Erik: Joining me now is Grant Williams, the editor and publisher of Things That Make You Go Hmmm, perhaps one of the best-regarded newsletters in the industry.
Grant, something that has gotten my attention and I know has yours, and it has the attention of I think the smartest people in the investment industry, is not really just about investments. It’s about using our skills as investors to recognize there’s things going on in the world that are a really big deal. And they have investment implications for sure.
But the social implications, I think, are more important. Give us a quick outline, for those people who don’t read your newsletter, what’s on your mind with respect to civil unrest and the social fabric degradation that’s going on around the world?
Needless to say, the gold market is really, really heating up, folks. And I don’t mind admitting on the air that I was wrong at the end of last year. I really thought we would get down to probably $1,420 or so before eventually this market really took off, which I’ve always expected that it would.
And, sure enough, true to form, gold has broken out of its bull flag formation a lot sooner than I expected it to. And it looks like we’re off to the races.
Marin, let’s start with the big picture on gold and where we stand with gold. What do you see coming? And, particularly, right now we’ve got a lot of geopolitical risk with Iran and everything else going in. Is it possible that this breakout is a false alarm and we really are still headed back down to $1,400 or lower?
Erik: Joining me now as MacroVoices’ final interview guest for this decade is Dr. Pippa Malmgren.
Pippa, you have been just on the leading edge of so many things. I think it was two, maybe three, years ago you first started talking about quantum computing. And nobody knew what the hell you were talking about. And of course today it’s one of the hottest stories going. You were really on the leading edge of that.
Now, recently you’ve been paying attention to something called the knowledge-doubling curve. What does that mean?
Pippa: So there is a guy called Buckminster Fuller. He’s the one who invented the geodesic dome.
He was a remarkable scientist who estimated that by the year 1900, the information, the knowledge of the human race was increasing at a rate of about twice every 250 years. In other words, every 250 years you would double the knowledge of the human race.
But by 1900, it was doubling every century. In other words, much faster.
Erik: Well, folks, last week I promised you for Christmas a good, old-fashioned Art Berman oil special. So crude oil is going to be the topic of the day and, of course, petroleum geologist Art Berman, a very good friend of MacroVoices, is our feature interview guest.
As always, Art puts together some of the best slide decks that we have all year long. So, whatever you do, don’t miss downloading Art’s chart deck. The download link is in your Research Roundup email. If you’re not yet registered and don’t have a Research Roundup email, just go to our home page at macrovoices.com, look for the red button that says Looking for the Downloads? next to Art’s picture.
Art, I love the new graphics on the cover slide, but I want to dive right into Slide 2 because this speaks to what I’ve been telling our listeners for a couple weeks now is, in my mind, the core central issue. The IEA has forecast that, even if there is complete compliance with the new deepened OPEC production cuts, even with full compliance, there is still going to be an oil glut in the first half of 2020 that could only mean prices going down dramatically, which is totally opposite of recent market action.
The thing is, Art, that whole forecast is based on IEA’s projection that the US will increase its production by a million barrels a day in 2020. And a lot of that, or most of that, has got to come from the Permian Basin.
Jim prepared a terrific slide deck for us called “Understanding the Fixed Income Market,” a great deck of slides. I strongly encourage you to download it. Registered users will find the download link in your Research Roundup email. If you’re not yet registered, just go to our home page at macrovoices.com, look for the red button that says Looking for the Downloads? next to Jim’s picture on the home page.
Jim, I guess the hot topic in fixed income this week is the prognostications of Zoltan Pozsar that (basically between now and the end of the year and probably this week), oh, boy, hang on, here it comes, the big repo dislocation (bigger than September) that could potentially, in Pozsar’s prognostication, force the Fed’s hands and force a full-on QE4.
It seems like a lot of people disagree with that view. What’s your take? And how do we make sense of this? And what should we be paying attention to?