Investors (and their squires in the financial media) have been repeating the same old fears to each other for decades. It’s incredible how long these concerns have been with us, in an almost unchanged format.
To wit, investors have been talking about the following issues and worries since before I was born:
- This generation will be the first to not see an improvement in their standards of living
- Buybacks are just juicing the returns of wealthy people while denying capital to the economy
- Earnings are being manipulated and obfuscating the true profitability of public companies
- The Fed is trapped / boxed in / out of ammo
- The economic recovery is too sluggish
- Margin debt is exploding
- China is on the verge of collapse
Yes, these are all legitimate issues. But they have always been legitimate issues, through thousands and thousands of Dow Jones points to the upside.
Urban Carmel at the Fat Pitch blog has collected the proof that these same stories have made the rounds on Wall Street since at least the early 1980’s. For instance, the below was written in 1992! You could reprint it today almost unchanged and no one would know the difference:
You should head over to see the rest of the clips he’s assembled. It’s really an incredible reminder that there will always be grounds for concern, no matter when you’re investing – and that the same old fears never really go away.
Okay fine, here it is: