Jim Chanos: "Long Corruption and Short Property in China" ~ market folly

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jim Chanos: "Long Corruption and Short Property in China"

Hedge fund manager and renowned short seller Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates was interviewed on CNBC today from the Delivering Alpha conference. Chanos is known for his short of Enron before it collapsed.

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Chanos says that "we're long corruption and short property in China." As such, he's long the Macau casinos. He didn't name names but obviously Wynn (WYNN) has a large presence there via Wynn Macau (1128.HK), as does MGM (MGM) and SJM Holdings (0880.HK), controlled by the family of Stanley Ho.

Conversely, we originally detailed how he was also shorting the property developers in the country.

In the past month, Chanos has pressed his shorts in the renewables sector (green energy) and in particular, solar. We covered Chanos' presentation at the Ira Sohn Conference where he said he was short First Solar (FSLR) as well as wind power play Vestas (CPH: VWS).

Chanos also noted that his fund is not short US banks.

Email readers come to the site to watch Chanos' interview embedded below:

Chanos will be presenting his newest investment ideas at the Value Investing Congress in New York on October 17th & 18th and Market Folly readers can register here.

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