Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Klarman on Stocks

An excerpts from a Businessweek.com article on Seth Klarman:

The problem, he said, is that except for a brief time in March 2009, "stocks haven’t been at bargain prices for most of the last two decades." U.S. stocks reached a 12-year low in March 2009.

Klarman’s views on the U.S. stock market echo those of Jeremy Grantham, chief investment strategist at Boston-based Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co., who recommended investors buy stocks in March 2009 after more than a decade of saying they were overvalued. Grantham’s latest forecast, posted on the firm's website, predicted U.S. large cap stocks would return 0.3 percent a year, adjusted for inflation, over the next seven years.

Klarman called Grantham "a very smart person" whose forecasts he watches carefully. In an e-mail, Grantham called Klarman "just about the smartest guy around."
 
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