Bond King Jeffrey Gundlach Bets On Gold As Recession Odds Rise

​​​​​​​(Marketwatch) Trade tensions are also one reason DoubleLine Capital Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Gundlach now sees a bigger chance of a recession hitting U.S. shores in the not-too-distant future.

Providing our call of the day, Gundlach predicted a 40% to 50% chance of a U.S. recession within the next six months and a 65% chance of that happening in the next 12 months, in a webcast to clients late Thursday, according to a roundup of his comments from Reuters and other media outlets. He said signs of a slowdown on the global economic front are also a worry.

The so-called bond king and closely watched market forecaster isn’t the only one starting to fret. JPMorgan’s chief quant strategist Marko Kolanovic said in a note this week that President Donald Trump’s trade battles have cost U.S. companies trillions, and could trigger a downturn that would end up being known as the “Trump recession.”

Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley reported Thursday that its closely watched Business Conditions Index fell by the most on record in June to a level of 13, nearing levels not seen since the downturn of 2008, though economist Ellen Zentner said their analysts weren’t really blaming that on trade.

No doubt, the calls for the Federal Reserve to head off a downturn are growing louder by the day. Gundlach is not expecting an interest-rate cut when the Fed meets next week. Instead, he notes the bond market is tipping two or three cuts by the end of the year.

As for where Gundlach is putting his money, he said he is “certainly long gold,” given expectations the dollar, which stands to take a hit if the Fed lowers interest rates, will close the year weaker.

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