Billionaire ‘Bond King’ Jeff Gundlach said bitcoin could tumble 27% from current levels and warned the dollar may be ‘doomed’ in a recent interview. Here are his 10 best quotes.

Jeffrey Gundlach
Jeffrey Gundlach

Billionaire investor and “Bond King” Jeff Gundlach said inflation of today reminds him of the 1970’s, warned that the dollar may be doomed in the long term, and said that bitcoin’s chart looks “scary” in a Thursday CNBC interview.

Here are the DoubleLine Capital founder’s 10 best quotes.

1. “The chart on bitcoin looks pretty scary‚Ķ.I have a feeling you’re going to be able to buy it below 23,000 again. Bitcoin has really lost its steam.”

2. “I think it’s only a trading vehicle. I’ve never been long bitcoin personally. I’ve never been short Bitcoin. It’s just not for me. I don’t have that kind of risk tolerance in my DNA where I have to get worried to pull up the quote every day to see if it’s down 20%. But I would not own Bitcoin presently. I think you had an opportunity to buy it at a cheaper level.”

3. “I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but I think the dollar-I will use the word ‘doomed’ in the long term. In the short term, the dynamics have been and will continue to be in place for the dollar to be marginally or moderately stronger.”

4. “It”s getting difficult for the Fed to talk about this inflation situation as being temporary or ‘transitory’, as they like to say…import prices came up today up 11%. We all know the CPI came up with 5.4. I mean, these are numbers that remind me of the 1970s.”

5. “Inflation right now is not decelerating. It’s accelerating right now. And I’m going to go with the trend is your friend until there’s some evidence to the contrary.”

6. “As long as [the stimulus] goes on, I think the stock market can stay at nosebleed levels as it has been and continue to kind of grind higher.”

7. “The biggest case for stocks is that they’re cheap to bonds. They still are cheap to bonds because the bond yield is so ridiculously low.”

8. “I don’t really hear anybody talking about what they’re going to do with the planed curtailment of stimulus, but I expect that to start becoming an issue pretty soon,” said Gundlach. “The issue is, if the stimulus continues at the level it’s at, the inflation is not going to go away. In fact, the inflation could get worse. If they take the stimulus away, then the inflation probably won’t get worse, but the economy is extremely uncertain at that point in time.”

9. “It’s all part of this speculative mania that has been fueled by repeated rounds of stimulus. The first rounds of stimulus people saved a little bit or pay down their credit card debt. The most recent round of stimulus went into speculation and spending. So if stimulus continues, it’s going to go into speculation and spending,” on meme stocks and the SPAC frenzy.

10. “It’s odd when the CPI comes out hot, the bond market doesn’t go down..that’s obviously because the bond market is thinking one move ahead in the chess game: that the Fed may actually have to start doing something about seriously, reducing the bond buying programs, and maybe even God forbid start raising short-term interest rates.”

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Bill Gross is shorting US Treasurys and says inflation will be as high as 4% in coming months

FILE PHOTO: Billionaire investor Bill Gross listens during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Billionaire “Bond King” Bill Gross told Bloomberg he is short US Treasurys and is expecting inflation to spike up in the US in the near future.

The PIMCO co-founder said in a Bloomberg TV interview he was short US Treasurys heading into the sell-off last week where the 10-year Treasury rose above 1.6% and prices fell. On Wednesday, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note hit 1.67%, a level not seen since mid-January 2020.

He’s still short Treasurys, and he also expects inflation to rise above the Fed’s target to 3-4% in the next few months as nearly $2 trillion in fiscal stimulation enters the market and household income goes “gangbusters.”

“There’s no reason to expect that inflation at least, not necessarily treasuries, but inflation at least will be screaming higher over the next several months and that’s what some investors are anticipating,” Gross said.

He added: “Inflation, you know, currently below 2% now is not going to be below 2% in the next few months. I see a 3% to 4% number ahead of us.”

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Billionaire investor Jeffrey Gundlach warns stocks are hugely overvalued – and amateur traders will worsen the coming crash

Jeffrey Gundlach
Jeffrey Gundlach.

  • Jeffrey Gundlach warned stocks are overvalued and face a brutal downturn.
  • The billionaire investor predicted the stock market will tumble by far more than 15%.
  • The DoubleLine Capital boss also slammed the latest round of US stimulus.
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Billionaire investor Jeffrey Gundlach sounded the alarm on stocks and predicted a painful crash on DoubleLine’s Total Return Webcast last week.

Suggesting the stock market is “anything other than very overvalued versus history is just to be ignorant of all the metrics of valuation,” the DoubleLine Capital boss said.

Gundlach gave that reply when asked whether he agrees with Michael Burry of “The Big Short” fame that markets are in a “speculative bubble” and will suffer a “dramatic and painful” decline. He voiced a similar view, saying stocks would fall much more than 15% when the downturn comes.

The so-called “bond king” predicted that many retail investors will cash out when equities turn south, exacerbating the inevitable correction. “We’ll have a tremendous unwind of a lot of the money that thinks that the stock market is a one-way thing,” he said.

Gundlach also issued a stark warning about federal spending during the pandemic. “We’re pretty clearly in a speculative bubble regarding debt and government activity,” he said.

The DoubleLine boss deployed a wealth of economic data to make his arguments. For example, he pointed to rising trade and budget deficits, depressed consumer confidence, record readings on the “Buffett indicator” and other market gauges, heady price-earnings ratios, and the disconnect between growth, employment, and the stock market.

Gundlach made several calls during the webcast. He expects year-on-year inflation of over 3% in June or July, the dollar to weaken in the coming months, and gold prices to bounce back.

Moreover, the investor predicted the VIX – an index known as the market’s “fear gauge” because it measures investors’ volatility expectations – will surge past 100 for the first time when the crash comes. Lofty valuations and the “amateur aspect of the market with Robinhood” will fuel volatility, he said.

Gundlach also criticized President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, which was signed into law last week. He called it “shocking” that couples with a household income of $150,000 and three children are set to receive $6,000 in federal support.

Stimulus initiatives are “cooking all of us frogs in a pot,” he said, comparing them to “monetization” programs where governments fund themselves by printing money instead of collecting taxes or borrowing.

“The biggest problem is that we’ve become totally addicted to these stimulus programs,” Gundlach said. He argued that the government is training people to rely on federal support, and could struggle to turn off the tap as a result.

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