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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

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 Wall Street economist predicts 'economic armageddon'

Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley, and one of the most respected voices on Wall Street is predicting that Bush's policies will create an "economic armageddon:"
Roach met select groups of fund managers downtown last week, including a group at Fidelity.

His prediction: America has no better than a 10 percent chance of avoiding economic "armageddon."...

Roach sees a 30 percent chance of a slump soon and a 60 percent chance that "we'll muddle through for a while and delay the eventual armageddon."

The chance we'll get through OK: one in 10. Maybe.

In a nutshell, Roach's argument is that America's record trade deficit means the dollar will keep falling. To keep foreigners buying T-bills and prevent a resulting rise in inflation, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will be forced to raise interest rates further and faster than he wants.

The result: U.S. consumers, who are in debt up to their eyeballs, will get pounded.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Armageddon come, Armageddon come, Armageddon come..."

/The Smiths

10:31 PM  

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