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All US Financials Will be Nationalized in a Year: Manager

CNBC.com
Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | 10:10 AM ET

It's not preferable, but all major U.S. financial companies will eventually be under government control because the alternative is so much worse, Hugh Hendry, chief investment officer at hedge fund Eclectica Asset Management, said Friday.

"All financials will be owned by the U.S. government in a year," Hendry said. "I bet you."

Nationalizations take dramatic losses from the private sector and places them on the larger balance sheet of the public sector, he said.

"It's not good," but society is vulnerable and society is going to have to intervene, Hendry said.

'Uber Rich' Like Government Bailouts
The mega-wealthy are strong supporters of government intervention because it is a force for leveling down and preserves the status quo, Hugh Hendry from Eclectica told CNBC Friday.

Shareholders Should Get Nothing

Because the taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for bailout out the banks, shareholders shouldn't be compensated, Hendry added.

(Watch the accompanying video for Hendry's full comments...)

"Actually the shareholders of Citigroup have looked the other way for more than a decade" while management took excessive risk, he said.

Shareholders should take nothing away if it is nationalized, because the taxpayer will be "paying this for a long, long time," he added.

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