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Nouriel Roubini Issues New Warning On Global Economy

June 23rd, 2011 Comments off

In a piece for Al Jazeera entitled “black swan events and the global economy,” NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini, the “doctor of doom,” has presented a new dark perspective on the current state of global economics. Roubini integrates a number of negative economic metrics and phenomena, including “black swan” events such as the Japanese earthquake and more mundane though far from rosy economic data that challenges the views of economists who are eternally optimistic. While the optimists believe the current negative economic factors are merely hiccups, and equity growth can resume in full force, Roubini warns that the dangers confronting the global economy are chronic, and may lead to a double-dip recession.

On the current Greek debt crisis, Roubini writes, “Global risk-aversion has also increased, as the option of further ‘extend and pretend’ or ‘delay and pray’ on Greece is becoming less desirable, and the specter of a disorderly workout is becoming more likely.”

One of the points Nouriel Roubini makes in his article is that  new financial and economic disasters on the scale of 2008 and would leave policymakers empty-handed, as the massive growth in public debt since 2008 leaves them without ammunition in the event of a new series of catastrophes. As Roubini puts it:

“This lack of policy bullets is reflected in most advanced economies’ embrace of some form of austerity, in order to avoid a fiscal train wreck down the line. Public debt is already high, and many sovereigns are near distress, so governments’ ability to backstop their banks via more bailouts, guarantees, and ring-fencing of questionable assets is severely constrained. Another round of so-called ‘quantitative easing’ by monetary authorities may not occur as inflation is rising – albeit slowly – in most advanced economies.”

In essence, Roubini offers a portrayal of the current state of the global economy that is laden with doom and gloom.


Dr. Nouriel Roubini Warns of Fiscal “Train Wreck” for U.S. Over Deficit and National Debt

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Dr. Nouriel Roubini, one of the foremost economists monitoring the global financial and economic crisis, warns of  grave dangers facing the public budgetary imbalance of the United States. “The fiscal problem is very serious. The bond vigilantes have not yet woken up in the U.S. in the way they have in the Eurozone. Unless the U.S. addresses this fiscal problem, we’re going to see a train wreck.”

Roubini in the past has supported the vast budget deficits of governments and monetary loosening of central banks as a painful but necessary measure by advanced economies to redress the damage resulting form the financial and economic collapse of 2008. Even then, he warned that there was no free lunch, and that policymakers would have to present a credible plan for withdrawing stimulus and monetary easing and curtailing their levels of public debt. Now, with a full-fledged sovereign debt crisis raging in Europe and the U.S. trapped with a structural mega-deficit, Roubini and other perceptive economists are clearly worried about the unsustainable budgetary imbalance of the U.S. federal government. Indeed, a day of reckoning is coming closer, with no cogent remedies on the horizon. It is becoming far more likely that a fiscal train wreck is a future destination for the U.S. economy, and that future may not be long delayed.

Nouriel Roubini and Bizarre U.S. Jobs Report

November 6th, 2010 Comments off

Three days after the Democratic Party lost control over the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm election, the Obama administration heralded a supposedly impressive jobs report. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy created a net total of 150,00 jobs during October. Sounds good. However, the unemployment rate stood at 9.6 percent, suggesting that previously discouraged workers reentered the job market.

Now here is where things get really strange. According to Nouriel Roubini, there is something contradictory about the claim of strong job creation in October. Here is what he tweeted: “Household survey: employment fell 330K last month & labor force participation rate at 25yr low. How does that square with 150K jobs gain?”

If Professor Nouriel Roubini is skeptical about the laudatory jobs report just released, we all should be.

Nouriel Roubini Sees Growing Risk of Double Dip Recession in the U.S.

September 6th, 2010 Comments off

NYU Economics Professor Nouriel Roubini believes that the risk of a double dip recession is growing in the United States. He assesses the  probability of a double dip at 40%, the other scenario being subpar economic growth (under one percent), which feels like a recession in terms of high unemployment, growing public deficits, declining home values and increased losses among banks and financial institutions.

“You don’t need negative economic growth to feel like a recession  when growth is well below trend growth,” Roubini said in a recent Financial Times interview. Even if a double dip is technically avoided in the last quarter of 2010, Nouriel Roubini’s forecast for 2011 is dire. He sees the risk of a double dip recession increasing, along with widening credit spreads and interbank lending rates. Compounding his gloomy projection, Roubini sees little left for policymakers to grapple with, either on the monetary or fiscal side. In particular, he sees another flurry of quantitative easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve as being “impotent.”

