Harry Dent, founder and CEO of HS Dent, is author of a new book, The Great Crash Ahead. He sees an economic and market crash between 2012 to 2014. As baby boomers pay down a sizable chunk of $42 trillion in private debt in the United States to deleverage, this will be an ever growing deflationary force. Baby boomers around the world will start saving and stop driving up consumption. Because of this deleveraging, Dent warns that a debt crisis is coming back stronger than ever.
Dent does not believe that efforts of central banks to inflate and provide stimulus to the economic to counteract this trend will fail. "In the United States, we keep taking viagra and nothing much happens." He predicts gold will crash after rising to $2,000. Silver has already peaked, Dent said. The U.S. dollar's role as the safe haven currency will be strengthened. That is because, as private debt is paid off, it makes dollars more scarce, and it restores value to the dollar, he explains.