Amazing interview in U.S News and World Report. The first question is priceless.
Interviewer: What surprised you most about the current financial crisis?
Suze: That it happened at all.
Surprised at that response? On what did she blame the general lack of foresight? CEOs who “went on television and looked in the cameras and told everyone it was going to be OK, that they were fine.” This is just another example of the rampant economic and financial illiteracy that permeates the “expert” ranks on such matters. That Orman didn’t have a clue, and that she said, “I saw the stock market might be a little whatever,” reeks of professional incompetence. She gets even more stunningly stupid:
Why did I believe them? I believed them because do you think a normal human being, which I am, would think that after Enron, after WorldCom, after all those debacles and Sarbanes-Oxley and having to sign financial statements, would any CEO be that stupid to go on national television where everything is recorded and look in the camera and lie through their teeth? In a million years, I never thought that would happen.
Suze is right in that she is a personal finance counselor (she says “expert”), and though she says her job is “to look at what happened in the economy and what is going on in the world of finance and to tell people, based on fact, this is what’s happening now,” she says she has no responsibility for understanding the economy? She’s right that the recession (Depression, Suze) is a good thing – it’s a necessary correction to flush out the consumers-gone-wild spending habits she deplores. Strangely, she talks about a market strategy for investment, when asked, even though she says earlier in the interview that she is not a “stock market guru.”
I do like her show where she talks people out of stupid expenditures they can’t afford. She’s always given consistently sound advice to financially unsophisticated people, however, this interview makes it impossible to take her seriously as a professional. She is clearly a result of great marketing.
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