‘The Big Short’ investor bets against Brexit Britain
Steve Eisman, played by Steve Carell in the 2015 film, told the BBC that he has bet against three unnamed UK banks.
According to Bloomberg, the most-shorted banks are Metro Bank and CYBG.
The investor, who now works as a fund manager for Neuberger Berman Group, expects UK markets to fall should the country leave the EU, as expected, and/or Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn becomes prime minister. Eisman bet against two UK banks a month ago, he was then prompted recently to bet against a third as it “seems more likely that Theresa May’s proposals will fail.”
Speaking last month, Eisman stated he might short 50 UK stocks should Corbyn become PM.
“Corbyn’s a Trotskyite. Now I know my Trotskyites well and I know you don’t want to be invested in the UK if a Trotskyite is prime minister,” he said.
Initially made famous after featuring in Michael Lewis’ 2010 bestselling book, ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,’ on the US housing bubble, the investor, among others, spotted the bubble early and bet against it.
Eisman is thought to have made $1billion for his company, Frontpoint Partners, from the crisis that saw nearly 10 million US homeowners foreclose on their own homes and was a key trigger in the 2008 financial crisis.
The investor was more optimistic on the US’ immediate future. “The financial system in the United States is safe for the first time in the 30 years I’ve analysed it,” he said.
While on US President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, Eisman said POTUS was correct, adding: “You’re not going to get China to change by asking.”
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