Robert Aliber And Nicholas Sargen: The Next Financial Crisis

Robert Aliber And Nicholas Sargen: The Next Financial Crisis
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Where is the next financial crisis developing? How can investors protect themselves? Answers from two crisis experts, Robert Aliber, Editor Manias, Panics, and Crashes and Global Shocks author, Nicholas Sargen.

Robert Aliber And Nicholas Sargen: The Next Financial Crisis

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We live in turbulent economic times. As the latest edition of the classic, Manias, Panics, and Crashes puts it: “The years since the early 1970’s are unprecedented in terms of the large changes in the day-to-day and month-to month prices of commodities, currencies, bonds, stocks, and real estate relative to their long- run average prices”.


Robert Aliber

Also unprecedented in recent history are the 40 some odd banking crises that have occurred around the world in the last three plus decades. And again, according to Manias, Panics, and Crashes, they have tended to come in waves.

The first wave was in the early 1980s, with the $800 billion dollar default of U.S. dollar-denominated debt by Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and ten other developing countries.  The early 1990s saw a second wave, engulfing Japan and two Nordic countries, Finland and Sweden. The third wave identified began in mid-1997, the Asian financial crisis that started with Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and spread to impact South Korea, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.  The fourth wave was the most recent, the Great Recession, which began with the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant government sponsored mortgage lenders, followed by the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Why have we experienced so much financial turbulence in recent years? That was the focus of last week’s WEALTHTRACK with our two guests who are experts in the field. You can see last week’s program on our website.

In Part Two this week, we are turning our attention to where crises might be developing…and how to invest in the meantime.  We are continuing the conversation with noted economist Robert Aliber, Emeritus Professor of International Economics and Finance at the University of Chicago Business School, the editor of the last three editions of Manias, Panics, and Crashes, and a prolific author in his own right on international finance, as well as the author of two personal finance books titled Your Money and Your Life.

We’ll be joined again by Nick Sargen, Chief Economist and Senior Investment Advisor for Fort Washington Investment Advisors, who has had similar roles at major financial institutions over the years as well as positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the U.S. Treasury department. Nicholas Sargen’s new book is Global Shocks: An Investment Guide for Turbulent Markets.

Robert Aliber and Nicholas Sargen will share their insights about the financial trouble spots developing now.

As always, if you miss the show on Public Television, you can watch it at your convenience on our website.  You’ll also find my weekly Action Points there, plus our guests’ “One Investment” ideas.

Thank you for watching.  Have a great weekend and make the week ahead a profitable and productive one.

Best Regards,


Take Advantage Of Still Extremely Low Interest Rates


Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, Seventh Edition

Global Shocks: An Investment Guide for Turbulent Markets

Robert Aliber: Rising Rates, Rising Banks?

Buy bank stocks

  • Rising interest rates =
  • Rising bank revenues & profits
  • Rising bank profits
  • Rising bank stocks

Nicholas Sargen: Private Debt Income

Buy shares in Business Development Companies (BDCs)

  • Make loans to mid-sized companies
  • Interest rate is based off floating exchange rate
  • Attractive spreads
  • Require homework

Video Archives

This is Robert Robert Aliber’s first appearance on WEALTHTRACK. Here’s Nicholas Sargen’s appearance from the WEALTHTRACK Archives:

Sargen: Financial Game Changers

What are the biggest financial game changers of this decade? The unprecedented cycle of global central bank easing and low interest rates? The dramatic decline in oil prices? Fort Washington Advisors’ Nick Sargen discusses the economic and market moving shifts in energy, inflation and central bank policy – and what they mean for investors

Sargen & Wilby: Investing In Turbulence

A rare interview with two veteran investors who say turbulent and volatile markets are here to stay and require some unusual approaches. Fort Washington Investment Advisor’s Nick Sargen and former mutual fund star, now private investor Bill Wilby share their strategies.


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