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Druckenmiller Says Inflation Could Reach as High as 10%

(Bloomberg) — The markets are in a “raging mania” and rising inflation is a big threat, investor Stan Druckenmiller said.

Inflation could hit 5% to 10% in the next four to five years, Druckenmiller said Wednesday in a CNBC interview, adding that the Federal Reserve has created conditions that have sent valuations soaring. Deflation is also a risk, he said.

“Everyone loves a party but inevitably after a big party there is a hangover,” he said. “We are in a raging mania.”

U.S. stocks sold off in the last three trading days, with a drop in technology shares gathering speed as investors fled the names that fueled a historic five-month rally. Heading into Wednesday’s trading, the Nasdaq 100 Index was down 11% from its record high set last week. Traders have sought safety in haven assets, pushing Treasury yields lower and strengthening the dollar.

In June, Druckenmiller said he was “far too cautious” during this year’s equity rally because he thought government stimulus programs wouldn’t be enough to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic’s economic fallout.

A former chief strategist for billionaire philanthropist George Soros, Druckenmiller converted his hedge fund into Duquesne Family Office in 2010. He has an estimated net worth of $5.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Druckenmiller, 67, was on CNBC to talk about the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit that aims to end generational poverty in New York City’s Central Harlem neighborhood. The organization is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this evening.

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