During an amazing, almost two-hour video interview, Green shares his macro view of the economy, inflation, markets, and the dynamics of today's equity and fixed income markets. In the video titled; The Un-Consensus on Today's Macro & Inflation, Green claims the base effects driving inflation are becoming more challenging and will not allow for it to remain elevated. He also shares his view of how stock markets have become less efficient and more 'inelastic' due to the proliferation of passive index investing, and where that might lead.
While price is said to be located at the intersection of supply and demand, manipulation and interventions have muddied this picture. Green keys in on the fact that price shocks and distortions have a way of working through the system, when prices rise in the capitalist system, we generally see an increase in the supply of that commodity or service. He also points to the strong role demographics play in the economy. It is important to remember while price hikes can appear inflationary they are not a big issue if they last only a short time. The price of gas from 2000 until today is an example of how wildly prices can swing. In short, if prices do not stay elevated or continue to climb, they do not add to inflation.
|We Have Witnessed Wild Price Swings In Gas Prices Over The Years|
In my mind, what happens to the value of the dollar
and the three other major fiat currencies remains the wild card. As of
yet, their fate is still up in the air. Fiat currencies have the potential to play a much larger part in the "end game" than most people imagine. A shift in preferred consumption or investment choices matter and how
people react if and when they lose faith in fiat currencies is a major
deal. The order in which currencies fail is also important, being the last to fail will yield huge benefits to those that hold it.
One place where I strongly agree with Green occurs about 126.15 minutes into the conversation. This is where he paints the case a stock or the market could suddenly fall like a stone. He does an excellent job of questioning the notion of the "efficient market" hypotenuses. Price insensitive buying and selling has destroyed true price discovery. Of particular concern is the area of passive investments. The distortions we are witnessing today are explained by some of his thoughts on this subject.
|Uncharted Territory Equals Danger|
When all is said and done, Green and I agree on several important issues. Baby boomers lulled into thinking that current trends will continue are taking on massive end-of-life risks. While young traders may have time to build a new nest egg for retirement the older generation does not have such a luxury. While I disagree with some of Green's conclusions, overall I give him a thumbs up for his video and many of the points he raises.
Below is the link to Green's YouTube video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqZ9Ii_F7a0