The sign that a trend is over: It shows up in a movie


George Mannes talks with Mike Pesca on his observation that once a financial trend shows up in a movie or television show, it's over.

Comments (12)
  1. anon says:

    It is somehow strangely appropriate that the original link is a year and a half old…

    Good read. Thanks Raymond!

  2. Mike Dimmick says:

    Please, someone make a TV show or film about commodities index investing.

    http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/_files/052008Masters.pdf for a testimony to the US senate with some data suggesting that this is what has been pushing up commodity prices, NOT supply and demand of those commodities.

    I think it’s started to break down already, though – oil is down $26 (17%) from peak.

  3. Rick C says:

    That’s similar to the wisdom that if the paperboy’s talking to you about stock market tips or whatever, it’s time to get out.

  4. George Jansen says:

    Sounds like the old Sports Illustrated cover curse…

  5. fschwiet says:

     This is not true.  There have been many zombie related movies recently, yet my zombie related investments have outperformed all my other investments.

  6. J says:

    Glad the article mentioned these house flipping reality shows, which is what first came to my mind.  In that particular case, not only is the trend over for the general public, but since it’s a reality show, it’s over for the people in the show!  I’d love to see how many of those homes were foreclosed.

  7. Josh says:

    @Rick C:  The article cites your quote (related to a shoeshine, not a paperboy) as the stated reason Joe Kennedy got out before the crash of ’29.

  8. Peter says:

    @George: "Sounds like the old Sports Illustrated cover curse…"

    Or Wired for that matter…

  9. VistaFanLessBoy says:

    Did someone make a Windows Vista movie that I missed out on?  That would help explain things.

  10. mikeb says:

    > There have been many zombie related movies recently, yet my zombie related investments have outperformed all my other investments.

    But, oh man, when that zombie bubble bursts, head for the hills – losing your 401k will be the least of your problems.

  11. @George: "Sounds like the old Sports Illustrated

    cover curse…"

    Or Wired for that matter…

    And let’s not forget AOL.  Anything they acquire seems to just fade away into nothingness.  Winamp?  ‘Nuff said.

  12. Alexandre Grigoriev says:

    And let’s not forget AOL.  Anything they acquire seems to just fade away into nothingness.  Winamp?  ‘Nuff said.

    AOL itself was over after "You’ve got mail" movie.

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