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Michael Burry, the genius who saw financial crash, uses liquidated fund site to criticize U.S. gov’t

Thursday, April 15, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update – Michael Butty, the genius who predicted the financial crisis as early as 2004 and whose fund Scion Capital was one of the first to short CDOs, is using his old fund’s site to express his views on the mortgage and financial crisis as well as to lash out at the U.S. Feds for not seeing what he saw and worse the investors who did not believed in him.

The New York Post reported that Burry was angry at those who ignored his predictions, particularly the U.S. government which he described as “absolutely complicit in enabling the housing bubble.”

Surprisingly, Burry, who is the central figure in Michael Lewis’s book, “The Big Short,” has been lavished with good press compared with Magnetar, the hedge fund exposed by the non-profit news group ProPublica, as driving the eventually devastating subprime boom in order to trade against mortgage securities it assisted banks in issuing.

In his book, Lewis said that Burry saw the world differently. The 32-year-old Burry first detected the huge bubble in the subprime-mortgaged bond market in 2004, then started to bet against it. The book also also provided details of almost comical dealings Burry made with Goldman Sachs and other banks as the market collapsed, and the true reason for his visionary obsession. – Precy Dumlao

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