Gary Shilling said stocks and cryptocurrencies are overheated and bound to crash.The veteran forecaster blamed stimulus measures for ballooning asset prices.Shilling dismissed inflation fears and advised investors to resist speculating.See more stories on Insider’s business page.
The president of A. Gary Shilling & Co – who has called several previous crashes – also accused the Federal Reserve and Treasury of pumping up asset prices, dismissed fears of higher inflation, and urged investors to resist joining the buying frenzy.
Here are Shilling’s 10 best quotes, lightly edited and condensed for clarity:
1. “The consensus view is that the economy is going to open very rapidly, inflation is going to come roaring back, and interest rates are going through the roof. That is way overdone. We are in a low-inflation, if not deflationary era.” – highlighting that China and other countries produce more than they consume, fueling a global supply glut that depresses prices.
2. “The money pumped out by the Fed and all the fiscal stimulus hasn’t gone into spending, it’s gone into savings and asset inflation. It’s really responsible for things like dogecoin and bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and all these speculations. It’s pushed stocks to unbelievable highs in relation to earnings, in relation to anything else, and made them very overpriced. Now, that doesn’t mean that I want to be short stocks right now, because with speculations, you never know how far they’re going to go. They leave the realm of any fundamentals, they’re off in the wild blue yonder.”
3. “There’s too much money floating around, and people don’t know what else to do with it. The Federal Reserve can’t be oblivious to what they’re doing. I know that they’re very honest public servants, but you’d almost think that these guys have a vested interest in pushing up stocks and fostering speculation. At some