On this FlashBack Friday show originally released on December 13, 2011 Jason Hartman and Doug Casey have a discussion on the economic condition of the US. Doug feels that the US needs a depression adn that it doesn’t have to be long. He discusses why the US government has done things the wrong way. The discussion goes into the Federal Reserves role in devaluing the US currency which they believe will hurt the average American citizen.
Jason Hartman 0:00
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Jason Hartman 1:08
Welcome to the creating wealth show. This is episode number 231. And I’m your host, Jason Hartman. Thanks so much for joining me today. And it is December Wow, where has the year gone? And where the last 10 years gone? It is amazing how quickly Time flies, isn’t it? I mean, I know you all feel that way. It’s just in credible, how quickly life passes us by and you know, that really brings up an interesting point. So many people out there are drawn to those quick fixes those get rich quick schemes and scams out there. And it is amazing. I think you’ll see this more in a down economy where people are in a lot of different network marketing things and you know, some of those are very good companies, but a lot of them are hokey, to say the least and you see the People switching around from deal to deal and you’ve all got friends like this, maybe you’re one of those people. I’ve been tempted before myself. So I do understand that. But what is so interesting about time is that no matter what it passes, doesn’t it and you know, if you just get on board and either start or expand your real estate investing career with a good old proven buy and hold strategy, that buy and hold strategy that just it just works in real life, then you don’t have to spend all that time going from one thing to another flitting in and out of this deal, and that deal waiting for your ship to come in. So many people have that mentality that gamblers mentality and when you look at it, here it is. It’s almost Christmas. It’s almost New Year’s. It’s almost 2012 and Time passes so quickly and as prudent buy and hold real estate investors, the people listen to the creating wealth show. We’re the real deal. We’re really doing this in real life as opposed to all of those schemers and scammers out there that have the sort of flavor of the week and the get rich quick scheme. The Time passes so quickly and I mean we’ve shown you in prior shows how our refi till you die plan is such a tax efficient vehicle for achieving wealth and harvesting wealth through income property investing and how quickly seven years pass. It’s been interesting since my moved to Arizona in living in a community that is got so many young people and that’s one of the things I love about it and so many people that are in college or just recently graduated from college and you know, they’re fretting about their future and at age 22 or 25 and in your early to mid 20s It seems like it takes so long to do this stuff. But you know, you let a couple of years go by and time passes faster and faster and faster. You know, I remember When I was a kid, and I go shopping with my mother, for example, and we’d be in a store, and all I would want to do is leave 20 minutes seemed like a year didn’t when you were a kid. And I guess the reason time just sort of goes faster and faster. I mean, our perception of it obviously is what I’m referring to goes faster and faster as the years go by as we age as we get older is because our reference point is so much longer. When you’re young. I mean, think about it, a 10 year old has such a small point of reference. And they say that the teenage brain just literally doesn’t understand things. You can see this in your own children, right and young people that you talk to, you just don’t understand things when you don’t have enough time. And that’s fine when you don’t have enough point of reference enough time behind you as a point of reference. But what’s really sad is to see people that are in their 30s, their 40s, their 50s, their 60s and their stuff Still looking for that get rich quick scheme, they’re still waiting for their ship to come in, they’re still chasing this deal and that deal and they might be going to the casino they might be going to the stock market, which is just another kind of casino frankly, but a more fraudulent one than the one in Las Vegas. Because at least they’re, you know, you’re gonna lose, or they’re chasing one business deal after another one network marketing deal after another. And it’s really sad. It’s fine to experiment with things when you’re younger, and you don’t have much to lose. But at some point, folks, we all need to become mature, especially when it comes to financial stuff. We need to become financially mature people and as financially mature people. What do we do? Well, we plan we execute, and we act, we make decisions, we make prudent decisions, but we don’t get the paralysis of analysis where we never make a decision because Those people are the ones who suffer the most the people and I have to say the more Unfortunately, many times the more education the more formal education we have, that really can hurt us. Because certainly I’ve seen and you’ve seen and maybe you are one of these people, people that have advanced degrees, master’s degrees doctorates, we’re that thinking where you become so analytical, it really paralyzes you. Sometimes it doesn’t do it to everybody, but it does it to a large majority of people with a lot of formal education, I’d say. And that’s why many times people with less formal education have a huge advantage in today’s world. Now, of course, it hasn’t always been that way. I talked with one of my employees once in a while, and this particular person who will remain nameless, but this particular person kind of looks back once in a while and sort of bothered by the fact that they didn’t finish college. And of course, neither did Steve Jobs. Bill Gates, for Smith, the list goes on and on. A lot of people didn’t. And I would say, look, if it’s 1970 or 1975, or 1980, or even 1985. Yeah, back then the prudent advice was finish college, maybe get a master’s degree and go on to higher and higher education. Sure. But in today’s world, I don’t know, I think today’s world depends a lot less on formal credentials, and a lot more on self education and action. And we are really judged, not by what we know, because we’ve all heard that no at all person who’s at the dinner party or at the dinner table and is talking and the person who just knows everything, but has done nothing with their life. I remember I went to this course, years back and it was a self development course and I really liked this particular course that I’m referring to and I think I got my girlfriend at the time into the course. And you know, she liked it too. And a few years later, we were kind of reminiscing about it. And and I and I said there are people who are the big winners in the course and the name of the course and people who are actually the big winners in life, the real course, right? And when you look at time and how time goes by, I guess my point here and rambling on about this is that start your plan. If you’ve already started your plan, expand your plan, get more good properties and let time go by because Time passes so quickly, before you know it, you wake up and you’re 3650 days older. And that’s about 10 years, isn’t it? I mean, I’m not counting leap years in there, but it’s about 10 years. 