When was the last time anyone got good investing advice from the front page of a newspaper or magazine or from a television pundit?
That is the question I have been pondering during this market cycle. Whether it is the price of equities or the state of the economy, I have grave reservations about relying on the usual suspects as a source of insight. This is especially the case when the usual suspects have been so wrong for so long about these issues.
Ask yourself the following questions:
• When has the mainstream media made a timely warning about an imminent recession?
• Has the punditocracy ever correctly identified a bubble in real time?
• When have the public’s perspectives on market valuation ever been right?