Prices Are All You Can Rely On

Ascertaining the state of the stock market is a task that provides limitless opportunities for economist, analysts, investors, and other academics to draw conclusions. But of course, no one really knows, and everyone will always have a 50/50 probability of being correct.

When an analyst is correct, he is revered for a few years until he inevitability calls "tails" when he should have called "heads." During the Internet bubble, Henry Blodget earned his fame when he gave a Buy recommendation on Amazon (AMZN) despite its nosebleed valuation. Amazon shares surged, and Blodget was considered a tech god, at least for a while....427 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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