30 650 days, huh? 365 times 10 and before you know it, that income property that you purchased 3650 days earlier, has turned into some real wealth creation that allows you to do bigger and better things with your life. So income property, it’s obviously the way to go. It’s the most historically proven asset class in American history, if not in all of human history. Frankly, today, we have a great interview with Doug Casey and this interview is fresh. I just did it today. Actually, he was in Buenos itis you may have heard of Doug, Casey’s rather famous as an author, and he’s a bear. He’s a pessimist. But I think you’ll learn a lot from this interview. And it’ll be it’ll be really interesting to a couple of things. Before we get to the interview with Doug though, who came to us from Buenos Otto’s Argentina, a country that has been riddled with economic crises and corruption. And I think you’ll find that interview very interesting. But of course, what do we have coming up on January 7, we have our creating wealth boot camp in Phoenix and that will be a fantastic bootcamp again, the first one where you will Get to not only meet with local market specialists but to or properties with them. So what we decided to do, because a lot of you are asking about the tour is this is not a formal tour of the way we’ve had market tours like we did in Phoenix earlier this year, like we did in St. Louis. Just recently, it’s not as formal is that however, we did set a time, and that is Sunday morning, January 8, that’ll be the morning after our creating wealth boot camp, which is all day Saturday, January 7, we will have at 10am we will leave the hotel. And by the way, I’ll be giving you venue information on future shows and anybody who’s registered, we’ll email it to you, but we will leave the hotel to tour properties in the Greater Phoenix area. And we will probably do this with two of our different local market specialists with two different companies potentially showing you some different types of properties. And speaking of local market specialist we recently well not that recently, but about About a month ago, I hired a new area coordinator. And I tell you how she is really knocking them dead by bringing on some new local market specialists. And these aren’t necessarily a new markets. And two of the cases, we’ve done some overlapping. And in one of the cases, we opened up an old market that we want to open up. But we didn’t want to do that with our prior provider, because we think we found a better local market specialist in that market. So look forward to that. We’ve got some new news coming up there. We’ll have them interviewed on future shows and so forth. But some great new local market specialists coming on board again, one of the things that was said at the last meet the Masters event that we had in Irvine, California last October was that this industry is really becoming a mature industry. And what do I mean by that? I don’t mean the real estate industry. The real estate industry is an extremely mature industry. I mean, the National Association of Realtors I think has been around for over 100 years now. So I don’t mean that when I say mature I mean the investment property industry and we’re finding better and better local market specialists all around the country that are buying properties in bulk at auction or through various banking relationships. A lot of these relationships come from local community banks, not the big banks. Oddly enough, the big banks, a lot of times you just don’t get the great inventory from them. They’re so disorganized, they’re such a mess, most of them. And no, I hate to talk about Bank of America that way. But it’s not just Bank of America. Many of them are but a lot of them. These are from local community banks, and there are reo, or real estate owned inventory. And the local market specialists will just get this inventory through relationship with individual people on a on a much smaller scale by then inventory rehab that inventory and bring it to you, our client again, we’ve been really working on some new local market specialists and new markets too, but we like the markets we’re in pretty darn well. And I know that may seem kind of boring to you that we haven’t been adding a lot of new markets, but our markets are good, they’re working, why upset the applecart but we are constantly looking for slightly different price segmentation product types and sub markets within those markets. So more coming on that in the near future. Someone also asked me recently kind of a interesting question. They said something along these lines, Jason, some of these guests you have on your show, they don’t really seem to agree with your philosophy. And that’s true. They don’t, a lot of times, I get guests on because you can learn from parts of their philosophy and piece parts of this person’s philosophy part of that person’s philosophy and piece them together, like a puzzle, and really, really create something powerful in terms of an investment philosophy. But you know, this is one of the few shows where we actually have a philosophy where I actually have a cohesive philosophy And where we’ve put it all together, rather than just chasing the Deal of the Week or the deal of the month type philosophy. And this person asked me, Why do you do have a guy on once you didn’t talk about on your show, but I went to his website afterwards. And he’s talking about this infinite banking thing. And it’s kind of interesting that someone asked me this, because I was talking with one of our other guests about that particular guest. And they were just saying that they have a lot of wealthy clients. This is a financial advisor who we’ve had on the show, and I don’t want to mention the name here, but I was having a conversation with him about it. And he was saying, I have very, very wealthy clients from all over the world, and they don’t do infinite banking. A lot of these things are gimmickry. Folks, this is not the simple by the way. I think a lot of times, gimmickry and scams and schemes are passed. One way they pass them through complexity, because at some point, the mind just sort of gives up trying to understand And they just the mind gets a little lazy on us and just kind of says, Okay, look, I’ll just do it. And that’s one way that a lot of experts really give bad advice. And and they they use gimmickry they use complexity. They use overgeneralization or just downright fraud. And I think downright fraud is the one we see largely in these pool investments on Wall Street. And a lot of that fraud is frankly legalized. I think the whole lobbying industry is is frankly kind of fraudulent. I think a lot of these accounting schemes that are totally legal are frankly, rather fraudulent the way assets and liabilities can be booked and special purpose vehicles can be used thinking back to Enron and so forth. A lot of this stuff isn’t actually illegal when you look at the real fine points of it, but it should be and it’s not illegal because of lobbying and because of all of these different ways that these big companies with massive Resources get around it. And I heard someone interesting. The other day on the radio talking about Wall Street. Actually it was yesterday I was listening to money radio, and they were talking about Wall Street and just saying that looking at all of these different fund managers, mutual fund managers, hedge fund managers and talking about how their record, just almost never when you allow or differentiate for luck and take a little bit of luck out of the equation, a little bit of waiting for luck when you do that. They really rarely ever beat just the standard, the indices themselves. I mean, it’s it’s ridiculous that people pay all this money to these fund managers, and they rarely beat them. And they were just talking about how Wall Street is nothing more than a distribution platform for junk assets. And, you know, I have to agree, be a direct investor. So remember when you’re not a direct investor, what is command Three, thou shalt be a direct investor. When you’re not a direct investor, you leave yourself susceptible to three major problems. Number one, you might be investing with a crook, okay? And we all get that. Number two, you might be investing with an idiot. Number three, assuming they’re honest, assuming they’re competent, they take a huge management fee off the top for managing the deal. You have none of these problems when you’re a direct investor, because you are in control, thou shalt maintain control. That is the third commandment of my 10 commandments of successful investing. So keep that in mind. So without further ado, let’s get to our interview with Doug Casey. And many of you know that