First of all, Zell thinks that the euro currency is imploding and the euro zone is heading towards a recession.
In the U.S. Zell is bearish on the fact that there is no will to embrace austerity measures to tackle the debt problems.
Finally, the emerging markets such as India and China can no longer be counted on for growth.
Zell cannot understand given the dire macro situation why stock prices and real estate prices are sky high. He would anticipate that there would be bargains all around the globe but that is not the case.
Essentially, he thinks that the world is being "flooded with dollars" and that is propping up asset prices.
Subsequently, Zell is investing in black swan scenarios. One might assume that these black swan scenarios are out of control inflation, a collapse in the U.S. bond market or major currency problems in the U.S.