Donald Trump has called the current stock rally “a big bubble” and suggests the average person stay away from investing in the market.
Earlier this week, the New York real-estate developer told Fox News that he didn’t think the stock market was a sound place to put money.
Trump says low interest rates imposed by the Federal Reserve have lingered while the stock market has skyrocketed. That can’t last forever, he warned.
"If rates go up, you're going to see something that's not pretty," the billionaire businessman told Fox News. "It's all a big bubble."
Trump noted that he has dabbled in the market successfully — "I did like 50 stocks just for fun, because I'm not a person that really believes in it too much," he said. "I wouldn't do it," he said.
A closer look at Trump’s portfolio reveals the types of stocks he owns suggest that he is cautious about the stock market, Fortune reports. His portfolio is “relatively well positioned to survive a drop,” Fortune said.
“The bulk of Trump’s stock market portfolio is invested in relatively safe large cap stocks. Among his top holdings, the smallest company he owns shares is in oil refining giant Phillips 66,” Fortune found.
“Trump has put most of the money he has invested in the market into so-called value stocks, which tend to do better when the market drops than other companies. For example, the average price-to-earnings ratio of Trump’s top five holdings was 16.4, based on what those companies are expected to earn this year. That’s less than the average stock in the S&P 500, which had a P/E multiple of 18,” Fortune said.
Trump only has a small fraction of his wealth in the stock market. Just $91.5 million of his proclaimed $10 billion net worth is invested in the stock market. Trump’s net worth is estimated to be just under $4 billion.
The real-estate mogul filed the financial disclosure with the Federal Elections Committee on May 16 noting his investments in securities, bonds, hedge funds, and various other assets.
Here are Trump’s top 14 stock holdings, and the estimated value of those stakes based on FEC filings.
- Alphabet (GOOG) $100,000 to $200,000
- Caterpillar (CAT) $100,000 to $250,000
- Phillips 66 (PSX) $100,000 to $250,000
- Celgene (CELG) $100,000 to $250,000
- Gilead Sciences (GILD) $100,000 to $250,000
- Visa (V) $100,000 to $251,000
- General Electric (GE) $100,000 to $250,000
- Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) $100,000 to $250,000
- Nike (NKE) $100,000 to $250,000
- McKesson (MCK) $100,000 to $250,000
- J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) $100,000 to $251,000
- PepsiCo (PEP) $150,000 to $350,000
- Microsoft (MSFT) $300,000 to $600,000
- Apple (AAPL) $600,000 to $1.251 million
Despite Trump's love of all things gold, he has a relatively small holding in bullion: about $100,000 to $250,000.
(Newsmax wire services contributed to this report).
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