The downbeat perspective of Roubini on the U.S. economy extends to Europe, where he believes the recent impressive growth figures in Germany are merely temporary. Furthermore, he points out, Germany is the best performing economy in the Eurozone, where the remaining countries are facing disaster. Half of the Eurozone is already experiencing a double dip recession. In addition, Japan is courting a double dip, and even strong emerging economies such as China are showing signs of an economic slowdown.

The economist known as “Dr. Doom” is actually trying to view economic trends in a realistic manner. If his interpretation of emerging trends strikes a chord of doom and gloom, one needs to look critically at those trends rather than marginalize the messenger. It should be recalled that when Nouriel Roubini issued his warning about the coming collapse of the financial order as we once knew it, based on a house of cards and subprime mortgages, he was harshly ridiculed by many mainstream economists. All the more reason to listen to what he has to say about the current state of the global economy.


Overall, I have not seen Professor Roubini so gloomy on the state of the global economy since his prescient warnings of  financial Armageddon approaching in the months leading up to the implosion of the investment banks in the summer and fall of 2008.

Nouriel Roubini: “From Here on I See Things Getting Worse.”

May 21st, 2010 Comments off

In an interview with CNBC, the renowned NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini reverted to his apocalyptic mantle of “Dr. Doom.” He said without equivocation that equities were likely to lose 20% of their current valuation. He pointed out that the Eurozone debt crisis and general weakness in the global economy will create severe challenges for investors.

Regarding the Greek sovereign debt crisis, Roubini described efforts to bail out Athens and other highly indebted Eurozone countries as “mission impossible.” He went on to provide a dire overview of the fiscal crisis gripping many advanced economies.

“What needs to be done is clear. We need to raise taxes and cut spending. Otherwise we’re going to get a fiscal train wreck,” warned Roubini. Readers of my book, “Global Economic Forecast 2010-2015: Recession Into Depression” are aware that my own projection is that the growing sovereign debt problem will mark the next phase of the global economic crisis, sparking a synchronized global depression.

Nouriel Roubini and Greek Debt Crisis: IMF and Eurozone Bailout “Is Not Going to Work”

April 30th, 2010 Comments off

During a panel discussion conducted by the Milken Institute on the Greek debt crisis, as well as in comments to the media, Professor Nouriel Roubini relayed a stark assessment on the situation. His assessment of the planned bailout of Greece by the International Monetary Fund and the Eurozone nations, especially (if reluctantly) Germany, was damning. The bailout will not work, Roubini emphasized, as the problem confronting Greece was not one of illiquidity but rather the far more dire circumstance of insolvency.

Roubini made several references to Argentina’s fiscal crisis at the turn of the current century, which culminated in default on the national debt because of egregious errors made by policymakers. The failure of policymakers in the Eurozone to recognize that Greece is insolvent and requires debt restructuring, rather than a bailout in the hope of calming markets, will make a bad situation far worse, and waste an enormous amount of public money.

“Greece is just the tip of the iceberg, or the canary in the coal mine for a much broader range of fiscal problems,” said Roubini. The disorderly debt default of Greece would spread contagion throughout other highly leveraged economies in the Eurozone, he warned.

Forecasting the Next Stage of the Global Economic Crisis

March 29th, 2010 Comments off

In a recent edition of the Australian newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, business blogger  James Adonis presented the views of seven financial thinkers on what the next stage of the global economic and financial crisis might entail. Not surprisingly, there were optimists in the group. There were also pessimists, including your’s truly. Here is what I told James Adonis, and appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald:

“But Canadian economic commentator, Sheldon Filger, disagrees. He predicted the global financial crisis two years before it occurred. ‘Policymakers in major advanced economies have made a gamble; absorbing massive levels of public debt to backstop insolvent banks and fund stimulus spending… They will lose this gamble, I am convinced, sparking a massive sovereign debt crisis in these economies, especially the US and UK, unleashing a synchronised global depression. What is unfolding now in Greece and the other PIIGS is but a harbinger of what is to come. I predict that round two will unfold by 2012.’ ”

In the months prior to the worsening financial situation in the United States combusting in 2008, there were plenty of prognosticators. The closer one got to official government circles and mainstream media, the more upbeat and positive the forecasts became. It was in the area of unofficial sources where one encountered the most accurate prediction of what was to unfold. I recall how NYU professor Nouriel Roubini came out with a checklist of what would unfold months  before the collapse of America’s major investment banks. He was pilloried as “Dr. Doom,” while those who abstained from drinking the official Kool-Aid  marked off his checklist with an uncanny lack of interruption, as the global financial system headed towards catastrophe.

