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World economy headed for another crash: US guru

The world economy will face a crisis in the next two years even bigger than the downturn currently buffeting the global financial

system, a respected US forecaster warned on Monday.

Author Harry S. Dent, who predicted Japan's slide into recession in the 1990s and the present slump, dismissed claims the worst was over for the world economy and that "green shoots" were emerging from the fiscal firestorm.

Dent said the baby-boomer generation was set to cut back on spending, sending the share and property markets into downward spirals that would dwarf the recent recovery.

"We're in the middle of a bear market rally," Dent told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

He said share markets were likely to continue to gain in the next few months but would fall again towards the end of the year as the global banking system suffered another meltdown, bottoming out in 2011.

Dent said post-war baby boomers in the Western world were spending less as they aged, in a long-term demographic shift similar to that seen by Japan in the 1990s.

"Peak spending is age 46, so we've been saying for decades, we're going to have this great, great boom and then around the end of this decade baby boomers are going to peak in spending, prepare for retirement," he said.

"(Their) kids are going to leave the nest and the economy's going to slow just like Japan did in the 1990s.

"Japan has already gone through a housing bubble and a peak in generation spending ... their stock market declined for years, housing declined 60 percent, and all the government stimulus could not put Humpty Dumpty together again -- that's what we're looking at."

Dent said Australia's proximity to Asia, the world economy's growth hotspot, meant it was likely to experience a less severe downturn than other Western nations.

"If I had to sit out the depression in one place in the Western world, it would be Australia," he said.

"Your demographic slide is less, your immigration's been stronger and you're on the edge of China and India -- they're not turning down due to baby boomer demographics, they've got much growth ahead."

Yep. Demographics is an absolute and cannot be jiggered by politics, banks, or the state.

We are only just now feeling the effects of the first wave of boomer retirement folks.

Wait till 2015 and beyond!

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"Japan has already gone through a housing bubble and a peak in generation spending ... their stock market declined for years, housing declined 60 percent, and all the government stimulus could not put Humpty Dumpty together again -- that's what we're looking at."

Thought I'd highlight the relevant point! ;-)

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"Japan has already gone through a housing bubble and a peak in generation spending ... their stock market declined for years, housing declined 60 percent, and all the government stimulus could not put Humpty Dumpty together again -- that's what we're looking at."

Thought I'd highlight the relevant point! ;-)

Shhhh, don't tell McSpamish, it blows his arguments out of the water, all of them.

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I guess the only question is will they be able to cloak it in an avalanche of printed money, or will we go the way of the Japanese. Theyve made a good job of scaring savers so far, but they can only be tricked so many times. And when they start losing on their recent investments i doubt subsequent bluffs will work so well.

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Shhhh, don't tell McSpamish, it blows his arguments out of the water, all of them.

No, I don't think you understand McSpamish.

He would happily watch the world burn and have us all hung on crosses if it meant that his 2007, at the peak of the market, property purchase turned out to be a good investment.

But yes, the article is correct and demographics have EVERYTHING to do with our future...unless of course you are immortal.

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No, I don't think you understand McSpamish.

He would happily watch the world burn and have us all hung on crosses if it meant that his 2007, at the peak of the market, property purchase turned out to be a good investment.

But yes, the article is correct and demographics have EVERYTHING to do with our future...unless of course you are immortal.

it does and another reason for deflation (along with the debt mountain)

it wont happen this way though due to government spending and currency creation

Japan exported their inflation

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I dread to think what it'll be like in 5 years.

Great signature!

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Yep. Demographics is an absolute and cannot be jiggered by politics, banks, or the state.

We are only just now feeling the effects of the first wave of boomer retirement folks.

Wait till 2015 and beyond!

The plan was it was always going to be someone else's problem, looks like the game of passing the buck has finished at we get the bill which is impossible to pay.

Congratulations.

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