More lighthearted fun from Marc Faber (read sarcasm).
Faber is the editor and publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, after all, made famous by his spot-on prediction of the 1987 market crash.
He’s long predicted another catastrophic turn, only to be stymied recently. But fear not (or rather fear a lot), the end is nigh.
Calling U.S. equities a “better sell than a buy,” he provided CNBC with three main reasons for his delightfully pessimistic prediction. Reason One: The U.S. will follow emerging markets down
It’s been a tough ride for emerging markets recently. For instance, as of Tuesday, the Indian rupee was down 22% against the dollar since January. It’s unlikely to get better, with fears of a hard landing in China, much discussed in the recent past, having once again flared. BRICS will feel the brunt, according to the other Dr. Doom, Nouriel Roubini.
That has made the U.S. market an outperformer, but Faber believes it cannot last. In fact, he told CNBC, U.S. equities could be hurt by their relative costliness.
“When emerging markets go down and the S&P goes up, the asset allocators say, ‘Do I want to buy the S&P near a high, or do I venture back into emerging economies that are down 50% from their highs, like India or Brazil and so forth?’ So you understand that the pool of money can flow back into emerging markets,” Faber said. Reason Two: The Middle East will become a ‘disaster’
Consternation and concern over Syria reached far beyond partisan bickering. As the network notes, the market lost half of its gains on Tuesday when House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he would support President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Syria.