My greatest reservation about EVs is metal scarcity. Take one of the main metals EVs depend on, lithium. Lithium supplies in 2016 amounted to 35,000 metric tons. If completely dedicated to the EV market, that would fuel about 5 million vehicles, which might sound like a lot. But it’s not. Read More
Stephen Leeb, Ph.D. is the Chief Investment Strategist of The Complete Investor and Real World Investing.
Dr. Leeb’s books have been notable for predicting the secular bull market that started in the 1980s (Getting in on the Ground Floor, Putnam, 1986); the tech stock crash and rise of real assets, including oil and gold (Defying the Market: Profiting in the Turbulent Post-Technology Market Boom, McGraw-Hill, 1999); and the surge in oil prices (The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself and Profit from the Coming Energy Crisis, Warner Books, 2004). His national bestseller, The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel (Warner Books, 2006), co-authored with Glen Strathy, outlined the biggest challenges facing the US economy, and accurately predicted the 2008 sub prime mortgage crisis as well as the vicious subsequent economic cycle requiring massive infusions of government stimulus, near zero interest rates and much higher federal debt levels. Game Over: How You Can Prosper in a Shattered Economy (Business Plus, 2009) predicted a permanent peak in global commodity production. Dr. Leeb’s eighth and latest book, Red Alert (Hachette, 2011), outlined China’s growing prosperity and the ways in which its demands on increasingly scarce resources threaten the American way of life.
Among his many speaking engagements, he has been the keynote speaker at both a JPMorgan Chase energy conference and a Royal Bank of Canada commodities conference.
Dr. Leeb received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He then earned his master’s degree in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in just three years, an academic record that stands to date. He is frequently quoted in the financial media, including Investors Business Daily, USA Today, Business Week, The New York Times, NPR and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, Dr. Leeb is a regular guest on Fox News, Bloomberg, CNN and Neil Cavuto.
China is doing better than the West thinks. A recent study by Bloomberg concludes that Chinese corporate debt relative to EBITDA is much lower than in the U.S. Another study concludes that China may significantly understate its GDP growth. Read More
China's announcement that it will phase out production of fossil fuel cars sparked a rally in the shares of electric-vehicle manufacturers. However, there may be a hidden agenda with important long-term implications behind the purpose of China's announcement. Read More