After thinking this morning about commodities and inflationary prospects, I watched a Jim Rogers interview from 1995, which I have included below. You will have to fast forward a bit, because he appears toward the end. Here are a few of his predictions from 1995:
“Next year and the year after, I don’t think we’re going to have good times in the American stock market.”
“Commodity prices are going through the roof.”
Best country to invest in right now: “
“Everything in life comes down to timing.”
Well, it looks as if Jim's timing was profoundly wrong.
In fact, much of this flies in the face of what he said in Hot Commodities, published a decade later, which was to the effect of “
Anyone who continues saying that inflation will come or commodities will rise is bound to be proven right at some point. This not to single out
What history shows is that, aside from short-term macro shocks, the best asset class to own, by far, is stocks. And if you can buy those stocks at depressed prices or in periods of intense fear, then your total return can be magnified significantly.
Keynes predicted that the great financial fortunes –
Quite the contrary: the countries with the most developed financial systems have always been the most prosperous, whether the Medicis in Renaissance Italy, the Rothschilds in 19th-century
Thus, while the gloom and doom is persuasive nowadays, I remain highly skeptical that the world – financial or otherwise – is coming to an end. I lean more towards John Paulson's prediction that massive returns will accrue to buyers of solid, yet beaten-down financial stocks, as the smoke clears and we emerge from this crisis.