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  • Video: Rare David Einhorn Interview on Shorting, Rating Agencies, Apple & Gold 0 comments
    Nov 25, 2010 11:40 AM | about stocks: GLD, IAU, SGOL, AAPL, MCO, LEH, LEHMQ, LEH.F

    I'm a big fan of David Einhorn's investment strategy, particularly his ability to identify accounting shenanigans at firms such as Lehman Brothers and Allied Capital, both of which he successfully shorted. (He wrote a well received book on his rather disturbing saga with Allied Capital.) He also rarely gives public interviews so the following video caught my attention. 

    The contribution of the credit rating agencies to the financial crisis have been well documented. Dodd-Frank financial 'reform' failed to make any material changes to rating agency model, which contains an inherent conflict of interest (bond issuers make payments to rating agencies, which incentivizes issuers to 'shop' for better ratings). To address this problem Einhorn simply advocates that credit rating agencies, such as Moody's (which he is short), should be abolished. Of note, famed investor Warren Buffet has been steadily reducing his large Moody's holdings.

    Einhorn also discusses how a value investor like himself can be long Apple, which many have argued is in a bubble, as well as his current gold holdings (the largest position in his hedge fund). For more from Einhorn on his rationale for owning gold see this NY Times op-ed. 
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