My views, as expressed in The Sydney Morning Herald and elaborated on in detail in my book, “Global Economic Forecast 2010-2015: Recession Into Depression,” are presently far from the perspective of officialdom, policymakers and mainstream media pundits. Yet, as major economies sink deeper into irreversible public debt, and sovereign debt crises have emerged in Greece and Dubai, I have begun to mark off my own checklist, as the global economy  accelerates on the road to fiscal calamity.

Can the U.S. Afford Another Stimulus Package?

November 18th, 2009 Comments off

I have previously predicted that the Obama administration will almost certainly push for a second stimulus package prior to the 2010 mid-term congressional elections. The upcoming White House  jobs summit, scheduled for December, is probably a set-up to create the PR context for promulgating a new instalment of the previous Economic Recovery Act.

In a recent op ed piece, NYU economist Nouriel Roubini warned that unless “bold action” (meaning more stimulus spending ) is taken, “the damage will be extensive and severe unless bold policy action is undertaken now.” He rightly fears that a continuing growth in the unemployment rate, which he believes will top out at 11% according to U3 measurements, will likely send the U.S. economy back into another recession, the feared “double dip” or W recessionary curve.

Of course, Roubini is correct. But as he himself has previously pointed out, the growing deficits and national debt of the United States in itself is a growing danger to the nation’s long-term economic future. With a staggering national debt, I do not believe the U.S. can absorb the additional debt load required to fund another stimulus package. Irrespective of fiscal realities, however, political expediency will undoubtedly triumph. Which means a new stimulus bill will be approved by Congress in 2010, a few hundred thousand temporary jobs may be created, but when the next banking crisis arises (and it will) a fiscal disaster will confront the U.S. economy, more than wiping out any small gains in employment that will result from allocating several hundred billion dollars of borrowed money for President Barack Obama’s version 2 of stimulus spending.



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Nouriel Roubini Warns That the U.S. Federal Reserve Is Constructing a “Monster Bubble.”

November 3rd, 2009 Comments off


In the Financial Times Professor Roubini wrote a thoughtful and frightening piece on the implications of the U.S. dollar’s sinking value and its increasing role in the global carry trade. Given Nouriel Roubini’s track record  in offering a timely warning on the collapse of the subprime mortgage  bubble, his latest red flag should be looked at very closely.

In essence, the loose monetary policies of the Fed have  poured a tidal wave of liquidity into the world, in the form of U.S. dollars being offered at effectively zero interest rates while simultaneously being devalued. This explains the explosive role the American dollar is exercising on the carry trade. As Roubini points out, speculators can borrow cheap dollars at effectively negative interest rates, and plough this cheap currency into higher yielding assets available in foreign exchange. What Professor Roubini describes as the “mother of all carry trades” is building a global speculative bubble of vast proportions, and in a manner that is utterly unsustainable.

Roubini closes his sober article in the Financial Times with the following chilling warning:

“This unravelling may not occur for a while, as easy money and excessive global liquidity can push asset prices higher for a while. But the longer and bigger the carry trades and the larger the asset bubble, the bigger will be the ensuing asset bubble crash. The Fed and other policymakers seem unaware of the monster bubble they are creating. The longer they remain blind, the harder the markets will fall.”



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Nouriel Roubini Speaks Truth to Power

July 21st, 2009 Comments off

When media reports surfaced last week claiming that the prophet of doom of the Global Economic Crisis, NYU economics professor Nouriel Roubini, had  “improved” upon his previously gloomy economic forecast and predicted the recession would end by the close of 2009, a stock market rally was ignited. It seems it does not take much to facilitate a bear market sucker’s rally on Wall Street at this time of global economic distress, including false rumours. To his credit, Roubini swiftly set the record straight with the following comment on his blog:

“It has been widely reported today that I have stated that the recession will be over ‘this year’ and that I have ‘improved’ my economic outlook. Despite those reports – however – my views expressed today are no different than the views I have expressed previously. If anything my views were taken out of context.”

