Grantham's words of wisdom: Part III - Views on News from Equitymaster

Helping You Build Wealth With Honest Research
Since 1996. Try Now

  • MyStocks

MEMBER'S LOGINX

     
Login Failure
   
     
   
     
 
 
 
(Please do not use this option on a public machine)
 
     
 
 
 
  Sign Up | Forgot Password?  

Grantham's words of wisdom: Part III

Apr 29, 2013

This is the third and final part of our three-series article on Jeremy Grantham's thoughts as revealed on the Charlie Rose show. The write-up would focus on Jeremy Grantham's views with regard to elevated debt levels in America making an attempt to answer two questions: Have elevated debt levels in the US helped to promote real economic growth in the US? Is monetary stimulus the only solution to promote US economic growth?

Have elevated debt levels in the US helped to promote real economic growth in the US? Grantham goes back to as early as 1982. Ronald Reagan was the US President then, and the debt to GDP ratio in the US was 1.25 times. Over the course of the next 30 years, the debt to GDP ratio nearly tripled to 3.5 times. However, contrary to expectations, the US growth rate dropped from around 3% in the 1980s to an average of less than 2% in the last ten years.

Thus, Grantham believes that it is a myth that growth in GDP can be achieved by pumping more money into the system through cheap debt. By keeping interest rates artificially low, money is being transferred from the retirees to people who run hedge funds and the banking system in general. The required amount of capital expenditure to boost the US economy is not happening and the money supply is unnecessarily chasing financial assets and propping up their prices artificially.

Is monetary stimulus the only solution to promote US economic growth? Grantham dismisses the fact that the debt levels should be brought down by hook or by crook in a hurry. He believes that there should be a twenty years plan to get out of the 'rat hole'. Debt at the end of the day is a 'paper' while the 'real world' comprises of the quality and the quantity of people and the quality and quantity of capital spending. Money supply should chase productive assets and he goes on to add that the common assumption that there is very little scope for capital spending on the Government account in a developed country like the US is devoid of any merit. Projects like installation of solar panels, insulation of every cold area and redoing the grid system would not only be productive but also have a high societal return.

Grantham concludes the conversation with Charlie Rose on a humorous note by saying that usual economic assumptions that markets take care of themselves and that people are rational and that their behaviour is guided by common sense have failed to hold true in the real world and therein lies the difference between sophisticated economic theories and functioning of the real world.

We agree with Jeremy Grantham's answers to both the questions as illustrated above. Thus, we continue to remain circumspect with the recent surge in US stock markets and false hopes of economic revival connected with it.

However, as pointed out in Part II of this series, there is always a possibility that while an economy may look dismal, a portfolio of carefully picked stocks based on their fundamentals can still do very well.

Grantham's words of wisdom - Previous article | All Articles

Equitymaster requests your view! Post a comment on "Grantham's words of wisdom: Part III". Click here!

  

More Views on News

6 Popular Stocks that Turned into Penny Stocks (Views On News)

Nov 27, 2021

A look at popular stocks that crashed big time and never recovered, i.e. which went from 'Multibaggers to Multibeggers'.

ONGC to NMDC: Here are 5 Stocks Value Investors Should Closely Track (Views On News)

Nov 26, 2021

Before investing in value stocks, research the company and gain insight into why the market is discounting it.

Infosys vs TCS: Which is Better? (Views On News)

Nov 26, 2021

In the post pandemic era, the top two IT companies in India are fighting to capture the growing demand for IT.

Has Your Mutual Fund Scheme Invested in Paytm? Here's What You Should Do... (Outside View)

Dec 1, 2021

One97 Communications (Paytm) shares continue to erode the wealth of investors. If any of your mutual fund schemes hold shares in it, you need to be careful and track its performance more carefully in future.

Is this India's 'Reliance Power' Moment? Here's How to Prepare for it (Profit Hunter)

Dec 1, 2021

Investors forget that market cycles are inevitable and there's no such thing as a free lunch.

More Views on News

Most Popular

Infosys vs TCS: Which is Better? (Views On News)

Nov 26, 2021

In the post pandemic era, the top two IT companies in India are fighting to capture the growing demand for IT.

This Multibagger Stock Zooms 20% After Dolly Khanna Buys Stake (Views On News)

Nov 24, 2021

Shares of this edible oil company zoomed over 50% in three days after ace investor bought around 1% stake.

6 Popular Stocks that Turned into Penny Stocks (Views On News)

Nov 27, 2021

A look at popular stocks that crashed big time and never recovered, i.e. which went from 'Multibaggers to Multibeggers'.

How to Find Your Next 10-Bagger in this Market (Profit Hunter)

Nov 19, 2021

The #1 make or break factor in your portfolio you shouldn't ignore.

MobiKwik IPO Opens for Subscription Soon. Key Things to Know Before Subscribing. (Views On News)

Nov 20, 2021

The Rs 19 bn issue is set to hit the market soon.

More

Become A Smarter Investor
In Just 5 Minutes

Multibagger Stock Guide 2022
Get our special report Multibagger Stocks Guide (2022 Edition) Now!
We will never sell or rent your email id.
Please read our Terms

S&P BSE SENSEX


Dec 1, 2021 01:03 PM

MARKET STATS