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Greenlight's David Einhorn says gold 'is a large position', owns physical bars

Published 04/04/2024, 01:51 PM
Updated 04/04/2024, 01:53 PM
© Reuters.  Greenlight's David Einhorn says gold 'is a large position', owns physical bars

Investor David Einhorn, president and founder of Greenlight Capital, said he has a large position in gold when talking to CNBC on Wednesday.

"Gold is a large position," stated Einhorn. "We own a lot more gold than just the GLD (NYSE:GLD); we own physical bars."

David Einhorn's decision to hold a significant position in gold is not arbitrary. It is a result of his observation of the US monetary and fiscal policies, which he believes are "systemically too loose."

"I think the deficits are ultimately a real problem," added Einhorn. "And I think that this is a way to hedge the risk of something not so good happening."

When asked if the chances of something bad happening were high, Einhorn added that it was a question of when, with the fiscal situation not sustainable and monetary policy not low enough to support it.

"It's clear to me that this is just a math thing," Einhorn commented. "As long as the market is confident in what's going on, everything is fine, but the minute that changes, then there's a real problem.

At Wednesday's Sohn Investment Conference in New York, Einhorn told listeners he thinks inflation is reaccelerating. In the interview with CNBC, he also said he believes the Federal Reserve will cut rates fewer times than are currently priced in, adding that "there's a chance" the Fed doesn't do anything regarding rate cuts this year.

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