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Jerome Powell Knocks Michael Burry Off Of Twitter


Dr. Big Short Deletes His Account (Again)

Michael J. Bury, MD, the physician-turned-hedge fund manager who famously bet against the housing market before the 2008 crash (and also successfully bet on the meme stock GameStop Corp. (GME) in 2020), posted a one-word tweet on Tuesday: "Sell".

After his big "Sell." tweet, @michaeljburry deletes his Twitter.

Looks like Jim Cramer wins this one.

— r/wallstreetbets (@Official_WSB) February 1, 2023

In the wake of today's melt-up after Powell's dovish comments, Dr. Bury deleted his Twitter account. He's done this before, so presumably, he'll be back. But it illustrates that timing is a challenge for even the greatest investors. More often than not, you'd be better off listening to Bury than the Wall Street Bets folks cheering this.

The Financial Conditions Disconnect

The comment by Fed Chairman Powell that seems to have been the biggest surprise today was about financial conditions tightening, as Sven Henrich notes below.

Powell: "Financial conditions have tightened significantly over the last year."

That's just false. They are looser now compared to when the Fed started.

— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) February 1, 2023

My view last year was that Powell would err on the side of hawkishness early this year, to avoid having to pump the breaks at all in 2024, and be accused of interfering in the Presidential election; now, I'm wondering if he's being pressured to pump the gas ahead of 2024. In theory, the Fed is independent of politics, but as an insightful friend put it today, "Very 'John Roberts upholds Obamacare' vibe".

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