Jeff Rubin

Speaker


Jeff Rubin

Economist | Energy Expert | Bestselling Author

What do sub-prime mortgages, Atlantic-salmon dinners, SUVs, and globalization have in common? They all depend on cheap oil. Jeff Rubin, one of the world’s most prominent experts on the future of “black gold,” explains why the end of cheap supply means the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity—and the end of globalization as we now know it. Rubin was the former Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets (for almost 20 years), is a frequent columnist for The Globe and Mail, and is the bestselling author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, and The End of Growth. His new book is The Carbon Bubble: What Happens To Us When It Bursts.

While his work is often the subject of headlines, Rubin’s many calls on the economy and financial markets, particularly with regard to interest rates and the Canadian dollar, earned him no fewer than 10 “number one” rankings in the Brendan Woods Annual Survey of Institutional Equity or Fixed Income Investors.

Beyond The Globe and Mail, Rubin’s insights into global energy markets have made the front page of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and have been cited in The Economist, Newsweek, and USA Today, among others. His widely followed blog, Jeff Rubin’s Smaller World, is carried by The Huffington Post in the US and on The Globe and Mail website in Canada.


Economic Outlook

Jeff Rubin first caught the attention of financial markets in 1989 with his now-famous call for a 25 per cent decline in Toronto real estate prices. Since then, his work has often been the subject of national headlines and has been instrumental in bringing key issues to the national spotlight. His many predictions on the economy and financial markets, particularly with regard to interest rates and the Canadian dollar, earned him no less than ten number one rankings in the Brendan Woods annual survey of institutional equity or fixed income investors. The largest fund managers in North America, Europe and the Far East value his expertise, which he shares with audiences world-wide.

Oil and the End of Globalization

What do subprime mortgages, Atlantic salmon, SUVs and globalization have in common? They all depend on cheap oil. And in a world of dwindling oil supplies and steadily mounting demand around the world, oil will never be cheap again. In his ground-breaking book, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization, renowned economist and energy expert Jeff Rubin explains how skyrocketing oil prices (not subprime lending) caused the recession, and why the rising cost of oil will reverse globalization. Interest rates, carbon trading, inflation, farmer’s markets, and the wave of trade protectionism washing up all over the world in the wake of various economic stimulus and bailout packages all hinge on the new reality of a world where demand for oil eventually will outstrip our supply. Whether we like it or not, our world is about to get a whole lot smaller.

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