The latest LatAm PolRisk EpicFail comes from Alexandre Garcia of Raymond James, who early this week made a bullish call on Argentina’s media company Grupo Clarin. Here’s how Bloomie reported his call on October 5th:
Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) — Grupo Clarin SA, Argentina’s biggest media company, may soar as much as 50 percent as President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s bid to tighten control over local broadcasters meets congressional opposition, according to Raymond James analyst Alexandre Garcia. CONTINUES HERE
Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Argentina’s Senate approved a government-backed bill that puts new limits on television and radio ownership and will probably force Grupo Clarin SA, the country’s biggest media company, to sell off assets. CONTINUES HERE
Making predictions like the one Alexandre Garcia made and advising clients into stocks on the basis of “understanding what happens in Argentine politics” is the very worst sort of irresponsible. A thousand analysts have crashed and burned before this dude by trying to second-guess the murky world of Congressional politics and a thousand more will crash and burn going forward.
So therefore, Alexandre Garcia of Raymond James, you win this week’s coveted award. Hopefully you’ll learn from your basic, greenhorn mistake and not put the cash of your clients at risk like this again. But for the time being…