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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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JeffreySniderEurodollar University 02 bErik Townsend welcomes back Jeffrey Snider to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • Collateral problems with gold in 2008
  • Liquidity risk, not credit
  • Basic Interbank Function – Basel ‘Conjuring’
  • Larger issue of balance sheet capacity
  • Management of the asset side – dark leverage
  • Impaired assets and OTTI
  • Negative swap spreads assaulting conventional financial sense
  • Pro-cyclical positive monetary feedback loop
  • Balance sheet capacity – the modern bank run

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JeffreySniderEurodollar University 02 bErik Townsend welcomes back Jeffrey Snider to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • The Lost Dollar Decade
  • LIBOR and EFF spreads over Fed funds target
  • Global dollar markets in perspective
  • Into the shadows of the crisis
  • Financial crisis and the gross outstanding CDS
  • CDS liquidity crisis

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jessefeldermacrovoicepicErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Jesse Felder to MacroVoices. Erik and Jesse discuss:

  • Drivers behind the everything bubble
  • Will Quantitative Tightening be a trigger?
  • Is this a topping process in the markets?
  • Impacts of a high degree of market leverage
  • The Buffet yard stick
  • What is in store for the FAANG stocks?
  • How to position yourself defensively in this market?
  • Positioning on agricultural and gold mining stocks
  • Inflation and the risks of an inflation pickup

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maa photoErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome back Martin Armstrong to MacroVoices. Erik and Martin discuss:

  • Is there room for the equity bull market to continue?
  • Outlook on the global bond markets
  • Is a monetary crisis on the horizon?
  • Outlook for the U.S. Dollar
  • How do the geopolitics playout in Europe?
  • Short bonds long equities?
  • Perspectives on China and their credit markets
  • Where is gold headed next?
  • U.S. politics and the midterm elections
  • What is next for Russia/U.S. relations

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Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcom Brent Johnson to the show to discuss everything gold.  They discuss the dollar, short-term and long-term outlook for gold.  

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

  • One more leg higher in the S&P500 or is the top in? 
  • Outlook on junk and investment grade bonds
  • How do you do play the short on low grade corporates?
  • Secular and cyclical outlook on inflation
  • Where is the US Dollar heading?  
  • What is going on with 10-year treasury yields and where are they heading?  
  • Update as to where we are in the business cycle 
  • Cyclical vs. defensive stocks in the 2nd half of the year 
  • Outlook on the Canadian dollar 
  • Where are we in the Canadian housing cycle?

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SPECIAL POST GAME GUEST- Angie Setzer @GoddessofGrainAngieSetzer HeadShot

Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Angie Setzer to the show to discuss everything about the grain markets.

During the interview, they discuss wheat, corn and soybeans, food inflation and the impact of tariffs.

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

  • Trump, art of the deal, trade wars
  • North Korea, a renegade or Chinese puppet
  • Russia, Syria, US and chemical warfare
  • Russia and a new global reserve currency
  • Facebook’s impact on geo-politics and financial markets
  • Where is social media data mining leading us?
  • The Leadership Lab: Understanding Leadership in the 21st century

 

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ChrisCookimageErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Chris Cook to MacroVoices. Erik and Chris discuss:

  • How regulators look at markets
  • The blow out of time spreads in WTI
  • Oil deals outside of the market
  • Syncrude going offline and its impact
  • What is the “big long” and what it predicts
  • Who is buying futures contracts 2.5 years out and why?
  • Dark inventory, what is it and how does it fit into the big picture?
  • Energy dominance and the white house
  • China and the Petro-Yuan contract
  • Gaming US exports and inventory
  • Time spreads and war

SPECIAL POST GAME GUEST-  Josh Steiner:  Update on Australian and U.S. Housing Markets. 

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Eric Peters HeadshotErik Townsend welcomes Eric Peters to MacroVoices. Erik and Eric discuss:

  • Replacing the USD as the world reserve currency
  • The impact of protectionist policies on financial markets
  • FED reductions and their impact around the world
  • How accurate is the current unemployment rate and what does it mean?
  • Entitlements and they will become a serious problem
  • The changes we can expect in central bank attitudes moving forward
  • Demographics, baby boomers, and millennials and their impact over the coming years on financial markets
  • Inflation vs deflation which is right and how to be sure

SPECIAL GUEST: Kevin Muir - This week's co-host and post-game guest.  Make sure to download the post-game chart book as Erik and Kevin will be refering to it through the podcast.  

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

  • Current outlook on the U.S. dollar
  • Shift of funding in the U.S. deficits
  • U.S. “Impossible Trilemma”
  • Treasury bonds trading like a risky asset
  • Fed taking the “Shoot the Hostage” stance
  • Emerging market considerations
  • China accelerating global de-dollarization
  • U.S. weaponizing the USD and oil against Russia and Iran
  • Gold and the gold/oil ratio
  • How to trade the second half of 2018

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EllenAnasJoe

Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Anas Alhajji, Joe McMonigle and Dr. Ellen Wald to the show. Discussed this week:

Dr. Ellen Wald

  • Saudi Arabia's perspective on the oil markets?
  • Perspective about Saudi Aramco
  • Understanding Mohammad bin Salman
  • Social Politics in Saudi Arabia

Anas Alhajji & Joe McMonigle

  • What is driving the oil markets right now?
  • Considerations on the Iranian sanctions
  • Insights into next week’s OPEC meeting
  • Bigger picture geopolitical outlook for the oil markets
  • How to interpret the backwardation on oil?

