Nouriel Roubini Talks Doom Again

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com 

They call NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini–“Doctor Doom.”   He got the moniker because his ominous predictions, a few years back, came true.  I really hate the “Doom” name.  I think he should be called “Doctor Right on the Money.”   So, when Roubini talks I listen.   It seems the spotlight is off the U.S. for the moment because of Greek debt and rumors of default.

 But Roubini says Greece is just the “tip of the iceberg” in the world of sovereign debt problems.  Here’s more from Reuters:  Professor Roubini, the New York-based academic who was one of the few to anticipate the scale of the financial crisis, told a panel in California that the buildup of debt is likely to lead to countries defaulting or resorting to inflation to ease the burden on their populations.  “While today markets are worried about Greece, Greece is just the tip of the iceberg,” Roubini told the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California. “The thing I worry about is the buildup of sovereign debt.”  Although Greece’s misreporting of the scale of its own debt has helped shatter investors’ faith, the southern European country is not alone in its struggle. The depth of the property bust in both Spain and Portugal has prompted the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the creditworthiness of both.  (Click here for the complete Reuters story.)

Roubini had some strong words to say about Greece and its debt problem.  The professor was a little more positive about the U.S. in the near term.  The long term for America is a different story altogether.  Famed investor Jim Sinclair(jsmineset.com) agrees with Roubini, but his view of the American debt problem is much rougher!  Sinclair said earlier this week, “Let’s cut the crap. The US deficit is 10.3% of GDP. If the US was part of the EU there would be a call for them to be thrown out, just like Greece.  Regardless, the rating agencies and media plow on with the public following them like the sheeples they are.”

Below is a Bloomberg interview with Dr. Roubini that illuminates the Greek and U.S. debt problems:   

Comments
  1. Elihu E. O'Dowd

    IMHO, I would suggest that we listen to Jim Sinclair (mentioned in article) since he’s been ‘right on’ in his financial predictions, especially in the POG.
    Eli

    • Greg

      Eli,
      Yes, Sinclair has been correct all along, especially on OTC derivatives and their never ending problem.
      Greg

  2. Gary

    I’ve read the mineset almost every day since ’03. As you say, Sinclair has been right, and I may add… every step of the way. So we can say with certainty that whatever OTC derivatives don’t destroy, the ensuing litigation will. Today we are seeing the gathering storm of litigation.

    • Greg

      Gary,
      You are so right. One of the sure ways to protect wealth is to buy precious metals. Thank you for reading USAWatchdog.com!
      Greg

  3. OldSchool

    I agree that Roubini has been quite impressive, as well as Celente. Just like Roubini, many of us started suspecting widespread austerity as the international bankers are realigning and conglomerizing. So far Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and a handfull of other countries are being battered by the manipulative nature of S&P, not to mention the back-handing they get from the IMF and BIS.
    It looks like they are spinning the treasury presses in high gear in order to keep the fiat dollar as a global currency, judging by the shape of the euro these days.

    • Greg

      OldSchool,
      Very astute point!! Thank you.
      Greg

  4. Peter Dykes

    Nouriel Roubini also has a ‘name’ to burnish, so he is Doctor Doom on the PIIGS, but tones it down for the US, offering a kind of ‘muddle through’ scenario instead and denying the likelihood of double-dip recession, keeping himself within acceptable parameters so far as the establishment is concerned but still cultivating his doom-like moniker that delivered him from obscurity.

  5. Patriot Watch

    Dog I am scared. What does this all mean. Should I be listening to Celente as well? Do I need to start storing goods for my home?

    I am not trying to be a wiseinhiemer. I am serious as Obama is a Marxist.

    • Greg

      Patriot,
      Famed martial arts master Bruce Lee once said something like, “I train every part of my body because you never know what to expect in a fight.” We are heading into the fight of our lives. I would rather have it and not need ot than need it and not have it. Storing some food and a few oil changes is cheap insurance.
      Greg

  6. walkdontrun

    So, when Roubini talks I listen.

    Except when he talks about gold. He seems to think 1500 or 2000 are never going to happen so I bet him one ounce of pure it makes 1500 by then end of 2011. Will he take that bet?

    • Greg

      Walkdontrun,
      You cannot be right about all the time but Roubini is right a lot. But you are correct Dr. Doom has been wrong on gold. I will put my money on your side of the table on the gold bet!! Thank you.
      Greg

  7. Tunney

    Jim Sinclair has been right on everything but his mining resource company.

    • Greg

      Tunney,
      Yes you are correct but Sinclair has been right on some of the biggest issues in today’s financial world. I still think his company will bear fruit. Thank you for your comment.
      Greg

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