The markets are going to go into meltdown soon so expect stocks to lose 20 percent of their value, Marc Faber, author of the Gloom, Boom and Doom report told CNBC on Tuesday.
“I don’t think markets are going down because of Greece, I don’t think markets are going down because of the “fiscal cliff” – because there won’t be a “fiscal cliff,” Faber told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“The market is going down because corporate profits will begin to disappoint, the global economy will hardly grow next year or even contract, and that is the reason why stocks, from the highs of September of 1,470 on the S&P, will drop at least 20 percent, in my view.”
Faber argued that the “fiscal cliff,” a rise in taxes and automatic spending cuts, would actually involve some minor tax increases in “five years’ time” and some spending cuts “in 100 years.”
Faber told CNBC that central bank stimulus was useless and the implosion of markets was the only way to restructure the financial system.
“I think the whole global financial system will have to be reset and it won’t be reset by central bankers but by imploding markets – either the currency [markets, debt market or stock markets.”
“It will happen — it will happen one day and then we’ll be lucky if we still have 50 percent of the asset values that we have today.”