Interview with James Grant

Published on
January 26th, 2016
43 minutes

Interview with James Grant

The Interview ·
Featuring James Grant

Published on: January 26th, 2016 • Duration: 43 minutes

With his characteristic candor, James Grant, Editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, sits for an engaging discussion on interest rates, market volatility, and the business cycle. James compares the current global interest rate environment to other historical periods, explains how low interest rates have led to a familiar set-up in energy and car loans to that which we saw in 2008, and questions the efficacy of the analysis, strategy, and monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.


  • TJ
    Tom J.
    5 March 2020 @ 01:09
    James Grant for Federal Reserve Chairman, 2020. And his next move will likely be … SHUT THIS PLACE DOWN. :-)
  • DM
    Douglas M.
    9 July 2019 @ 02:55
    Jim Grant manages to always talk about Gold, and always manages to be interesting and insightful.
  • JL
    Jacob L.
    27 July 2017 @ 17:10
    Almost 70 but what a youthful, playful soul. Always spewing out interesting metaphors while at the same time aiming for precision. Of the 10 or so podcasts I regularly listen to my heart always skips a little extra when he has a new episode out. More of Jim Grant on RV, please.
  • SB
    Sam B.
    2 September 2016 @ 22:23
    The "10 day/10 day" cracked me up
  • JM
    Jason M.
    12 August 2016 @ 05:13
    Watching this several months later and Jim's scenario about a dovish Fed halting a USD rise and leading to reflation in EM was right on. I don't think he was predicting it but it shows he had kept his mind open even as the markets were crashing.
  • RM
    Roberto M.
    9 July 2016 @ 00:40
    Brilliant. "Dominance of this vital part of finance by professors...inexperienced in the way the world works, its unusual..."
  • BL
    Brian L.
    8 April 2016 @ 20:49
    Really great interview. Very meaty. No BS. Clear headed.
  • PJ
    Peter J.
    28 March 2016 @ 20:41
    Great interview could listen to James all day, be great to have him back again in the future
  • MC
    Michael C.
    15 February 2016 @ 09:47
    Excellent interview. Have seen him speak before. One of the best students of history out there. Covers a lot of ground and always coherent. And then... "Trump is an Aussie!"
  • SW
    Simon W.
    14 February 2016 @ 20:34
    What a great interview. I always find James's thoughts like finding air.
  • fc
    frank c.
    13 February 2016 @ 19:26
    Bless this man
  • fc
    frank c.
    13 February 2016 @ 19:10
    The fed: they are innocently guilty, they are like children
  • fc
    frank c.
    13 February 2016 @ 18:46
    The Fed: They are figureheads of the pseudo science of economics
  • JF
    Jennifer F.
    4 February 2016 @ 05:46
    Please have him back. He has a common sense approach to all he says. I have been reading his articles for awhile. He has much wisdom to impart.
  • JL
    Jordan L.
    4 February 2016 @ 02:20
    We have short memories. The historical perspectives provided by Jim are fantastic and often portrayed with incredible wit. This is a great interview.
  • VB
    Vincent B.
    1 February 2016 @ 02:03
    there is a massive boom going on in philadelphia cranes everywhere doesnt feel remotely recessionary
  • EL
    Edward L.
    31 January 2016 @ 20:25
    The intellectual expansion alone of this discussion is reason enough to spend the time to listen
  • DO
    David O.
    30 January 2016 @ 21:39
    Very entertaining!
  • CT
    Craig T.
    30 January 2016 @ 20:11
    Not only has Jim Grant seen it all, he actually understands much of what he has seen! Articulate, with a dry wit. One of RTV's top 10 interviews.
  • MB
    Martin B.
    30 January 2016 @ 14:31
    Excellent interview, but... why are these guys still baffled by the actions of central bankers? It's pretty obvious that it's all about manipulation and wealth transfer to the men behind the curtain.
  • CB
    Cliff B.
    30 January 2016 @ 12:03
    Very refreshing thanks for this interview
  • TF
    Tim F.
    29 January 2016 @ 23:54
    Great! Have him back.
  • LR
    Luis R.
    29 January 2016 @ 03:17
    It is always good fun to rubbish the central banks, but please could you add a session on what should be done?
  • CC
    Charles C.
    29 January 2016 @ 00:50
    one of the very best yet. Please have him back soon.
  • BL
    Bruce L.
    28 January 2016 @ 21:37
    Brilliant content plus the wonderful way James Grant uses the language.
  • Jv
    Joris v.
    28 January 2016 @ 19:48
    Lovely conversation.
  • MF
    Mike F.
    28 January 2016 @ 12:19
    It's like watching the two old codgers from the Muppet Show. 'Back in my day...', 'the problem is...', etc. Entertaining yes, but a bit rambling.
  • JH
    Joseph H.
    28 January 2016 @ 00:24
    One person did not like this interview. Who knew Janet Yellen was an RVTV subscriber!
  • MR
