Quantum Economics and Financially Transmitted Diseases

Marin Katusa  |

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It’s a common strategy in war.

Addition by division.

Put simply, adding content and flair by dividing two sides, is a very effective means of polarizing two or more sides.

Cultural communists use it in their war on climate change “You’re either with us ditching plastic straws or you’re harming the environment”.

Economists use it to confirm their investment bias, “If you’re not a Keynesian follower then you’re not a true capitalist

Crypto enthusiasts use it too, “HODL or you hate Bitcoin, the future currency of everything”.

Dividing people is an easy way to engage the ones most in favor of your cause, or financial interest.

And Gold vs Bitcoin is no different.

I was recently asked to lend my thoughts in a candid interview and to “rip on bitcoin, if I hate it”.

But the truth is, I’m a profit bug.

If I can make money in gold, which we’ve done handsomely here in 2019, I will.

If I can make money in Bitcoin, which could return with a vengeance in the near future, I will.

And there’s a third, critical asset class that I believe is one of the best places to be. Contrary to what many pundits, fund managers and investors think. But it has served my subscribers and I very well.

It all comes down to central banks and governments unwittingly pushing Financially Transmitted Diseases on the globe.

This will have incredible and lasting effects on world economics…

And it will cause disruptions that will allow you and I to move our net worth needles in earnest, if you stay contra to the herd mentality.

Below is a republished and excerpted version of Katusa's interview, it appears in its original form here.

Negative interest rate policy that the bankers are using as the new stimulus, I call it an FTD, a financially transmitted disease. It goes back to my days-- I used to teach calculus quantum mechanics essentially was you can't take the square root of a negative number then they said, we'll introduce an imaginary variable and voila, long story short, you get quantum mechanics. That's essentially what we're doing in this new quantum economics with negative interest rates. If we're at negative three quarters, why can't we get to negative one and a quarter, negative one and a half? That's what happens in an FTD. This is going to spread virally. My name's Marin Katusa. I'm the chief investment strategist at my own firm, Katusa Research, and we run one of the largest funds in the resource sector.

What macroeconomic policy will have the greatest impact on the global economy going forward?

I think without a doubt, it's a negative interest rate policy that the bankers are using as the new stimulus. I call it an FTD, a financially transmitted disease. I don't think investors or the media or even the central bankers truly understand the implications that this FTD will have for portfolios co-stemming from pension funds to retirees to even sovereign wealth funds down to regular portfolio managers. We're in like I call the Keynes's quantum economics where when they originally modeled this, there were no negative interest rates. Everything's in this new uncharted territory and I think it's going to have drastic effects across the board. There's this misconception that your mortgage is going to be cheaper, people will be able to get access to cheaper money. That's not how it's going to work. The velocity of capital is going to really, really slow down and it's going to be a select few that get access to this cheaper negative interest rate policy money. It's going to have drastic negative effects such that almost like in China where you have the government rate and then the shadow market rate, I see that happening in the rest of the world now, and it's going to have serious implications.

What impact will negative interest rates have on, inflation or deflation?

Without a doubt, my opinion is it's deflationary. If you look at what the impacts are, and I wrote 40 pages on this in my publication, the amount of capital chasing the fixed number of goods is going to be less hence that's deflationary. You look at the velocity of the capital is also going to slow it down, so it's going to have this double impact and again, a lot of people think this is a short term fix like what QE was. I'm taking the other side of that bet, I think it's going to last a lot longer and negative interest rates are going to go a lot lower. For example, if you look at how these bonds are trading, so you got the negative interest rates, so first thing and you ask yourself is who the hell wants to take a negative interest rate bond? That's not these bond managers are looking at and going, "Holy crap, it's trading at like a 30%, 40% 50% premium." That's what they're looking at. They're willing to cut that in so they get their bonuses, and they get all the numbers that work for them. It's this self-fulfilling prophecy and rather than returning 35%, maybe they'll return 20%. October 17th , 2019 - www.realvision.com 3 The Expert View: Quantum Economics and Financially Transmitted Diseases They'll go a little bit deeper on the negative interest rate. This is the spreads going to keep getting bigger and bigger. That's what I see happening here.

How much further negative can interest rates go?

10 years ago, no one would have ever thought that this would even be where we are. It could go a hell of a lot lower. Could it go negative two and a half? Sure. Why not? It all comes out. It's all relative basis. It goes back to my days, I used to teach Calculus. Quantum mechanics essentially was you can't take the square root of a negative number then they said, we'll introduce an imaginary variable and voila, long story short, you get quantum mechanics. That's essentially what we're doing in this new quantum economics with negative interest rates. If we're at negative three quarters, why can't we get to negative one and a quarter, negative one and a half? That's what happens in an FTD. This is going to spread virally.

