04 May '11, 3pm

How to profit from the coming ecopocalypse:

While a quarter of Americans have a net worth of zero, Jeremy Grantham controls a hedge fund worth $107 billion, and he has a message for the world: Resource scarcity, peak oil, and climate change could mean big bucks for those who can get out ahead of the disaster. Well, okay, not BIG bucks -- just nonzero bucks. "Our goal should be to get everyone out of abject poverty, even if it necessitates some income redistribution," Grantham says in his latest quarterly letter . Hippie! But even that level of success, he argues, will depend on us reconfiguring our expectations to a new economy of scarcity. Wars and recessions aside, Grantham says, commodity prices (food, natural resources, basic goods) have steadily declined since 2002. But all of that decline has been erased in the past 10 years, in the greatest run-up in commodity prices since WW II. The culprit is simple: we are...

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