Tom welcomes a new guest Mark Yusko who is CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management. Mark says we have the highest amount of leverage at all levels today, which is very similar to 1929. The 1929 crash was terrible, with markets falling 47%, then rallied back and then collapsed again. America today has an addiction problem, and that addiction is debt. Debt has to be defaulted on or inflated away, which is the path they choose in the 1930s.
Every bear market has a sharp drop, then a reflective rebound, and then you have a fundamental down cycle. This cycle takes 18 to 24 months. The damage we have done from the shutdown will have long repercussions. We will have depression-like economic activity, which will lead to much lower stock prices. Social media today exaggerates people’s personal biases and creates echo chambers. He discusses his alternate Gold FAAANG, which is composed of undervalued stocks that he believes will do well during the next few years. People today believe that value no longer matters, but Mark argues that it always matters.