An Institutional Investor Hall of Famer sees an urgent need for investors in some of the most popular trades to diversify. Rich Bernstein, who has spent decades on Wall Street, is waving the red flag on long-duration assets ranging from Big Tech to bitcoin to Reddit rebellion stocks to long-term bonds. “We are right in maybe the biggest bubble of my career,” Bernstein, the CEO and CIO of Richard Bernstein Advisors, told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Monday. His warning implies the magnitude is bigger than the dot-com and housing bubbles.
“The Fed has so distorted the long-end of the curve that we are seeing a very natural reaction among long-duration assets which is then taking on a life of its own,” said Bernstein. “Anybody who’s out there in these long-duration assets has to be firmly convinced that long-term interest rates are not going to go up because that’s the kryptonite for this bubble.”
Bernstein believes the backdrop is more perilous than June, when he warned on “Trading Nation” that bitcoin was a bubble. The cryptocurrency has rallied since then, but it’s still off about 20% over the past three months. “When you get into a bubble, people become very myopic. They look only at a very small universe of investments,” he said. “People always say to me ‘Okay. Well, you’re so smart. When is the bubble going to burst?’ And, the answer is nobody knows.”