Greenlight’s latest… While certainly not the first time Einhorn has dazzled me with his wit, couldn’t help but be particularly delighted by this clever poke in Buffett’s eye vis a vis gold.
“The debate around currencies, cash, and cash equivalents continues. Over the last few years, we have come to doubt whether cash will serve as a good store of value. If you wrapped up all the $100 bills in circulation, it would form a cube about 74 feet per side. If you stacked the money seven feet high, you could store it in a warehouse roughly the size of a football field. The value of all that cash would be about a trillion dollars. In a hundred years, that money will have produced nothing. In a thousand years, it is likely that the cash will either be worthless or worth very little. It will not pay you interest or dividends and it won’t grow earnings, though you could burn it for heat. You’d have to pay someone to guard it. You could fondle the money. Alternatively, you could take every U.S. note in circulation, lay them end to end, and cover the entire 116 square miles of Omaha, Nebraska. Of course, if you managed to assemble all that money into your own private stash, the Federal Reserve could simply order more to be printed for the rest of us.”
Above Average Odds: The author is a co-managing partner of a Kansas City based value investment firm, and runs separately managed accounts and a private investment partnership modeled on the original Buffett partnership from the 1950’s. His investment blog Above Average Odds Investing is dedicated to the premise that there is a “better way” for the average investor to protect and grow their wealth over time. Contact the author at: firstname.lastname@example.org”
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