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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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mark imageErik Townsend welcomes Mark Cudmore to MacroVoices. Erik and Mark discuss:

  • Outlook for the US dollar for 2018
  • Are rate differentials going to impact the dollar move?
  • Considerations on the Yuan oil contract
  • Is the bond bull market over?
  • Low inflation vs. stagnation
  • Is the oil rally sustainable?
  • Outlook on the commodity markets
  • Considerations on the equity markets
  • Perspectives on China’s economy
  • Will the European Union survive?
  • Outlook for the Euro currency
  • Bullish emerging markets and currencies

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JoshSteinerHeadshotErik Townsend welcomes Josh Steiner to MacroVoices. Erik and Josh discuss:

  • Macro drivers of the Canadian and Australian real estate markets
  • Canada’s "Minsky Moment"
  • Turning up the heat with policies
  • Impact on Canadian Banks
  • Australian one-cylinder economy
  • Perspective on the Australian construction boom
  • Negative gearing in Australia and home equity withdrawal
  • Considerations on U.S. real estate
  • There is still room to run in the U.S. markets

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YuskoSniderGromenfinalMacroVoices and Erik Townsend welcome Jeffrey Snider, Mark Yusko and Luke Gromen to the show.  In Part 5 of the 5 Part Series, the panel discuss the possible outcomes:

  • What sign posts for the big change?
  • Potential triggers for a lower U.S. dollar
  • Can structural changes be implemented
  • Which investment assets will work the best?
  • Which investment assets will work the worst?
  • Considerations on investment portfolios

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YuskoSniderGromenfinalMacroVoices and Erik Townsend welcome Jeffrey Snider, Mark Yusko and Luke Gromen to the show.  In Part 4 of the 5 Part Series, Mark Yusko and Luke Gromen present:

  • Gold as a Reserve Asset
  • Gold/Oil Ratio
  • Bypassing the US Dollar
  • Dollar shortage caused by oil price
  • Deficits starting to matter
  • U.S. losing its status as a hegemonic power
  • Logistics in replacing the U.S. System
  • How does the end of Dollar Hegemony occur?

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YuskoSniderGromenfinalErik Townsend welcomes Jeffrey Snider, Mark Yusko and Luke Gromen to MacroVoices. In part 3 of the 5 part series, Mark Yusko and Luke Gromen present: 

  • U.S. Dollar Cyclical Pattern
  • Looking at the Dollar Technicals
  • Is there room for one more rally?
  • Gold and the Oil for Yuan Plan
  • Impacts to Emerging Markets
  • Demographics, Deflation and Lower Rates
  • Welcome to Multi-Polar FX World
  • China and Russia’s end-game strategy

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YuskoSniderGromenfinalErik Townsend welcomes Jeffrey Snider, Mark Yusko and Luke Gromen to MacroVoices. In part 2 of the 5 part series, Jeffrey Snider presents:

  • The post 2007 U.S. Dollar shortage
  • How does the dollar scarcity play out?
  • Problems facing China at the moment
  • Considerations on China’s gold buying
  • Is a RMB crypto currency possible?
  • Do American politicians even know there is a problem?
  • Dollar short squeeze not a U.S. Dollar bull
  • Global De-dollarization

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YuskoSniderGromenfinalErik Townsend welcomes Jeffrey Snider, Mark Yusko and Luke Gromen to MacroVoices. In part 1 of the 5 part series, Jeffrey Snider presents:

  • Overview of the big picture story
  • Perspectives on where we are today
  • Bulls vs. Bears (nobody wins)
  • Bank of Russia operations in FX repo auctions
  • Brazilian Real and the US dollar funding
  • China’s management of the US dollar
  • The evolving Chinese response

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PROFESSOR STEVE KEEN headshotErik Townsend welcomes Prof. Steve Keen to MacroVoices. Erik and Steve discuss:

  • Reflecting on the 2008 crisis
  • What is going to go wrong with the current credit cycle
  • False narratives around QE and bank reserves
  • Where is the risk to correction in asset pricing?
  • Walking dead of debt and the zombies to be
  • Considerations on Japan, Canada and China
  • How long does this debt cycle last?
  • Will the next crisis be more wide spread?

