Bruce Berkowitz's Wealthtrack Interview: AIG, BAC, FNMA ~ market folly

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bruce Berkowitz's Wealthtrack Interview: AIG, BAC, FNMA

Consuelo Mack's Wealthtrack recently sat down with Fairholme Capital's Bruce Berkowitz to talk about his investments.  These days, he manages around $8 billion and his largest holding continues to be AIG (AIG).

He says he's still focused on financials because that's what he knows and what's in his circle of competence.  The main thing he's drawn to is the huge stature of some of the companies he's invested in.  He likes systemically important institutions (such as AIG and Bank of America).


Berkowitz notes that AIG's tangible book value is around $75 and he's waiting for the company to trade around book value.  He says he has to keep trimming the position slightly because as the price increases, it becomes an even larger part of his portfolio (and it's already almost 50% of his portfolio).

On Bank of America

He bought Bank of America (BAC) because he felt it would eventually become more like a bank like Wells Fargo after restructuring and settling litigation.  As it still sells below book or runoff value, he says he's getting the "future for free and a discount on the books."


He compares this situation to AIG in that it's a very important organization where the government is involved.

Curiously absent from the discussion was another of Berkowitz's holdings: Sears.  Shares have declined recently and Berkowitz has been interested in participating in the company's short-term loan.

Embedded below is the video of Berkowitz's interview with Wealthtrack:

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