The U.S. economic situation is so bad, the author of “The Black Swan” said he has “no choice but to own stocks” to “preserve my financial situation.”

“I own stocks,” Nassim Taleb told CNBC Tuesday. “I don’t trust Treasury bonds. I’d rather have a dividend than a coupon. I am afraid of hyperinflation. So I have no choice but to own stock and some real estate to preserve my financial situation.”

Taleb said he believes in an America that is resilient. “You don’t achieve that through bailouts,” he said. “You need the economy to stay vital. You need a rate of failure. What is fragile should break early.”