I run several other shows and they are available Of course on iTunes and at the various websites, but one of them is called the holistic survival show. And that one is the doom and gloom show. And I think we’re going to run Doug’s interview on there too, because it’s pretty, it’s pretty doom and gloom. He’s bearish. But again, he talks about some ways in this interview where there’s a silver lining in these clouds. So I think you’ll, you’ll enjoy this one. It’s pretty interesting. And one more quick announcement before I go to the interview with Doug. Audible audible.com is the largest distributor of audio content on the internet of audio books and odd educational audio content. And you can now purchase and I have to say this, I wasn’t actually going to announce this on the show because I’m a little bit bothered about it. Frankly, you can now purchase several of my products on Audible and audible gets to decide the prices of the products. I’m happy that we’re on there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that we’re on there. But I’m a little bit upset that they have price some of these products very, very low. So before I contact them, before they raise the prices, they do have pricing discretion. I highly recommend that you Go to the audible website and type in Jason [email protected] and buy all those products because they’re incredibly cheap. They’re not exactly the same products that are on my website at Jason Hartman calm but even the way they’re bundled here, I think they are very, very under priced if you’re interested, these are super cheap. So go to the audible website and get them. You can also get that same content on amazon.com. And on iTunes because audible is the exclusive provider for paid audio book content to amazon.com and to iTunes. So if you prefer to buy them there, if you don’t have an audible account, you can buy the products there as well. So check those out. We’ve got some of our financial freedom report audios on there, and the creating wealth, encyclopedias on there and a few other things and there are rather long free samples. You can listen to about three minutes snippets for free on the audible website. So that’s audible.com and iTunes and Amazon you can get them there. work. So just wanted to mention that to you because a few of you have asked me why aren’t we on Audible? Well, we are. 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Jason Hartman 21:29
My pleasure to welcome Doug Casey to the show. He is the author of several books including crisis investing, which spent multiple weeks as the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list and became the best selling financial book back in 1980. With nearly half a million copies sold, and I think today you’ll get a very international perspective on what’s going on as far as the global economy and economies and various countries. And it’s just a pleasure to welcome Doug from a beautiful city known sometimes as the Paris of South Africa. And that is buenos Addis, Doug. Welcome. How are you?
Doug Casey 22:03
Very good. Jason. Thank you.
Jason Hartman 22:04
Well, it’s good. It’s good to have you on the show. And I’ve been following your work for a long time. Very, very fascinating. What is your take on what is going on in this world today? The Chinese have that saying, may you live in interesting times. And and I don’t think they mean that in a positive way. Times are pretty interesting now, aren’t they?
Doug Casey 22:22
Yes. And they’re going to get more interesting from that point of view. My view is that we’ve entered upon what I call the greater depression. I call it the greater depression because it’s going to be much more
Jason Hartman 22:33
serious than the Great Depression was back in the 30s. Hmm,
Doug Casey 22:36
exactly, but also much different from that. He listed many crucial aspects. So where are we in this adventure? I would say that we’re still very early in the depression. And that’s not necessary. It was necessary that we have a depression simply because actions have consequences. But it’s not necessary that this depression be As long and as dismal as it’s going to turn out to be because the government, which everybody believes should control the economy is doing not only the wrong things, but exactly the opposite of the right things. So it’s going to be quite unpleasant for most people.
Jason Hartman 23:17
Yeah. Well, let’s, of course, talk about the strategies for success through this because every every problem creates an opportunity. And what seems to be happening now, at least in the US overall, especially in the us is that there’s just this attack on the middle class, it seems like the middle class that has been the the great stabilizing force in America is just under attack, and it’s just disappearing. And, and, you know, a small number of the middle class are moving up into the upper classes, but the vast majority are being pulled down to the lower middle class. And I think that problem is going to continue and it’s going to get a lot worse if you consider that to be a problem as I do.
Doug Casey 23:57
I totally agree with you. I don’t worry About the rich people, they can take care of themselves. They can bribe politicians to have laws passed in their favor, they can hire accountants to juggle their taxes. And if they need to get out of Dodge, they can hire a travel agent. They may be eaten in the long run. But for the moment, I don’t worry about the rich. And of course, it’s unfortunate that so many of the rich have made their money in the corporate world in ways that I think are unsavory, but we can talk about them or not, it doesn’t matter. And the poor people, I think it’s very unfortunate that they’re being cemented to the bottom of society, by all these government programs that actually make it in some ways advantageous to be a poor person.
Jason Hartman 24:56
That’s an interesting way you look at it cemented to the lower class. Because politicians, they they want to build and cement using your words I love that way you put it this permanent voting bloc in by providing handouts and really keeping people down through these various government programs, whereas the foundational ideas of America was rugged individualism and, and the fact that anybody coming from anywhere from any background can make it in America and in other Western less socialized countries, but that’s really changing, isn’t it?
Doug Casey 25:31
Oh, it is. And it’s, it’s going to have very, very nasty social and political consequences in the future, the way that the US has changed, and incidentally, I don’t refer to the United States of America. I don’t call it America anymore. And the reason is, is that America, it was an excellent and unique idea, but unfortunately, it’s changed enough that I don’t I no longer want to be Smurf watch the idea of America with what’s happening in the United States, because the United States now is just another one of 200 other nation states that cover the face of the globe, like a skin cancer at this point. And there’s really no difference anymore between the US and any other place on the planet I can think of. Well,
Jason Hartman 26:23
tell me more about that. That’s a interesting and depressing statement at the same time, but expand on that idea if you would a little bit.
Doug Casey 26:30
Well, look, my country is wherever freedom lies. That’s what Thomas Paine said. He’s, he’s he’s is quite correct. And the US was no question about it. The best place to be for many years. But at this point, things have changed radically now, I’ve been to 175 countries, most of them several times. I’ve lived in 12 at this point right now We’re speaking from Argentina. So I had to figure out where I really wanted to spend most of the time where I could maximize my personal freedom and my financial opportunity. And it’s not in the US anymore. It really hasn’t. There’s much more opportunity outside the US at this point, I’m sorry to say, for the average American, and I suggest that an American who may be feeling down on his luck, put his grip in a suitcase or his backpack and hit the road.
