Marc Faber Would "Squeeze The System Like A Lemon" If He Were In Charge

Tyler Durden's picture

From this morning's "Bloomberg Surveillance" with Tom Kenne, Scarlett Fu, Adam Johnson and guest host Ralph Schlosstein:




Dr. Faber, I would ask just one quick question, and that is, if you were Mario Draghi, what precisely would you do tomorrow to signal that you were after inflation, wanting to stimulate growth, and yet wanted to keep some powder dry?


Well, it's a very good question. But it's very hypothetical for me for the simple reason that if I were a Central Bank, I would be the greatest hawk in the world.


I would squeeze the system like a lemon and bring inflation down to deflation, because deflation has some advantage for the majority of people, for the majority of people.


It's great if you have a strong currency and you have weak commodity prices so they can buy energy and transportation at lower costs.

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knukles's picture

Guess he'd be a gold bug in the real world, no?
In any case, when the plan comes together (which everybody loves) everybody can walk and eat dirt, so I don't know what this fuss about cheap energy, food and transportation is all about.

The Great Culling Must Go On!
MOAR mercury in every vaccinaiotn.
MOAR flouride in each drop of no water.
MOAR radiaiton is safe for you (The winner of the next Olympic football meadal is gonna change their name to the "Atomics")
MOAR fiat
MOAR chemtrails
MOAR fracking
MOAR bio-war created diseases


Great fuckin' place we got here, huh? What could go wrong?

economics9698's picture

 if I were a Central Bank, I would be the greatest hawk in the world.”


Yea until the dead horse head arrived in the mail.

Flakmeister's picture

Do you remember the tale of the Gracchi Brothers?

Faber would last maybe 1/10 as long...

max2205's picture

Blah blah blah.  Sure sure sure.....if pigs could fly

NoDebt's picture

Everyone's a tough guy when they're in no position to change anything.  Look at all the Ex-govvies like Harvey Pitt who suddenly went all 'Conan The Barbarian' with their words after they were no longer in office.  Never with their actions while they were in office, though.  

Faber would be spouting the glad tidings of QE and ZIRP from 2 weeks in.

Four chan's picture

so he would squeeze the lemon till the juice ran down his leg?

Flakmeister's picture

.... cuz I got you in the sights of my love gunnnnnnnn.

Flakmeister's picture

Someone is clearly not a Led Zep fan....

That being said, IIRC I think Albert King beat Robert Plant to the punch line....

cape_royds's picture

Robert Johnson's "Travelling Riverside Blues" might be the first record with that line.

But I doubt if Robert Johnson orginated it. Probably a traditional blues phrase.

Flakmeister's picture

Yeah, definately the lemon part...

Fiat Envy's picture

This reminds me of an Eric Sprott interview.  In it Sprott was asked what he would do if he were head of the Fed.   His reply was quit.  When he was asked to answer the question seriuosly he pointed out that things had reached the point where every choice, even the proper ones, would result in an enormous amount of pain for the average person and he wasn't sure that he would be able to see it through if he started the Fed down the road of solving the problems the Phds had created.  So he answer quit was genuine.

I MISS KUDLOW's picture

the system is being squeezed since the 2011 paper gold reverse

Yen Cross's picture

 Good ole Larry "supply side economics Kudlow"

cifo's picture

Squeezing a lemon is nothing compared to squeezing sugar cane. What's left is some dry wooden fibers.

lotsoffun's picture

thank jehovah for moses.  he could get water out of rocks.  the $40 bucks interest i earned on $100k in 401 in money markets, less the $60 fee.  thanks bennie.  keep squeezing.  bennie is moses.  it's a miracle.  i'll crumble soon.


stant's picture

Thus. The old saying, is the juice worth the squeeze

khakuda's picture

Ah, so true.  But, alas, in the idiotic world which we have set up with fractional reserve banking, 3% down payments and tons of leverage, the financial types would never let that happen.  Their lives depend on taking low cost funds from the Fed and leveraging the bejesus out of it to achieve a reasonable rate of return.  Anything that causes asset prices to decline blows up their whole levered system.

Of course, the Fed isn't trying to protect the financiers they tell us.  They are all about the little guy.  Seriously, Cratchit, I work you to death not for my own profit, but for the welfare of poor little Tiny Tim.

knukles's picture

See, I todja!
It's all for the chillen'


How many times I gotta tell ya'?
   -Eddie Bernays

khakuda's picture

Everytime I hear Yellen or Bernanke say their very effective efforts at starving savers and senior citizens are to help the little guy and that they are just trying to create jobs, I want to puke.  My worst boss, the one that tried to screw me all the time, used to speak just like that.  You know the type.  The ones that tell you it isn't about the money, when to them it's ONLY about the money.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Yeah, Trickle Down Part II. Good call. The 1980s didn't seem very good, but Reagan had a poor economy to work with.

Trust us. It is Supply Side Money. You don't get the funds, but you can use your Credit Card and take out huge Student Loans... and if the Health Care system puts you in bankruptcy, well it is all for the "Good of the Kids."

Flakmeister's picture


If Reagan was playing Hold'em, he was dealt the equivalent of pocket aces, what with the North Slope and North Sea just ramping up and interest rates with no where to go but down...

The recent Presidents that were given the shit end of the economic stick were Carter and BHO....

TheRedScourge's picture

Are you trolling, or do you mean that it was in his favor that the economy was in the toilet when he got in, given that it gave what he had been saying for years before some extra credibility?

