Cross posted from Investing in Chinese stocks:
Jump to 10:40. Readers will be familiar with the thesis.
Over the weekend, when citing from an excerpt of the latest Wall Street Week episode, we revealed what to Kyle Bass was the “best investment for the next 3-5 years”: the energy space. Bass added he was agnostic as to what subsector of energy one should invest in: whether it is infrastructure, pipelines, producers, upstream, downstream, he believes that there are places in the cap structure of each of these where once can put new capital and generate substantial returns. He also added that “the energy rebound, when it happens, will be comparable to the housing rebound post 2009.”
Coming from the guy who correctly predicted the collapse of housing going into 2009, one should take his prediction seriously, even though as Bass himself admitted, he was early to this trade which led to “one of the worst years in the last ten” for his Hayman Capital. Judging by today’s very modest reaction in the price of oil to a dramatic escalation in the Middle East, the market will need a far more dramatic reduction in supply before it agrees with Bass’ thesis.
But what about the shorter-term for those who don’t have a 3-5 year investment horizon? Bass discussed that after a question by Gary Kaminsky asking the Texas hedge fund manager “when you look at opportunities as an investor right now, what’s the greatest opportunity?”
“Given our views on credit contraction in Asia, and in China in particular, let’s say they are going to go through a banking loss cycle like we went through during the Great Financial Crisis, there’s one thing that is going to happen: China is going to have to dramatically devalue its currency.”