In Barron’s Roundtable’s second installment, four strategists (Bill Gross, Felix Zulauf, Archie MacAllaster and Abby Cohen) offer up some investment ideas and thoughts on the market. Included in this post are some of their key thoughts and ideas, as well as an updated summary report below.
Don’t expect the economic news to get better anytime soon — but there are opportunities to make money in this market. That’s what three top strategists — Ed Hyman of ISI Group, Bob Doll of BlackRock, and Bill Gross of Pimco — told Consuelo Mack in an exclusive interview on WealthTrack this week.
This is the first of three Barron’s Roundtable articles featuring some of the best and brightest in the investment industry. In general, these experts see more uncertainty in 2009, but think there are ample opportunities for good stock-picking strategies. Writes Barron’s Lauren R. Rublen, “The [roundtable] was rife with history lessons and warnings — and optimism, too, that those who find bargains amid the rubble will reap rich rewards. Or, as [panelist] Meryl Witmer nicely put it, ‘It is an exciting time to be a stockpicker.’” By clicking on the image below, you can see our summary of the Roundtable […]
Pimco founder Bill Gross lays out some ugly economic predictions in the latest issue of Forbes, but also offers a tip for how investors can profit from the U.S. financial woes: by buying preferred shares and senior debt of financial companies benefiting from the government’s bailout spending spree. In the past year, writes Forbes’ Bernard Condon, Gross has bought $100 billion worth of such investments. Gross thinks the government will want to ensure that it gets paid back the money it has given to these financial firms, and thus will keep doing — and spending — whatever it takes to […]
Bill Gross, managing director of investment manager PIMCO, says stocks are selling at very low historical levels — but only if looked at “in the context of a financed-based economy once dominated by leverage, cheap financing, and even lower corporate tax rates”. Unfortunately, Gross writes on PIMCO’s web site, “That world … is in our past, not our future”. Gross — who six years ago incorrectly predicted the Dow, then at about 8,500, would fall to 5,000 — says increased government regulation, decreased leverage, and higher taxes will hamper entrepreneurialism and innovation. He adds that he still believes in stocks […]