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December 02, 2011 – Comments (7)

Howdy Fools, 

I'm about to embark on a 4-day interview blitz for a Motley Fool project. Next week, I'll be sitting down to interview:

Jeremy Siegel of Wharton (author of Stocks for the Long Run)

Robert Shiller of Yale (of Case-Shiller housing index fame)

Glen Hubbard (George W. Bush's economicc aid and dean of Columbia Business School)

Gus Sauter (chief investment officer of vanguard)

Simon Johnson (former chief econoimst of the IMF) 

Chrystia Freeland (managing editor of Reuters)  

And several others.

Simple question for you: What should i ask them? Pretty much anything about the economy or investments goes.

What's on your mind?  




7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 02, 2011 at 3:57 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

For Siegel, why have the Wisdom Tree funds performed so badly?

For Shiller, when is he going to buy real estate? 

For Sauter, do they still believe in index funds, given the horrible performance of the indexes since 2000? (The NASDAQ is just a hair more than 50% of what it was in 2000.)

For Simon Johnson, can the US dollar be saved? 

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#2) On December 02, 2011 at 4:14 PM, constructive (99.99) wrote:

For Chrystia, will you marry me?

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#3) On December 02, 2011 at 6:03 PM, portefeuille (99.12) wrote:

Glen Hubbard (George W. Bush's economicc aid and dean of Columbia Business School)

does bush know how to read?

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#4) On December 02, 2011 at 9:45 PM, rd80 (97.72) wrote:

Morgan,  Good luck with the interviews.  Looking forward to the write-ups.

For Jeremy Siegel and Gus Sauter - With stock investors looking for safety and bond investors looking to stocks for yield, do you see any risk of a bubble forming in blue chip, dividend growth stocks and funds that hold them?  What warning flags would signal unreasonable valuations?

For Glen Hubbard and Simon Johnson - Borrowers have been able to tap credit markets at historic low yields recently.  How much of a challenge do you see rolling over sovereign and corporate debt if an economic recovery or inflation fears start to push rates up?

For Robert Shiller - How big a hit would housing prices take if the US gov't pulled the backstops from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and left them to sink or swim?

For Chrystia Freeland - This year has seen heavy corporate bond issuance but rates are still at or near record lows.  Any predictions on how long bond buyers will continue to loan money at rates below expected long-term inflation rates?  

Best regards, Russ


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#5) On December 02, 2011 at 11:51 PM, shamapant (< 20) wrote:

For all of them:

 If they could call all of the shots, what would their solution to the economic slowdown be, and why do they believe that the experts have not attempted it yet? 

 For Siegel:

Every investor is learning new things everyday. Even a master will always be learnings. What is something investment or economy related that Siegel has learned recently that has helped his overall understanding of something he had previously misunderstood or never completely understood at all? 

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#6) On December 03, 2011 at 7:33 AM, fewl10 (< 20) wrote:

Ask them what exactly happens to a society that is so addicted to debt that you have to go back 30 years to find an undistorted reflection of true GDP?

Ask them what happens when that 30 year ponzi scheme, which grows larger every year due to debt's exponential nature, finally collapses?

Ask them what happens to a society that protects fraud at the highest levels, rather than enforcing existing laws by prosecuting and jailing the perpetrators? 


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#7) On December 04, 2011 at 12:35 PM, philippalmer (84.14) wrote:

If and when the Euro(zone) collapses, what extent of the backlash will be felt across the global markets?  With the reliance on debt, is there a way for us little guys (investors) to hedge ourselves against the impending implosion of the global markets?

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