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Juliette DeclercqErik Townsend welcomes Juliette Declercq to MacroVoices. Erik and Juliette discuss:

  • US Economy Late in the Cycle
  • China’s Macro Landscape
  • Where is Inflation Heading?
  • Caution on equities 2018
  • Direction for 10year Bonds
  • The US Yield Curve and Potential Recession
  • When has the Fed gone too far?
  • Changing of the guard at the FED
  • USD bearish outlook

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Marin Katusa OfficeErik Townsend welcomes Marin Katusa to MacroVoices. Erik and Marin discuss:

  • Saudi Arabia Politics
  • The power shift in the Middle East
  • Petrodollar and the Yuan oil contract
  • Considerations on American oil
  • Understanding the OPEC and Russia relationship
  • Saudi Aramco IPO
  • Future of electric vehicle market
  • The outlook on uranium
  • Understanding global uranium enrichment
  • Future of Russia and Vladimir Putin

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TepperErik Townsend welcomes Jonathan Tepper back to MacroVoices. Erik and Jonathan discuss:

  • Outlook on the US Dollar
  • The momentum trade on global equities
  • Contrarian call on the retailers
  • Update on Australian real estate
  • Outlook on China
  • Considerations on the Canadian economy

    SPECIAL POSTGAME GUEST: Derivatives expert Devin Anderson to discuss the VIX complex and the short VOL trade

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Filia HeadshotErik Townsend welcomes Francesco Filia to MacroVoices. Erik and Francesco discuss:

  • Measuring the equity bubble
  • Measuring the bond bubble
  • What could be the catalyst be for the reversal?
  • Fake market narrative
  • Chasing narratives and global growth
  • Positive feedback loops
  • ETFs and their impact on the markets
  • Systemic risks from funds not just banks
  • Considerations on European junk bonds
  • S&P values vs. share buybacks
  • Risks to the market from the short VOL trade

SPECIAL POSTGAME GUEST: The Macro Tourist Kevin Muir discussing bonds, inflation and the coming collapse of the short VIX trade. 

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Keith McCullough headshotErik Townsend welcomes Keith McCullough to MacroVoices. Erik and Keith discuss:

  • Bullish narrative on equities 
  • Valuation is not a catalyst
  • Trends in growth and inflation
  • Where are we in the economic cycle
  • Global economic divergences
  • Growth acceleration puts a lid on market multiples
  • Earnings considerations
  • Considerations on technology valuations
  • Long/short strategies

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

  • Bastardization of money
  • Failure of Primus in 2009
  • Reflecting on the failure of AIG
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
  • Henry Paulson and Glass–Steagall
  • The Eurodollar system going parabolic in the 2000s
  • Banks manipulating regulations
  • FOMC understanding of Eurodollars
  • Big Picture end game of the Eurodollar system

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Grant WilliamsErik Townsend welcomes Grant Williams to MacroVoices. Erik and Grant discuss:

  • Outlook for the US dollar
  • Update on the Petroyuan oil contract 
  • Edge of the Cliff 
  • Inflation Risks on the Horizon?
  • When is the time for gold?
  • Thoughts on cryptocurrencies
  • Considerations on interest rates and yields
  • Australian real estate
  • Perspective on China’s credit bubble
  • Writing is on the wall in Europe

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HarleyBassman250xErik Townsend welcomes Harley Bassman to MacroVoices. Erik and Harley discuss:

  • Creation of the MOVE index 
  • The three Drivers of Risk:  Duration, Credit, and Convexity
  • The demographic of the Baby Boomers continues to drive financial markets
  • Looking at the long-term profile of changes in the Labor Force
  • Changes in Labor Force growth leads 10-year yields
  • Labor participation rates are highly demographic
  • Considerations on inflation risks:  Yes…..but not until 2024 when the Boomer/Millennial demographic inflects
  • Perspective on CAPE ratio levels
  • Correlation of buybacks to cumulative flows
  • Gold is not an asset, but rather an alternative currency
  • Flow of active to passive management is building a negatively convex foundation
  • Triggers for a market correction

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

  • The Basel Accords
  • Capital Reserve Ratios
  • Understanding risk weightings
  • Leverage in bank capital
  • Considerations on JPM RiskMetrics
  • Basic interbank function
  • Interbank function under Basel

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Arthur Berman largeErik Townsend welcomes Art Berman to MacroVoices. Erik and Art discuss:

  • Comparative inventory levels on oil 
  • Oil price responsive to inventories
  • Realization price recovery in crude prices takes time
  • Refinery intakes have not recovered
  • Where are average consumption levels
  • Outlook on gasoline & distillate stocks
  • Backwardation on WTI
  • Considerations on OPEC-NOPEC production cuts
  • Global market balance on oil

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J ChristianErik Townsend welcomes Jeffrey Christian to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeffrey discuss:

  • Outlook on the US Dollar
  • Global de-dollarization
  • Outlook on gold and silver
  • Considerations on basic materials
  • Why are grains so weak?
  • Considerations on new crude oil contract with settlement in yuan, backed by gold 
  • The next Fed Chairman
  • ECB policy considerations and decentralization trends in Europe
  • Considerations on the Russian economy
  • Credit issues in China

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

  • The case of the missing money
  • Transformation of banking into a wholesale model
  • Radical monetary evolution
  • Wholesale vs Offshore Eurodollars
  • Understanding the great inflation of the 1970s
  • Repo markets of the 1970s
  • Development of the Shadow Banking System

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