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Dr Doom: Brace yourself for a 10-20% US market fall

by Danielle Levy on May 22, 2014 at 15:00

Dr Doom: Brace yourself for a 10-20% US market fall

Renowned investor Marc Faber has been buying 10-year Treasuries on the back of concerns that the US market could fall by 10-20%.

Faber, nicknamed 'Dr Doom', told CNBC that he does not believe the US market looks 'healthy' right now.

‘The US market is in a very dicey position where it could easily drop 10-20%,’ he said, highlighting momentum stocks such as technology and biotech have already experienced such falls.

As a result, Faber said he is not comfortable piling the majority of his cash into equities and owns 10-year Treasury notes to give him a degree of security. He also expects Treasuries could benefit if money flows out of riskier assets.

While he acknowledged that 10-year notes yielding 2.55% were by no means attractive, he said it still represents an improvement on cash.

Overall he views equity markets as ‘relatively expensive’, with some value available in Europe and emerging markets.

‘I think we are bracing for a general asset deflation. I think the system is still very vulnerable. I'm not predicting a complete collapse because money printing can go on almost endlessly but it will have...unintended consequences,’ Faber added.

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