"Investing gurus tell you to put some of your money into "high growth stocks" (read not a hair's breath chance in hell of ever making as much as a rusty dime). Part of it should be in "conservative stocks" (read stocks with familiar names priced about equal to a custom Bentley). Some in "bonds" (read an investment whose price doesn't fluctuate so they'll feel safe, but grows in value about as fast as a seventy-five-year-old midget). To recommend spreading money out in this manner, the guru has to believe that some of these "investments" are better than others. So why not put everything in that one? More "irrational money thinking." And also he can't have much knowledge about what he's doing if he can't tell a client which area is the right one to be in." ( Avoid the "Herd Mentality" When Investing Your Money )
Makes sense, on the long run, to act like a wise tortoise rather than a loose rabbit. But how long is the long run after all?
( comments and excerpts from Christmas or Coal? - by Bill Tatro, on finance.townhall.com )
Unfortunately, and expectedly, it looks like we're about to face a new paradigm in the near future. The markets, even the conservative stocks area, became more volatile. There's a set of factors, other than the market, or supply and demand, that contribute to this process of instability. What if you exit the investing game now, before you lose everything, and stay happy with the cash (which, as said, is anyway a loser)? Remember that Obama, and Sarkozy of France, are fond to print even more euros and dollars. Inflation is the cutest short-time solution for politicians around the pond. Gold and silver went way up then drastically plunged. It will be interesting to see which investment will do good through the regular market storms.