  • Oil price collapse was more than a correction
  • World production surplus for 2019-2020
  • Asking if OPEC matters anymore?
  • U.S. Oil production
  • Trends in world liquid production
  • Perspective on the Brent and WTI curves
  • Why is Brent trading at a premium to WTI
  • Increasing short bets on oil
  • Future of U.S. E&P companies
  • Cost of drilling wells

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BarryRitholtzErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Barry Ritholtz to MacroVoices. Erik and Barry discuss:

  • Defining Bull and Bear Markets
  • Bullish case for equities
  • Dollar still the best option
  • Where are interest rates heading?
  • Are junk bonds at risk?
  • China credit risk
  • Trends in populism and socialism
  • Crony Capitalism
  • What could go wrong with MMT?

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Quarterly Op-Ex Seasonality
Extremes in option $Delta (SPX, SPY and QQQ)
Resumption of buyback blackout window
Systematic trend models - sell triggers

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pippa malmgrenErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome back Pippa Malmgren to MacroVoices. Erik and Pippa discuss:

  • Perspective on the U.S./China Trade War
  • Is this about trade or the Korean peninsula?
  • Chinese strategy in the South China Sea
  • The future of Donald Trump
  • China and Russia relations
  • Future of hypersonic warfare
  • Trends in socialism and populism
  • Surveillance Capitalism
  • Outlook for the equity markets

 

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LukeGromenErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome back Luke Gromen to MacroVoices. Erik and Luke discuss:

  • Underlying motives & timing
  • Oil, Petrodollar, and global Treasury Holdings
  • Drivers behind the strong dollar
  • Vicious Cycle in US Balance of Payments
  • Timing the dollar endgame
  • How does the dollar bear market playout?
  • Entitlements and the trends in populism
  • Deflating the debt bubble
  • How does gold play into the story?
  • What are the range of possibilities for the debt crisis?

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  • Alternative timeframes for the dollar endgame
  • Why the dollar can continue to rise in the interim 

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Filia HeadshotErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome back Francesco Filia to MacroVoices. Erik and Francesco discuss:

  • How severe could a bear market be?
  • Complex dynamic systems
  • Short-term crash vs. extended bear market
  • Phase transitions and twin bubbles
  • Tipping points, crash hallmarks and butterflies
  • Why are the risks now?
  • Are treasury bonds going to be the benefactor?
  • How to play the short side of the markets?
  • Populism is the elephant in the room
  • Alternative monetary policy 

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Gurevich PhotoErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome back Alex Gurevich to MacroVoices. Erik and Alex discuss:

  • Bigger picture outlook in the business cycle
  • Perspective on the yield curve steepener
  • Outlook Treasury bonds
  • Where is the dollar trend heading next?
  • Quantitative tightening and easing in this cycle
  • Australian and Canadian economies
  • Outlook on Chinese economy
  • What is on the horizon for Japan?
  • What is in the future for Europe?
  • Where is gold heading in the bigger picture?
  • Interest rates as a predictor of equity markets

 

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Grant WilliamsErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Grant Williams back to MacroVoices. Erik and Grant discuss:

  • Are we in a cyclical bear market? 
  • Where are we headed next on treasury yields? 
  • Is the world turning Japanese? 
  • Escalation of tensions between China and Taiwan 
  • Update on how things are developing on Australian Real Estate
  • Risks of a recession in Australia  
  • Perspective on the rise of global populism  
  • Macron, France and the future of Europe
  • Outlook on gold and the yuan/gold ratio
  • What is the next move in the U.S. Dollar? 

