Leading Australian Stock-Picker: Barnaby Was Right

11 May

Southern Cross Equities’ Charlie Aitken tells his clients to get out of the stockmarket and into cash:

Aitken says anyone looking closely at the markets at the moment has to entertain the possibility of something they have not seen before. “[Nationals senator] Barnaby Joyce was ridiculed last year for saying this, but I’m prepared to say that some sort of US debt default is now on the table as a risk for investors. I never thought I would say that. You would have to say that is the biggest black swan of them all.”

The term black swan refers to a completely unexpected, utterly improbable event. In the investment market sense, a black swan is a scary prospect, with its connotations of a sudden market fall. The origin of the term is in the astonishment of the Dutch explorers who arrived at the Swan River in the 17th century and discovered that swans could be black, when to all European experience they were only white.

Aitken joins ANZ chief Mike Smith, Toscafund’s global currency expert Savvas Savouri, ABC’s Inside Business and Business Spectator‘s Alan Kohler, credit rating agency Standard and Poors, CNBC TV “First in business worldwide”, Deutsche Bank, and Barack Obama, in conceding that Barnaby Was Right about the risk of US debt default.

Barnaby forewarned of the dangers to the global economy – and Australia – back in late 2009 through early 2010.

The “experts” are slowly, and finally catching up with the only politician in the country who is always on the ball.

More from Charlie Aitken – and independent derivatives expert Satyajit Das – in this must-read article.

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One Response to “Leading Australian Stock-Picker: Barnaby Was Right”

  1. JMD May 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I remember him saying that but I wonder whether anyone, including Barnaby, really understands the implications.

    The value of all debt worldwide is evaluated off of the mighty UST. A default would be the equivalent of ‘backwardation’ in gold.

    Lights out.

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