Developed World Running Out of Tough Choices

Featuring John Mauldin

John Mauldin has the big picture perspective of global economic trends to ask the difficult questions about societal change, inequality and automation of jobs. With the pervading need to monetize rising global debt, the Chairman of Mauldin Economics can only see a Bretton Woods type solution as the developed world starts to run out of difficult choices, while John also looks to the future of healthcare technology and the incredible breakthroughs in the pipeline. Filmed on May 22, 2017, in Orlando.

Published on
14 June, 2017
Global Outlook, US Economy, Technology
56 minutes
Asset class


  • GG

    Glenn G.

    1 7 2017 18:56

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    Love the editing at the 14:35 mark! I was hanging on to every word about what I had to do about "changing my trading strategy and change my style" and then BOOM! REMIX ! Very entertaining!

  • JO

    Joseph O.

    21 6 2017 17:34

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    This may be a result of watching too much great RV TV content... but there was very little content that was challenging or new in this interview. (side note: to this millennial viewer, John seemed like a very "old" thinker recycling easily digestible narratives about innovation and change)

  • DY

    Damian Y.

    20 6 2017 10:45

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    I'm a little lost when Grant says that Germany has a population problem. They let in 2.4 million migrants into Germany in 2015 (about 800,000 Muslims), 46 per cent increase form 2014 . This will fix all of Germany's problem. Imagine all the new Mosques that will need to be built. This will create a lot of work for the Germans.
    This will also help boost welfare spending. Germany is leading the world with migration. You watch in 20 years Germany will be a new country.

  • WM

    Will M.

    18 6 2017 19:16

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    A bit surprised at all the negative comments and worried that some folks can't remain respectful in their comments without name calling. I read John Ms free weekly commentary and find his writing skills excellent. He is not a great public speaker and if you haven't watched the interview yet use 1.25 speed and it moves along better. This is a discussion that wanders a little but does touch on some big issues. I think John raised some interesting points. My personal view is more aligned with Michael Lewis views and perhaps even Martin Armstrong's views (and he is not a good speaker at all). The discussion on ETFs was really topical. I am not "in" ETFs but I am looking for opportunities to boost returns. Value investing may be the only way left just now (apart from gold insurance of course). John is simply challenging us to think about a different future, one we appear to be on the cusp of entering in a great hurry.

  • KL

    Ken L.

    17 6 2017 22:18

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    John is always a provocative interview. Stimulates thinking about the imponderable so I will always pay attention.

    As a healthcare specialist I would stress that John's comments about a bullet for c

  • JS

    John S.

    17 6 2017 22:15

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    The hard choices (in absence of leadership) will be forced on us. Show me one person in leadership willing and able to take a stand...they don't exist. Both JM and Grant know this...why not just say it? Still, I enjoyed the conversation and agree that a bright future lies beyond the shit storm for those who embrace inevitable change and upheaval. Commensing countdown helmets on. Check ignition and may gods love be with you.

  • VS

    Victor S.

    17 6 2017 19:14

    5       4

    John is wrong on one major point : the problem can solved if you move back to complete free markets and away from Socialist,collectivist, corporatist politics. Apple has 50K employees due to 2 people in 1975. The easier you allow other steve jobs to create -the less steel workers you'll have to worry about. No one wins in hyperinflation. It will be hard to avoid this the longer current policies remain. Good interview .

  • jg

    james g.

    17 6 2017 04:33

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    What happened to the 2x speed button? Mr Mauldin raises interesting ideas but the pregnant pauses...

  • T~

    Tshort63 ~.

    16 6 2017 21:11

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    Great discussion. Not sure why so many thumbs down, but the conversation worked for me. I have been mulling some of the topics for a while and enjoyed the perspectives. As always, RealVision brings top thinkers to the table with great discussion points. Would not have it any other way.

  • SB

    Stewart B.

    16 6 2017 21:10

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    Oh dear. I've read a couple of Mauldin's books and was expecting big things. The whole luddite 'fire and brimstone' sermon is just as wrong now as it has been for the past 100 years. In the past, jobs were lost to telephony, rail, desktop publishing etc and despite this, today nearly everyone wanting to work has a job. If you have money in your wallet and can dream of a way to spend it, people will always have jobs. Frankly I feel there is a SHORTAGE of unskilled labour. If I call the government, I wait on the phone an hour as they are understaffed. My train is delayed and never enough carriages as they are understaffed (drivers, builders of rolling stock and track maintenance). In the UK, the NHS tell me they don't have nearly enough nurses, admin staff etc to supply the services the people want. Luddites will continue to be as wrong in the future as they have in the past. Having said that, I really liked Grant's questions. It is hard to deny that our path is anything but unsustainable and pain will come from that. The name dropping of Markowitz felt like a shameful plug of his own services and his MPT was taken completely out of context. Anyone who has ever touched trading understands the benefits and limitations of strategy diversification. It's not new. Sorry - I'm not normally negative. This is the first interview I've given the thumbs down to.

