At this point it wouldn't surprise me if he did come out and tout that as a solution to our issues. Regardless, there are times when I wonder how much of a shill Warren Buffet is. I can't argue his investing prowess and ability to use his power and size to make more and more money. I do however question his state of mind at this point and stuff like this just makes me wonder even more.
“The banks will not get this country in trouble, I guarantee it,”, chairman and chief executive officer of Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in a phone interview last week. “The capital ratios are huge, the excesses on the asset side have been largely cleared out.”
Look, I know that he holds decent stakes in many of these banks or has in the past but come on. If you even remotely think you can value any of our major financial institutions fairly at this point I have ocean front property in Omaha to sell you. I mean is this just a really obvious statement of him trying to protect and pump his own investments and the entire system?
“Our banking system is in the best shape in recent memory,” Buffett said.
Really? I must have missed all the settlements still coming down the pipeline over mortgages, mass layoffs and meager returns on equity at many of the major places. Oh, and I guess they'd be fine if the Fed just started pulling liquidity out of the system or stopped any of their current operations. I don't know. Maybe you guys can make me feel better about this. What do you guys think of these statements? Is the oracle of Omaha slowly losing his mind? Is he just saying this to keep currying favor for his own interests? Am I just wrong and the banks are actually in great shape?