Jason Hartman 27:31
Well, that’s a very interesting point. And I want to, I want to maybe take issue with you on that just a little bit. I do fundamentally agree with you. I give you this example. And I’ve talked about it on the show before a friend of mine, he spent the last seven, eight months in China, opened a business there has been there many times and loves it. He has a company in China now, Ireland and the United States. And I would only say that I agree with you that the direction of the US is so wrong and it is so bad to see it going in this direction. However, and this is a very large however, I think the US has an awful long way to fall, for example, a lot of other countries are going in the right in a better direction than the US but before the two meet in the middle, and I think the US just has a lot further to fall. I agree that it’s going the wrong direction government is getting way too big here. But still, if you think about it, as messed up as it is, and boy, it is messed up with crazy political correctness, massive distractions of stupid things, this idiotic celebrity culture we have here that when there are major issues going on in the world, the news media is covering the lightest, dumbest things like the Kardashians or whatever, it’s just sickening, almost, but we do still have a constitution that maybe 47% of the country actually still believes in the other 53% don’t
Doug Casey 28:58
might, that might be no harassment. Because I would say that if we were to take the Constitution in front of us and read it line by line, we find that all of the important aspects of it are dead letters. The only parts of the constitution that are observed are technical, parliamentary type of things like where it says the vice president shall be the President of the Senate. Okay? They observe that and they observe other things of that nature, but the important things in the Constitution, such as the Bill of Rights, but there are a number of other things, too, that are almost equally important, like the fact they’re only three crimes. They’re listed at three federal crimes listed in the Constitution. They’re totally disregarded. The whole thing is dead letter at this point.
Jason Hartman 29:44
Well, all I’m saying is that and we’ll get off the constitutional thing in a moment, but every time they want to attack the Bill of Rights, and I agree that it’s completely under attack. It’s still a big fight to do it. I mean, look, Hirohito back in during World War Two times, when asked me He was going to consider an invasion of the US. He said, Are you crazy? There’s a gun behind every blade of grass in the US there are still about 300 million guns in the hands of citizens in the United States. We still have the world’s reserve currency. We still have the largest, most powerful military on Earth, we still control every ocean on the planet. Yes, a lot of things are wrong. But Gosh, don’t we have a lot further to fall?
Doug Casey 30:25
Yes, we do. I mean, this who wasn’t the first set, it wasn’t. I think it was Adam Smith that said there’s a lot of Ruin in a country and the Roman Empire didn’t fall in a day. But let’s take the things that you’ve mentioned. Fortunately, we do have a lot of guns in the country. But at this point, the the government is very, very anti gun. And if you have more than a couple of weapons, or if you have more than a bit of ammunition, you can get wind up as being on a terrorist suspect list and and homeland security. Just recently came out and said exactly that. Okay. As far as having a gigantic military that controls the world’s oceans, I don’t particularly see that as a good thing.
Jason Hartman 31:11
Well, I agree because we’re overreaching and overspending for sure.
Doug Casey 31:15
Well, the point of the fact in point of fact, the US government and the US is fat as a country is totally bankrupt. At this point, the government is running a trillion and a half dollar per year deficit, and that deficit is going up, not down and where are they getting the money they’re selling it all to the Federal Reserve because the Chinese the Japanese, other foreigners aren’t aren’t buying the debt anymore. They’re, they’re up to their gills in it, Americans can’t afford to buy it. So they’re printing money, quite literally at this point, and it’s going to destroy the national currency. So there’s, there’s a lot of problems here. But you know, I don’t want to look just on the Dark Side. I mean, you can profit from all this stupidity on an individual basis. I’m just very sorry that the average American is going to be turned into a serf in the years to come, because he’s not going to
Jason Hartman 32:12
from and you know what, that is a great thing that you just said you can profit from all this stupidity. And a few years ago, I guess about 2007, I started changing my tune and saying, I am no longer an optimist. Nobody could accuse me of being an optimist. I am a I am very pessimistic, but I am an opportunist. So I’ve moved from optimist to opportunist, and there are ways to exploit this complete stupidity that is going on and seems like all the wrong behaviors are being rewarded. For example, before 1971 when we were on the gold standard, saving money, my grandmother’s idea that was great, but now it seems like the reward the person who rewarded is the person who has the most debt.
Doug Casey 32:55
This is this is a disaster because the people that are prudent, the public produce more than they consume and save the difference. That’s how the world gets better. That’s how you improve your station. Most people save in terms of dollars, but they forget what’s going to happen when those dollars are literally destroyed, which is going to happen in the years to come. It’s going to wipe out the middle
Jason Hartman 33:18
class in the reason wipe out the middle class is because they will just be inflated to death, right? I mean, you’re an inflation believer, I’m sure right.
Doug Casey 33:28
Well, let’s put it this way we could have a catastrophic deflation. It’s possible. It’s possible that mortgages could be defaulted on bonds could be defaulted on. The banks could fail faster than the Federal Reserve can bail them out, because they’re not the most competent people in the world. But that’s the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is that they succeed and print up enough dollars to keep all these failing institutions alive, because that will mean that the currency will be destroyed. Right. And that is worse than what we had in the 1930s. And we had a credit collapse. So Is that why you call it the greater depression because the destruction of the dollar and just massive inflation will occur? Yes, that’s exactly right. And it’ll be like the 1930s. in other ways, I’ve got to say, I mean, you’re not going to have long lines of people waiting for sticky tub cook stoops because you’ve got 46 people that have little credit cards, where they can go down to the 711 and buy Twinkies instead of waiting in a line. So things are different that way. But there are other things that are going to be the same. For instance, the 1930s led to the 1940s rather naturally, because when things go badly, politicians look for somebody to blame. And it’s very easy to blame another country for your own problems. So I expect that we’re going to see much more serious wars in the future. Not that we don’t have enough already.
Jason Hartman 34:58
So when we talk about Inflation the question everybody wants to know and it’s always a prediction but how much and when it seems like we have inflation on on the necessities nowadays but deflation in in a lot of other things technology of course, which is generally deflationary due to advancements but deflation and major assets, but inflation and food prices energy. I mean, I you know, I just started noticing about a year ago I never really paid much attention to them in all my life but utility bills, I mean, utility bills are becoming a significant issue, whether it be water, gas, electricity, they’re getting pretty high.
