Reflections on the Trump Presidency, One Month after the Election

Reflections on the Trump Presidency, One Month after the Election, by Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s most successful hedge funds.

This new administration hates weak, unproductive, socialist people and policies, and it admires strong, can-do, profit makers. It wants to, and probably will, shift the environment from one that makes profit makers villains with limited power to one that makes them heroes with significant power.

The shift from the past administration to this administration will probably be even more significant than the 1979-82 shift from the socialists to the capitalists in the UK, US, and Germany when Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and Helmut Kohl came to power. …

Trump is a deal maker who negotiates hard, and doesn’t mind getting banged around or banging others around. Similarly, the people he chose are bold and hell-bent on playing hardball to make big changes happen in economics and in foreign policy (as well as other areas such as education, environmental policies, etc.)

Trump’s administration stands out for having by far the most business experience and a bit lower than average government experience:


Pass the peanuts, please.