- Jim Rogers’ Warning: Riots Coming To America (ETF Daily News, May 2, 2012):
Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul: Speaking with the Wall Street Journal on Friday, commodities trader Jim Rogers of Rogers Holdings said riots such as the ones witnessed in Greece and reported as widespread in China will hit the United States and again in Europe as the next leg down in the financial crisis takes shape (after the election, he speculates in previous interviews).
“I’m more worried about those kind of problems [rioting] in the U.S. and Europe; this is where social unrest is going to be worse,” Rogers told the Journal. “I would suspect that, when economic conditions get worse here and get worse in Europe, we’re going to see . . . you’ve seen governments fail in Europe; you’ve seen countries fail in Europe. I suspect you’re going to see more of it [rioting], yes.
“We saw it in London; we’ve seen it in several countries in Europe in the last year or two. Yes, I expect to see it here, too. If you don’t, look out your window”
When asked about Bernanke’s credibility regarding his latest FOMC public statement, in which he said the Fed will be able to contain inflation, Rogers became noticeably irritated.
“Mr. Bernanke has zero credibility as far as I’m concerned. The Federal Reserve has zero credibility,” Rogers said forcefully. “Simon, go back at everything Mr. Bernanke has said in the last seven or eight years he’s been in Washington. He’s never been right about anything. The man has zero credibility for anyone who would take the time to look at his history.”
As far as further inflation down the road, Rogers stated inflation is already in the pipeline, and will manifest in higher commodities and consumer prices—of which, historically, have lagged money supply expansion by six months to one year.