Robert Rodriguez is the CEO of First Pacific Advisors (FPA). He managed the famed FPA Capital (FPPTX) and FPA New Income (FPNIX). He was twice named Morningstar's fixed-income manager of the year (2001 & 2008).
After taking a one year sabbatical in 2010, he came back to find that the world was still the same: problems that caused the financial crisis in 2008 had not been resolved. Here are some key points he made in a recent Fortune Magazine's article on Rodriguez:
- U.S. debt as a percentage of GDP ratio (currently 64%) is massively underreported because it doesn't count off-balance-sheet entitlements such as Medicare, and debt owed by Fannie and Freddie. If you factor in those liabilities. Factor in these, the ratio will be over 500%!
- The situation isn't irreparable: both parties are not willing to take drastic measures, let alone we are approaching to the election year.
- FPA Capital (FPPTX) is now 30% in cash (he had that before 2008) and 38% in energy sector (XLE). He refused to buy other sectors and even long term or intermediate term bonds (LQD) (TLT), (IEF).
At the end, as what the article stated: " A former Republican, he describes himself as a "fiscal conservative but social moderate" who has grown disgusted with both parties: "I say, 'A pox on both their houses.'""
The following is the chart of FPPTX vs. VFINX (Vanguard 500 Index):
The following is the performance comparison between FPPTX and Six Core Asset ETFs Tactical Asset Allocation Moderate.
Portfolio Performance Comparison