Doug Casey 35:40
Yes, exactly. This is one of the reasons why I’ve been a real estate has been very good to me over the years, and I’ve owned real estate, half a dozen countries around the world. And despite the fact it’s very good to me, and I’m I watched the US real estate market. Oh, we may disagree. On this, I think it’s too early to buy us real estate. I hate to be a market timer, that’s a dangerous game to play. I’d rather rather be a fundamentalist. But the utility bills, which you pointed out alone are one thing that are going to be more than a lot of people can bear to pay, and their tax bills are going to go to the moon, because it’s time to eat the rich, and who’s the rich, the richer people that own real real estate, so your tax bills are going up. Because of all these local governments being bankrupt, incomes are gonna keep heading down, I’m afraid and the fact that you can get a mortgage today at artificially low subsidized rates, that’s not going to be available in the future. I think that the whole real estate market in the US is built on a sea of debt, a sea of credit, and it’s going to collapse and wash away. So I think it’s too early at this point, however, and I know you Agree with me on this. If you can buy real estate with a low interest rate, fixed mortgage, at least that at least that mortgage will be inflated away. So that’ll make up for your possible losses on the market itself.
Jason Hartman 37:14
Right, right. You know, I had more than 100 shows ago, I had pat buchanan on the show. And he had a great quote about that. He says, You know, I said, Well, what do you think about all this mortgage debt and other debt people have? And he said, Jason, their debt will be washed away on a sea of inflation. No,
Doug Casey 37:29
he’s right. the only the only problem with that, I mean, we got to look at the good news, if you’re a debtor, but the bad news is that that’s somebody else’s asset.
Jason Hartman 37:39
Right? Right. No question. So it’s going to impoverish somebody or just create more inflation through bailing out an institution that holds that debt one way or the other. It’s either taxes right, or inflation, it’s one or the other.
Doug Casey 37:55
We’ve gone beyond the point of no return at this point. It’s not a question of if it’s Question on when, and the when is happening right now as we speak. This is not a projection for the future. It’s happening right now in the markets. And it’s very serious.
Jason Hartman 38:11
Yeah. So since a lot of our listeners are really interested in real estate investing, I thought I’d just expand on that with you a little bit more if I could. Number one, when you look at us real estate, it’s so problematic because the country is so darn large. You know, most people look at the Case Shiller index, which only profiles 20 cities and when you look at those cities, every year, we publish a forecast only really, about one fourth of them are of interest, I think, to any investor with a with a brain, and that is markets like Dallas or Phoenix. So it’s just weighted in favor of saying Yeah, the market is overpriced. And if you look at a place like California, you look at New York, most of Florida still a disaster. Illinois, just a complete corruption government disaster. I couldn’t agree with you more, but when you look at areas that have basically where you get free land and you buy below the cost of construction, and you get a three decade long fixed rate mortgage at four or five, five and a half percent, maybe for an investor, wow, think of it today. You take out a mortgage now, and it’s not gonna be paid off until 2041.
Doug Casey 39:22
What kind of inflation? Oh, no, I don’t understand the argument. It can make a lot of sense. It really can. And you have to do something with your capital. Now, if you have capital, you have to do something with it. And so this is a To me, it’s a logical possibility, not one that I favor above some others. But I understand what you’re saying. And I think it makes sense.
Jason Hartman 39:47
So when you look at that, what else do you think is the thing to do? I mean, I’m sure you’re paying a lot of attention to the precious metals world because obviously inflation oriented or commodities in general that day Everybody on earth needs only three things basically food, clothing and shelter, and seems that maybe commodities of some sort or any sort of really are the place to be a feels like the equities markets, even with these great corporate profits, we’ve got it, the stock market just feels like such an abject scam to me in so many ways.
Doug Casey 40:19
You know, I have no interest in the stock market at this point for a number of reasons. But, and when it comes to commodities, one thing I’ll observe about that is that the longest bear trend in history is commodities, the price of commodities have been going down for roughly the last 4000 years. And with the advent of things like nanotechnology and further increases and other types of technology, commodity prices are going to go are going to start approaching zero. We don’t have time to explain why I feel that but that is the history so far. That being said, I’m still bullish on commodities, mainly because I’m bearish on the dollar. And when it comes to gold and silver, they’ve been extremely good to me for for many years, and they’re not cheap anymore. They used to be giveaways. They used to be free. But now they’re reasonably priced. I think they’re going considerably higher. But they’re no longer a one way street where you can make huge speculative gains. They’re meant more for preservation of your wealth, or cash in its most basic form. So it’s already put your money. I mean, look, I bought a lot of land here in Argentina after the crisis, when when it was very, very cheap. It’s not so cheap anymore recently with some friends, I’m buying apartment buildings in Cairo. Now you might think, well, that’s crazy, that places in the middle of an Islamic Revolution, but I’d say that you’ve got to refer to Ross child’s famous dictum, you have to buy one book Running in the streets, and we can get incredibly beautiful old buildings on the Nile so cheaply that I don’t actually care if we lose, and I don’t think we will. So I’m always looking for things like that. Boy, that one is pretty exotic. I mean, I would be scared of Islamic countries in general because I hear that foreigners don’t have rights and the records and things like that. That’s just that’s just a real exotic one. Well, those problems, those problems all over the world, look, I spent a lot of time in Zimbabwe, starting started to go there during the war. And I happened I was less than Zimbabwe, I guess about five years ago. But you know, if I thought I could manage farmland in Zim, which I probably could by hiring the right people. I mean, I might look at that as a look at anything anywhere in the world. If the price is right. But I one thing that’s critical. Absolutely. Critical and most of your listening all your lessons are Americans, I think, is that the biggest risk you have in the markets today is not the markets. Its political risk. Your biggest enemy is your own government. It’s hunting you like a lion, Hansa, an antelope out on the vault. And if you’re not diversified politically, you’re not diversified geographically, internationally. You’re in a world of trouble. And this is something that most Americans are completely innocent of. They don’t know anything about it.
Jason Hartman 43:34
Right? Right. That’s a very good point. And I’d say the first step to that is the one I took when I left the Socialist Republic of California several months ago and I’m so glad I did is just to get into more business friendly state someone listening to this is not thinking well gee, I’m going to I’m going to leave California and moved to Argentina or something like that, which is a pretty big step and I even you would agree, but just get into a more business friendly state and diversity. So fi throughout the states a lot of asset protection things that you can do within the within the US alone, but for the wealthier people listening, and the people who are willing to do something that’s a larger step. I couldn’t agree with you more. I mean, we’ve got to be thinking like citizens of the world, not just citizens of a of a neighborhood or a city or a state even at least be a citizen of the United States. If you’re listening and you’re an American and and think about different states and diversify, I’d say, Yeah, I always say with my real estate investors take the most historically proven asset class. Now you may have a different opinion with me, but I think you like real estate somewhat, or if not as much as I do it, but diversify geographically, so couldn’t agree with you more great point.
