“Multi-year economic stagnation”: Nouriel Roubini Says the Economy Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Nouriel Roubini, the widely respected economist dubbed “Dr. Doom,” was profiled in the Times of London Sunday.

Roubini is predicting further global economic turmoil—and he doesn’t think that markets have hit bottom yet.

Money quote from the article:

“Every time there has been a severe crisis in the last six months, people have said this is the catastrophic event that signals the bottom. They said it after Bear Stearns, after Fannie and Freddie, after AIG [the giant US insurer that had to be rescued], and after [the $700 billion bailout plan]. Each time they have called the bottom, and the bottom has not been reached.”

Across the world, governments have taken more and more aggressive actions to stop the panic. However, Roubini believes investors appear to have lost confidence in governments’ ability to sort out the mess.

The announcement of the US government’s $700 billion bailout, Gordon Brown’s grand bank rescue plan and the coordinated response of governments around the world has done little to calm the situation. “It’s been a slaughter, day after day after day,” said Roubini. “Markets are dysfunctional; they are totally unhinged.” Economic fundamentals no longer apply, he believes.

“Even using the nuclear option of guaranteeing everything, providing unlimited liquidity, nationalising the banks, making clear that nobody of importance is going to be allowed to fail, even that has not helped. We are reaching a breaking point, frankly.”

He believes governments will have to come up with an even bigger international rescue, and that the US is facing “multi-year economic stagnation”.

Here’s the link to the full Times of London profile.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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