Financial Repetitiveness

October 18, 2017
Financial Repetitiveness

Financial pundits are more intent on big headlines rather than valuable advice. Ben Carlson of A Wealth of Common Sense walks you through some of the more popular predictions and prognostications which have flooded financial media headlines in recent years:

For example, everyone wants to call the next stock market bubble following the meltdown we saw in 2008:

August 9, 2017:  Is the stock market a bubble? (USA Today)

June 23, 2016:  Uh-oh. Is the stock market in a bubble again? (CNN Money)

September 13, 2015:  Fears grow over US stock market bubble (Financial Times)

May 6, 2014:  Time to worry about stock market bubbles (New York Times)

December 2, 2013:  Nobel prize winner warns of US stock market bubble (CNBC)

March 27, 2012:  Robert Shiller eyes another tech bubble (Yahoo! Finance)

May 3, 2011:  Why this stock market looks like the tech bubble of 2000 all over again (Business Insider)

January 11, 2010:  US stocks surge back towards bubble territory (Business Insider)


On the flip side, apparently this has been the most hated bull market of all-time for a while now:

March 24, 2017:  Stocks: Still the most hated bull of all-time? (Barron's)

July 11, 2016:  The most hated bull market keeps chugging along (Wall Street Journal)

December 16, 2013:  Will the most hated bull market in history continue in 2014? (

July 9, 2013:  Most hated bull market ever? Maybe it should be (CNBC)

August 17, 2012:  The most hated bull market ever (Forbes)


Not to be outdone by stocks, there has also been chatter about a bubble in the bond market for years:

August 1, 2017:  Alan Greenspan: The bubble is in bonds, not stocks (CNBC)

October 9, 2016:  Is the bond market in a bubble? (Wall Street Journal)

August 13, 2015:  Is the bond market in a bubble? (US News)

October 5, 2014:  Bond market may be more fragile than you think (USA Today)

June 9, 2013:  When the bond bubble finally bursts a lot of investors will get hurt (Telegraph)

February 24, 2012:  Is the bond bubble about to pop? (MarketWatch)

April 4, 2011:  Is the bond bubble finally bursting? (CBS)

June 4, 2010:  Bonds: Avoid the next great bubble (CNN Money)

It's also hard to forget the technology bubble in the late-1990s, so plenty of people have been on the lookout for the next tech bubble, as well:

August 5, 2017:  When will the tech bubble burst? (New York Times)

May 2, 2016:  This tech bubble is bursting (Wall Street Journal)

September 1, 2015:  Is Silicon Valley in another tech bubble? (Vanity Fair)

May 8, 2014:  Yes, we're in a tech bubble. Here's how I know it (Fortune)

December 16, 2013:  Will 2014 be the year the tech bubble bursts? (Wired)

March 31, 2012:  Are we in another tech bubble? (Business Insider)

February 19, 2011:  Is this the start of a second dot-com bubble? (The Guardian)


Value investing is in the same boat. Value seems to die every 7 years or so:

September 24, 2017:  Is value investing dead? It depends on how you measure it (WSJ)

September 22, 2016:  Does recent underperformance mean value investing is dead? (State Street)

May 29, 2015:  Is value investing dead? (Globe and Mail)

April 11, 2013:  The death of value investing (Business Insider)

January 14, 2010:  Is value investing dead? (Motley Fool)


The Jim Rogers crash predictions one was a big hit too:

2011:  100% Chance of Crisis, Worse Than 2008: Jim Rogers

2012:  Jim Rogers: It's Going To Get Really "Bad After The Next Election"

2013:  Jim Rogers Warns: "You Better Run for the Hills!"

2014:  JIM ROGERS - Sell Everything & Run For Your Lives

2015:  Jim Rogers: "We're Overdue" for a Stock Market Crash

2016:  $68 TRILLION "BIBLICAL CRASH" Dead Ahead? Jim Rogers Issues a DIRE WARNING

2017:  THE BOTTOM LINE: Legendary investor Jim Rogers expects the worst crash in our lifetime


As Carlson highlights, investors need to remember that investing based on the headlines is a bad idea. We must remain invested in good times and in bad...both need to take place from time to time.

The market does not go straight up or down. Think long-term, do not get excited in up markets, or anxious in down markets.

Source: Carlson, Ben. (2017, October). Financial News Doesn't Rhyme But It Does Repeat Itself.