Demonetisation Was a Catastrophe: Marc Faber

New Delhi, Sep 8 (IANS) Demonetisation was a catastrophe which couldn’t achieve the objectives it aimed for, Marc Faber, editor and publisher of economic and financial publication ‘The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report’, said on Friday.

“We all know demonetisation has been a catastrophe. It didn’t achieve its objectives. It could have been done in a benign way, giving a period of six months wherein old notes could be exchanged so that nobody suffered,” Faber told BTVi in an interview.

He said that the move was based on academics wherein the people in the government had no clue of how the market functioned.

Faber said the note ban did aim at targeting organised crime, which gets a boost from the abundance of cash. But they too have other means to lend out money these days, he added.

Touching upon the Goods and Services Tax (GST), he said that the rates are quite high under the new indirect tax regime, which would encourage black marketing.

Time to buy old US gold coins

Demonetisation and GST roll-out also affected India’s growth rate, which slumped to 5.7 per cent during April-June.

The editor said that Prime Minister Narendra Mod, however, had good ideas and intentions and it would be good for the economy if it could grow at 5 per cent for the next 10-20 years.

“For me, if India can grow at 5 per cent for next 10-20 years, that is a fantastic growth rate. But most Indians, they think their country should grow at 8-10 per cent. Forget it. Five per cent is a fantastic growth rate in a world burdened by high debt. For India, burdened by bad debts, 5 per cent is a fantastic growth rate,” he said.

Faber said that all the emerging markets have outperformed the United States and the trend wold continue.

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