FORTUNE — Economists, as you have likely heard, are enjoying a bit of a renaissance these days. With a startling new piece of economic news emerging on a near daily basis — Greece is going under! No, it’s Spain! China is in the midst of a housing bubble! China is our savior! — there’s been a surge in demand for those who would purport to tell us what it all means.
If, like us, you don’t like your economics dry-as-dust, the man to turn to is David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Canadian wealth management firm Gluskin Sheff. Rosenberg’s daily missives (which you can sign up for on the firm’s web site) both inform and entertain, while at the same time scaring the bejesus out of you.
Rosenberg, you see, is an unapologetic bear. He’s no perma-bear — the man was a bullish for most of the 1990s — but his reading of today’s data leaves him no choice but to continue sounding the alarm in the face of those who would have us believe the worst is past. We caught up with Rosenberg yesterday afternoon to get his read on Dow 10,000, Ben Bernanke, and the future of gold.