Warren Buffett

American Express CEO Ken Chenault Is Retiring

American Express Company said today that its Board of Directors has appointed Stephen J. Squeri Chief Executive Officer and elected him Chairman of the Board, each effective February 1, 2018. Mr. Squeri, 58, will succeed Kenneth I. Chenault, 66, who will retire after a 37-years with the Company.

Buffett's Wrong - Why Market Valuations Are Not Justified By Low Interest Rates

"It's such a comforting, even satisfying assumption; the idea that 'lower interest rates justify higher valuations'...   Unfortunately, the convenience of investing-by-slogan is currently leading investors into what is likely to be one of the worst disasters in the history of the U.S. stock market..."

Even Wall Street's Biggest Bull Calls It: "Q3 Earnings Are A Sell The News Event"

How do you know stocks are a little overextended? A good indicator is when even the most bullish sellside analyst on Wall Street, Morgan Stanley's Michael Wilson, whose year-end price target of 2,700 is the highest of all his peers, warns that stocks may see "pullback or consolidation" and that the coming earnings season may be a "sell the news event."

Flatliners - Dead Market Walking

"...all risk has been flat-lined in this grand central bank experiment...  but any trader staring at the tape knows that we find ourselves in the most compressed price environment in history. This is not normal, there’s no heartbeat..."

Frontrunning: October 4

  • Spanish tensions bar Europe from global stocks party (Reuters)
  • Catalonia to move to declare independence from Spain on Monday (Reuters)
  • Catalan Police Chief Investigated For Sedition (TSR)
  • Trump Suggests Puerto Rico’s Debt May Need to Be ‘Wiped Out’ (BBG)
  • Trump Heads to Las Vegas After Shooting Reignites Gun Debate (BBG)

Howard Marks Warns "Nobody Knows What Will Happen"

"Maybe that’s what people are thinking in today’s stock market: 'It will continue to go up, but I will get out in time'... People overestimate their ability to get out in time. Who will be there to buy when everyone wants to sell? That’s wishful thinking."

Weekend Reading: Tax Cut Wish List

"It is a simple function of math. But the following chart shows why this has likely come to the inevitable conclusion, and why tax cuts and reforms are unlikely to spur higher rates of economic growth..."

Whitney Tilson Shuts His Hedge Fund... Again

"Dear friends, I recently decided to close my funds and return capital to investors (excerpts from my letter to them are below). It was a hard decision, but the right one."