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ôLooks like weÆre in a financial crisis,ö says Marc Faber

Speaking at the CLSA conference in Hong Kong, bearish Dr Marc Faber refrains from saying æI told you soÆ, and remains pessimistic about the global outlook for markets and economies.
ôThe severity of a downturn is proportional to the excesses that preceded it,ö began Marc Faber, leading off his speech to the CLSA conference in Hong Kong.

He then pointed out those excesses, with the chief culprit in his opinion being the mistake of leaving the US federal funds rate at 1% until June 2004, three years after the US economic expansion began. That has led to a mis-pricing of capital and overly strong debt growth with a consequent diminishing of asset quality in financial institutions. Today, US debt-to-GDP levels are higher than they were in the days preceding the Wall Street crash of 1929.

Even though one solution would be to adopt tighter monetary...
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