Jim Rogers favours euros & precious metals, avoids pounds & US stocks
Source: BI-ME with Bloomberg , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Sat February 18, 2012 9:05 pm

INTERNATIONAL. Global investor Jim Rogers said he doesn't have U.S. stocks or the British pound in his portfolio, which includes euros, dollars, renminbi and precious metals such as gold and silver.

"Everybody's having a wonderful time running the printing presses," Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, said in a television interview with CNBC in Singapore yesterday.

"The way to protect yourself at a time like that, historically anyway, has been to own real assets. Those are my longs, and currencies."

"If you listen to governments, then you are not going to make a lot of money. Governments lie, distort and make mistakes," he said

The Standard and Poor's 500 Index has gained 8% this year, while the S&P GSCI index of 24 commodities has climbed 6.4% and gold 11%.

Rogers said he expects more currency turmoil as global central banks inject stimulus into the economy through quantitative easing and investors should buy commodities "when that happens."

"Probably none of us are going to own any paper money at all ultimately, but that's later in this decade, because paper money is becoming very suspect everywhere in the world," he said. "I don't own any U.S. equities," he said, adding "I don't own the pound sterling, although I do love the U.K. a great deal."

While the pound is up about 2% against the dollar this year, it has fallen 4.4% in the past six months.

"But I own the euro, I own the U.S. dollar. I own various currencies hoping to get through all this, but someday, none of us are going to own paper money at all,"

Rogers said. He also said he's "not thinking about selling" his gold, silver and precious metals investments.

"I own the renminbi. Every time I can, I buy more renminbi," he said. "I expect the renminbi to double or triple in the next decade or two."

"In 2012, we have elections and many governments pumping money into the economy, spending and printing money. It's 2013-14 we have to worry about," Rogers said.

 

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