Could Oil Be a Bigger Bubble than the Dot-Com Bubble? (Audio)
Earlier today, we reported on the potential effect plunging oil prices could have on the Federal Reserve’s plans to raise interest rates. Peter Schiff addressed exactly this is problem in his latest podcast. While many people see lower oil prices as a boon to the economy (who doesn’t want to pay less to fill up their gas tank?), Peter explains why this is a narrow-minded analysis. If the oil boom was actually a bubble, it could have dire implications for the United States.
If you want to understand the fundamental issues at play with the plunge in oil prices that is rocking the financial world, you can’t miss this segment from the Peter Schiff Show.
I don’t believe the Fed… is going to allow that recession [from falling oil prices]. They’re going to do the only thing they can do to stop it. That is unleash a tidal wave of new money in QE4, which is going to be bigger than QE1, 2, and 3 combined…”
Highlights from Peter’s podcast:
“We’re going to be importing more oil than ever before, because we’re not going to be able to produce oil at $30, $40 a barrel… If oil prices do go down, that means that all the capital investment in the oil sector over the past few years, all of the hiring, it’s all been a bubble. It’s all based on the false belief that $80 to $100 oil was here to stay. If it turns out that that was wrong, that that was a mania…
“Of course, one of the reasons for the mania was the Fed, all the cheap money that helped push up oil prices. There’s no accident that oil prices are now dropping as the Fed is ending QE and threatening to raise interest rates next year. So the air is coming out of this real oil bubble, because the Fed is threatening to prick it.
“So if it was a bubble, and all of this investment was malinvestment, what are the implications for the US economy when that bubble bursts? Well, what happened when the NASDAQ bubble burst in 2000? We had a recession when that bubble burst. Why should this be any different, especially when this is bigger in relation to the economy…
“As far as total employment, far fewer people certainly were employed by dot-com companies in 1999 than are employed in the oil industry right now. In fact, the few decent jobs we’ve created, they’ve been in the energy sector. So if that turns out to be a bubble, malinvestment, and we have to lay all these people off, that’s going to have a big impact on the economy. Sure, some consumers might save $10 a month on their gasoline, but how many consumers are going to lose their entire paycheck? …
“This is, I think, a much bigger deal for the economy than the NASDAQ bubble. The NASDAQ bubble burst and we had a recession. What did the Federal Reserve do? They lowered interest rates down to 1% from 5 or 6%. If this real oil bubble turns out to be a bubble, can the Fed lower interest rates to help the economy? No, they’re already at zero…”
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