In an interview with GoldSeek on April 14, outspoken economist Peter Schiff issued a dire warning to investors.
According to Schiff, a new housing bubble, an overvalued stock market, and President Trump's proposed stimulus plan will send the U.S. into extreme panic at some point in the near future.
In fact, Schiff thinks these catalysts will combine to cause an "inflationary maelstrom" that will "wipe out entire generations of retirees" who have their nest eggs invested in the market.
Let's take a look…
Schiff Sees a New Kind of Echo Bubble
This new housing bubble – coined an "echo bubble" by some economists – is something we've warned you about before.
In the United States, there are at least six major cities – ones that recovered from the recession too fast – that meet the criterion for bubble status: Their housing markets are considered overvalued (above 0.5%), and their housing prices have skyrocketed well above 15% within the last five years…
In fact, some have seen over a 50% increase since 2011.
However, "[t]his bubble is different because it's an institutional bubble," said Schiff. "You have record ownership of single-family homes by hedge funds and private-equity funds. They bought these things up in '09 or '10 or '11, and their plan was to rent them out for a while and then sell them to other tenants."
Here's the problem…
"The tenants are now broke," said Schiff. "They're unemployed — they have credit card debt, auto debt — they can barely afford to even rent the houses!"
However, this housing bubble alone won't crash the economy, according to Schiff.
He believes what could cause chaos is the fact that this subprime housing debt is also concentrated in delinquent auto and student loans, putting over $4 trillion at risk.
The Stock Market Is a Joke
"The U.S. stock market rally is ending," said Schiff. "It's a bubble that is going to deflate."
But Schiff thinks the markets are extremely overinflated due to "investor optimism."