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Markets Never Forget (But People Do): How Your Memory Is Costing You Money--and Why This Time Isn't Different

Markets Never Forget (But People Do): How Your Memory Is Costing You Money--and Why This Time Isn't Different

Kenneth L. Fisher , Lara W. Hoffmans (With)

ISBN: 978-1-118-16760-1

Oct 2011

240 pages

$19.99

Description

Sir John Templeton, legendary investor, was famous for saying, "The four most dangerous words in investing are, 'This time it's different.'" He knew that though history doesn't repeat, not exactly, history is an excellent guide for investors.

In Markets Never Forget But People Do: How Your Memory Is Costing You Money and Why This Time Isn't Different, long-time Forbes columnist, CEO of Fisher Investments, and 4-time New York Times bestselling author Ken Fisher shows how and why investors' memories fail them—and how costly that can be. More important, he shows steps investors can take to begin reducing errors they repeatedly make. The past is never indicative of the future, but history can be one powerful guide in shaping forward looking expectations. Readers can learn how to see the world more clearly—and learn to make fewer errors—by understanding just a bit of investing past.

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1 The Plain-Old Normal 1

Yes Sir, Sir John 1

The Normal Normal 5

The Jobless Recovery 14

The Always Feared, Rarely Seen Double Dip 23

Chapter 2 Fooled by Averages 31

Bull Markets Are Inherently Above Average 32

Viva the V 36

Normal Returns Are Extreme, Not Average 47

The Pause That Refreshes (and Confuses) 49

Getting Average Returns Is Hard—Really Hard 53

Chapter 3 Volatility Is Normal—and Volatile 57

What the Heck Is Volatility? 58

Volatility Is Volatile 61

The Daily Grind 65

Stocks Are Less Volatile Than Bonds? 67

Economic Volatility—Also Normal 69

Volatility Isn’t Inherently Bad 71

Never a Dull Moment 74

Chapter 4 Secular Bear? (Secular) Bull! 81

Seeing the World Through Bear- Colored Glasses 82

Two Secular Bear Markets? 84

Stocks—Up Vastly More Than Down 90

Chapter 5 Debt and Deficient Thinking 101

Deficits Aren’t Bad, but Surpluses Will Kill You 105

The History of Big Government Debt 110

Just Who Is at Default Here? 116

Chapter 6 Long- Term Love and Other Investing Errors 123

No One Category Is Best for All Time 124

Long- Term Love Is Like Long- Term Forecasting—Both Wrong 129

It’s Still Heat Chasing Even When It Seems Safe 134

Use History to Your Advantage 146

Chapter 7 Poli-Ticking 151

Enter the Ideology- Free Zone 152

Your Party Isn’t Better 153

Presidents and Risk Aversion 155

Perverse Inverse—It’s Four and One 160

Poli- Tics Go Global 170

Poli- Tics Versus Entrepreneurs 172

Chapter 8 It’s (Always Been) a Global World, After All 177

It’s Always Been a Small World 179

Seeing the World Right 186

Conclusion 194

Appendix 197

Notes 201

Index 211