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George Soros - Too Much Innovation in Finance Can Hurt

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on June 30, 2009

George Soros, the financial philosopher, supporter of civic culture and crusher of the Bank of England, spoke on Tuesday morning in NYC, warning that Americans are denying the magnitude of their problems.

He said “You can’t expect market participants to resist bubbles which is why you need an outside force to prevent them from going too far. Unlimited innovation can be harmful.”

Soros also believes that we now live in beta—constant change that is unforseen. ” My theory is the future is unpredictable so I’m not going to predict it…it’s not the time to have firm conviction.” Hedge funds and Wall Street firms are not investing on fundamentals, he said, making markets more volatile.

So we shouldn’t feel so relieved that the bottom has not dropped out of the global economy.

Reader Comments


July 14, 2009 9:44 PM

"Our first stimulus bill ... was sort of like taking half a tablet of Viagra and having also a bunch of candy mixed in ... as if everybody was putting in enough for their own constituents.
I do not like the idea of any kind of a plan involving the government where Wall Street makes a lot of money. My plan provided that they would make no money whatsoever, and the American public would make the money. I just think that Wall Street owes the American people one at this point.
We are not in a freefall, but we are not in a recovery either,"
Warren Buffet.

"Investors who stuffed themselves on a constant diet of asset appreciation for the past quarter-century will now be enclosed in a cage featuring government-mandated, consumer-oriented fasting. This trend promises to persist for a generation at a minimum. We are certainly headed for the stag in terms of growth, we'll grow at 1-2% for a long long time." ~ Bill Gross Pimco.

PS. Anything below 2% is considered recession.

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