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The contrarian chatter continues

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Yesterday, it was Dr. Marc Faber who noted that equity markets may rally "soon". Today, Bloomberg reports that Robert Prechter of Elliot Wave International thinks that it would be a good idea to exit existing short positions and prepare for a rally.

Prechter, chief executive of the market forecasting firm, warned in this month’s ‘Elliott Wave Theorist’ that a rebound in stocks could be “sharp and scary” for anyone who is so-called short.
“This is an environment of escalating financial chaos,” wrote Prechter, who first shot to fame in the 1980s after cautioning investors that stocks would crash two weeks before Black Monday. “Our main job is to keep the money we have. If we exit now, we will do that.”
“The market is compressed,” Prechter said in the note published yesterday. “When it finds a bottom and rallies, it will be sharp and scary for anyone who is short. I would rather be early than late.”
Better early than late is almost always an excellent idea and too few who take this route look past the difficulty in exiting positions they would have encountered, instead focusing on the gains they missed after not sticking around for the tippy-top.

As for Mr. Prechter's other advice, it's hard to take anything he says too seriously after proclaiming rather loudly about six or eight years ago that gold would never top $400 an ounce due to the coming "deflation".


Anonymous said...

He's a good example of a broken clock that is right twice a day, except in his case, it's once a decade.

Anonymous said...

Think of all the time wasted learning technical analysis when anyone with common sense knows that if the market has fallen a lot in a little time it could see a bounce back the other way.

I just LOVE how these guys refuse to give specific time frames, stocks, or prices. "it may" or "things could" or "risk of" are all you can get from them. But as long as you buy their system, riches are a sure thing!

Educated guesses is what you get. Of course that's the same as any fundamental analysis would yield. The difference is you can get that for free!

If YOU had a formula to predict the stock market profitably would YOU give it away for peanuts or would you simply sit back and earn riches in stock options that grow exponentially so that in a few years you were a billionaire? Because if you give it away to too many people, it screws your golden goose up as everyone else knows the market when you do and buys/sells accordingly.

They rely on the statistical probability that SOME of these guys calls based on squiggly lines will be right SOME of the time, and by cleverly accentuating the correct calls and dismissing the blown ones you can seem like a genius. For a while, at least.

So I'm sticking to my magic 8 ball as a predictor. It's more reliable.

Anonymous said...

Trying to time this market is suicide.

Just buy your gold and silver and hold on!

Fred said...

Going to short gold today. Ill make money you watch. If nothing else, its a hedge against long positions to mitigate losses.

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