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The press has been all over this


5000 anniversary, and after reading more than a few articles on the subject, here is what I've gleaned:

Apparently, everyone bought exactly at the top and held all the way down, not selling until the market bottomed.

Only stupid people bought tech stocks. Smart people bought blue-chip stocks paying good dividends. Warren Buffett is, of course, the quintessential "smart person."

Not one person who shorted a tech stock made money on it.

In fact, no one made any money with tech stocks from 2000 through 2002.

Every CEO of a tech company was either (a) an idiot or (b) a liar.

The bubble was pretty much the fault of all the Wall Street analysts.

For the next 100 years, whenever the Nasdaq goes up, it's a bubble.

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And that is the final word from Dupont University, where you should know ahead of time that I'm a fan of Tom Wolfe. With that out of the way, I thoroughly enjoyed his latest book --

I Am Charlotte Simmons

-- although I can understand it's not for everyone. It's fairly close, though, in quality to

The Bonfire of the Vanities


A Man in Full.

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