Barton Biggs

Barton Biggs Says Markets Will Rise

As Spring begins to come to the Northern hemisphere, green shoots are appearing not just in the shrubbery but in sickly economies. I'm not saying that there won't be some cold and rainy days in the months to come, but for the moment, it seems, winter is over.

Barton Biggs Turns Bearish

Throwing money at the problem and propping up greedy banks is like trying to put out a fire by pouring gasoline on it.

The Affinity Ponzi Scheme

It's incredible that Madoff could have sucked so many rich and very sophisticated people into his Ponzi scheme.

Don't Follow The Momentum

The ECB is talking about raising rates even as the Fed is committed to cutting. Markets don't like the lack of coordination.

Global Investor: Don't Wait To Hit Bottom

As this is written, the financial panic of 2008 is in full swing. Equity markets around the world are being slaughtered by waves of selling. The most recent debacle is the forced fire sale of Bear Stearns, but we can be sure that tomorrow and the day after tomorrow there will be additional disasters as financial institutions, hedge funds and individuals rush to de-leverage, setting off a vicious cycle.Wise men to whom we should listen respectfully (such as George Soros) are saying this is the...

Avoiding The Abyss

The U.S. stock market has just had its worst January start in history, and other bourses around the world are struggling. Yet by most standards, stocks are undervalued versus inflation and interest rates, and are cheaper than they were in 2002.

Mind Buffett, Don't Panic

A year from now, stocks, the dollar and U.S. inflation will be higher, and oil, gold, the euro and the pound will be lower.

How to Beat Inflation

Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the federal reserve, in his new book and in the excerpt printed in newsweek, writes that he believes America is on the verge of a gradual rise in inflation to a trend-line rate of 4 to 5 percent or higher.

Barton Biggs: Why Markets Are So Shaky

Since mid-July, equity and fixed-income markets across the world have endured sickening declines and startling volatility. Major financial institutions have suffered grievous wounds, and numerous lesser bodies have drifted to the surface belly-up.

Barton Biggs: Echoing the Crash of '87

I'm still bullish about stocks, but there is one spooky memory that perches in my mind like the canary in the coal mine. It relates to the U.S. stock market in 1987, and the October crash that shook the world.

Global Investor: Why Bears Are Wrong

It was a good year for world equity markets. most major indexes were up in the mid-double digits, and many emerging markets did even better. Some investors (including yours truly) expect this year to be more of the same.

Global Investor: Handicapping The Hedge Hogs

Why have a couple of billion-dollar hedge funds suddenly exploded? Is this the beginning of the end for the so-called hedge-fund bubble? I am not unbiased, since I run a hedge fund myself.