50 Phrases to Run From

There’s a peculiar patois in which the financial charlatan speaks. Below, we collect some of the tropes and tricks of the unhinged market rhetorician.

Full disclosure: If you search my site or past commentary, you will probably find instances of me using some of these terms or words. It’s a little unavoidable to not parrot some of the stuff I consume, even if inadvertently. So I guess what I’m trying to say is to be wary of anyone using this stuff daily or deliberately. Because the majority of these terms and phrases are being employed in an effort to distract you from your long-term investment goals or to talk you out of what is likely a sound course of action.

Charlatan catchphrases and red flags

  1. Sunlight is the best disinfectant
  2. What the market doesn’t understand is…
  3. As you know…
  4. Inflection point
  5. There is a fundamental misunderstanding…
  6. “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
  7. “Textbook”
  8. The mother of all ____
  9. 1987
  10. Price discovery
  11. Picking up nickels in front of a steam roller
  12. Euphoria
  13. Party Like It’s ____
  14. “Druck says”
  15. The smart money
  16. Punishing savers
  17. It’s safe to assume…
  18. Next leg higher (lower)
  19. To be clear
  20. the greenback
  21. Hyperbolic
  22. TINA
  23. Window-dressing
  24. “Hussy”
  25. Generational
  26. Retracement
  27. Sucker’s rally
  28. Running on fumes
  29. Dr. Copper
  30. In yen terms
  31. Extreme readings
  32. Holding the bag
  33. Simultaneously calling for a crash and a melt-up
  34. Fiat currency
  35. Asset price inflation
  36. Rigged
  37. Detached from reality
  38. Manipulation
  39. I’m just early
  40. I’ve seen this movie before and I know how it ends
  41. Idiosyncratic risk
  42. “Spoos”
  43. Unless this time is different…
  44. “Flashing”
  45. Day of reckoning
  46. Pivot
  47. Bullish or bearish “of” instead of “on”
  48. Adopting a Shakespearean affectation while (whilst?) speaking
  49. anything Sun-Tzu
  50. Lehman.

And of course, if we missed any good ones, tell us on the twitters!



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