Michael Pento is calling for a 50% stock market decline through mid-2018, but that’s not the worst thing headed our way…
Economist Michael Pento says even though the stock market has made huge gains in 2017, don’t expect this to continue. Pento contends, “Year-over-year growth for the third quarter (Q3) is just 2.9%. . . . So, you have no more earnings growth. It’s very miniscule. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) according to the New York Fed for Q3, it’s 1.8%. If you look at the Atlanta Fed, it’s just a little bit above 2%. So, you are still stuck in that 2% range.
There’s no real growth in GDP and no real growth in earnings. The only thing you have left (holding up the markets) is central banks, and that game is ending. You have central banks selling when there is a high risk of nuclear war, WWIII, stocks are trading at all-time record highs and 138% total market cap to GDP when the average is 50%. This is crazy. There is no way you can justify the level of stock prices without massive and unrelenting money printing, which is coming to an end.”
On gold, Pento says, “You’ve got to have 10% physical gold in your liquid net worth. It has to be physical gold that you possess directly. I cannot stress that enough. . . . I like all precious metals. They are going to be in a massive and unprecedented bull market sometime in 2018.”