Grace Cheng over at DailyMarkets has interviewed Jim Rogers recently and we've highlighted some of the intriguing parts of the interview below.
"As you’ve said many times, the US government is printing a lot of money right now, when do you think inflation will come around and bite us?
Rogers: Well there is inflation now in many things. There’s temporary deflation in raw material prices and in some property. But throughout history, whenever you’ve had gigantic printing of money and spending of borrowed money, it has always led to higher prices. Unless something is dramatic, it’s going to happen again. When? I don’t know. It’s already happening in some things. I don’t know if you’ve bought any sugar recently or some other things, prices are up and that will continue and it will get worse.
You’ve been bullish on commodities for a long time, recently you said you’re buying the Rogers Metal Index. Do you think that the Obama stimulus plan will create more demand for commodities?
Rogers: Well of course, anything that causes a revival of economic activity causes a revival of demand for everything including commodities. I mean if you’re gonna build bridges you’ve got to build them out of something you cannot build virtual bridges you have to build real bridges, etc.
You’ve said that over the long term, the US dollar is doomed. What are your thoughts on the British Pound?
Rogers: More doomed. It will disappear sooner. If it weren’t for the North Sea, the British Pound would have already disappeared. It’s more doomed. The UK has been exporting oil for 26 years; within the decade, the UK will be a net importer of oil again, and they have nothing else to sell to the world once the oil dries up."
Rogers has been out in the media a lot lately, re-hashing numerous themes. Here are some of his theses, many of which we've highlighted on the blog before:
- Bullish on agriculture
- Bullish on commodities
- Bullish on China
- Bearish on long term US bonds/treasuries
- Bearish on the US Dollar
- Bearish on the British Pound
Make sure you check out the rest of Grace's interview here.