Flakmeister's picture

Hell no...

I'm the straightest fuckin' shooter here...

If you cannot grasp the difference between a recession driven by temporarily high oil prices and jacked up interest rates and the balance sheet fiasco of 2008 you should not be commenting on web sites that have anything to do with Economics..

Your kind of ignorance is reserved for the Yahoo! boards...

TeethVillage88s's picture

That is true. Better to take over from a crappy leader - you can pretty much guarantee to be successful.

Yen Cross's picture

 I wish I had Mr. Faber's "doom & gloom" crew.

Skateboarder's picture

Buy doom, get gloom free.

Yen Cross's picture

  I've been away. You're missed.

Yen Cross's picture

 4 years and "narry" a note? Freebird

 Stripmall developer?

I Write Code's picture

... until the juice ran down his legs?

NoDebt's picture

Nice.  Old Led Zep reference.

Schmuck Raker's picture

"I'm gonna leave my children...

down on this killing floor.. floor...florr ...flooooR"

[Intro to real Heavy Metal Rock n Roll, JICYMI.]

"The Lemon Song" for you youngsters.

agent default's picture

And I am sure that once you get deflation everyone will be paying back their loans secured on rapidly depreciating assets with increasingly hard to get by liquidity.  Faber has completely lost me on this one.

khakuda's picture

Right, they would default.  The lenders would take a haircut as prices dropped.  Eventually, prices would become more affordable and maybe people could even afford to buy things through work and savings instead of being debt slaves to the banks.  Imagine it not taking 20 -30 years to pay for college and a house because there wouldn't be an arms race of spending borrowed funds to compete with one another.  The more leveraged the world has become, the more wealth has been allocated to the financial people and from the majority.

OC Sure's picture



That's right. Another way to look at it is that the initial loss of value of the currency is the thieves' gain and the subsequent rise in the value of the currency is the victim's replenishment.

profchaos's picture

Yeah, and good luck getting businesses to make capital investments when their prices are dropping and their cash holdings are appreciating. Deflation is great in the world populated entirely by wealthy retirees. But if you need to work for a living or want to start or grow a business... not so much. Modest inflation is a necessary condition for private capital. Only the government would be eager to invest into a deflationary market.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

I've gotta call hogwash on this one. So businesses will only make capital investments when prices are going up, but prices are only going up because of inflation, not necessarily because there is real demand (and not pulled forward demand). The prices of PC's and laptops and electronics in general have been going down for decades so if you were right Apple wouldn't have created iPhonen, airline tickets have been falling for decades against wages so your assumption is the airline industry wouldn't be investing in A380's, B787's etc. 

bodski's picture

Problem is that 'most people' have been doing as they have been told, reading the 'loving' letters that come through their doors every week telling them to load up on debt. Good little consumers spending for the good of their nations. People need to start making the most of their bankruptcy laws before they get revoked. Before they get offered a nice little holiday break in the new-world 'Gulags' instead.

blindman's picture

the deflation might strike all at once like
a grand rebalancing theft, further consolidating
the stranglehold on the people accentuating the
great divide.

ebworthen's picture

Squeeze it Marc!  Squeeze it!

Central Banks don't do this - they want to punish most people and reward the banks.

That's why they are called Central Banks.

Squeezing the Public Treasury dry.

Goatboy's picture

What a fucking shill-moron xD

suteibu's picture

The system doesn't require squeezing.  It only requires ZERO central planning/manipulation.

Frilton Miedman's picture



While I like Fabers underlying points, truth be told, he'd have "squeezed" my portfolio "like a lemon" if I'd listened to him over the last five years.



BeetleBailey's picture

...but he's not "in charge"

Only bought off liars are, and until each one is executed/gang raped/shot/beaten stabbed and publically hanged (in no particular order) this show of shit will continue until someone (paging Vladmir Putin...please pick up the white courtesy telephone, main concourse) - sets off the mother of all wars....


gatorengineer's picture

There has been alot of talk about the fed tapering.  Some talk of them unwinding the balance sheet, but that just transfers the assets and liabilities out of government control, e.g. out of their hands, but I have never heard anyone say anything about winding back the liquidity that has been injected.  I dont see how they can do that without a total collapse....

Yen Cross's picture

  What is this liquidity you speak of gatorengineer

  I see massive rehypothecation stacked on "worthless good will"

TeethVillage88s's picture

Rumsfeld is famous for squeezing the US Military. I got mixed feelings for Rummy, but for the first 3 years you can squeeze big organizations and get efficiency. For Instance the Federal Government is rolling in money, seems to have lots of employees right now. Double Digit budget expansion under 5 years of continuing resolutions.

But deflation is also where wages shrink. We have had downward pressure on wages or... maybe we just keep losing the good jobs with responsibility. Anyway... the USA is starved for leadership, investment, incentives for new businesses, and probably starved for projects High School Student can jump into and make into real products (meaning I think US Education system sucks or is not properly oriented to business, accounting, finance, science, technology in High School).

So... I don't see Leadership from politicians and Faber is a businessman. I don't see him as a solution. I don't see him as a politician that would start projects that lead to more work & happiness in the USA. Starve. The work force of 92 Million is no longer interested in work.

Aren't Bond holders & Insurance companies starving for yield right now. Savers, people on fixed income, People that buy CDs or Money Market Accounts... and I heard Insurance companies need bonds with yield or the rates will go up. So 5 years ZIRP leaves part of the people starving. But maybe that is what Marc Faber is talking about addressing... raising interest rates.