Howard Marks Blames ETFs for Overpriced FANG Stocks

American investor and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management Howard Marks cited the flow of money stemming from exchange-traded funds into FANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) as the reason for their soaring prices.

“Yes. They are great companies. But the ETFs probably have accentuated the flow of capital into those stocks,” Marks said at the Delivering Alpha Conference on July 18. “Nothing works forever. Things that are most hyped and usually the things that are most loved produce the most disappointment and the most pain.”

ETFs heavy with the FANG stocks like the Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ: QQQ) and First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF (NYSEArca: FDN) have seen their prices grow since the start of 2018–QQQ is up 10.62% YTD while FDN is up exponentially at 25.27%.

The recent earnings reports from Facebook took a toll when the company experienced its worst trading day ever last Thursday. As such, QQQ and FDN saw their prices drop–QQQ lost 3.27% and FDN lost 7.4% that day.

Furthermore, Facebook shares have plunged 18.5%, Amazon 3.5% and Netflix 11.7% since Marks made his comments. Google has been the sole gainer thus far, rising 1.4 percent.