  • VV

    Vanessa V.

    16 6 2017 07:43

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    I didn't join RV to be "impressed" by interviewers or to agree with their views (political or otherwise). I joined RV to learn and to have my mind stretched. The negative comments about the video fascinate me. This conversation covered a lot of ground and gave me food for thought. I am grateful to have access to experienced people like Mr Mauldin and Grant. Thank you RV.

  • JL

    Jacob L.

    16 6 2017 06:57

    3       2

    Very enjoyable and thought provoking to listen to this flexible mind in action. As for all the thumb downs, you do realize you are better served listening to opposing views intelligently presented than hearing the same old stuff that agrees with your positioning in the market, right?

  • AE

    Alex E.

    16 6 2017 04:40

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    Apparently, those who thought this interview was a waste of time are apparently, deaf, dumb and blind...I guess you guys need to be be held by the hand for your investments.

  • CM

    Chris M.

    16 6 2017 02:07

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    Agree, not a lot of useful info in this video. Save your time on this one.

  • AP

    Adil P.

    16 6 2017 00:01

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    I am sorry but this is worst interview I have watched. Waste of time.

  • GB

    Grant B.

    15 6 2017 16:18

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    Surprised by the reaction. I thought he did a good job. There's been lots of interviews on Real Vision who I thought were a complete waste of time. This one was not one of them.

  • DG

    Daniel G.

    15 6 2017 15:37

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    Why don't people who champion the "it's better now than ever before, and will continue to get better" mantra ever mention that it's mostly built on extraction of finite resources. You cannot extrapolate indefinitely, unless we really do start to mine asteroids. There have been remarkable advancements in human standard of living but there must be a cap.

  • JS

    Joe S.

    15 6 2017 15:11

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    Can't help feeling I was being sold something... a book, a conference, an etf fund. I didn't come away with single useful insight.

  • TM

    The-First-James M.

    15 6 2017 10:57

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    I don't understand the negativity in the comments. Sure, John may be a better writer than he is a speaker, but I found some great substance in here.I just think some of the comments are a reflection of an impatient society that demands all the answers now and doesn't want to sit down and chew through the bigger picture.

  • EJ

    Edward J.

    15 6 2017 08:07

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    up the speed to 1.5x - it helps....a little

  • AG

    Alex G.

    15 6 2017 06:46

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    Idk pretty nice to be young and living in California. People are alright here. Just my opinion though.

  • PP

    Patrick P.

    15 6 2017 02:45

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    If you do your research.... and dig deep you will find out Mauldin is a zero. A hanger on....Real Visions better than this. IMO.

  • LV

    Lisa V.

    15 6 2017 02:18

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    Can't help but think they're talking about Rearden Steel

  • NS

    Nicky S.

    15 6 2017 02:01

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    John's style is better suited to deep thoughts transferred during intermission at livestock auctions but his substance is fantastic deeply interesting.

  • RV

    Roy V.

    15 6 2017 01:57

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    I thought it interesting that John is a Trump supporter. Presidenrt Trump is one of the biggest advocates of trying to turn back the clock for dying industries, and for isolationism.

  • GC

    Gerard C.

    15 6 2017 00:20

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  • JS

    John S.

    14 6 2017 22:12

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    ETFs are a ticking time bomb. The idea of having them at the centre of a strategy built around a revamped MPT is terrifying. Good luck with that product when the markets go no bid.

  • EF

    E F.

    14 6 2017 21:28

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    That might happen in little places... worst comment I've heard in months. I've not seen a Western society more morally corrupted and devoid of respect than the US in my admittedly short life... Perhaps you don't need to be invaded when rotting from within. Sorry to be so harsh but I promise you if I lived in the US I'd be considering to #gtfo

  • DS

    David S.