SPECIAL POST GAME GUEST- MACRO TOURIST KEVIN MUIR discussing Modern Monetary Theory Kevin Muir 2019

The Macro Tourist - Everything you wanted to know about MMT (but were afraid to ask)

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RussellNapierMacroVoicesErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Russell Napier back to MacroVoices. Erik and Patrick discuss:

  • Where are treasury bonds heading next?
  • Foreign buyers of treasury bonds
  • How does China effect global growth?
  • Tightening of Chinese monetary policy
  • Which central bank is dictating global inflation
  • Fed policy and the trend of monetary policy
  • Outlook for developed stock markets
  • Consequences of loose monetary policy
  • Is the decade long bull market over?
  • Is the Fed out of bullets?
  • Outlook for the U.S. Dollar

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Charles Mcelligott Headshot 250xErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Charlie McElligott back to MacroVoices. Erik and Charlie discuss:

  • China Trade Collapse
  • Update on China Credit Impulse
  • PBoC Liquidity Operations
  • Bear market rally or continuation of bull market?
  • Fading the Fed’s economic optimism
  • Sequencing that could cause a force in on the equity markets
  • CTA Model Positioning across asset classes
  • Positioning in risk parity funds
  • Purge in equity fund flows in Q4 2018
  • Fear the steepener

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Christopher Cole Headshot 2019Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Chris Cole back to MacroVoices. Erik and Chris discuss:

  • Dissecting what happened in February 2018
  • Implicit and explicit short vol risk
  • Perspective on the next phase of the short vol unwind
  • Impacts of the reduction of central bank balance sheets
  • Link between volatility and the credit cycle
  • Will the Fed have the ammunition to come to rescue?
  • Perspective of the risk parity funds
  • Stock/bond correlation risk to pension funds
  • What does it take to make money long volatility?

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Marin Katusa OfficeErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Marin Katusa to MacroVoices. Erik and Marin discuss:

  • Update on uranium and uranium producers
  • Outlook on oil prices
  • Opportunities in the steel industry
  • Investing in the diamond industry
  • What is happening in the resource industry?
  • How to be a successful resource investor

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YearEndShowImage2018Join Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna as they spend an episode reviewing the best market calls of 2018:

  • Calling the top of Bitcoin
  • Francesco Filia and Kevin Muir on the VIX ETNs
  • Chris Cole on VIX and system risks
  • Darius Dale on Chinese economy
  • Buy the dip calls in Q2
  • Russell Napier on the Emerging Markets
  • David Rosenberg on markets and corporate bonds
  • Jesse Felder on the FAANG
  • Charlie McElligott on liquidity
  • Keith McCullough on bond yields peaked

 

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DanielWantx250Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Daniel Want to MacroVoices. Erik and Daniel discuss:

  • Understanding system thinking
  • Perspective on the OTC derivative markets
  • Counter party risk in the derivative markets
  • System wide margin calls back in 2007-08
  • Financial aggregates – the world in perspective
  • Understanding the global financial situation
  • Market analytics tools

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  • Where is the U.S. Dollar going post FOMC
  • What is the outlook for gold
  • Where are the stock markets going next

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EdwardAltman250xErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Prof. Edward Altman to MacroVoices. Erik and Edward discuss:

  • Credit cycle outlook
  • Length of benign credit cycles
  • Historical default rates and recessions
  • Surge in U.S. corporate leverage
  • Non-financial Corporate Debt to GDP
  • Considerations on Global Debt
  • 2007 vs 2017 Health of High Yield Firms
  • Major risks going forward

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SPECIAL POST GAME GUEST- LOUIS-VINCENT GAVE - AN IMPORTANT CROSSROADLouis Gave 125x

  • Why a Liquidity Squeeze?
  • Havoc in the US corporate bond market
  • The end of Chin-America

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JulietteDeclercqHeadshot250xErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Juliette Declercq to MacroVoices. Erik and Juliette discuss:

  • Impact of trade war on the global economy
  • PBOC and Chinese monetary policy
  • Global growth outlook
  • U.S. Dollar and U.S. monetary policy outlook
  • Is the Powell dovish pivot a game changer?
  • What is in the cards for 2019?
  • Perspective on U.S. housing and its impact
  • Political turmoil in France and outlook on Europe

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JulianBrigden 250xErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Julian Brigden back to MacroVoices. Erik and Julian discuss:

  • What is driving the bond market right now?
  • Is it all about demographics?
  • The global excesses in the equity markets
  • Are the U.S. housing markets overpriced?
  • Where is the next trade in treasuries?
  • Putting on the steepener
  • Is the stock market due for a big bubble bounce?
  • Inflation considerations in 2019
  • What is the next move for the Fed?

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