Munger on expecting the unexpected

by PlanMaestro

What’s interesting in Japan is that every life insurance company is essentially insolvent because they promised to pay 3%. Who’d have thought that this could lead to insolvency, but interest rates went to zero and stayed there for years. They tried to invest in equities, but got negative returns. Can you imagine 13 years with negative equity returns and interest rates below 1%?

Is it inconceivable that it could ever happen here? I don’t think so. Strange things happen.

Wesco 2002 Annual Meeting