Sunday, October 9, 2011

Shale Gas could cause a revival in the U.S. but only temporarily

Jim Rogers : Well, in 1918, the U.K. was the richest, most powerful country in the world. If you looked at a map of the world, it was all red – the British Empire was everywhere. But there was a lot of corrosion underneath. And within three generations, the U.K. was bankrupt. The U.K. could not sell government bonds. It had to be bailed out by the IMF. Now, it certainly had some rallies along the way. Sometimes things got better... or looked better. But the trend was always down. Starting in 1979, the U.K. had a revival when the North Sea oil started flowing. Over the next 20 years or so, the U.K. had a huge boom in oil production, which made things much better in the U.K... And of course, there was the stock market bull market, which made the City of London more exciting and prosperous. But now, the North Sea oil is declining and the city of London is going into decline, just like Wall Street and financial centers all over the world. As unlikely as it appears, these things happen... And they're happening in the U.S. right now. So I keep looking for what could happen to cause a revival in the U.S. We have agriculture, but even our agriculture is facing problems. Conceivably, we have a lot of shale gas. If that technology is ever perfected, that would help the U.S. But these things are not enough to turn the U.S. around permanently, just as the North Sea was not enough to turn the U.K. around permanently. So, no... Right now, I'm not bullish on the future... And I would urge everyone to learn about investing outside of the U.S. - in The Daily Crux

Who is Jim Rogers ?

James "Jim" Rogers was born in Oct. 19, 1942 and grew up in Demopolis, Alabama .Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendry investor George Soros before retiring, a multi millionaire at the age of 37. Rogers and Soros helped steer the fund to a miraculous 4,200% return over the 10 year span of the fund while the S&P 500 returned just 47%. They ran what is considered to be one of the first truly global macro hedge funds. . In 1964 he got his first job on Wall Street at Dominick & Dominick in the summer between high school and Yale University, that's how he got his first experience with stocks and bonds. He immediately fell in love with the job. After Oxford, he returned to the U.S. and joined the army in 1970 he returned to Wall Street, working again with Dominick & Dominick. That same year he joined Arnold S. Bleichroeder, where he met George Soros, and together founded the Quantum Fund. This has opened a new era of global macrotrading and inspired numerous imitations and spin-offs. In the book "Money Masters of Our Time," Jim Rogers writes about that time "the most important thing in my life was work. I did not do anything until I had completed my work." To emphasize this professional ethic , it is good to remember that he did not made any holiday for ten years. In 1980, Jim Rogers has decided to "retire" at 37 years. Since then he has spent much of his time traveling and supporting the causes of philanthropic and taking on many high profile roles in the media. However, he continues to be an active investor and media commentator

Jim Rogers "the 19th century was the century of the UK , the 20th century was the century of the US , the 21 st century is going to be the century of China "