Thursday, July 19, 2012
Jim Rogers: American Economy could Collapse like the UK in 1918
Olly Ludwig: Let's talk about America for a second. Some people talk about America in positive ways: It has unparalleled geography and the fiscal situation simply needs to be put on a path of sustainability and everything looks very different when you project out into the future. What is your reaction to that optimism you hear from some quarters?
Jim Rogers: It's going to take more than geography for the US to solve its problems. We cannot solve our problems in five years or 10 years. Just look at our problems. America is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world. We have staggering, staggering debt problems that cannot be solved in a decade—if ever. Most countries that have gotten themselves into this kind of situation never really do anything until there's a crisis or a semi-crisis.
Olly Ludwig: So, if there's no American exceptionalism in this realm, what does the worst-case scenario look like?
Jim Rogers: It might be like the UK. In 1918, the UK. was the richest, most powerful country in the world, bar none. But within one generation, they were in economic chaos, and within three generations they were bankrupt. I would suspect that what might happen here would be more like in the UK. than anywhere else. - in Goldnews interview 10 July 2012
Jim Rogers started trading the stock market with $600 in 1968.In 1973 he formed the Quantum Fund with the legendary 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%.
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