Interview with James Grant

Featuring James Grant

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.

Published on
26 January, 2016
Topic
History, Monetary policy, Financial System
Duration
43 minutes
Asset class
Bonds/Rates/Credit, Equities, Currencies
Rating
13

Comments

  • JL

    Jacob L.

    27 7 2017 17:10

    1       0

    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 9 2016 22:23

    1       0

    The "10 day/10 day" cracked me up

  • JM

    Jason M.

    12 8 2016 05:13

    1       0

    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 7 2016 00:40

    0       0

    Brilliant.
    "Dominance of this vital part of finance by professors...inexperienced in the way the world works, its unusual..."

  • BL

    Brian L.

    8 4 2016 20:49

    2       0

    Really great interview. Very meaty. No BS. Clear headed.

  • PJ

    Peter J.

    28 3 2016 20:41

    5       0

    Great interview could listen to James all day, be great to have him back again in the future

  • MC

    Michael C.

    15 2 2016 09:47

    1       0

    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!"

  • S

    Simon .

    14 2 2016 20:34

    2       0

    What a great interview. I always find James's thoughts like finding air.

  • fc

    frank c.

    13 2 2016 19:26

    0       0

    Bless this man

  • fc

    frank c.

    13 2 2016 19:10

    2       0

    The fed: they are innocently guilty, they are like children

  • fc

    frank c.

    13 2 2016 18:46

    2       0

    The Fed: They are figureheads of the pseudo science of economics

  • JF

    Jennifer F.

    4 2 2016 05:46

    5       0

    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 2 2016 02:20

    8       0

    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 2 2016 02:03

    0       0

    there is a massive boom going on in philadelphia cranes everywhere doesnt feel remotely recessionary

  • EL

    Edward L.

    31 1 2016 20:25

    2       0

    The intellectual expansion alone of this discussion is reason enough to spend the time to listen

  • DO

    David O.

    30 1 2016 21:39

    1       0

    Very entertaining!

  • CT

    Craig T.

    30 1 2016 20:11

    3       0

    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 1 2016 14:31

    2       0

    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 1 2016 12:03

    0       0

    Very refreshing thanks for this interview

  • TF

    Tim F.

    29 1 2016 23:54

    0       0

    Great! Have him back.

  • LR

    Luis R.

    29 1 2016 03:17

    5       0

    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 1 2016 00:50

    4       0

    one of the very best yet. Please have him back soon.

  • BL

    Bruce L.

    28 1 2016 21:37

    6       0

    Brilliant content plus the wonderful way James Grant uses the language.

  • Jv

    Joris v.

    28 1 2016 19:48

    2       0

    Lovely conversation.

  • MF

    Mike F.

    28 1 2016 12:19

    2       13

    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 1 2016 00:24

    13       0

    One person did not like this interview. Who knew Janet Yellen was an RVTV subscriber!

  • MR

    MIGUEL R.

    27 1 2016 20:10

    3       2

    far too short an interview. i had hoped for more.

  • TN

    Thomas N.

    27 1 2016 19:55

    4       0

    I've been hoping for a Jim Grant interview on RV for some time, and it didn't disappoint. Great work!

  • BJ

    Brent J.

    27 1 2016 17:54

    1       0

    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 1 2016 14:25

    5       0

    My favorite nerd

  • GG

    George G.

    27 1 2016 13:38

    4       0

    charming, humble and intelligent combined with humour insight and knowledge.. ,Jim Grant's observations are Gold!! thank you guys..

  • RP

    Raoul P.

    27 1 2016 12:17

    7       0

    Just fabulous

  • RS

    Rishi S.

    27 1 2016 03:23

    5       0

    Absolutely Hilarious!!! Great Interview.

  • TS

    Thomas S.

    27 1 2016 03:12

    1       0

    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 1 2016 02:56

    12       0

    Good nugget about ultra low rates bringing forward consumption AND pushing back business failure.

  • sp

    shashwat p.

    27 1 2016 02:53

    14       0

    Please Please Please rope him in for a regular segment.. Please Please Please

  • KD

    Ken D.

    27 1 2016 02:33

    9       0

    I thought both Grants were superb!

  • LW

    Lukasz W.

    27 1 2016 01:47

    6       0

    3xE: entertaining, educational and enlightning.

  • JB

    Jay B.

    27 1 2016 01:13

    0       0

    Can you develop a function to cast videos using Chromecast?

  • RM

    Richard M.

    27 1 2016 00:05

    21       0

    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!!!

  • l

    lucas .

    26 1 2016 23:38

    0       0

    have him on all the time why not? Tips For Youngsters ..

  • l

    lucas .

    26 1 2016 23:35

    2       0

    also, thank god for humor

  • l

    lucas .

    26 1 2016 23:35

    2       0

    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 1 2016 23:28

    6       0

    I'm adopting Jim Grant as a grandpa! He's so wise and inspiring.

  • JD

    Jeffrey D.

    26 1 2016 22:59

    5       0

    Ditto on Jim Grant for Fed Chairman

  • BF

    Bruce F.

    26 1 2016 21:57

    1       1

    brilliant does not do the entire conversation justice

  • GP

    Greg P.

    26 1 2016 21:33

    5       1

    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 1 2016 21:14

    5       0

    Jim Grant is simply brilliant in his cogent thesis on central banker manipulation of free markets and its perilous consequences.

  • LA

    Linda A.

    26 1 2016 21:10

    4       0

    Love his candor and humor! Common sense prevails!

  • WM

    William M.

    26 1 2016 20:52

    15       0

    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 1 2016 19:11

    16       0

    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 1 2016 18:48

    4       0

    It takes a genius to state the obvious. Good stuff!

  • KS

    Kathleen S.

    26 1 2016 18:09

    14       6

    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 1 2016 17:57

    9       0

    It's funny how everyone hates gold BUT everyone wears it!!!

  • FS

    Fred S.

    26 1 2016 15:45

    10       0

    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 1 2016 14:44

    29       0

    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 1 2016 14:41

    14       0

    Thanks RV for presenting complex dynamics and keeping it simple understand. Cheers!

  • DC

    Dale C.

    26 1 2016 14:05

    12       0

    Great Interview!

  • CW

    Christine W.

    26 1 2016 13:51

    10       0

    As a fellow journalist and historian, all I can say is fantastic!

  • GT

    Graham T.

    26 1 2016 13:48

    17       0

    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.