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JeffreyShermanHeadShotErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Jeffrey Sherman to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • Big picture outlook on bonds, interest rates and inflation
  • Considerations on the treasury COT reports
  • Is there a recession coming in the U.S.?
  • How much upside on the U.S. Dollar?
  • Is the trade being short global high yield bonds?
  • How does the economy deal with higher rates and inflation?
  • Bullish outlook on gold?
  • Investing into commodities and commodity funds

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nomi PrinsErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Nomi Prins to MacroVoices. Erik and Nomi discuss:

  • Why has QE never led to runaway inflation?
  • How has the market been propped up for 10 years without consequence?
  • What does the ECB own today?
  • The bank of Japan, their program and what it contains?
  • Central banks around the world and how they compare?
  • When does tapering occur on a global scale?

For the second featured interview Erik Townsend welcomes Pat Hemsworth to discuss:

  • Why Saudi Arabia and Russia can’t make up their minds about oil prices?
  • Iran sanctions, expectations and what they mean?
  • Venezuela, production and what is next?
  • OPEC, faking it till they make it?
  • What is the forward curve telling us about the market?

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LacyHuntBio2017Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Dr. Lacy Hunt to MacroVoices. Erik and Lacy discuss:

  • Has the bond bear market started?
  • What are the opposing views?
  • Shorting high yield debt and junk credit
  • Where to be on the yield curve right now
  • Will America ever be able to repay the debt?
  • Where is the point of no return on debt?
  • Considerations on global over indebtedness
  • Endgame on the systemic problem of debt
  • Inflation expectations

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

  • Outlook on the U.S. Dollar for 2018
  • Do rate differentials matter?
  • Has there been a regime shift?
  • Is equity risk premium just catching up to higher real yields?
  • How does the economic data tie back into bearish dollar narrative?
  • What has happened this year in the U.S. dollar?
  • Tactical considerations on a new U.S. dollar short
  • Market positioning on the interim
  • Can surprising strength in U.S. economy change the outlook?

SPECIAL POST GAME GUEST: TG MACRO'S TONY GREER

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Gave Charles PicErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Charles Gave to MacroVoices. Erik and Charles discuss:

  • The corporate yield curve and what it is telling us about the equity market
  • The Hong Kong dollar peg
  • China’s debt and related risks
  • The risk parity trade with bonds and stocks selling off simultaneously
  • “The Upcoming Monetary War, With Gold as An Arbiter”
  • Gold bullish vs bearish
  • The return of secular inflation
  • What happened in the 70’s with inflation?
  • Preparing for the return of secular inflation

 

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

  • Deflationary risks in the U.S. 
  • Context on current higher inflation prints
  • How high are risks of a credit event
  • Contagion risk if China “sneezes”
  • Consideration on the impact of higher rates
  • Do we still need a world reserve currency?
  • Is there a concern of the US government not being able to fund itself?
  • Impact of the global de-dollarization trend
  • What is in store for the gold markets?
  • What do investors need to consider in the current environment?
  • What comes next for the equity markets?
  • Impact on emerging market and junk bond markets
  • The falling Yen and its impact on Japan

 

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

  • Considerations on uranium exports to from Russia to the US
  • What options does the US have for new uranium sources?
  • Is there an investment play for uranium?
  • Electric vehicles and why they’ll be a dominant trend over the coming years
  • Why is copper a key component, and how to play it during this trend
  • Is copper a sole source material for EV or is there an alternative?
  • Will more efficient electric vehicles require more or less copper?
  • The copper industry and its ability to scale up
  • The investment play for copper and uranium prices going up

 

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BassmanCudmoreSniderErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Harley Bassman, Mark Cudmore and Jeffrey Snider to the show. Discussed this week:

Harley Bassman: 

  • How will we know when the real bear market is on?
  • The implicit and explicit VOL trade and how long will it take to play out?
  • How will a bond sell off impact inflation?
  • The USD over then next few years

Mark Cudmore: 

  • Is this a correction or something much bigger?
  • The USD and the recent sideways consolidation, what does it mean?
  • Outlook for the bond market
  • Commodities, China, Europe and EM
  • Current stress on the Hong Kong Dollar

Jeffrey Snider:

  • Where are the equity markets headed?
  • What is going on with the Hong Kong Dollar?
  • Principles of a “Dollar Short”

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DariusDaleMVheadshotErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Darius Dale to MacroVoices. Erik and Darius discuss:

  • The U.S. growth cycle and its peak
  • Considerations on inflation
  • Earnings outlook for the rest of the year
  • Global divergence reiterated
  • Prognostications vs the reality of the markets
  • China’s massive credit expansion
  • One final leg in the dollar?
  • USD breakdown in currency and interest differentials

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Simon WhiteErik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Simon White to MacroVoices. Erik and Simon discuss:

  • Considerations on the equity markets
  • Post-crash dynamics
  • Medium-term drivers of the U.S. Dollar
  • Has something fundamentally changed in the U.S. treasury markets?
  • Where is the yield curve going?
  • TED and LIBOR OIS spreads
  • Outlook on the Canadian economy
  • Context on the Chinese economic outlook
  • Has the Japanese economy peaked?

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