Last quote by Carl Icahn
Carl Icahn quotes
If you're asking me am I concerned about the market on the short term. Yeah I'm concerned about it. You can look at so many factors here that you have to worry about. Obviously, if you get into a trade war with China, sooner or later, I think we're going to have to come to grips with that, maybe it's better to do it sooner, but that's not my decision at all. I don't get involved with that.
Investment bankers go to CEOs of companies and say, Look, instead of investing capital, why don't you just buy back your stock, and in three years you'll be out of here and make $50 million. Nobody will criticize you. Instead of building a new factory or new machinery, which will actually help the productivity, which we need so badly in this country.
A lot of companies borrow money or have too much debt on the balance sheet and yet use that money that they get to buy back stock instead of investing in their own company. And that in some way should be controlled.
The market is good now and you see some GDP growth but I think part of that is you have had very low interest rates over the years. But we can't compete in this country and we can't really give good jobs to the middle class because corporations perceive themselves at war with the government.
As the market has been running up like this I've become more hedged. That being said, I still buy things I think are very cheap.
What's happened over the last eight years is companies are afraid to invest because they're afraid of what is going to happen if they invest ... you're afraid that they're going to come in and ruin your business. You can't let the regulators start running the country.
It's time to break free of excessive regulation and let our entrepreneurs do what they do best: create jobs and support communities. President-elect Trump is serious about helping American families, and regulatory reform will be a critical component of making America work again.
I am proud to serve President-elect Trump as a special advisor on regulatory reform. Under President Obama, America's business owners have been crippled by over $1 trillion in new regulations and over 750 billion hours dealing with paperwork.
Kathy has a history as a proven CEO, and I believe she is the right person to lead Hertz as we move forward. Her consistent track record of successes in consumer and financial services, as well as technology businesses, is impressive.
Sometimes you get these situations where it's almost a no-brainer where the odds are in your favor tremendously. There's absolutely no reason that everybody was saying 'if Trump wins everything is going to fall apart' – which is nonsense.
I did buy a fair amount, I guess in perspective, but not nearly what I should have.
I must have met him three or four times because at the first time, I wasn't quite sure that he'd be the perfect guy to really clean that EPA up. What you have to do here is be very tough.
The point I think about Donald is he's a consensus builder, he's a very smart guy.
There are so many unhappy people around, and the reason they're unhappy is the stagnation. That's why I think, even those that really don't like Trump personally, should give him a shot.
I personally don't believe Donald Trump is bad for the market.
I saw that market going down like insanity, and I personally don't believe that Trump is bad for the market necessarily, so I left and went home and I bought a lot of stock in the overnight market.
I'm certainly happy about it. I really think it's a very important thing for our economy in general.
It's going to cost the rich guys in New York money, and that's too damn bad. But you have to think about where this country is going to be in the next five, 10 years and you can't have it going the way it's going.
If he doesn't get Florida, it's a real problem. If he gets it, he's got a great shot.
We would like to applaud Michael Johnson for doing a superb job navigating the company through a number of libelous attacks during this period. I am glad he intends to stay meaningfully involved in the company and I fully support the Board's choice of Rich Goudis becoming CEO while Michael remains actively engaged as Executive Chairman.
I still support Donald Trump. I'm not saying he's running a campaign the way I would run it, and I've said to him that he needs to stick to the issues.
Bill Ackman [is] completely wrong. I think Herbalife will be the mother of all short squeezes.
A lot of S&P companies are way overvalued considering the risk premium.
Over my years I've listened to a lot of salacious talk in locker rooms, bachelor parties, et cetera, by a lot of high-level people, some of whom are now supposedly so outraged. All I can do is refer to that great quote, Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.
I'm not here to say he's running the campaign the way I would run it.
You have some companies where there are unique qualities that aren't apparent ... that are in front of you and you buy. But sometimes that takes years and years and years.
I continue to believe in Herbalife: it's a great model that creates a great number of jobs for people.
He bought another 2.3 million shares of Herbalife and criticized hedge fund manager Bill Ackman for his "Herbalife obsession.
While many investment bankers "frequently make bids for our large positions ... I have never given Jefferies an order to sell any of our Herbalife shares.
I am not commenting on rumors and stories about what I am doing.
The RIN market is the quintessential example of a 'rigged' market where large gas station chains, big oil companies and large speculators are assured to make windfall profits at the expense of small and midsized independent refineries which have been designated the 'obligated parties' to deliver RINs.
I think he's right on about the economy. Our country can't exist when the government is at war with business. We have a massive problem and Donald is addressing it. The Democrats are not.
We think this is a major move and will greatly enhance shareholder value. I have had several meetings with [CEO] Ursula Burns and applaud and respect her for doing what she believes shareholders want – just as John Donahoe did with eBay and PayPal.
I hope and believe the results will be just as good and also hope that the board and management of AIG will respect the wishes of shareholders the same way, if it turns out, which I think it will, that the majority of shareholders want to see the company split.