Steve Eisman, the hedge fund manager made famous by his starring role in Michael Lewis' The Big Short, is criticizing for-profit education companies. Eisman was probably the biggest winner from the subprime mortgage crisis. Eisman had bet billions on the fall of subprime mortgages - what he saw as a unsustainable industry taking advantage of its customers.
Now Eisman is lashing out against the stocks of for-profit schools saying, "Until recently, I thought that there would never again be an opportunity to be involved with an industry as socially destructive and morally bankrupt as the subprime mortgage industry. I was wrong. The for-profit education industry has proven equal to the task."
Stocks of education companies like Corinthian Colleges Inc and Education Management Corp were off on the announcement.