You could have bought stocks in the fall of 2008.
But you were selling instead while Congress dithered, the Fed let Lehman Brothers go belly up and the Bush Administration tossed band-aids into the crater of the housing market.
You could have bought them in the spring of 2009. But it was clear that the Obama Administration’s fiscal stimulus would fail miserably while running up the budget deficit. The government was in the hands of either socialists or bankers’ lackeys, possibly both. Also, the Federal Reserve’s bond purchases were going to turn the US into hyperinflationary Zimbabwe overnight. Marc Faber said so. via How to Miss a 125% Bull Market – Forbes.
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