Things I am sick of hearing and what they really mean when you hear them:
"The breadth of the market is frighteningly narrow."
: "I am in the wrong stocks, and believe me, if the market doesn't get cracked soon, I'm history."
"This dot-com craziness can't last forever."
: "Be darned if I am going to learn these new stocks because I am busy sitting with
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"The market is extremely overvalued."
: "I am unwilling to do the homework to be in the hot stocks, especially because they trade in bizarre increments."
"The market shouldn't be going up because the bonds keep going down."
: "I am using traditional measurements that kept me out of all of the stocks that went up and kept me into a bunch of losers."
"The transports kept me out of this market because of their bad performance."
: "I am really scraping the bottom of the excuse barrel now."
"I don't know when this is going to end, but it is going to end badly."
: "I am going to get canned for missing the
Red Hot and
B2B moves, so why not just badmouth this market and terrorize those who are doing better than I am."
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