This Crisis Just Appetizer for Total Breakdown: Marc Faber
Web Producer, CNBC.com
The crisis the world went through is just an appetizer for a future one because the weaknesses that created it have not been addressed, Marc Faber, author and publisher of the Gloom, Doom and Boom Report, told CNBC Friday.
"It's a total and complete disaster and the crisis we had is just the appetizer to the big total breakdown of financial markets and of governments in five or 10 years time when the whole system goes bust," Faber told "Worldwide Exchange."
The G20 meeting is not likely to find a solution that would prevent a future meltdown, as the people who are supposed to implement the new measures are the same people who were unable to foresee this crisis, he said.
The issues of excessive leverage and the "uncontrolled, unbound credit growth," as well as the bulging deficits and interest rates at zero are not being addressed, he added.
"My view is that this G20 meeting is a complete and total waste of time," he said. "Nothing will be achieved except that they will implement regulations that are even worse than the regulations that brought us all these problems."
Starting with 2002, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and current chairman Ben Bernanke "managed to create a bubble in everything." But inflation pressures are building up, and the Fed's measure of inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, is not relevant, according to Faber.
"If you have interest rates at zero essentially you discourage people to save and encourage them to speculate," he said. "I look at the US dollar. Whenever a currency is weak, it's weak because of some inflationary pressures."
Emerging markets are the place to be in the long term, because their economies are gaining importance in the world, bit this will lead to geopolitical tensions, Faber warned.
"I think that people will have to rethink the world and that they should have little money in the US and have 50 percent of their funds in emerging economies," he said.
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