Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Jim Rogers Exclusive: Bigger Financial Shocks Loom. Consequences to Impact for Years

The U.S. financial crisis has cut so deep – and the government has taken on so much debt in misguided attempts to bail out such companies as Fannie Mae ( FNM ) and Freddie Mac ( FRE ) – that even larger financial shocks are still to come, global investing guru Jim Rogers said in an exclusive interview with Money Morning .

Indeed, the U.S. financial debacle is now so ingrained – and a so-called “Super Crash” so likely – that most Americans alive today won't be around by the time the last of this credit-market mess is finally cleared away – if it ever is, Rogers said.

The end of this crisis “is a long way away,” Rogers said. “In fact, it may not be in our lifetimes.”

During a 40-minute interview during a wealth-management conference in this West Coast Canadian city last month, Rogers also said that:

*U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke should “resign” for the bailout deals he's handed out as he's tried to battle this credit crisis.

*That the U.S. national debt – the roughly $5 trillion held by the public– essentially doubled in the course of a single weekend because of the Fed-led credit crisis bailout deals.

*That U.S. consumers and investors can expect much-higher interest rates – noting that if the Fed doesn't raise borrowing costs, market forces will make that happen.

*And that the average American has no idea just how bad this financial crisis is going to get.

“The next shock is going to be bigger and bigger, still,” Rogers said. “The shocks keep getting bigger because we keep propping things up … [and] bailing everyone out.”

I don't know if the crisis will last decades but there are obviously severe problems with the entire US financial/economic system. Big institutions face continuing problems related to the experience of the average American consumer, the driving force of their economy. US consumers have literally run out of money (and are losing their jobs) as the housing sector implodes and supporting businesses downsize or go bankrupt. Money, that was handed out by the banks in previous years has dried up. Furthermore, the money that was handed out in previous years has been lost in bad investments.

The situation is a distaster.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 20th, 2008.]

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