Saturday, April 16, 2011

Michael Burry talks "Big Short", America's future at Vanderbilt



Michael Burry, the Scion Capital founder and subprime speculator profiled in Michael Lewis', The Big Short, talks to Vanderbilt students about his now-famous subprime CDS short trade and the perils of America's financial future in this video lecture.

Last week on Twitter, I retweeted DDI's notes on Michael Burry's talk, which gave rise to hopes that video of this talk might soon be available. Indeed, that video is now here and it has been making the rounds over the last few days.

Be sure to check DDI's post for comments from the Q&A (Burry's thoughts on farmland and capitalist innovation in Silicon Valley) that might have been edited out (?) of this video.

Burry's talk adheres to a script early on, but as he warms up near the second half of this presentation on the causes of the housing collapse and the financial crisis, the vibe is a bit more loose and the information presented is excellent throughout.

Watching this clip, I get the feeling that we are witnessing a first-rate historical commentary on the pre and post-crisis environment. If economic historians don't look back to Burry's talks, or Tom Woods' analysis of the crisis, they'll be doing everyone a huge disservice.

If you want to know a great deal more about Michael Burry's investments and his views on America's current cultural and financial condition, check out our posts in the section below. Lots of valuable info, including an unedited Bloomberg interview transcript, will be found here.

Related articles and posts:

1. Michael Burry: macro star? (Bloomberg interview transcript) - Finance Trends.

2. Michael Burry bullish on farmland & gold (Bloomberg) - Finance Trends.

3. Michael Lewis on Charlie Rose: The Big Short - Finance Trends.

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