Doug Casey 44:45
Absolutely. But you know, a lot of people are unaware of the fact that during the last depression, when there wasn’t nearly as much borrowed money under the real estate market, as there is today, the real estate prices on both coasts. almost fell about 90%. In other words, they fell about as badly as the stock market itself did from top to bottom. And unlike stocks, which I’m not a fan of, at least good companies pay dividends. Well, good real estate can give you a yield too. But don’t forget, as we pointed out before the utilities, the taxes, the maintenance, and when you rent the rent real estate, you’ve got to deal with the people that are paying the rent. And this is going to be problematical.
Jason Hartman 45:29
Well, and it’s problematic especially in areas where like you said political risk is the big risk. And I see all these investors investing in in such a landlord unfriendly states like California like New York least especially in New York City, it’s so the landlords just have no rights. And that’s a part of political risk. You know, when you’ve got to go collect from a tenant, deadbeat tenant, you’ve got to be doing business in a place that is friendly to your causes the landlord, right,
Doug Casey 45:56
yeah, absolutely correct. So it’s it’s a really caveat there are very few bargains in the world today, in this particular moment, as I look at all of the markets across the board, commodities and real estate, holding cash and metals and stocks, and I look everywhere, I don’t see many bargains today. And so I’m not I’m not active looking for them in the past, because the time to buy is, is when there is super bargains when there’s blood running in the streets, which is why I’m doing this Cairo real estate, for instance, but I think in a year or two, when there’s complete chaos in the financial markets, that might be a time to cherry pick, but not at this particular moment. We’re kind of in our Twilight Zone. We’re still in the eye of the hurricane. We went through the leading edge of the hurricane in 2008 and 2009. And then we came out of to the eye Sa printed up trillions of currency units all over the world, not just the US. And now we’re going back into the storm. And it’s gonna be a lot uglier than it was in 2008.
Jason Hartman 47:11
Let me take a brief pause. We’ll be back in just a minute. What’s great about the shows you’ll find on Jason hartman.com is that if you want to learn about some cool new investor software, there’s a show for that. If you want to learn why Rome fell, Hitler rose and Enron failed. There’s a show for that. If you want to know about property evaluation technology on the iPhone, there’s a show for that. And if you’d like to know how to make millions with mobile homes, there’s even a show for that. Yep, there’s a show for just about anything, only from Jason hartman.com or type in Jason Hartman in the iTunes Store. Yeah, I think the homeownership rate is going to drop dramatically. I think we’re headed for a huge reduction in homeownership in the US, because like we talked about before we started recording us real estate through Fannie and Freddie has really been subsidized since the Great Depression. And whenever you subsidize something or promote something, you cause the price to go up, you cause the ownership rate to become imbalanced, where it’s higher than it should be. And there are too many homeowners George Bush had this whole ownership society thing which sounds good on a political campaign, but but in reality, some people just shouldn’t own and you shouldn’t push them into
Doug Casey 48:39
your app, right? It it almost forces them to stay with their house because it’s our major asset that they can’t sell. It almost turned into the equivalent of a medieval serf. Can’t leave the house. They can’t leave lambdas at work. I totally, totally agree with you.
Jason Hartman 48:59
Well, I agree. And that’s one of the things I think, though, Doug, I know we differ on this a little bit is is really beneficial for investors to be offering housing out there because the most important thing anybody can have on a job resume nowadays is mobility to be able to go where the jobs are. And I don’t know if you happen to catch it, but I think it was time magazine about a year ago September did this article about how homeownership is actually stifling America they they profiled all these different cities where the homeownership rates are high. And they made this this hypothesis that that causes high unemployment because it traps people like you talked about the medieval serfs who can’t leave the land when when you’re a renter, you’ve just got a lot more mobility. And when I was trying to leave California I tried to sell my house two years ago was unsuccessful after months and months and months on the market. I finally sold it the following year. But Gosh, if I was a renter, I could have just bargained with my landlord to to get out of the lease, maybe pay a couple extra month’s rent, replace myself with a new tenant, or just wait till my lease is up. But as an owner, I was just literally trapped, confined. And now I’m a renter. And I love it because I’ve got mobility and I can do my job from anywhere on the planet nowadays. And a lot of people can, like here we are meeting through Skype. You’re many countries away from me. And it’s just like being here.
Doug Casey 50:22
Yep, absolutely. It’s, this is a time when you don’t want to, to be routed to a place like a plant, because we’re going into very tough times. And and being a plant is not a good survival strategy. in turbulent times, you wind up usually, yeah,
Jason Hartman 50:43
better to be mobile and to be flexible so that you can make decisions and change as the opportunities arise in different geographies. One thing I did want to ask you, Doug, is, we talked about the equities markets and the stock market. I mean, and you say you’re not interested in stocks, neither am I because I just think there’s too many criminals in that whole supply chain that I call Wall Street, the modern version of organized crime, and I don’t like them. But I’m just frankly surprised at the performance of the stock market. I can’t believe with what is going on in Europe and elsewhere around the world, that the stock market is actually holding its own. I mean, it’s not in in real dollars, but in nominal dollars, it seems to be
Doug Casey 51:26
Yes, I’m surprised too, and that’s why I don’t want any part of it, regardless of the high reported earnings have been in corporations today. The only part of the stock market Actually, I’m actually really interested in are the mining stocks because with the metals as high as they are today, the mining stocks are actually making a lot of money I mean, typically, let’s say the average cost of mining an ounce of gold is $600 an ounce, the gold is 1700 dollars an ounce. These are Big margins. Now there are a lot of problems with the mining business. But those are excellent margins. And my area of specialty has always been the mining exploration stocks, which are the most volatile and most risky class of securities on the face of the planet. But the good news about them is that they are volatile, and moves of 10, or 50, or 100 to one or more are not unusual. And I think that with the government’s continuing to create trillions more currency units, there are going to be other bubbles inflated in different parts of the economy. And I think there’s a good chance there’s going to be a bubble created, not just in the precious metals, but in the companies that mined those metals. So I think that’s something that you can look for that are relatively cheap right now. Something that I think people I draw people’s attention to take a look at.
