Where’s the Crystal Ball?

May 11th, 2011

To quote an article in Investment News “Following the advice of equity analysts may be perilous to your profits”.

According to a Bloomberg study, stocks of companies that analysts liked the most rose 73% on average since the market recovery began in March 2009.  That seems great until you find out that the companies with the fewest “buy” recommendations gained 165%.

Too many so-called “advisors” focus on trying to time or predict markets or providing “market commentary” or “economic commentary”.  As we have always said, the markets are unpredictable. This shows that accurate predictions are hard to come by.

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