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Why We Should Worry A Lot about Today’s High Debt Levels

The dot com and housing bubbles of the recent past were marked by big increases in debt for those sectors, followed by sharp economic and market declines.  Today, debt is spread across many areas (See chart below). And that is extremely worrisome for the economy and the markets from a historical point of view.  For more about big debt crises, their causes, solutions and how investors can protect themselves here’s a link to get a free pdf copy of the highly regarded   “A Template for Understanding Big Debt Crises” by Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, one of the world’s largest hedge fund.


Brad Lamensdorf

Brad Lamensdorf, the founder and portfolio manager of Active Alts, is a principal and co-manager of the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF. He previously managed a long-short investment partnership from 1998-2005 under the name Tarpon Capital Management. Earlier in his career Mr. Lamensdorf was an equity trader/market strategist for the Bass Brothers’ trading arm. He managed a short only portfolio in addition to co-managing a $1bil hedging program. He also served as in-house market strategist for the entire internal and external network of Bass Brothers money managers.

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