Jason Hartman 52:56
Yeah, and I would agree with you. The only challenge You have there other than the environmentalists making trouble for the miners and so forth? Is that you have the intermediate party risk of are you going to participate in the profits? Or are you going to be subject to the cookery of the management and so forth?
Doug Casey 53:15
Oh, you’re you’re you’re totally correct on that. That’s absolutely that’s why I view them as a as a speculative vehicle, but you can be amply rewarded for taking those risks, if you choose the right company. And of course, they have literally thousands of mining companies around the world. So have your hands full doing research on them.
Jason Hartman 53:33
Yeah, yeah, that’s for sure. He when we talk about inflation, and really the destruction of the dollar and the destruction of a large part of the middle class, can you put any numbers on it? I mean, the problem is that we look at the historical situation we look at Zimbabwe, we look at Hungary, we look at the Weimar Republic, and we look at Argentina, we look at these different crises around the world that have happened historically, and some of them like Zimbabwe, of course, the poster child for inflation, but in the US, I mean, I think our inflation rate now is is nearing 10%. In reality, of course, it’s not the official number. Are we looking at 20% inflation annually? 100% 15%? What do you think?
Doug Casey 54:16
I think it’s entirely reasonable, that’s going to happen. Because it’s shocking as it is. And as bigger country is the USS and as much capital wealth as exists, there’s no limit to the amount of money or I shouldn’t say money, I should say, currency that the US government can print up to pay its bills, and it’s going to have to do it or it won’t pay its bills. So yeah, I think inflation is going a lot higher. And this is you’re at the 11th hour right now, to position yourself before everybody really knows it. So yeah, absolutely. This is awesome. This is something of historic importance that we’re facing at the moment.
Jason Hartman 55:03
Yeah, yeah, it sure is. And that’s why I like the real estate so much. Because think about it. If you have 100% inflation in one year, that means your debt gets wiped out in a year, you have no mortgage debt. And then you do have commodities, you have all those materials as building materials. And those usually keep pace with inflation. Now, I know what you said about nanotechnology and technology can change that. But when they’re really low tech things like sticks and bricks and concrete, you know, I sort of wonder how disruptive nano technology can be in those types of materials, certainly in electronics and other materials like that. No question. Huge disruptions in terms of pricing and models and so forth. But you know, that’s why I just like the real estate so much. I just don’t know what else to do. I mean, I do the metals. I recommend people do the metals, because it’s a preservation of wealth, a defensive strategy, I think, but to be offensive, you gotta have debt in commodities and the combination of the two and plus a yield at the same time you have rental yields.
Doug Casey 56:07
No, that’s a very good argument. My only point of disagreement is i think that i think the market could go lower. But maybe it is not important because right now, interest rates are artificially suppressed by the government. And from Fannie and Freddie, which should be put out of existence. Of course,
Jason Hartman 56:27
I definitely should. I’d love to see them go away. Because while renters
Doug Casey 56:32
are still there, and they’re giving away money. Yes, you should borrow it and in that that loan will be wiped out in the future. So yes, I think it’s a very cogent point you like,
Jason Hartman 56:44
it would just be so nice if you could acquire those dead assets against other things like a business, I always say or precious metals, even that real estate is the most debt favored asset. They’ll give you more debt on it at lower rates than on anything else. You Unless you’re part of the Federal Reserve scam, then you get to borrow for nothing. Also, when you get to borrow against nothing,
Doug Casey 57:07
what my my guess is that after this crisis bottoms, and I don’t know when that’s going to be, but I would think at least three or four years from now, that at that point, mortgage money isn’t going to exist in the US at that point. And the market in the US is going to be more like it is here in Argentina, or, for that matter, most of South America or Africa or Asia or anywhere, except for except for Europe at this point. And that means if you want a piece of property, you pay cash for it. And that means that the prices are real. They’re not inflated by a bunch of our own currency units. Right,
Jason Hartman 57:49
right. But what surprises me is when you have to pay cash, I mean, I was I was in Argentina. I was in Buenos Aires a couple of years ago and it is not inexpensive. So there and there is no financing. I mean, you pay 300,000 us for a little like a little apartment. And you know, it’s it’s old and it’s no financing.
Doug Casey 58:13
But it depends on where you’re you look like the place I’m sitting in right now. It’s a penthouse apartment in the best part of the city. It’s a building with a 24 hour concierge and doormen. This apartment has decks and verandas. And it’s 5500 square feet, 14 square foot, 14 foot ceilings and all this type of thing. And three years ago, I paid $900,000 for it. Now if I tried to buy this apartment in New York, I promise you,
Jason Hartman 58:50
I would pay 14 million for something
Doug Casey 58:53
in that area, at least Yes. Yeah. So so you know, you’ve got a lot For these you’ve got to look for these things and so since I bought it This place is about doubled but still for what I got $2 million is like free by comparison with other major cities in the world so it has doubled since you bought it five years ago and mortgage financing went away I mean before the crisis
Jason Hartman 59:21
no doubt about it. There was some mortgage financing before the crisis, right?
Doug Casey 59:24
No, now this there hasn’t been mortgage financing in Argentina for years and years and years. I don’t know when the last time you I mean maybe a seller will give you a financing for two years to get the deal done. But that’s that’s about it.
Jason Hartman 59:39
The last thing I want to ask you about and this Argentina obviously had had quite a situation with this one is the retirement accounts as are hungry, intrusive, overbearing spendthrift government in the US looks for money to feed it’s it’s machine of handouts and vote buying. I am very much thinking that one of the places it’s going to start looking very soon is to nationalize people’s retirement accounts.
