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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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RussellNapierMacroVoicesErik Townsend welcomes Professor Russell Napier to MacroVoices. Erik and Russell discuss:

  • Is the U.S. Dollar bull market over?  
  • Secular treasury bond bull market
  • The coming pension crisis
  • Inflation expectations
  • Outlook for precious metals
  • European exit contagion

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LacyHuntBio2017Erik Townsend welcomes Dr. Lacy Hunt to MacroVoices. Erik and Lacy discuss:

  • Are the secular lows in interest rates in?
  • Minsky vs. Kindelberger
  • Is the U.S. “Turning Japanese”?
  • Impact of demographics

  • Negative interest rates
  • Fed hiking into deteriorating economy
  • Dollar viability as reserve currency
  • European sovereign debt

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

  • Insights into the French elections
  • The next move in the US Dollar
  • Is the bond bull market over?
  • Considerations on the levels of private debt
  • Geopolitics of North Korea and Syria
  • The economics of China’s debt crisis
  • Can we avoid another financial crisis
  • Are we at the next Minsky moment?
  • Housing bubbles in Canada and Australia
  • Considerations for the U.S. housing market 

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maa photoErik Townsend welcomes Martin Armstrong to MacroVoices. Erik and Martin discuss:

  • Views on the U.S. Dollar
  • The future of the European Union
  • Bullish case for U.S. stocks
  • Considerations for international money flows
  • Future interest rate trends
  • Looking at government debt
  • Geopolitics of North Korea and Syria
  • Considerations on China and the debt crisis

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DDB Headshot NewErik Townsend welcomes Danielle DiMartino Booth to MacroVoices. Erik and Danielle discuss:

  • Looking at the Fed from the inside
  • Shadow Banking System
  • Reflecting on the Global Financial Crisis
  • The culture at the Reserve Banks
  • What should be done with the Fed?
  • Can interest rates ever be normalized?
  • Considerations on the Underfunded Pensions
  • What needs to happen next? 

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Lance RobertsErik Townsend welcomes Lance Roberts to MacroVoices. Erik and Lance discuss:

  • Liquidity Driven Markets
  • Fed Balance Sheet Driving Asset Prices
  • Margin Debt Net Credit Balance
  • Margin Debt as a % of Real GDP
  • Total Liabilities & Equity /GVA
  • Total System Leverage
  • The Economic Deficit
  • Peaks in Real Profit Margins

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

  • US Dollar, 10-year UST and the FOMC
  • Red string of fate ties U.S. to China
  • Perspective on the FOMC policy
  • Perspectives on the business cycle
  • Where is the ISM heading next
  • Impact on Trump’s tax and infrastructure spending
  • Surprises for the French election

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julian brigden headshotErik Townsend welcomes Julian Brigden to MacroVoices. Erik and Julian discuss:

  • U.S. Dollar impact on the U.S. shale bubble
  • Peak acceleration in ISM manufacturing
  • Headline inflation peaking
  • Fed tightening going to start to impact data
  • Bond shorting opportunity is over
  • Risks to the reflationary trades
  • Wage trends in the U.S.
  • Perspective on European growth and inflation
  • Relative pricing between U.S. and European bunds

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

  • Outlook on the US Dollar
  • Secular bullish call on gold
  • Outlook on silver
  • Current demand for physical gold
  • Platinum and palladium
  • Current fundamentals on lithium
  • Macro outlook on the economy and stock markets
  • Views on the European Union
  • Outlook for China and Russia

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

  • Excess liquidity and the impact to equities, emerging markets and commodity prices
  • Inflation risks
  • The real end game and runaway inflation
  • Comments on the 35-year secular bull market in sovereign bonds and the yield curve
  • Australia – the housing bubble in full bloom
  • Perspectives on China and Japan
  • Outlook for the U.S. Dollar
  • Variant Perception's perspective on macro analysis

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

  • Catalyst for the current decline in oil
  • Lack of confidence in OPEC
  • Record levels of oil inventories
  • Comparative inventories to past years
  • World production surplus
  • Global liquids consumption growth
  • OECD incremental liquids Inventory
  • EIA U.S. crude oil forecast

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

  • The rise and drivers of populism
  • Trump and the animal spirits driving the markets
  • Trump’s stance on ISIS
  • Peak optimism
  • Is there a crisis in China?
  • Gold/copper ratio
  • Stagflation
  • U.S. dollar outlook
  • Is the 35 year bond bull market over? 

