Short-seller Jim Chanos sounded the alarm on day traders, corporate fraud, and gig-economy companies in a recent interview. Here are the 12 best quotes
- Leading short-seller
Jim Chanosissued warnings about day trading, corporate fraud, and both ride-hailing and food-delivery companies in a RealVision interview this week.
- The president of
Kynikos Associates, who successfully shorted Enron nearly 20 years ago, also discussed Wirecardand IBM.
- Scroll down to read his 12 best quotes from the interview.
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Here are Chanos' 12 best quotes from the interview, condensed and lightly edited for clarity:1. "They are going to trade themselves into oblivion" — on the risks to day traders of placing leveraged bets and mindlessly speculating.
2. "We are at prices now where the crowd that is betting on margin and betting through options had better be right. Anything that corrects and reverts to the mean, or to real valuation metrics, is going to destroy a whole generation of investors."3. "Valuations are set up to basically have no margin of error. The losses will be severe in some areas where the silliness is the worst."
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6. "We had a wave of fraud right after the dotcom era, but I think this one is going to put that one to shame."
7. "The evidence of fraud was piling up in plain sight and all you had to do was a little bit of digging to realize that something was very, very wrong there" — on spotting red flags at Wirecard, the German payments company that collapsed into insolvency in June.8. "The greatest defense attorney and the harshest prosecutor for a company is its stock price" — on people's tendency to disregard accounting concerns or outright fraud until they stop making money.
9. "People were like, 'Why would you joke about something like that?' I am sorry, you are an idiot" — recalling his facetious comment at a conference in October. Chanos said he was bullish on space companies because their total addressable market (
Read More: Cannabis stocks soared after Biden's win. Morningstar's chief US market strategist told us the 2 names that are still the most undervalued — and says the industry is well-positioned for gains in the years to come.10. "I could have an enormous TAM handing out $20 bills for $15 on the street corner" — arguing that ride-hailing and food-delivery companies can grow their customer bases quickly by pricing their products below the market rate, but that approach isn't profitable or sustainable in the long run.
12. "It is now a very rapidly melting ice cube, and I think that the stock should be trading at about half of where it is trading today" — highlighting IBM's tepid growth, weakening profitability, and the mounting competition it faces from cloud-computing specialists.
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