Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Have Stephen Wynn and George Soros Gone Galt?

Seeking Alpha: Wynn Resorts' CEO Discusses Q2 2011 Results:

I'm saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next 3 hours giving you examples of all of us in this market place that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems -- that keeps using that word redistribution. Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they are frightened of this administration. And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America. You bet. And until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it's not going to change.

Stephen Wynn put words to a problem that many have struggled to articulate. What I find more interesting is that uber-leftist, George Soros, may have confirmed Wynn's remarks. Soros's Quantum Fund may be parking their money for the time being. zero hedge: Soros Goes To 75% Cash As Fed No Longer Telegraphing Trades:

In the absence of the Fed semaphore, it turns out even such "legendary" hedge funds as Soros' $25 billion Quantum are about as clueless as everyone else. Bloomberg reports that "the fund is about 75 percent in cash as it waits for better opportunities, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the firm is private." The reason: "“I find the current situation much more baffling and much less predictable than I did at the time of the height of the financial crisis,” Soros, 80, said in April at a conference at Bretton Woods organized by his Institute for New Economic Thinking. “The markets are inherently unstable. There is no immediate collapse, nor no immediate solution." But, but... what about relative and fundamental value, pair, cap and M&A arb? What about long-term investment opportunities in the growth of the world? What about arbing the so-called business cycle? Are none of those strategies worthy of investment? Or has ubiquitous central planning made the only profitable trade simply frontrunning the Fed's beta wave with as much leverage as possible? What's that you say? Yes? Thank you, the defense of formerly fair and efficient markets rests.

So without clear market signals from the Federal Reserve to know which cronies will be capitalized, Soros seems to be stuffing mattresses with wads of cash. You know the world's got problems when the preeminent financier of central planning seems to have gone Galt.

No comments: