Jim Rogers: expect a double dip by 2012

China and commodities bull Jim Rogers thinks the economy is going to eventually run out of gas by 2012. While he doesn’t call this a double dip, he does say that “the next time it’s going to be worse because we’ve shot all of our bullets.” With zero interest rates and huge government deficits all around, policy options are definitely more limited.

As for currencies, he sees weakness all around because of the ‘liquidity seeking return’ mentality in which stock markets are buoyed by easy money. The interesting thing is he claims he hasn’t bought any shares since November 2008 except in China. Rogers is a value investor, not a market timer like his former colleague George Soros; so he seems to be saying he is willing to forgo the 70% run-up in shares we have witnessed in the past year because of his fundamental bias.

He doesn’t sound too pessimistic about the US housing market, though. He notes the inventory overhang, but doesn’t predict a major selloff in prices. He just thinks it will be a long time before a sustained increase in house prices can resume.

Video below. It runs 4:33.

Also see the Bloomberg video Rogers Says He Holds `Massive’ Short Positions on Euro for his view on the Greek sovereign debt crisis.

  1. Steven Kass says

    I don’t think Jim Rogers says he holds massive short on Euros. I understood he is long the Euro because there are massive short positions on the Euro, and he likes to be on the other side.

    1. Edward Harrison says

      Steven, you may be right. I didn’t reference his short position. Bloomberg entitled the video as such but, strangely have since removed it. I’ll see if I can track it down and see what he actually did say.

      Aha. Here it is :


      “(Corrects to clarify Rogers was talking about the market having short positions in the euro.) March 19 (Bloomberg) — James Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, talks with Bloomberg’s Andrea Catherwood about his investment strategy for the euro and the pound. Rogers, speaking in London, also discusses the prospect of an international bailout for debt-stricken Greece.”

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