Nouriel Roubini has consistently stated that he expected the current recession-by far the worst America has experienced since World War II- to terminate by the close of the year. This has been his longstanding forecast. Thus, when he repeated this consistent prediction of his, the media went wild with excitement, discarding the continuity of his forecast and presenting his belief that by the close of 2009 the recession would end as a surprise revelation. With business journalism like this, no wonder the Dow Jones is searching new highs even as employment numbers continue to plummet.

What is noteworthy about Roubini’s most recent insights on the economic situation are their increasingly gloomy tone related to the mid-term and long-term prospects for the American economy. This is largely predicated on the growing fiscal imbalance in connection with the public indebtedness of the United States. Though a supporter of the vast deficit-driven stimulus programs and expensive bailouts of the financial sector owing to his belief that to negate these policy responses would have resulted in the collapse of the global financial system and the free fall contraction of the U.S. economy, Roubini is not unmindful of the their consequences. In that sense, he parts company from other advocates of deficit-creating economic stimulus packages, including Paul Krugman, who prefer to discard the danger of the vastly-expanding debt of the federal government.

In addition to his concern about the ramifications of unprecedented levels of budget deficits, Roubini is also worried that the end of the recession he has long forecasted will now be only temporary, to be followed by a double dip recession during the latter half of 2010, interrupted by anaemic growth of less than 1%.

The forces contributing to what, at best, will be a weak recovery in 2010 are linked to the uniformly negative statistics on employment which, according to Professor Roubini, have a direct impact on an economy as highly dependent on consumer spending as America’s. According to Roubini, commenting on the latest employment numbers,  “these raw figures on job losses, bad as they are, actually understate the weakness in world labor markets. If you include partially employed workers and discouraged workers who left the U.S. labor force, for example, the unemployment rate is already 16.5 per cent. Monetary and fiscal stimulus in most countries has done little to slow down the rate of job losses. As a result, total labor income — the product of jobs times hours worked times average hourly wages — has fallen dramatically.”

In his recent observations on declining labor income and its relationship to the continuing financial and economic crisis, Roubini identifies how this factor will exacerbate several interlocking indices. Consumer loan defaults across the board-mortgages, students loans, credit card debt-will continue to increase, adding to the level of toxicity of assets on the balance sheets of banks, and extending the credit crunch. Government revenues will decline while the need to fund unemployment benefits and other social expenditures will grow, further increasing budgetary deficits. Professor Roubini summarizes the growing contradictions in utilizing fiscal and monetary policy responses as the primary sovereign means of countering the worst global economic disaster since the Great Depression as follows:
“The higher the unemployment rate goes, the wider budget deficits will become, as automatic stabilisers reduce revenue and increase spending (for example, on unemployment benefits). Thus, an already unsustainable U.S. fiscal path, with budget deficits above 10 per cent of GDP and public debt expected to double as a share of GDP by 2014, becomes even worse. This leads to a policy dilemma: rising unemployment rates are forcing politicians in the U.S. and other countries to consider additional fiscal stimulus programs to boost sagging demand and falling employment. But, despite persistent deflationary pressure through 2010, rising budget deficits, high financial-sector bailout costs, continued monetisation of deficits, and eventually unsustainable levels of public debt will ultimately lead to higher expected inflation — and thus to higher interest rates, which would stifle the recovery of private demand.”
This leads to what economists refer to as a “W” or double dip recession. In other words, the very policy responses politicians and their advocates claim are vital to restoring the economy may, by the end of 2010, become the principal enabler of forces that will unleash round two of the Global Economic Crisis.

Nouriel Roubini had warned for years that the subprime mortgage sector would bring about financial and economic calamity, and take down much of the investment banking industry. Today we would all be wise to listen carefully to Professor Roubini’s warnings on the growing danger of a double dip recession and the long-term implications of a fiscal roadmap being pursued by our politicians that, in Roubini’s prescient words, is “unsustainable.” Given his track record, we can only discard the truth of which Roubini speaks at our peril.


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