Celebrated bond-fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach has a healthy -- some might say overdeveloped -- ego.
In the course of several interviews at the Los Angeles headquarters of his new investment firm, DoubleLine Capital, Gundlach drops any number of boasts. He can do the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in a half-hour. On a good day, make it 20 minutes. Gundlach, 51 years old, was a top student at Dartmouth, where he majored in mathematics and philosophy before entering a high-powered Ph.D. program in mathematics at Yale. He left, claiming boredom, to become a rock drummer in L.A., before drifting into money management.
"Look, I have a gift, or some would say a curse, of being able to have stunning insight into the reality of markets and the economy," Gundlach says, dressed resplendently at this particular moment in a well-tailored Italian suit with matching green tie and pocket square. "I don't often know where my ideas come from. Maybe it's the fact that I'm obsessively regimented in my analysis, borderline autistic. But whether it's bond selection or asset allocation, we can do it better than just about anybody around."
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