Who’s Jim Rogers (I didn’t know the name)? The Reuters piece describes him as “one of the world’s most prominent international investors, … the co-founder with George Soros of the Quantum Fund”.
Has the ring of truth about it, wouldn’t you say?
Jim Rogers on Thursday called most of the largest U.S. banks “totally bankrupt,” and said government efforts to fix the sector are wrongheaded:
“What is outrageous economically and is outrageous morally is that normally in times like this, people who are competent and who saw it coming and who kept their powder dry go and take over the assets from the incompetent,” he said. “What’s happening this time is that the government is taking the assets from the competent people and giving them to the incompetent people and saying, now you can compete with the competent people. It is horrible economics…
Governments are making mistakes. They’re saying to all the banks, you don’t have to tell us your situation. You can continue to use your balance sheet that is phony…. All these guys are bankrupt, they’re still worrying about their bonuses, they’re still trying to pay their dividends, and the whole system is weakened.”
Jim Rogers calls most big U.S. banks “bankrupt”
Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, Dec 11, 2008