How did Dr. Burry know a financial catastrophe was on the way while most financial experts and media were totally in the dark? This year’s commencement address at UCLA’s Department of Economics was given by Dr. Burry, and he says, “The ignorance is willful.”
“The ignorance is willful.” I think you can say the same thing about the ongoing banking crisis. Last Thursday, credit rating giant Moody’s downgraded the long-term credit ratings of 15 of the biggest North American and European banks. All but four were cut at least two notches, and these are some of the biggest banks in the world. RBC, JP Morgan, BNP Paribas, RBS and UBS are household names in Canada, U.S., France, UK and Switzerland. (Japan’s Numara and Australia’s Macquarie were downgraded earlier by Moody’s.) (Click here for a complete list of downgraded banks from Business Insider.)
I can’t find a time when a major credit ratings company like Moody’s has downgraded this many major banks in so many parts of the world at the same time. Sure, critics of Moody’s will say they are way behind the curve, but the fact is the company has come out with bold and devastating bank downgrades when the world is being told it is in “recovery.” Please keep in mind, dozens of Italian and Spanish banks were, also, downgraded in the last few months by Moody’s.