Oct 19, 2009

Bill Miller on his decision to increase his holdings of financial stocks in 2007

We bought financials after the Fed [first] injected liquidity [into the market by cutting the discount rate on Aug. 17, 2007, and then the fed-funds rate on Sept. 18, 2007, continuing into 2008.] That's what you do in a liquidity crisis... This turned out to be a collateral-driven crisis caused by underperforming debt... We've analyzed that mistake and tried to make adjustments to risk management and the portfolio-construction process.

~ Bill Miller, portfolio manager, Legg Mason Value Trust, "It's Miller Time!," Barron's, October 12, 2009

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