With the S&P 500 down about 21% year-to-date, the situation for stocks is pretty grim — but according to legendary investor Jim Rogers, it’s just the start.
“This has to be the worst bear market in my lifetime, which means it will go down a lot and it will last a long time,” the 79-year-old told ET Now last month.
Spiking price levels present another concern. Rogers says that “most central bankers don’t know what they are doing” and “inflation will get worse.”
He’s correct in that prediction, as we just learned that U.S. consumer prices increased 9.1% in June from a year ago — the fastest pace since November 1981.
‘The worst bear market in my lifetime’: Here’s why Jim Rogers thinks stocks will decline for a long time — but he also suggests 2 shockproof assets for protection
Rogers knows a thing or two about making money in turbulent times. He co-founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros in 1973 — right in the middle of a devastating bear market. From then till 1980, the portfolio returned 4,200%, while the S&P 500 rose 47%.
If you are looking for a safe haven, Rogers says “there is no such thing as safe” in the world of investments. Still, the multimillionaire points to two assets that could help you withstand the upcoming onslaught – they also happen to be great hedges against rampant inflation.
Precious metals are a go-to choice for investors in dark times, and Rogers is a long-time advocate.
“Silver is probably less dangerous than other things. Gold is probably less dangerous,” he says.
Gold and silver can’t be printed out of thin air like fiat money, so they can help investors preserve wealth in inflationary periods. At the same time, their prices tend to stay resilient in times of crisis.
But that doesn’t mean they are crash-proof.
“I’m not buying them now, because in a big collapse, everything goes down. But I probably will buy more silver when it goes down some more.”
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