Subprime Prescience at MetLife


Kuykendall quotes Steven Kandarian, MetLife’s CIO:

Mr. Kandarian said MetLife identified the risk from subprime loans early

and stopped buying subprime mortgage-backed securities rated single-A and

below in late 2004.

Note that MetLife’s fund managers aren’t the kind of people who get huge bonuses

for outperforming by a few basis points in a quarter, or who get fired if they

don’t. They’re real-money, long-term investors who buy and hold securities they’ve

looked closely at and believe in. Here endeth the lesson.

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