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How Will Rising Commodity Prices Affect The Global Economy
Exclusive Interview with World Renowned Economist
Dr. Stephen Leeb Ph.D
Iran has issued a warning amidst rising tensions between itself, Israel and the United States, that if sanctions are leveled against the Persian nation, that oil would reach $250 a gallon. This is something that Wendy Sherman, under secretary of state, warned about when harsh sanctions were passed by the senate last week. She said “there is absolutely a risk that in fact the price of oil would go up, which would mean that Iran would in fact have more money to fuel its nuclear ambitions, not less.”
Is this an example of wrong-headed thinking by the US and the West? What good will this do if china is still buying Iranian oil? We ask economist Dr. Stephen Leeb what the effect of sanctions would be on the price of oil, and if this would actually work in Iran’s favor.
We also ask Dr. Leeb to comment on the similarities, or rather the differences, between the 1970’s commodities and price inflation, and what we are facing in this decade. Will we see wage inflation, or will rising commodity prices just increase for consumers, but stagnate for workers? Of course, this all assumes that global growth will continue, but what about the possibility of a global slowdown, particularly a slowdown in China? If China slows down, what effect will this have on commodities?
Stephen Leeb argues that, although a hard landing in China would cause a drop in rising commodity prices, that this is not on the horizon. Lastly, we ask Dr. Leeb to comment on the events taking place in Europe, and what effect these could have on the U.S. and Global economy. Will Germany stay in the Euro, and will the Eurozone survive in its current form?
AUTHOR…INVESTMENT ADVISOR…MONEY MANAGER
Dr. Stephen Leeb is a prolific author, investment adviser, and money manager who has been analyzing financial markets for more than 40 years. He is known for his prescience in connecting the dots among hidden or overlooked trends – macroeconomic, scientific, and geopolitical – and accurately describing the investment implications, often going against the conventional wisdom. He is the author of nine books on investing and geopolitical trends including his most recent book, China’s Rise and the New Age of Gold: How Investors Can Profit from a Changing World (2020, McGraw-Hill Education). He is founder and editor of the award-winning investment letter The Complete Investor, published by Investing Daily. Stephen is chief investment officer of Leeb Capital Management in NYC.