    14 6 2017 20:52

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    A new Bretton Woods would just be a bogey for hedge funds to break. We live in a world of multiple complex exchange rates. The genie is out of the bottle and will not be put back in again, nor should it be. It is, at least, a zero-sum game with investor money on the table. Bets are made on what investors think will work or not work. DLS

  • HJ

    Harry J.

    14 6 2017 20:33

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    Contrast this conversation with yesterday's discussion with m Lewitt!
    I buy lewitt's view!!

  • KE

    Kenan E.

    14 6 2017 20:29

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    I read both of John s books. They where great. This interview was not! I still cannot see why John is still so positive. IMHO he just denies that everything has to become really really bad before it can get better again.

  • DS

    David S.

    14 6 2017 19:24

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    Human beings have, can and will adapt to change. Doom and gloom discussions will not solve the basic questions of food, shelter and health care in the 21st century. If we see the world through 19th and 20th century lenses, we will fail. DLS

  • AN

    Aron N.

    14 6 2017 19:18

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    First time I've ever commented, one of my absolute all time favourites!

  • SS

    Sam S.

    14 6 2017 18:51

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    Not sure what any of this is put to use point of reference. Use ETF or modern theory 2.0 but watch out society is going into civil war, bad choices, worse choices, economic meltdown. Max Headroom. Paint me green and call me Gumby.

  • PU

    Peter U.

    14 6 2017 17:53

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    Not impressed with John M.

  • RA

    Robert A.

    14 6 2017 17:50

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    I will buy and read John's new book and will contiune to subscribe to several of his products, but I just don't have the patience to hear him speak. He is not the first person that writes better than he speaks, IMHO.

  • GM

    Greg M.

    14 6 2017 17:45

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    Well, I wasn't expecting this much doom and gloom on my Wednesday lunch. I think he is overthinking the nature of work. Two hundred years ago nearly everyone was a farmer. If you want to blame anything look at the failure to promote a good environment for entrepreneurship and the destruction of incentives for productive behavior. People will always have wants and needs to fulfill thus there will always be work to do.

    The ending made me think of Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - Value will be rewarded eventually. Nothing new happens on Wall Street because human nature will never change.

  • DW

    Daniel W.

    14 6 2017 17:44

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    Any idea what biotec firm he was talking about? I tried to check for Phase 1 trials on pancreatic cancer but there are so many around.

  • MC

    Minum C.

    14 6 2017 16:49

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    Have been reading Mauldin for well over a decade and have read many of his books. Most of his books and letters are well structured and terrific thought pieces. I found this interview a bit disjointed with conflicting messages. For example, a classic value manager that changes his/her investment style just because it is not being rewarded is exactly the type of value manager I don't want to be using.

  • NR

    Nicholas R.

    14 6 2017 16:12

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    So he trashes passive investing and the answer is trading ETFs.


  • TJ

    Terry J.

    14 6 2017 16:07

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    Interesting debate from two great thinkers. I have been reading John's blogs for many years and he always offers some valuable insights. However some of his projections send a shiver down my spine simply because of their implications if they were to prove correct. That's why I was glad when Grant emphatically declined his invitation to welcome the possibility of indefinite extended human life. Let's face, were this possible which i doubt, does anyone honestly think the "global elite" or "deep state" would let the 99% share in the benefits and thereby compound the world's over population problems! Fingers crossed John is right about a non violent debt reset when it comes though!

  • SS

    Sean S.

    14 6 2017 15:52

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    I love Grant! "I'm tired... I'm tired John..." turning down immortality. Great, just great!

  • IC

    Ibrahim C.

    14 6 2017 15:26

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    As one of the research assistant for his future book on Age of Transformations, I would have expected more comments on the future of work. But it is great satisfaction to hear about main technological

  • SC

    Shane C.

    14 6 2017 14:50

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    Oh John...I disagree with nearly everything you said. I highly respect you though

  • RM

    Richard M.

    14 6 2017 14:49

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    I have followed John M for a decade and he is always consistently fun and interesting to read. He has great insights on just a ton of different topics and he always brings a different view to the various topics he writes about. Great interview!

  • CS

    C S.

    14 6 2017 12:19

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    -There will be local economy and service requirements come the new economy.
    -Saving in the medium of exchange, expecting it to be a store of value, dramatically increased demand for investable assets, which has fostered rampant malinvestment. The debt has to be let go.
    'Freegold' is an interesting potential outcome of a reset.
    Any thoughts on Karl Denningers ideas on remedies for the cost of healthcare in the US and the devastating financial effects thereof? Cheers.