What impact will negative interest rates have on real people?

It's going to be awful. Yet they think it's a good thing. Really, they're injecting themselves with this FTD thinking that it's going to help them. They think it's a steroid for themselves, when in opposite, it's a virus for their portfolio. For example, say you're a 55-year-old guy, you're going, "Wow. I got this mortgage, I can refinance it. My kid's a useless millennial, he's probably going to move in in the basement with his girlfriend and they're not really doing anything. They're trying to find themselves in their art career, whatever the situation may be." They're going, "Well, I'll refinance my house. I'm all for negative Interest rates," but what they've realized is you're not going to get a negative interest rate mortgage, okay. That stops there. Secondly, their portfolio, their pension funds are going to be significantly impacted because these pension fund managers to base when they started this 30, 40 years ago, when they started in their careers, they expected it between 5% and 7% earnings year over year and the thing but you're not getting that in the bond market. It's turning everything upside down. Their investment returns are going to shrink significantly, but pro rata, their cost of living and access to capital for the average working person, the average person who needs that capital to sustain their mortgage or cart, they're not going to get negative interest rate, they're not going to get any of the relief. No one truly understands what's going on here, and hence why the central bankers are kicking the can down the road and the politicians are totally okay with it, because everyone lives on this four-year cycle and they're not understanding the long term implications. This is why I said in this case, believe it or not, the US dollar actually wins and gold wins. Those are the two places that I think people should have some exposure and a lot of people go, "Well what about Bitcoin?" I go, "Sure, why not?" Have a little bit in it. I'm no Bitcoin expert. What I did was I put a significant amount of money on one of the largest shareholders and who I think is a super smart guy who's really focusing on Bitcoin and industries that I'm not paying attention to. Yeah, have yourself exposed to areas that should benefit from this FTD that is happening virally.

How widespread could negative rate mortgages become?

You got to look at who's getting it, how they qualify and you can argue that here in Vancouver, there's so much subsidized housing that in downtown, some poor bastard's spending three and a half million dollars on a two bedroom apartment and then next door to him is a subsidized housing at 80% subsidized so technically, that person has a negative cost of living versus his peers. You first has to ask yourself, who got that, but more importantly, what the size of that mortgage is. I just don't see the bank getting to that point because they we're in a basically socialist state, then at that point, you're going to get taxed on your cash and your portfolio and all sorts of things. Interestingly enough, a lot of people don't know that in Canada, pre-World War II, you used to get dinged a tax 3% on your assets that were deemed in your portfolio. Back then, they take your cash and your assets, whether you own stock in a railway or whatever, in the bank, and they charge you 3%. You'd have to pay that in hard cold cash. Now, they changed things with property taxes, and they took that tax away. Eventually, I do see that also coming back because the pendulum sure is swinging into-- I don't see people getting negative interest rates for houses because then, it just how do you control things. Just then we truly are in a quantum realm of economics, which doesn't make sense at all.

What happens to savings rates with negative interest rate policy?

In a negative interest rate policy world, people are recognizing-- they'd eventually realized that, "Oh crap, I'm going to retire and I'm not getting the returns I expected to have. I'm somewhat fiscally normal, maybe not conservative, but fiscally, I got to figure out how to pay ends meet." It's going to affect the economy because you're not going to do those spontaneous purchases that you regularly did, you're not going to do the vacations or the big dinners. Instead of buying a $200 bottle of wine on your anniversary, you might buy a $50 bottle of wine or $40 bottle of wine. That's just the natural evolution of these things. As people start to retire, they start planning and becoming more conservative, and that's going to have its ripple effects across the board. It's going to force people to save, then the irony will be then the government will probably bring in some tax on the savers. The government's going to screw you whichever way you think and that's just how it is.

What about bonds?

I actually see that the trend will continue. As negative interest rates decrease and they'll continue, there's going to be a new junk bond era where it's not based off of the old valuations we've seen. For example, the Austrian bond was up over 55% at a negative point six, and the bond managers were all over it. Maybe the next savvy banker will say, "Hey, we'll do point negative seven, and we're happy with yielding 35% or 40% on the trading of the bond." That's the realm I was talking about earlier. I see that continuing longer than people expect, because people are going to have to put their money somewhere.

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