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Louis 201211Erik Townsend welcomes Louis-Vincent Gave to MacroVoices. Erik and Louis discuss:

  • China Reflation Trade
  • Is Chinese Growth Rolling Over?
  • Will Trump Get a Weaker US Dollar?
  • Brexit and the Future of the European Union
  • Philippines and Rodrigo Duterte
  • Rise of the Chinese Empire
  • India and the Indian Currency System
  • Opinions on Stocks and Bonds
  • Investment Themes for 2017
  • Risks for 2017

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DSC06699 2Erik Townsend welcomes Jeffrey Snider to MacroVoices. Erik and Jeff discuss:

  • Understanding the Eurodollar Money Market 
  • Swap Spreads and Interbank Hierarchy
  • Dimensions in the Eurodollar Futures and Eurodollar Money Supply
  • Why does the World Need So Many Dollars?
  • How the Eurodollar market supplanted the Bretton Woods System
  • U.S. Dollar and the Dollar Funding Gap
  • Reflation Trade Debunked
  • Interest Rates Trapped
  • Failing Global Currency System

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Jim Rogers largeErik Townsend welcomes Jim Rogers back to MacroVoices. Erik and Jim discuss:

  • What’s in store for the U.S. Equity Markets?
  • Outlook on the U.S. Dollar
  • Is the 35-year bond bull market over?
  • Where are junk bonds going?
  • History of government failures
  • His views on the global populist movements
  • Is there war on the horizon? 
  •  Are the Russian’s being scapegoated? 
  • Update on his views on gold
  • His views on movement to cashless society
  • Are we moving away from a free society?

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JSchwager Photo Barcelona FINALErik Townsend welcomes Jack Schwager to MacroVoices. Erik and Jack discuss:

  • How has futures trading evolved over the last few decades?
  • Understanding leverage – stocks vs. futures
  • Technical Analysis vs Fundamental Analysis
  • The Most Important Rule in Technical Trading
  • Understanding Continuous Futures Contacts
  • Systems Trading
  • Understanding Fundamental Analysis on Futures
  • Lessons from the Market Wizards
  • What’s new at Fundseeder

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David Rosenberg headshot HRErik Townsend welcomes David Rosenberg to MacroVoices. Erik and David discuss:

  • How long does the Trump rally last?
  • Is inflation really a risk moving forward?  
  • When is it time to become bearish on the markets? 
  • When is it time to make your fundamental asset mix shift?
  • Fed will play an important role in how the cycle plays out
  • US dollar outlook
  • Canadian Dollar and Canadian Monetary Policy
  • Future of European Union
  • Is the 35-year bond bull market over?
  • Opportunities and Outlook for 2017 

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Raoul Pal

Erik Townsend welcomes back Raoul Pal, co-founder of Real Vision TV back to MacroVoices.  Erik and Raoul discuss:

  • Trump impact on the U.S. Dollar
  • Is the bond bull market over and where are yields moving from here
  • Update on the business cycle (spoiler alert: it is long in the tooth)
  • Looking at the European banks and can they survive the next recession
  • The overcrowded VIX contango trade
  • The short-term direction of gold
  • The big opportunities of 2017
  • Update on crude oil
  • Junk bonds, when do the credit risk return

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Rick RuleErik Townsend welcomes back Rick Rule from Sprott Global to MacroVoices. Erik and Rick discuss:

  • Trump impact on precious metal prices
  • Impact of real yields, inflation, debt and the U.S. Dollar on gold prices
  • Due Diligence in making private placements in gold and silver mining companies
  • Evaluating intellectual property and physical property
  • Characteristics successful and failed endeavors
  • The risk vs. reward of speculating in pre-revenue private placements
  • How much time and capital is needed to invest in early stage startups
  • Being a contrarian, looking where the market is not paying attention

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David HayErik Townsend welcomes David Hay to MacroVoices. Erik and David discuss:

  • Trump victory rally likely overbought
  • Recession risk remains high
  • Market fails to discount effect of Trump tax plan on corporate buybacks
  • USD Rally can’t continue indefinitely; Plaza Accord 2.0 is inevitable
  • Global debt burden poses serious risk to full recovery
  • Recession could still spell much lower treasury yields
  • China situation bad but probably not bad enough to trigger global downturn
  • Energy MLPs have tripled in 2016 – Dave still Bullish

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