Doug Casey 1:00:06
You’re absolutely correct. That’s what they did here in Argentina. This government here is this government here is way ahead of the US in tricks like that. In fact, it’s so it’s almost like the US is taking is taking lessons. They’re using the Argentinian playbook. Yes, exactly. So yes, I think if you have an HR 10 or a Keo or these different types of pension funds, you’re going to find in the US that they’re going to say, we’re going to make it a law you have to buy half or more in government debt for your own safety, of course, and that’s just a scam to finance their budget. So your your pension is in great danger. Let me point something out. There are ways around this. We talk about this on our website, where it’s possible still to internationalize your country. And to buy real estate in a foreign country. And they can’t nationalize that they can’t make you. It’s very hard to make somebody sell real estate. So, yes, but you’re quite correct. This is a this is a huge shoe waiting to drop for the average American that has a pension or thinks he has a punch in.
Jason Hartman 1:01:19
Yeah, yeah, no question and the way I feel they’ll probably pull it off, Doug, is they’ll manufacture some sort of financial crisis. So not that we don’t have enough of those but they’ll manufacture a fraud or something and they’ll say well, just like Social Security the government needs to step in to protect the people and they’ll say well because too many people of course the the left will come out with with people dying, you know, being broken retirement and you know, all of these types of things which of course, they’re broke anyway because they’re their retirement spend inflated away.
Doug Casey 1:01:52
Purity is nothing but a Ponzi scheme.
Jason Hartman 1:01:55
Yeah, couldn’t agree more. Couldn’t agree more. Well, it’s pretty amazing. And that’s one of the reasons I think if people Taken, they create a self directed plan as as did I, a couple of years ago through one of these custodians like and trust or any of the other companies out there. They do it a self directed plan where they can buy real estate or they can invest in trust deeds within that plan. That’s awfully hard to nationalize. But all the suckers who are in the stock market, that’s just a paper transaction that can be nationalized, very, very easily. And if you’re going to have a plan, a retirement plan, like that, I say, get it as a self directed plan, because it’ll be a lot harder for the government criminals to nationalize it.
Doug Casey 1:02:33
No, that’s right, Jason, because, of course, people unfortunately conflate the US government with us society, but they’re two different things. And the government’s the government has a life of its own and interests of its own, and it’ll look out for itself first. And that’s got nothing to do with what they’ll do with the average American citizen who they treat as a milk cow. And if I have to, they’ll treat As a beef cow,
Jason Hartman 1:03:01
boy that’s ugly a milk cow versus a beef cow. I, I get the metaphor there are no question and
Doug Casey 1:03:06
certainly I’ve got to say that’s one of the investments that I do like and that I’ve gotten into quite a bit in in recent years is cattle ranching. Cattle is a business that nobody’s made any money on most places for decades.
Jason Hartman 1:03:22
It’s been a horrible business and you’re talking about dairy or meat, or
Doug Casey 1:03:28
especially beef, especially beef, but I have dairy too. So what I decided to do was get into the cattle business down here, which I did about five years ago. And we’ve built our herd up to about 1600 breeding heifers at this point, we’re going to take it to 10,000 breeding heifers. And I think that one commodity that I am bullish on It’s why I got into the business is beef, for a lot of reasons we don’t have time to go into now but I’d draw your listeners attention to that. particular area. I’m not talking about speculating and commodity contracts. I’m talking about owning the land and growing cows on it. And of course, down here, our cows are all grass fed, and we don’t put them in feedlots full of
Jason Hartman 1:04:18
hormones and stuff like that.
Doug Casey 1:04:20
And antibiotics and horrible conditions. That’s not the way it works down here.
Jason Hartman 1:04:24
Yeah, well, that’s the way it works in a much more natural way. And you know, Argentina’s famous for their beef. And it’s fantastic down there, I must say, definitely agree with that. Well, Doug, I want you to give out your website. But I want to ask you one more thing, just before you go. And I appreciate you spending so much time with us today. Your thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street movement?
Doug Casey 1:04:43
You know, it’s very interesting, they have a very justifiable beef, because there’s so much criminality in in the stock market and in Wall Street at this point, Wall Street’s about 10 times larger than our serves any useful purpose for being alive. Because of the government and so forth, and executives in businesses that they didn’t found are essentially ripping them off with gigantic salaries and bonuses and stock options. It’s disgusting. Yeah. Yeah. Because they can. So these people are justifiably angry. I understand that. On the other hand, they’re rather in Kuwait and their rage, and their solutions seemed to be exactly the wrong thing. The idea is to make the government smaller, which will collapse all these parasites on Wall Street as opposed to try to regulate them even more in tax than the the more which is what these people seem to want. So um, you know, I understand the point of the rage but they’re counterproductive
Jason Hartman 1:05:45
Yeah, they they just they just don’t get it and you know, one of the things that the rage is about is so many of these just total Wall Street stamps. And I noticed that on Casey Research comm you’ve got an article about MF Global, any thoughts on that before you go,
Doug Casey 1:05:59
you This was a shocking thing to me that I can’t wait until the truth comes out on this. This is really almost unprecedented that a commodity firm went down and took all of its customers with it. We haven’t heard the end of this. And this is really shocking. It means that you really can’t trust any financial institution with your money today. That’s really what it means. So Rick for stormy weather, it’s we’re just barely going into the storm. Now. Very good point. Very good point. And one of the things I have thought for a few years now is that the COMEX exchange is a Ponzi scheme potentially, who knows if there’s any real metals behind that with oil
Jason Hartman 1:06:41
funds just crazy it’s it’s probably all fiat money.
Doug Casey 1:06:45
No, you’re right. This is a corruption just rules the day throughout the financial markets, so the wisest thing you can do is have some golden silver in your own possession and Hold some real estate. Good idea. diversify internationally, but corruption is rampant everywhere it sure is and take on a lot
Jason Hartman 1:07:07
of debt. That’s the other thing you didn’t mention but they have a lot of long term fixed rates. Let’s make sure it’s long term
Doug Casey 1:07:14
fixed interest rate debt. No question. I’m sure you will get a bunch of
Jason Hartman 1:07:17
couldn’t agree more. Well, Doug, thank you so much for joining us today. Casey Research calm is your website. Did you want to give out any others tell people where they can get your books or anything?
Doug Casey 1:07:27
No, if people go to Casey Research comm we have free blogs and all kinds of stuff that I think you’ll find of interest. And, Jason, I want to thank you This has been most pleasant talking with you.
Jason Hartman 1:07:39
Well, likewise, and thank you so much for joining us, and you have a great holiday.
Doug Casey 1:07:43
Thanks, you too.
Doug Casey 1:07:46
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