    27 January 2016 @ 20:10
    far too short an interview. i had hoped for more.
  • TN
    Thomas N.
    27 January 2016 @ 19:55
    I've been hoping for a Jim Grant interview on RV for some time, and it didn't disappoint. Great work!
  • BJ
    Brent J. | Contributor
    27 January 2016 @ 17:54
    Loved it. & very appropriate that in true contrarian form there was 1 who separated themselves from over 300 & actually disliked this interview! Disagree w/ assesment but like the thinking different!
  • PL
    Paul L.
    27 January 2016 @ 14:25
    My favorite nerd
  • GG
    George G.
    27 January 2016 @ 13:38
    charming, humble and intelligent combined with humour insight and knowledge.. ,Jim Grant's observations are Gold!! thank you guys..
  • RP
    Raoul P. | Founder
    27 January 2016 @ 12:17
    Just fabulous
  • RS
    Rishi S.
    27 January 2016 @ 03:23
    Absolutely Hilarious!!! Great Interview.
  • TS
    Thomas S.
    27 January 2016 @ 03:12
    So what will it be? 1) The FED will call it off the $US will weaken and we will get another leg up in equities. or 2) The $US rockets and all the bad debt will be creatively destroyed?
  • TS
    Tim S.
    27 January 2016 @ 02:56
    Good nugget about ultra low rates bringing forward consumption AND pushing back business failure.
  • sp
    shashwat p.
    27 January 2016 @ 02:53
    Please Please Please rope him in for a regular segment.. Please Please Please
  • KD
    Ken D.
    27 January 2016 @ 02:33
    I thought both Grants were superb!
  • LW
    Lukasz W.
    27 January 2016 @ 01:47
    3xE: entertaining, educational and enlightning.
  • JB
    Jay B.
    27 January 2016 @ 01:13
    Can you develop a function to cast videos using Chromecast?
  • RM
    Richard M.
    27 January 2016 @ 00:05
    I found I was grinning from ear to ear for almost the entire conversation! Such excellence in thought combined with humility and humor (from both Grants)! Outstanding!!!
  • ln
    lucas n.
    26 January 2016 @ 23:38
    have him on all the time why not? Tips For Youngsters ..
  • ln
    lucas n.
    26 January 2016 @ 23:35
    also, thank god for humor
  • ln
    lucas n.
    26 January 2016 @ 23:35
    what a mensch. this was a very gratifying a view - it installs confidence to see someone who's been around for enough , saying these things. I'm not just a crazy youngster etc... but the timing!
  • YM
    Yogesh M.
    26 January 2016 @ 23:28
    I'm adopting Jim Grant as a grandpa! He's so wise and inspiring.
  • JD
    Jeffrey D.
    26 January 2016 @ 22:59
    Ditto on Jim Grant for Fed Chairman
  • BF
    Bruce F.
    26 January 2016 @ 21:57
    brilliant does not do the entire conversation justice
  • GP
    Greg P.
    26 January 2016 @ 21:33
    I agree totally that certain members of the Fed,past and present,are like children.My offspring,when children,knew exactly what the were doing.It was many years later they realized they were clueless.
  • MD
    Mark D.
    26 January 2016 @ 21:14
    Jim Grant is simply brilliant in his cogent thesis on central banker manipulation of free markets and its perilous consequences.
  • LA
    Linda A.
    26 January 2016 @ 21:10
    Love his candor and humor! Common sense prevails!
  • WM
    William M.
    26 January 2016 @ 20:52
    Jim Grant for Fed chair - so he can disband the PhD standard for monetary (mis-)management! 2 Grants - brilliant & funny interview!
  • TJ
    Terry J.
    26 January 2016 @ 19:11
    Simply brilliant and full of common sense truths about markets and the stupidity of central banks. I could have listened to Jim and Grant for hours.
  • TH
    Timo H.
    26 January 2016 @ 18:48
    It takes a genius to state the obvious. Good stuff!
  • KS
    Kathleen S.
    26 January 2016 @ 18:09
    Disagree w/comment FED are like children. IMO FED knows exactly what it is doing, it hides behind false academics to fulfill it's neoliberal agenda. Austerity & privatization of public is plan.
  • RM
    Robert M.
    26 January 2016 @ 17:57
    It's funny how everyone hates gold BUT everyone wears it!!!
  • FS
    Fred S.
    26 January 2016 @ 15:45
    One of my favorite interviews on RVTV, and I've seen them all. I will be re-watching this one for some time!
  • GG
    Guillermo G.
    26 January 2016 @ 14:44
    What a treat! It was a delight hearing a clear-thinking voice such as Jim´s swimming amongst today´s noise and confusion and finding some footing on which to hold on to.
  • MM
    Mark M.
    26 January 2016 @ 14:41
    Thanks RV for presenting complex dynamics and keeping it simple understand. Cheers!
  • DC
    Dale C.
    26 January 2016 @ 14:05
    Great Interview!
  • CW
    Christine W.
    26 January 2016 @ 13:51
    As a fellow journalist and historian, all I can say is fantastic!
  • GT
    Graham T.
    26 January 2016 @ 13:48
    It's great just to listen to someone and let their mind wander from topic to topic.It is also great for those to justify their analysis. RV lets us hear both.