Meme stocks is akin to a ‘global craps game,’ says Ken Moelis
- You’re in a global craps game where everybody is talking to each other and they’re having a blast.
- Shares of Wendys surged more than 25% today while Clover Health was up a staggering 86%.
- Debt is somebody’s ability to affect your business at the exact moment you want to be left alone.
Ken Moelis, chief executive officer of investment bank Moelis & Co., was on Bloomberg to discuss the meme stocks and the role of debt in financial markets.
The so-called meme stocks, including GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC), BlackBerry Ltd. (TSE: BB) and more recently Wendys Co (NASDAQ: WEN) and Clover Health Investments Corp. (NASDAQ: CLOV) have surged in a frenzy fueled by Reddit board WallStreetBets. Shares of Wendys surged more than 25% today while Clover Health was up a staggering 86%.
Playing the meme stocks is akin to a global craps game
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While comparing the trading in meme stocks to gambling, Moelis said:
“You’re in a global craps game where everybody is talking to each other and they’re having a blast.”
He also added that 70-80% of the people are having fun at the craps table and know they are going to lose their money and accept it.
Debt takes out businesses at the end of cycle
He also discussed about the role of debt in taking out businesses at the end of economic cycles and added:
“At the end of every cycle, leverage is usually the thing that takes people out because leverage makes you take the exact decisions you don’t want to make at the point you don’t want to make them.”
Describing his company’s debt free model, he said his company runs a cash heavy business and is in great shape coming out of the pandemic and is accelerating.
Further, talking on debt, he said:
“Debt is somebody’s ability to affect your business at the exact moment you want to be left alone.”