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Marketplace Roundtable #82: The Great Inflation/Deflation Debate With Eric Basmajian

Marketplace Roundtable #82: The Great Inflation/Deflation Debate With Eric Basmajian

With the Fed's balance sheet expanding at an unprecedented rate, inflation concerns have made a comeback among some market watchers on both Wall Street and Main Street. While the monetary supply has increased drastically since the onset of the COVID-19 induced economic crisis, the velocity of money has actually fallen during this period. So what will prevail once the pandemic dust settles - a deflationary or inflationary environment? And how should ETF investors be positioning in the meantime? Macro specialist Eric Basmajian (EPB Macro Research) rejoins The Marketplace Roundtable Podcast and delivers a master class in current monetary policy dynamics - and how investors can stay one step ahead of the curve. Show Notes 3:30 - Eric's personal COVID-19 story 7:00 - Stock vs. Bonds (SHY): A tale of two markets - Which is right? 11:30 - The current environment is a deflationary one - here's why 22:30 - Is the US just a generation behind Japan and Europe when it comes to monetary policy and its likely affect on underlying growth? 28:30 - Productive vs. Unproductive debt: Prospects for future growth (KRE) (XLF) 38:30 - What is the theoretical case for inflation once the dust from COVID-19 settles in a few years? 44:15 - What would be the likely outcome if an emerging economy's central bank followed the same playbook as the Fed? 47:00 - Positioning portfolios in the current environment  (SPY), (PDBC), (TLT), (IEI), (SHV), (VXUS)  1:00:00 - Would you consider a short position in something like (XLE) or (XOP) given the potential economic downside that still exists in the energy sector? 1:07:30 - Are you currently over- or under-weight gold? (GLD) 1:13:45 - How about gold miners? (GDX) 1:16:00 - How do you make sense of the extreme bullish stock market action of the last month or so? (QQQ) (DIA) (IVV) (VOO)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 1 hr 34 min

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