Art Cashin continues:

“The other one in which the markets go up and down, but don’t make any real progress.  An example of that is the period from 1966 to 1982, where you started at about 800 on the Dow, and ended at about 800 on the Dow, having gone to 1,000 several times, having gone to 500 several times.

So with that as the backdrop, the current 17.6 year cycle says we’ve got, probably, another 6 years to go.  We (started this cycle) in February of 2000.  If the economy is going to mirror the market, in some way, then for these people to get back on their feet, we may not be looking at months, we may well be looking at years, and several of them at that.”

When asked about discussion beginning to surface about a move to the gold standard, Cashin replied, “I think it would be an extraordinarily cold shower.  I do know it is being discussed.  There may be half steps that they can look at.

The most disastrous thing economically that happened in this country, happened in August of 1971, when they came off the gold exchange standard, whereby foreign governments and others could come in and present dollars and request gold.

When they went off that (the gold standard) there was no more discipline or control.  That is what led to the huge inflation we saw in the 70s, and gave us a very spotty market.  Volcker managed to wring most of that inflation out, very painfully.  Now we are liquidating the debt of the housing bubble, and even some remaining debt from the dot com bubble. 

These are difficult times.  They’ve certainly proved that we need more discipline.  I’m not sure that the leadership is alert enough to be able to implement the gold standard again, but they should really consider, at least, returning to something like the gold exchange standard.”

Cashin also warned: “This (Syria) could turn into a very ugly Lebanon, very quickly, and thereby destabilize the entire Middle-East.  And I don’t think protection against that is priced anywhere in these markets, with the possible exception of the premium price for oil.”

This is an extremely powerful and timely interview with Art Cashin.  Cashin spoke about the ongoing crisis in Europe, problems facing the US, Bernanke, as well as other central planners and what they are up to, the gold standard, geopolitical problems and more.  He also discussed oil, global stock markets and what KWN listeners should expect going forward. 

This is an interview KWN readers and listeners globally will not want to miss.  The King World News interview with Art Cashin is available now and you can listen to it by CLICKING HERE.

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The interviews with Egon von Greyerz, Art Cashin (UBS $612 billion), Agnico CEO Sean Boyd, John Hathaway and Eric Sprott are available now.  Also, be sure to listen to last week’s line-up of other KWN interviews which included Jean-Marie Eveillard, John Mauldin, Gerald Celente and Ben Davies by CLICKING HERE.

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