Recently, David Herro of Harris Associates spoke to CNBC about his thoughts on the Greece instability, and how that affects European investments — and the top fund manager’s outlook may well surprise you.
Top fund manager David Herro is finding a lot of value in the unloved European region, as well as in Japan. In a recent letter to his Oakmark International shareholders, Herro said he had about 80% of the portfolio in Europe and 11% in Japan. “How we are positioned is really a function of where we are finding individual-company value,” Herro tells Morningstar. “I think it’s really important to realize that a lot of these European and Japanese multinationals have revenue streams and cash flow streams that are really sourced from all over the world. I think that is one of the anomalies that we try to take advantage of. People were scared of Europe, so they stopped buying European equities, even though many of those European companies have exposure to good areas of growth in Asia, even in Latin America, where some of the growth exists. And so, really, this is why we’re positioned the way we are in some of these markets.”
Top bond fund manager Bonnie Baha of DoubleLine Capital says that, with central banks around the globe distorting asset values, investors shouldn’t be tempted into taking on riskier bets in European bonds.
Top strategist Kenneth Fisher says that he is keen on European stocks because of “false fears” in the region, while he is down on Japanese stocks because of “false hopes” there.
Top fund manager David Herro says many European banks are looking like good investments right now, and that they are “well positioned to perform better” than US banks.
Mohamed El-Erian says he expects volatility to increase in the stock market, and says it’s not a time to be buying broad index funds.
Fundamental indexing guru Rob Arnott says that to get bargains, you have to invest in places where fears are high. Right now, he says that means to look in places like emerging markets and Europe.