Berkshire’s Munger says now ‘even crazier’ than dotcom bust

The veteran investor also weighed in on China’s global relations, urging Australia to play a role in bridging differences between the Asian nation and the US.
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Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger told a conference Friday that markets are wildly overvalued in places and that the current environment is “even crazier” than the dotcom boom of the late 1990s that subsequently led to a bust.

“I consider this era an even crazier era than the dotcom era,” Munger, 97, said at the Sohn conference in Sydney, The Australian Financial Review reported.

Munger also said that he wished cryptocurrencies didn’t exist, and praised China for taking action to ban their use, according to the AFR.

“I wish they’d never been invented,” he said. “And again I admire the Chinese, I think they made the correct decision, which was to simply ban them. In my country, English-speaking civilisation has made the wrong decision, I just can’t stand participating in these insane booms, one way or another.”

The veteran investor also weighed in on China’s global relations, urging Australia to play a role in bridging differences between the Asian nation and the US.

“I think Australia with its deep involvement in China can be in a constructive position, Australia can encourage the US and China to be more reasonable,” he said.

Munger, who was speaking after Berkshire’s cash pile hit new heights at $149.2 billion of funds in the third quarter, also said he was bullish on renewable energy.

“I love the fact that we’re rapidly reducing the burning of coal and the burning of gasoline and diesel,” he said. “I think that’s a smart thing for the world to be doing and it would be smart even if there were no global warming.”

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Regarding cryptocurrencies: “Munger also said that he wished cryptocurrencies didn’t exist ….
“I wish they’d never been invented,” he said. “In my country, civilisation has made the wrong decision, I just can’t stand participating in these insane booms, one way or another.”

I’ve edited out the Chinese references, but the message is crystal clear from a man who has seen it all and whose company assets are almost $150 billion.

This is like the anti-vaxers preferring a Youtube “health” crank instead of listening to the entire cohort of highly qualified and constantly peer-reviewed scientists.

A possible sign is that, like in 2007, there are now articles appearing about executives “earning” billion dollars. Even more : the guy at SoftBank is arguing for 2 billion

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