Jason Hartman talks with Daniel Amerman, CFA, about the need for legitimate economic data and whether we can get any of that from the government. The two also take a deep look at our nation’s rising debt and what that means for the US currency moving forward.
[2:42] Daniel recently reverse engineered the Congressional Budget Office’s long term economic outlooko
[6:32] Is the CBO a credible source of information?
[8:41] Technically there’s no such thing as an unfunded liability
[13:47] What does a heavily indebted nation mean for the investor?
[15:57] “It’s crucially clear that, when you have a $20 trillion national debt, that interest rates can’t rise too much”
[19:48] Why Jason hates hedonic indexes
[23:39] There’s a lot of inflation that we either don’t see or we don’t acknowledge
[28:12] A 2% higher rate of inflation is magic for maintaining financial solvency
[31:23] When everyone learned that stocks were the magic wealth building machine they bid the prices of stocks so high the dividends crashed, which ruined the wealth creation
[34:02] Daniel is a huge fan, not of income property, but of the mortgage