Saturday, August 24, 2013
Marc Faber : The US Economy is still weak, otherwise McDonalds and Walmart would have reported much favourable results
What are the chances of the US Fed Reserve tapering its asset-buying programme?
Marc Faber : I think capital flows have moved out of emerging economies because the US equity markets have started performing well over the last one year. Investors must realise that the yield on US 10-year treasury notes bottomed in July 2012 at 1.43%, and after that it moved to 2.88%. In my view, the asset purchase programme of the Fed has been a complete disaster.
The US economy is still weak, otherwise McDonalds and Walmart would have reported much favourable results. Given the weakness in the economy and employment, and given the frame of mind of Fed members, most of them are extremely dovish. I think there will be no tapering of bond-buying programme. And I won't be surprised if in a year's time the Fed increases asset purchases.
Marc Faber is an international investor known for his uncanny predictions of the stock market and futures markets around the world.