Shervin Pishevar is one of the most respected venture capitalists in the tech space. He is the founder as well as the CEO of Investment company, a venture capital firm that has involved itself in the creation of some of the most prominent tech companies of our time, including Airbnb, Uber and Virgin Hyperloop. Shervin Pishevar has also founded a number of big-name tech companies himself, among them, Social Gaming Network, Inside and WebOS.
But when he isn’t busy running his empire of tech firms, Shervin Pishevar often takes to the Twitterverse to discuss matters of crucial importance to the future of the country. One of the issues on which he has addressed his more than 100,000 Twitter followers has included the state of the economy and the role of the Federal Reserve in shaping the current severe asset inflation and other potential problems that we are currently seeing.
Shervin Pishevar says that the experiment in so-called quantitative easing that the Fed has carried out over the last decade has had some pernicious effects on the economy. And he believes that not enough people, central bankers included, have been able to recognize them. Pishevar says that the Fed’s flooding of the market with cheap credit has created a widespread general asset bubble that has transcended asset classes. He says that there is now excessively high valuations in real estate, equities and bonds.
One of the consequences of this, says Pishevar, is that homes and housing costs in general have skyrocketed, leaving ordinary Americans with less disposable income. This has also had a ripple effect throughout the economy, putting a lid on consumer spending, the main driver of the economy and a source of revenues that amounts to more than 70 percent of U.S. GDP.
Pishevar warns that once these declines in economic activity begin to be reflected in the price of stocks, the Fed will not hesitate to carry out more heavy-handed interventions. This, he believes, may present a serious risk for the eventual development of hyperinflation, a condition that could ultimately cause the annihilation of most Americans’ savings.