Macro Watch: First Quarter 2014

Analyzing Trends In Credit, Liquidity And Asset Prices
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  • Lectures 6
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Expert Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description


The nature of our economic system changed in 1968 when the United States stopped backing dollars with gold.

In this new age of fiat money, credit growth drives economic growth, liquidity determines the direction of asset prices and the government controls both through aggressive policy intervention.

Macro Watch analyzes trends in credit growth, liquidity and government policy with the goal of anticipating economic developments and their impact on the financial markets.

Richard Duncan, the course instructor, intends to publish four issues of Macro Watch a year. Each issue will contain original analysis pertaining to economic and financial developments as they unfold. Each issue will be sold separately.

Macro Watch First Quarter 2014 is this second in this series. It is comprised of six lectures and is over one hour and a half in length.

What are the requirements?

  • It is recommended (although not absolutely necessary) that students watch Richard Duncan's two earlier courses: 1) Capitalism In Crisis: The Global Economic Crisis Explained, and 2) How The Economy Really Works.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course, you will learn why the economy is fundamentally weak and how the government is attempting to manage the economy through credit growth and liquidity creation.
  • You will also gain insights on how government policy may impact the financial markets during the months and years ahead.
  • The goal of Macro Watch First Quarter 2014 is to explain the current state of the US economy and to analyse how the tapering of Quantitative Easing will impact asset prices.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for anyone who wants to understand developments in the economy and financial markets as they unfold.

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Section 1: Introduction

An overview to Macro Watch First Quarter 2014.

Section 2: Economic Overview

Is the US economy really strengthening? What’s the driver? Is it sustainable?

Section 3: Credit

Credit growth remains weak, but there are signs of momentum building in mortgage debt. Will that be enough to drive the economy?

Section 4: Liquidity

What will tapering mean for liquidity and asset prices?


Liquidity will remain plentiful during the first half of 2014, but it will become tight by the third quarter.

Section 5: Global Deflation

The threat of Global Deflation is increasing. If the Fed ends QE, that threat will intensify.

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Instructor Biography

Richard Duncan, Author, Economist, Consultant, Lecturer

Richard Duncan is the author of three books on the global economic crisis.  The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures (2003) explained why a worldwide economic calamity was inevitable given the flaws in the post-Bretton Woods international monetary system.  It was an international bestseller.  The Corruption of Capitalism (2009) described the long series of US policy mistakes responsible for the crisis.  It also outlined the policies necessary to permanently resolve it.  His latest book, published in 2012, focuses specifically on the role that credit creation has played in this disaster.  It's entitled The New Depression: The Breakdown Of The Paper Money Economy.

Since beginning his career as an equities analyst in Hong Kong in 1986, Richard has served as global head of investment strategy at ABN AMRO Asset Management in London, worked as a financial sector specialist for the World Bank in Washington D.C., and headed equity research departments for James Capel Securities and Salomon Brothers in Bangkok.  He also worked as a consultant for the IMF in Thailand during the Asia Crisis.  He is now chief economist at Blackhorse Asset Management in Singapore.

Richard has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, BBC and Bloomberg Television, as well as on BBC World Service Radio.  He has published articles in The Financial Times, The Far East Economic Review, FinanceAsia and CFO Asia.  He is also a well-known speaker whose audiences have included The World Economic Forum's East Asia Economic Summit in Singapore, EuroFinance Conferences in Miami and Copenhagen, The Chief Financial Officers' Roundtable in Shanghai, and the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul.

Richard studied literature an economics at Vanderbilt University (1983) and international finance at Babson College (1986); and, between the two, spent a year traveling around the world as a backpacker. 

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