Seth Klarman

Frontrunning: May 22

  • Trump Arrives in Israel, May Show His Cards on the Peace Process (BBG)
  • Taxes, Budget Are Focus for White House Despite Probes (WSJ)
  • Paul Manafort’s Lucrative Ukraine Years Are Central to the Russia Probe (BBG)
  • Ford set to fire CEO Mark Fields as shares founder (Reuters)
  • Producers Set to Extend Cuts as Rally Stalls: OPEC Reality Check (BBG)

Seth Klarman Warns Trump's "Erratic, Overconfidence" Could End Dollar Hegemony

The big picture for investors is this: Trump is high volatility, and investors generally abhor volatility and shun uncertainty... If things go wrong, we could find ourselves at the beginning of a lengthy decline in dollar hegemony, a rapid rise in interest rates and inflation, and global angst...”

"It's Only Like This, Until It's Like That"

It is not surprising that after one of the longest cyclical bull markets in history that individuals are ebullient about the long-term prospects of investing. The ongoing interventions by global Cental Banks have led to T.I.N.A. (There Is No Alternative) which has become a pervasive, and “Pavlovian,” investor mindset. But therein lies the real story...

Weekend Reading: The Fed Loses Control (And What Comes Next)

The BEA has just announced they will trim 2% off of GDP next month. Of course, this explains why many of the numbers just “didn’t add up.” Importantly, the current decline in corporate profits and collapse in return on equity suggest the current economic backdrop is far weaker than currently reported. Next year’s negative revisions to GDP will reveal this to be the case and that a recession will likely have started in the latter half of this year.

Weekend Reading: Weighed, Measured And Found Wanting

"Since Washington doesn't understand what went wrong in 2007 and 2008, so the Fed, the White House and Congress are recreating the very same conditions for another financial bubble. If it pops, we could replay the same devastating effects as occurred during the first bubble in 1999 and 2000.

A Different Perspective On Market Valuations

When paying a premium for equities, or any asset for that matter, one runs the serious risk of capital impairment. Worse, most professional investment managers falling prey to the bullish sentiment currently surrounding this period of extreme valuations will likely not live up to their overriding fiduciary duty – the preservation of wealth. Following the herd may have its benefits at times, but following the herd over a cliff never ends well.  As Seth Klarman warned. “Risk is not inherent in an investment; it is always relative to the price paid”