Our guest this week is renowned short-seller Jim Chanos, founder, and president of Kynikos Associates. Over the course of his long and successful career, Jim has publicly bet against companies like Enron, which Barron’s deemed the “market call of the decade, if not the past 50 years.” While many know him for these famous shorts, fewer know that Jim is also a passionate historian, and is a firm believer in the notion that history can act as a useful guide for investors today. In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss:
How Jim started his career in finance
The Mississippi Bubble
How past financial frauds and manias can be useful for modern investors
Lessons from the Great Financial Crisis
Jim’s financial history course at Yale and Wisconsin
Theranos And much, much more… we hope you enjoy.