"Shake hands with the government ... Anticipate, then buy what they buy, only do it first." PIMCO
superstar Bill Gross
gives out those suggestions and more in his latest investment outlook column
. In the process, he also worries that the entire U.S. economy became one giant Bernie Madoff scheme and that our "bailout nation" will have consequences.
For you history buffs, here's one sidenote. Gross cites a now-famous quotation attributed Depression-era Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon
: "Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers -- purge the rottenness from the system." The quote makes for nice fodder in the midst of the seemingly eternal bailout debates, with just one small glitch: the quote may be at best apocryphal and at worst, unfair and unrepresentative (see University of Missouri - St. Louis economics professor Lawrence H. White
on the matter.)
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